One of the real delights of Hokkaido in November is the abundance of Harlequin Ducks around the rockier sections of coastline. Whether you are looking down from a cliff top towards a scattering of dots in the surf, or sneaking behind a boulder and watching them close up, they always catch your attention. What beautiful birds.
The morning after the fish owl spectacle, the sun shone and driving just a little further along the coast of the Shiritoko Peninsula I stopped look at an interesting gathering of gulls (more on those next time) but was soon distracted by two pairs of Harlequins close to the shore.... surely I couldn't sneak up close behind the breakwater? Well, it turned out I could, and the birds continued enjoying paddling around in the surf for a good ten minutes or so before drifting off.
|the whole group together|