Mt Yamamoto Raptor Migration 2018

Eastern Buzzard

Mt Yamamoto, Ojiya, Niigata, Japan

September 24, 2018

We made it to Mt Yamamoto briefly this weekend and we saw a number of thermals carrying some raptors. There were a heap only briefly between 9-9:45am yesterday morning and I didn't take as many photos as I should have. I was saving my film for more later, which didn't come. Some patchy weather at times too. Anyway, it only happens once a year so good to see it even briefly. In past years, I got more sparrowhawks and occasional falcons but this time I only photographed Eastern Buzzards, Grey-faced Buzzards, and Oriental Honey Buzzards. Maybe the latter will end up on islands off the coast of Western Australia in about a month's time.

Grey-faced Buzzard

Oriental Honey Buzzard

Raptor Migration, Mt Yamamoto, 2017

Raptor Migration

Mt Yamamoto, Ojiya, Niigata, Japan

September 24, 2017

We enjoyed watching the raptor migration at Mt Yamamotto, Ojiya this morning. We just stayed for 2 hours but we saw hundreds. My photos don't really show the splendid spirals of hundreds rising vertically in a big corkscrew above us. We didn't get close to any either and these pics are heavily cropped. 

Quite a few photographers and birders there and we were kindly given a beautiful brochure listing the records for past years.

I look forward to this day each year. It is the end of summer but the beginning of lots of bird activity for the next few months. Gotta get into it now before the winter arrives.

Lots of dragonflies in the air and we could thrill at the occasional Peregrine or Japanese Sparrowhawk diving about the place to get them.