A grey day out east

Steller’s Sea Eagle

We were east of town today under heavy grey skies. Not great for bird photos but there were lots of interesting birds around. 4 species of goose (a record for me in Japan!): in among the many skeins of White-fronted and Bean Goose heading north I found 3 Cackling Goose. There were also Brent Geese flocks feeding along the coast.

Lots of Common Crossbill around as well as White-tailed, Steller’s Sea and Mountain Hawk-Eagles (only singles of the latter 2), Harlequin Duck, Black-necked Grebe, Glaucous-winged Gull, Red-breasted Merganser and Asian Rosy Finch.

Shame about the dark gloomy skies.

Mountain Hawk-Eagle

Back!

Asian Rosy Finch

There was a flock of 7 Asian Rosy Finch east of town today but they flew off before I could get a decent picture.

The local Steller’s Sea Eagle has returned there…………….

Steller’s Sea Eagle

Annoyingly it stayed high up on the hillside and didn’t do anything all afternoon.

Several White-tailed Eagles and 2 Mountain Hawk-Eagles were around as well.

Mountain Hawk-Eagle

A dark end

Steller’s Sea Eagle

Today may well be the last time I get up to Yakumo for the 2019/20 Eagle season. I probably won’t be up that way for another 3 or more weeks and judging by the already low numbers of eagles and the low food stocks they’ll all be gone by then.

A few ones will hang on and others will disperse locally of course.

A bit of a dark afternoon to finish with…………

Steller’s Sea Eagle

Hardly any snow north of town, especially along the coast, although it was pretty cold. A bit of snow in this background at least.

Steller’s Sea Eagle

End of the Holidays #4

Steller’s Sea Eagle

Upstream there were only a few eagles, the above young Steller’s was one of only about a dozen of what should be one of the hotspots in early January.

These next 2 were taken from another bridge just slightly upstream……..

Steller’s Sea Eagle
Steller’s Sea Eagle

Also upstream were more Whooper Swan and common ducks and a single Crested Kingfisher.