Monday, 15 February 2010

Yuhutsu & Mukawa again

My birding friend came to Hokkaido from Tokyo, and we went to Yuhutsu and Mukawa, because he wanted to see Rough-legged Buzzard and Lapland Bunting.

After picking up him at New Chitose Airport, we went forward Yufutsu.
At first, we waited ready for Great Grey Shrike's point where this shrike was seen sometimes, we had not seen this species. We cost about 20 minutes but nothing came front of our.

Magpie is an alien species but seen only in northern Kyusyu and around Tomakomai. So, he was glad to see this bird and took photos.

There was spot of Long-tailed Duck, I usually didn't go there because it was necessity for some walking to edge of coast bulwark it means we were exposed by strong wind and very cold, but this day is not so cold for "me" and he wanted to see Long-tailed, so we went there.
This decision made our lucky.
We could see not always Long-tailed, but saw Dolphines!
We saw two of Harbour Porpoise (Phocoena phocoena). We didn't take photo. It was my lifer.
And Long-tailed Duck were very near and we observed there calls and display.

We went to Mukawa, but it continued next entry.

All photos in Tomakomai, Hokkaido. 14/Feb/2010.

Today is my birthday...


  1. Oh, a bit too late but...Happy Birthday!
    The magpies are common here in Fukuoka and Saga. Never knew they're also in Hokkaido. I want to see those Long-tailed Ducks also!

  2. And another belated happy birthday.........