Damn twigs in the way……………..
There were a small group of White-tailed Eagles on the beach near the port in Mukawa………….
This one was in the port itself.
There were still quite a few eagles around the Mukawa area. Some of the White-tailed Eagles are resident, others are presumably winter visitors or passing through. The Steller’s are definitely not resident.
The 2nd day of our trip was very sunny and although there were quite a few interesting birds I couldn’t get many good photos. We stayed around the coast between Yufutsu and Mukawa. Stuff around included White-tailed and Steller’s Sea Eagle, Japanese Crane, and various common winter ducks and gulls.
Unlike around Hakodate, there didn’t seem to be many winter passerines except for several flocks of Eurasian Siskin.
There were groups of Whooper Swan and a few geese flying around: both Taiga Bean and Greater White-fronted.
A White-tailed Eagle eating a Slaty-backed Gull this afternoon.
Still working out the best settings/most comfortable customizations for my new camera.
One of the rivers just to the west of town has several overwintering Eagles. There were 5 White-tailed Eagles: 1 adult and 4 immatures.
Further west there were more eagles including a couple of Steller’s but they were all high in the sky.
The local Steller’s Sea Eagle sat in its tree all day out east and the Mountain Hawk-Eagle made a very distant fleeting appearance only.
Several rather scruffy White-tailed Eagles came a bit closer………….
Not much in the port: a few gulls, common ducks and this Black-necked Grebe.
Some White-tailed Eagles from a few miles outside town this morning………………
There were 4 of them on a river west of town.
Also around were Japanese Wagtail, Great Egret, Sparrowhawk, Whooper Swan, Brambling and Long-tailed Rosefinch. On the sea there were hundreds of Great Crested Grebe and thousands of Common Gull………….
Out east is a good place to see Mountain Hawk-Eagles and there were 3 of them: 2 adults and 1 juvenile (above).
There were also at least 7 White-tailed Eagles around too. Not as tame or as photogenic as Yakumo………….
The road was absolutely horrible: it’s really wintry here at the moment.
Some White-tailed Eagles from Yakumo: the first two are immatures.
And this is an adult:
We stayed in Yakumo one night but the weather wasn’t so good. Not vintage photos………….
The light on Monday was not quite good enough for BIFs………….