Tuesday, 24 October 2017


Northern Goshawk

Fukushimagata, Niigata, Japan

October, 2017

Almost every October I have found young goshawks around Fukushimagata with their eyes on the freshly arrived teal. This year a more mature bird has been on patrol.

There is usually one or two Eastern Marsh Harriers about the place as well and this one time I managed to see the two species interact. I think the goshawk is a female. Her body seems to be much bulkier than that of the harrier.

Eastern Marsh Harrier obscured by the Northern Goshawk with Eurasian Teal in the foreground.

Saturday, 21 October 2017

October Arrivals

Common Coot

Hyoko, Niigata, Japan

October 21, 2017

Not so cold yet, but pretty dull. I'm happy to see all the new arrivals at Hyoko. Some Tundra Swans, but no Whoopers yet.

The usual assortment of common ducks have made their way from the continent in the north. There'll be many more to come in the weeks ahead. Hope they travel well with the typhoon coming our way.

I thought I'd lead off with a Common Coot. They're here for summer too, but I usually look past them. Quite a nice face really.

Common Pochard

Tufted Duck

Tufted Duck

Eurasian Wigeon


Tundra Swans

and below..

Monday, 16 October 2017

Zen and

Spot-billed Duck

Fukushimagata, Niigata, Japan

I saw a book advertised in a Birdlife magazine this past summer and I ordered it. It is called "The Art of Mindful Birdwatching - Reflection on Freedom & Being". It was written by Claire Thompson and published by Leaping Hare Press, UK. 

It has some nice ideas and I recommend it. 

I sometimes worry about and, and a bird a day reminds me of where I am. I'm sure many birdos would agree with this book.