Blakiston’s Fish Owl – Bubo blakistoni

Blakiston’s Fish Owl – Bubo blakistoni

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We had already listed two of ’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 , which we got on our third night on the island.

Blakiston’s Fish Owl –

John Wright

John Wright

John Wright is an Australian wildlife photographer and bird guide based in Kyushu, . John became seriously engaged in nature photography while living in Japan and then Thailand. He returned to Japan in 2008 and has since concentrated on wildlife photography, especially birds. John visits Southeast Asia and Australia regularly, but usually travels within the Japanese archipelago, where he also guides visiting birders and wildlife photography enthusiasts.

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John Wright

John Wright

John Wright is an Australian wildlife photographer and bird guide based in Kyushu, Japan. John became seriously engaged in nature photography while living in Japan and then Thailand. He returned to Japan in 2008 and has since concentrated on wildlife photography, especially birds. John visits Southeast Asia and Australia regularly, but usually travels within the Japanese archipelago, where he also guides visiting birders and wildlife photography enthusiasts.

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Stephen Kirkland

Too bad you didn't earn the shot. They bait the owls with trout. You could have cut and pasted from the Internet with more dignity.

Jeff Williams

So how do you really feel about this?

Jen Vollertsen Greenfield

LOL!

John Wright
John Wright

Thanks Susan!

Susan Lee

I think the best two of these are where the fishing owl is looking at the photographer. Thank you so much for all of these!

Susan Lee

I think the best two of these are where the fishing owl is looking at the photographer. Thank you so much for all of these!

John Wright
John Wright

Thanks Ignacio! The problem with the left eye is an injury or defect of some kind….and also make it easy to know that this is the adult male. Like a lot of Blakiston’s Fish Owls in Hokkaido, this one is tagged – they keep pretty careful watch on them these days, being so few of them left!

Ignacio Yúfera

Excellent series. What’s with the left eye?

Ignacio Yúfera

Excellent series. What's with the left eye?