Sunday 12 January 2014

Waterfowl in Akanehama

Akanehama, once a beautiful beach, now a concrete covered shore, is, oddly enough, a hot place for watching wintering waterfowl.

a male Wigeon (Hidorigamoヒドリガモ)  and his Mrs?

 a female Gadwall (Okayoshigamoオカヨシガモ), male Teal (Kogamoコガモ) and female Teal?

a female Teal and...
is he a Slavonian Grebe (Mimikaitsuburiミミカイツブリ) or Black-necked Grebe (Hajirokaitsuburiハジロカイツブリ)?

Pochards (Hoshihajiroホシハジロ)
a huge raft of Pochards

A few hundred (or maybe over a thousand) Great Crested Grebes (Kanmurikaitsuburiカンムリカイツブリ) are out in the sea, only visible through a scope.

Tokyo Bay is famous for Greater Scaups (Suzugamoスズガモ), who winter there every year in great numbers.
When a small fishing boat startled them, all went up in the air, which was a stunning view. 
Akanehama is a 15 minute walk from the Shin-narashino Station on the JR Keiyo-line.

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