Feb 112013
 

During our time in Eastern Hokkaido we saw quite a few terrestrial and marine mammals, and managed to get some photos of a couple.

Eurasian Red Squirrel

Eurasian Red Squirrel

Ezo Deer

Ezo Deer

Ezo Deer

Ezo Deer

Ezo Deer

Ezo Deer

Ezo Deer

Ezo Deer

Red Fox

Red Fox

Red Fox

Red Fox

Sable

Sable

Harbor Seal

Harbor Seal

Northern Fur Seal

Northern Fur Seal

Sea Otter

Sea Otter

Feb 112013
 

Some other bird images from our time in Eastern Hokkaido, including a strange dark-morph Eurasian Tree Sparrow that briefly had us wondering what on earth a Grey Bunting was doing in Hokkaido in winter!

Brown Dipper

Brown Dipper

Brown-eared Bulbul

Brown-eared Bulbul

Eurasian Nuthatch

Eurasian Nuthatch

Eurasian Tree Sparrow (dark morph)

Eurasian Tree Sparrow (dark morph)

Great Spotted Woodpecker (male)

Great Spotted Woodpecker (male)

Great Spotted Woodpecker (male)

Great Spotted Woodpecker (male)

Great Spotted Woodpecker (male)

Great Spotted Woodpecker (male)

Mountain Hawk Eagle

Mountain Hawk Eagle

Mountain Hawk Eagle

Mountain Hawk Eagle

Mountain Hawk Eagle

Mountain Hawk Eagle

White-backed Woodpecker (male)

White-backed Woodpecker (male)

White-backed Woodpecker (male)

White-backed Woodpecker (male)

Whooper Swan

Whooper Swan

Whooper Swan

Whooper Swan

Whooper Swan

Whooper Swan

Feb 112013
 

A few images of some of the seabirds I was able to get reasonable photos of.

Ancient Murrelet

Ancient Murrelet

Asian White-winged Scoter

Asian White-winged Scoter

Black Scoter

Black Scoter

Common Goldeneye

Common Goldeneye

Common Guillemot

Common Guillemot

Common Guillemot

Common Guillemot

Cormorants on Sea Ice

Cormorants on Sea Ice

Harlequin Duck

Harlequin Duck

Least Auklet

Least Auklet

Least Auklet

Least Auklet

Long-tailed Duck

Long-tailed Duck

Long-tailed Duck

Long-tailed Duck

Pelagic Cormorant

Pelagic Cormorant

Spectacled Guillemot

Spectacled Guillemot

Spectacled Guillemot

Spectacled Guillemot

Spectacled Guillemot

Spectacled Guillemot

Sea Ice

Sea Ice

The lighthouse and blind at Cape Nosappu. The blind is a great and provides a comfortable shelter from which to watch the seabirds and sea mammals off the cape.mfortable shelter from which to observe the seabirds and sea mammals off the cape.

The lighthouse and blind at Cape Nosappu. The blind is a great and provides a comfortable shelter from which to watch the seabirds and sea mammals off the cape.

Feb 112013
 

We had already listed two of Hokkaido’s “Big Three”, Red-crowned Crane & Steller’s Sea Eagle, on the first full day of the Hokkaido leg of the tour, so to complete the set all we needed was the Blakiston’s Fish Owl, which we got on our third night on the island.

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Feb 112013
 

We had great views of Red-crowned Crane both at Tsurui and at Akan. These cranes are much more active than the ones at Arasaki!

Red-crowned Crane

Red-crowned Crane

Red-crowned Crane

Red-crowned Crane

Red-crowned Crane

Red-crowned Crane

Red-crowned Crane

Red-crowned Crane

Red-crowned Crane

Red-crowned Crane

Red-crowned Crane

Red-crowned Crane

Red-crowned Crane

Red-crowned Crane

Red-crowned Crane

Red-crowned Crane

Red-crowned Crane

Red-crowned Crane

Red-crowned Crane

Red-crowned Crane

Red-crowned Crane

Red-crowned Crane

Red-crowned Crane

Red-crowned Crane

Red-crowned Crane

Red-crowned Crane

Red-crowned Crane

Red-crowned Crane

Red-crowned Crane

Red-crowned Crane

Red-crowned Crane

Red-crowned Crane

Red-crowned Crane

Red-crowned Crane

Red-crowned Crane

Red-crowned Crane

Red-crowned Crane

Red-crowned Crane

Red-crowned Crane

Red-crowned Crane

Red-crowned Crane

Red-crowned Crane

Red-crowned Crane (juvenile) with Fish

Red-crowned Crane (juvenile) with Fish

Feb 112013
 

A selection of images of other birds we saw and I was able to take the time to photograph (except the Redwing which I saw before meeting up with the group).

Common Kingfisher (male)

Common Kingfisher (male)

Daurian Jackdaw (pied & dark morph)

Daurian Jackdaw (pied & dark morph)

Mandarin Duck (2 males & 1 female)

Mandarin Duck (2 males & 1 female)

Oriental Stork

Oriental Stork

Redwing

Redwing

Redwing

Redwing

Russet Sparrow (male)

Russet Sparrow (male)

Russet Sparrow (female)

Russet Sparrow (female)

Short-eared Owl

Short-eared Owl

Feb 112013
 

Our Kagoshima – Hokkaido birding tour started with seeing the cranes of Arasaki, Izumi-shi. This winter there were five species of crane: Hooded; White-naped; Lesser Sandhill; Common & Siberian. It had been several years since a Siberian Crane wintered at Arasaki, and this time it was a juvenile – a positive sign for this critically endangered species. So of course, it was our main target along with the other four species. We had very good views of each of the five species, which was very rewarding.

Siberian Crane (juvenile) in Flight

Siberian Crane (juvenile) in Flight

Siberian Crane (juvenile)

Siberian Crane (juvenile)

Siberian Crane (juvenile) feeding

Siberian Crane (juvenile) feeding

Common Crane

Common Crane

Hooded Crane

Hooded Crane

Lesser Sandhill Crane

Lesser Sandhill Crane

White-naped Crane in Flight

White-naped Crane in Flight

White-naped Cranes and Moon

White-naped Cranes and Moon

White-naped Crane and Moon

White-naped Crane and Moon

White-naped Crane and Moon

White-naped Crane and Moon

Cranes and the Rising Sun

Cranes and the Rising Sun