Saturday, February 1, 2014

Mr Honma's Bird Tour


Steller's Sea-eagle

Niigata, Niigata, Japan

February 1, 2014



Mr Honma's now in his late seventies. He doesn't go birding/birdwatching everyday but he keeps mindful of what's about the place. 

He picked me up at 8am and our first bird of the day was the Steller's Sea-eagle. I'm not excited about photographing it up on the metal electricity tower but I'm still happy to see it. What bird-minded person in the world would be disappointed starting the day with a Steller's Sea-eagle?

After that, we visited the big, dark, Peregrine Falcon (Which I regard as a "Peale's Falcon"). I am a little concerned about it because it kept closing its right eye. We enjoyed nice views of it.

Then we headed to Hyoko and saw the winter collection of ducks. I took heaps of pics as usual and will post some later. They had posted a wanted ad the day before (in the newspaper), looking for American Wigeon and Smew. I took a pic of the Wigeon and was given a laminated certificate and two tickets for entry into the local museum. 

To finish our outing off we visited an area known for a Crested Ibis. ("Toki") Lots of cars and photographers and sightseers. 

We headed back home at 1pm and saw another Steller's Sea-eagle circling over the busy motor-bypass running right near the centre of the city.

I thought we'd seen a number of important birds for the morning; just running briefly between one then the next. I told Mr Honma any birder in the world would surely be impressed with such a tour. I told him he should get a bus and do the tour everyday. He looked at me very seriously but didn't say anything.

Thank you, Mr Honma. I really enjoyed the birds and your company! 





Steller's Sea-eagle with Eurasian Kestrel below

Peregrine Falcon





Whooper Swan

American Wigeon

Notice looking for location and time of sighting of the two pictured birds.

Birders watching "Toki" (Crested Ibis, Japanese Crested Ibis)