Another spot I don’t usually visit is Reikyu Park in Shimabara City. Although at first glance this seems like a good birding area, it is usually pretty quiet. But now is Cherry Blossom time, so plenty of birds are visiting to feed on the flowers, and this congregation attracts other birds as well. Today I […]
Just a few weeks ago, an international campaign to stop the annual gruesome slaughter of dolphins in Japan was initiated by one Scottish woman hoping to make a difference. Shona Lewendon started a petition to the International Olympic Committee (IOC) requesting that Japan be denied the right to host the 2020 Olympic Games until they […]
Yesterday morning I visited Daijyugarami for the first time this year. A little early for the rarer migrant waders, but there were plenty of Grey Plover, Red-necked Stint, Dunlin, Kentish Plover and Greater Sand Plover. There were also quite a few (24) Black-faced Spoonbill slowly coming into breeding plumage, along with a sprinkling of Far […]
Lake Kawahara is a small lake by the sea in Nagasaki prefecture, Japan. It is not far from Kabashima, one of the best places for spring and autumn migrants. Lake Kawahara is particularly attractive to thrushes and starlings, but smaller passerines also winter here as there is plenty of shelter for them in the forests […]
I haven’t been doing much photography since returning from the Kagoshima & East Hokkaido tour, but this morning’s weather report looked great and I’d heard reports of a White’s Thrush at Kawahara Lake. So I thought I’d take the chance to photograph it. The taxonomy of Zoothera dauma (Scaly Thrush) has been disputed for a […]
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.
Steller’s Sea Eagle were everywhere! Although most of the time we observed them while driving around, so I didn’t have that many opportunities to photograph them. They easily outnumbered other birds of prey (maybe even combined!), and what a magnificent sight they are!