A two week trip starting off in southern Japan at Hyuga, Kadogawa, Yatsushiro and more ..
Then up to the northern Island of Hokkaido a winter wonderland with spectacular landscapes, active volcano's and stunning birds ..
Finishing off back south at Karuizawa ..
The following bird images are a taster for each species, some of these will be expanded upon in upcoming posts ..
Vega Gull ~ Ad. W ~ Kadogawa, Kyushu
Forest Wagtail ~ Lake Miike, Kyushu
Saunder's Gull ~ Ad.W ~ Yatsushiro Estuary, Kyushu
White-naped Crane ~ Arasaki, Kyushu
Dusky Thrush ~ Akune, Kyushu
Red-Crowned Crane ~ Akan, Hokkaido
White's Thrush ~ Lake Kussharo, Hokkaido
Kamchatka Gull ~ 1st.W ~ Abashiri, Hokkaido
Blakiston's Fish Owl ~ Washi no Yado, Rausu
Slaty-backed Gull ~ Ad.W ~ Odiato, Hokkaido
Spot-billed Duck ~ Serow, Karuizawa
The people are truly wonderful, caring, courteous and always polite something that the majority of the U.K. positively isn't ..!!
Everywhere is clean, the roads, buildings and back streets even when there is virtually NO bins anywhere, again the majority of the U.K. positively isn't ..!!
Japan is a beautiful place go see it ..
Meiji Jingu shrine entrance ~ Shibuya
" NO BIRDS THIS WAY " so we spent a day here !!
Mt. Asama, Karuizawa
A return trip to this wonderful country is a must, to spend more time at specific locations focusing more on the photography of the target species ...
RB & JJ organised a precision and well executed trip, even if some of it wasn't to my tastes, I just sat back and enjoyed the ride ..