Sunday, 26 February 2012

26th February 2012 Nemuro Peninsula

Pelagic Cormorant 50
Brent Goose 1
Wigeon 2
Pintail 2
Scaup 50
Harlequin Duck 50 ex.
Long-tailed Duck 10
Black Scoter 300
Stejneger's Scoter 10
American White-winged Scoter 1 drake ex.
Goldeneye 10
Red-breasted Merganser 20
Goosander 40
Black-eared Kite 50
White-tailed Eagle 25 ex.
Steller's Sea-Eagle 50 ex.
Kamchatka Gull 1
Vega Gull 10
Slaty-backed Gull 200
Glaucous-winged Gull 50
Spectacled Guillemot 15
Japanese Pygmy Woodpecker 1
Great Spotted Woodpecker 1
Carrion Crow 2
Large-billed Crow 30
Eastern Great Tit 1
Brown-eared Bulbul 2
Tree Sparrow 10

Fishermen heading out onto the frozen Lake Furen

Fishing has never looked this much fun back in the UK!

 Fishing activities attracting a following on the frozen Lake Furen

 Congregation of Black-eared Kites attracting a Steller's Sea-Eagle at Lake Furen

 Steller's and White-tailed Sea-Eagles and Black-eared Kites at Lake Furen

Steller's & White-tailed Sea-Eagles and Black-eared Kites at Lake Furen

White-tailed Sea-Eagles at Lake Furen

Steller's and White-tailed Sea-Eagles at Lake Furen


 Steller's Sea-Eagles at Lake Furen

 Black-eared Kites at Lake Furen

 Large-billed Crow at Lake Furen

Supermac's? Never heard of it...

 Hazelhen woods near Lake Furen

Unfortunately due to the accumulations of snow we never made much progress along here

 Bridge to Nemuro

 Frozen harbour near Nemuro

 Fishing in the frozen harbour near Nemuro

Fishing has never looked so easy as here where large catches were seemingly being simply scooped from holes in the ice!

 Gulls attracted by the fishing activities

 Adult winter Vega Gull near Nemuro

 Adult winter Slaty-backed Gull near Nemuro

 Glaucous Gulls near Nemuro

 Adult-winter Glaucous-winged Gulls near Nemuro

 Black-eared Kite attracted by the Gulls near Nemuro

 Adult White-tailed Sea-Eagle near Nemuro

 Frozen sea at Habomai Harbour

 Our Alcid boat unfortunately frozen in Habomai Harbour

 Free water playing host to wintering seaduck in Habomai Harbour

 Drake Long-tailed Duck in Habomai Harbour

 Female Red-breasted Merganser in Habomai Harbour

Drake American White-winged Scoter at Habomai Harbour
The brown flanks and lack of yellow lick along the cutting edge are characters of deglandi. Whilst there are records from the Russian Kommander Islands we cannot find any reference to any previous records from Japan.

First-winter drake Stejneger's Scoter in Habomai Harbour

 White-tailed Sea-Eagles over pack ice at Cape Nosappu

Sea-watching Hokkaido style off Cape Nosappu!