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*Hokkaido Jeff's Birding Blog*

A simple blog of birds
I find along my travels
solo and with other birding friends in Hokkaido.
As well,
notes on sightings and fun along the way.


MY PRESENT GEAR:

Camera:
1. Nikon D90 w/ multibattery pack

Lenses:
1. Nikkor AF-S 18-200mm F3.5-5.6 G ED VR
2. Bower 500mm Mirror lens F6.3
3. Additional 2x teleconverter for Bower

Binoculars & Scopes:
1. Nikon "Monarch" 10x42 6
2. Olympus RCII 10x21 5.1
3. GoSky spotting scope 15-45x60mm F340mm
4. Spotting scope cellphone photo attachment

Books I use:

1. Birds of East Asia (Mark Brazil)
2. Field Guide to the Birds of Japan (Takuya Shonai/Takahide Mizutani)
3. A Handy Guidebook to Birds of Hokkaido (Koichi Ohashi)
4. A Photographic Guide to the Birds of Japan and North-East Asia (Tadao Shimba)

Apps & Sites I use:
1. birdforum.net
2. ebird.org and app for in the field.
3. birdeye app for location of birds near me.
4. avibase
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Ebisu Island

Posted Friday 15th March 2019 at 06:37 by Otarujef
Updated Friday 15th March 2019 at 08:24 by Otarujef
Trip #: 23
Date: Wed Mar 13, 2019
Place: Ebisu Island, Hariusucho, Hokkaido, Japan
Time: 13:38
Weather: Light snow, cold.
Equipment:
By eye.
Birds & number sighted*():
Japanese Cormorant (Phalacrocorax capillatus)*(15+)
eBird checklist w/map:
https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S53758433

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First Encounter With a Large Group of Birders.

Posted Friday 15th March 2019 at 06:14 by Otarujef
Trip #: 22
Date: Sun Mar 10, 2019
Place: Maruyama Park, Sapporo, Hokkaido, Japan
Time: 9:00
Weather: Sunny, cold.
Equipment:
1. Nikon D90 w/ multibattery pack
2. Bower 500mm Mirror lens F6.3
3. Nikon "Monarch" 10x42 6
Birds & number sighted*():
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos)*(4)(i.e. 2 male/female pairs)
Large-billed Crow (Corvus macrorhynchos)*(5)
Japanese Tit (Parus minor)*(1)
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New Spotting Scope

Posted Friday 15th March 2019 at 05:46 by Otarujef
Trip #: 20
Date: Tue May 29, 2018
Place: Cape Shukutsu, Otaru, Hokkaido, Japan
Time: 16:00
Weather: Sunny, windy.
Equipment:
1. GoSky spotting scope 15-45x60mm F340mm
2. Sony Xperia XZ2 connected to a spotting scope adapter.
Birds & number sighted*():
Pelagic Cormorant (Phalacrocorax pelagicus)*(2)
Japanese Cormorant (Phalacrocorax capillatus)*(25+)
eBird checklist w/map:
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The Osprey

Posted Friday 15th March 2019 at 05:23 by Otarujef
Updated Friday 15th March 2019 at 05:32 by Otarujef
Trip #: 21
Date: Tue May 29, 2018
Place: Toyoihama Beach, Otaru, Hokkaido, Japan
Time: 17:30
Weather: Sunny cool, late afternoon light.
Equipment:
1. Nikon D90 w/ multibattery pack
2. Nikkor AF-S 18-200mm F3.5-5.6 G ED VR
3. Bower 500mm Mirror lens F6.3
4. Olympus RCII 10x21 5.1
5. Nikon "Monarch" 10x42 6
Birds & number sighted*():
Japanese Cormorant (Phalacrocorax capillatus)*(5)
Osprey (Pandion...
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Birthday Birding

Posted Thursday 14th March 2019 at 19:07 by Otarujef
Updated Friday 15th March 2019 at 05:07 by Otarujef
Trip #: 18
Date: Tue May 08, 2018
Place: Yoichi, Hokkaido, Japan
Time: 8:00
Weather: Sunny, hot.
Equipment:
1. Nikon D90 w/ multibattery pack
2. Nikkor AF-S 18-200mm F3.5-5.6 G ED VR
3. Bower 500mm Mirror lens F6.3
4. Olympus RCII 10x21 5.1
5. Nikon "Monarch" 10x42 6
Birds & number sighted*():
Eastern Spot-billed Duck (Anas zonorhyncha)*(2)
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos)*(2)
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