Japan ~ 19th Dec '15 - 3rd Jan '16

Wednesday, 13 January 2016



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


Black-tailed Gull ~ Ad. W ~ Kadogawa, Kyushu


Black-eared Kite ~ Ad. W ~ Kadogawa, Kyushu


Forest Wagtail ~ Lake Miike, Kyushu


Saunder's  Gull ~ Ad.W ~ Yatsushiro Estuary, Kyushu


Black-faced Spoonbill ~ Yatsushiro Estuary, Kyushu


White-naped Crane ~ Arasaki, Kyushu

Hooded Crane ~ Arasaki, Kyushu

Dusky Thrush ~ Akune, Kyushu


Thick-billed Crow ~ Akune, Kyushu


Red-Crowned Crane ~ Akan, Hokkaido


White-tailed Eagle ~ Akan, Hokkaido


White's Thrush ~ Lake Kussharo, Hokkaido


Kamchatka Gull ~ 1st.W ~ Abashiri, Hokkaido


Glaucous Gull ~ Juv ~ Abashiri, Hokkaido


Glaucous-winged Gull ~ Ad.W ~ Abashiri, Hokkaido

Steller's Sea Eagle ~ Notsuke, Hokkaido


Blakiston's Fish Owl ~ Washi no Yado, Rausu


Slaty-backed Gull ~ Ad.W ~ Odiato, Hokkaido


Kumlien's 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

Meiji Jingu ~ Shibuya


Hyuga


" NO BIRDS THIS WAY " so we spent a day here !!


Kadogawa


Kadogawa


Hyuga


Takaharu


Yatsushiro


Hamacho, Kushiro

Akan, Kushiro


Teshikaga


Tsurui


Teshikaga


Teshikaga


Lake Kussharo


Asahidake, Nakashibetsu


Asahidake, Nakashibetsu


Notsuke looking across at Asahidake


Notsuke looking across at Asahidake


Habomai, Nemuro


Habomai, Nemuro


Habomai, Nemuro


Futaoki, Nemuro


Futaoki, Nemuro


Mt. Asama, Karuizawa


Sengataki Falls, Karuizawa


Sengataki Falls, Karuizawa


2m long icicles, Sengataki Falls


Sengataki Falls


Sengataki Falls


Narita


Narita

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 ..  

4 comments:

Shaun harvey said...

Nice set of images Mick but the White-tailed Eagle and the Hooded Crane are surperb!

Roos said...

Hello Mick, realy spectacular photos of the birds in Japan. The Steller's Sea Eagle and the Cranes just fantastic. I can understand you want to back. The landscape is also wonderful.
Regards,
Roos

Jonathan Lethbridge said...

Thrushes?! Cranes? Buildings! Landscapes?!

Who are you and what have you done with Mick?

Steve Ashton Wildlife Photography said...

That Fish Owl is the nuts. Superb image and would look great framed and on the wall.