I may not get back to this location again this summer. Maybe in 2 weeks…wonder if the young will already be flying then?
The Osprey chicks have grown a lot in only 2 weeks…
The female looked at the end of her tether: constantly mobbed by Black-tailed Gulls (one of which crapped all over her).
A grey day in midsummer
Some birds from town today…a grey, foggy,humid Sunday afternoon in mid June.
Yet more Ospreys
I probably won’t be seeing them for 2 or 3 weeks, the young will be much bigger then I imagine.
Nothing else really posing for photos so here are some more Ospreys from Sunday…
This shot was before the sun came out…
Black-tailed Gulls make terrible neighbours…
A week later
The Ospreys seemed to be doing well…
The chicks were asleep when we arrived.
The Osprey family
Both parents together. And here’s the male dropping off dinner…
The young will probably be a lot bigger next time I go here…
Some baby Ospreys
Not great photos but an interesting scene. These 3 baby Ospreys must have been born very very recently. With the harsh light, strong wind and heat haze it’s almost impossible to get sharp clear shots.
Several pairs of Black-tailed Gull nest on the same rock and things went crazy when a Peregrine swooped in and grabbed a nestling. With my 2X T/C on and everything on a tripod it all happened too quickly to get any photos.
A change to the menu
Lots of Ospreys around.
This one must have got bored of fish and caught a squid instead.
One of the Ospreys even found time to mob and unexpected flyover White-tailed Eagle.
An actual rarity
A crappy heavily cropped pic but a lifer: a Richard’s Pipit today. A rare passage visitor to Hokkaido and a very nice find. Shame I couldn’t get close as it was so jumpy.
I got up late and was out in the harsh midday sun so terrible light for photos. Apart from the above pipit not much else around anyway…
Golden Week 2022 #5
A crappy record shot but only my 3rd ever sighting of Temminck’s Stint (and my first in breeding plumage). There were 2 of them at Yakumo. Other passage waders around the last couple of days included Wood Sandpiper, Red-necked Stint, Pacific Golden Plover and Whimbrel.
At the same place as the stints were a fishing osprey and a calling Wryneck…