Steve Happ Photography Ramblings and dissertations

January 15, 2017

Large-billed Crow and Coal Tit

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Hokkaido Birding.

I went for another walk down to the river at Furano today. I was looking for the Large-billed Crow, Brown-eared Bulbul and White-tailed Eagle. I have video’ed these birds many years before but did not have photos of them.

Large-billed Crow
Large-billed Crow ( Corvus macrorhynchos)

I dipped out on the Brown-eared Bulbul and White-tailed Eagle. But I have seen them around here. I just have to be patient. The crow was on the tree right next to the hostel. They are quite common here. The only problem was it was freezing cold. One of the guys said it was minus twenty today. I had to take photos with my gloves on.

Coal Tit
Coal Tit (Periparus ater)

I had no idea which tit it was at first and had to go to the internet for some help with identification. I am reasonably sure I have got the identification right on this one.

Coal Tit
Coal Tit (Periparus ater)

Many thanks to http://www.hakodatebirding.com for the identification help. There is a brilliant search engine on there. Seriously fabulous.

January 10, 2017

Snow Clearing in Japan

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Furano, Hokkaido.

It was a great morning skiing today in Furano. About 10-20 cms of fresh powder snow. I gave it a good shake until I started aching in my bones so I came in for lunch. Whilst having my standard hakusai, moyashi and egg sandwichi, I spotted the snow clearing going on. I love all the snow clearing machinery. So I grabbed the point and shoot and rushed out onto the road to take some photos of the wonderful machines.

back hoe
Back Hoe.

After chomping off big chunks of snow wall along the road, the snow muncher/blower goes back up the road while the other machines push more snow onto the road. The back hoe pulls it onto the road from the sides.

grader
Grader.

The grader scoops it up into neat piles.

front-end loader
Front-end Loader.

And the front-end loader cleans up more snow from the sides.

snow muncher
Snow muncher/blower

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