ギンムクドリ、コチョウゲンボウなど / Red-billed Starling and Merlin, etc.
With the end of the year approaching and my work schedule hectic, I was busy organizing and developing the large number of photos I had taken in Eastern Hokkaido, so I tended to stay at home. I decided to go out anyway.
As the weather turned colder, many Naumann’s Thrushes began to be seen. This tree seems to be a favorite place for thrushes to congregate. The book explains that “many Naumann’s Thrushes migrate to this area in flocks and gradually become solitary…” This may be the time of year for them. I took this photo with the sole intention of taking a picture, but I noticed later that one of the birds in the upper right corner was different from the others.
It was a Red-billed Starling. I wondered if they had any mates. There was also another Common Starling, still only one, in the mix.
The goal post is a favorite of the Merlin.
A Tufted Duck sandwiched between a pair of Smews. There is also a smew in the background.
An Eurasian Bittern had come out. A little far.