Monday 9 June 2014

Seabirds seen from a ferry on 7/June

To see seabirds in the Pacific, we were recommended to go on a ferry from Oarai, Ibaraki, to Tomakomai, Hokkaido, with a guide organised by a travel agency called 'Y-bird' so we booked a return trip on the 7th and 8th of June.

Unfortunately, the monsoon season reached Japan a lot earlier this year than usual so we were basically moving with a low depression... BUT! We were able to see most of the birds we'd hoped to see, thanks to our excellent guide.

Our very first Albatross - a Black-footed Albatross (Kuroashi-ahoudoriクロアシアホウドリ)

A Short-tailed Shearwater (Hashiboso-mizunagidoriハシボソミズナギドリ)

A flock of them

A Great Skua (Ootouzokukamomeオオトウゾクカモメ) 
A Black-tailed Gull (Uminekoウミネコ)

A Sea Lion

It was very misty and dull all the way to Tomakomai.

On the way back from Tomakomai to Oarai on Sunday, the sea was so rough I was not able to do anything but lie on my bunk... I really don't want to think about any trip on a boat for the moment!!

The birds we saw from the ferry between Ooarai, Ibaraki and Tomakomai, Hokkaido:
Pacific Diver, Laysan Albatross, Black-footed Albatross, Northern Fulmar, Streaked Shearwater, Sooty Shearwater, Short-tailed Shearwater, Fork-tailed Storm-petrel, Black-tailed Gull, Great Skua, Rhinoceros Auklet

Mammals: Sea Lions and Dall's Porpoises

The Schedule of the tour
1.45 Oarai Ferry Terminal
19.45 Tomakomai FT

1.30 Tomakomai FT
19.45 Oarai FT

People on the guided tour can be on board at around 22.30 to get some rest before starting bird-watching early in the morning.

the info about the ferry in English

the birdwatching tour agency (in Japanese)

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