Tuesday, 15 January 2019

The Pacific II

One of the things which amazed me at the coast was the number of common ducks I see in urban parks and ponds, such as the Mallard (Magamoマガモ) and the Spot-billed Duck (Karugamoカルガモ). They can be hardy, too!

Thousands of them were out in the open sea, floating on the choppy water. 
Some can be seen as far out as a kilometre from the shore, according to Mrs M.

I had assumed that they were freshwater ducks. How wrong I was! 

A flock of Dunlins (Hamashigiハマシギ) and Sanderlings (Miyubishigiミユビシギ)were having a rest with some Spot-billed ducks.

Kentish Plovers (Shirochidoriシロチドリ) on the beach
These plovers are resident in the area. 

Monday, 14 January 2019

The Pacific I

I was lucky to have been introduced to a lady, Mrs M, who has been observing and counting sea ducks along the Pacific coast in Chiba and one day she took me to show me round her area.

One of the main targets (for me) was the Black Scoter (Kurobamoクロガモ), which are very closely related to the Common Scoter seen in the sea around the UK.

There they are!
The Black Scoter were floating in pairs or groups of 5-10. Some males tried hard to impress the ladies and the others were just chilling out.

The black ducks with yellow bills are males and the dark brown ones with dark bills are females.
Most of them were beyond the breakwater blocks so I had to trim a lot of my pictures.

Another sea duck I'd wanted to see was the Harlequin Duck (Shinorigamoシノリガモ)and I was told that they are considered as a hardy duck as they are easily found where waves break like this -

real handsome!

Quite a few Red-throated Divers (Abiアビ) were seen as well.

It was rather hard to catch them as they were on their own unlike the scoter and kept diving but it was a joy to see them so well.

Mrs M was very knowledgeable and I learnt a lot about sea ducks and other wintering sea birds. I would like to be like her eventually!