A Long-tailed Duck from a couple of days ago…………….
Long-tailed Ducks are definitely the most attractive of the port wildfowl……….
There were 3 of them, 1 female and 2 males.
Oshamanbe is the best place locally to see Long-tailed Ducks. This is quite a scarce bird down here and is worth the drive up there………
Lots of Stenjeger’s Scoter offshore but too far off for photos. Black Scoters do however often visit the ports.
The weather was a bit gloomy in the afternoon………..
Very very cold today (a high of minus 10) and no birds of interest around near my apartment so here is another old pic.
Long-tailed Ducks are winter visitors to SW Hokkaido but not particularly common. I’ve only seen one so far this winter and it was way offshore. Around this time they do turn up in some of the local ports. Oshamanbe is the most reliable place to see them but the above drake was in Sawara a couple of years ago.