Otaru Port Tour (visit 2)

The group took a longer tour of the areas that Waterfowl hang out at. We spent 6 hours, including a lunch. It was a lot of fun, and saw a few new birds to add to the list. Umeki-san was very helpful with his scope in pointing out those birds on the water that were outside the range of binoculars or a 600 mm lens.

Jeff 🙂

Excursion#: 80

Various ports, Otaru, Hokkaido Japan



Sunny, cold.

1. Nikon D90 
2. Tamron 150-600 mm G2 F5-6.3 
3. Nikon D80 w/ multibattery pack 
4. Nikkor AF-S 18-200mm F3.5-5.6 G ED VR
5. Nikon “Monarch” 10×42 6°
6. Velbon up-400 Monopod

These are the 5 spots we visited today:

Port Shukutsu

Cape Shukutsu

Otaru Ferry Terminal

Port Temiya

Port Takashima

Day list of birds sighted: 17

CS=Cape Shukutsu PS=Port Shukutsu OFT=Otaru Ferry Terminal

PT=Port Temiya PTS=Port Takashima

Haliaeetus albicilla albicilla

(2) (PS)

Phalacrocorax capillatus

(15+) (PS), (CS), (PTS)

Phalacrocorax carbo sinensis

(1) (PS)

Not great photos, but enough to define and ID them.

Phalacrocorax pelagicus pelagicus

(300+) (CS), (PS), (PT)

Corvus macrorhynchos japonenesis

(3+) (PS)

Corvus corone orientalis

(3+) (PS)

Larus hyperboreus pallidissimus

(75+) (CS)

Larus glaucescens

(75+) (PS), (CS)

Larus schistisagus 

(2+) (PTS)

Turdus eunomus

(1) (CS)

I was able to get some decent shots here.

Mergus serrator

(6) (PS), (PT)

Milvus migrans lineatus

(1) (PS)

Photos not so good, but enough for ID.

Bucephala clangula clangula

(100+) (OFT)

Histrionicus histrionicus pacificus

(42+) (27+ males), (15+ females)

(CS),(PS), (OFT), (PT), (PTS)

Anas platyrhynchos platyrhynchos

(6) (OFT) (PT)

Podiceps cristatus cristatus

(16) (PT)

Grebes at a great distance. Photos not so good, but enough for ID.

Podiceps nigricollis nigricollis

(4) (OFT)

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *