Quite a long drive today, but plenty to see en-route. In fact, just on the outskirts of Nemuro we had to make another sudden eagle stop - this time two adult Steller's sea eagles overhead:
|Steller's sea eagle|
Driving on past the impressively wild and extensive wetlands of Lake Furen we saw more large flocks of whooper swans and in addition, several hundred black brant geese.
The coastline was much more low lying with sandy beaches and several small fishing harbours. Huge numbers of Greater Scaup were gathered in densely-packed flocks (many thousands), with smaller groups of black scoter. Glaucous gulls were more common here, with a few glaucous-winged gulls but with the slaty-backed gull being by far the most numerous (as elsewhere).
|glaucous gulls and a glaucous-winged gull (left)|
|left to right: glaucous-winged, glaucous and slaty-backed gulls|
|eye to eye with a Steller's sea eagle!|
|Asian rosy finch (male)|
|Asian rosy-finch (male)|
|sika deer stag|
|slaty-backed and glaucous (left) gulls|