Steve Happ Photography Ramblings and dissertations

December 31, 2016

Portraits and a bird

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Furano, Hokkaido

It is the last day of the year. This morning I took some portrait shots of the guests at the hostel at which I am staying. The first one is of Yong, from Korea. He is a fantastic photographer.


Ben just gave himself a mohawk last night. He looks the part of badass backcountry snowboarder.


And my good friend Rohan. From New Zealand.


After breakfast, I took off down the snowy road towards the river. I was hoping for White-tailed Eagles and Large-billed Crows, but alas, never saw them. The walk along the Sorachi River was quite refreshing and brisk.

Sorachi River
Sorachi River

I saw one bird. And I could not positively identify it. doh! Was it a Willow Tit (Poecile montanus)? possibly. MARSH TIT ? no. Coal Tit ? no.

Willow Tit , maybe
Willow Tit (Poecile montanus)?

According to Lizzie Harper: “The Willow tit is a slightly yellower grey-brown than the Marsh tit, and its black cap extends further down its neck. It also has a black bib, but this tends to be messier than that of the Marsh tit. It also has a pale panel on the wing which is lacking in both its cousin and my illustration. It’s chest and stomach are slightly less pale than the Marsh tit.”

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