During our time in Eastern Hokkaido we saw quite a few terrestrial and marine mammals, and managed to get some photos of a couple.
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!
A few images of some of the seabirds I was able to get reasonable photos of.
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!
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).
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.