Japan In Winter Superb Birds Served Up On Ice With Tropical Birding

Alan's most wanted bird in the whole world - Steller's Sea-Eagle - fingers crossed![/

Japan – the clean-cut, modern economic powerhouse – is also an archipelago that is as variable as it is exciting. From the subtropics of Kyushu to temperate Hokkaido, the stark mountains, jagged coastline, and forests hold several of the world’s must-see birds. This tour runs in winter, when the massive-billed Steller’s Sea-Eagles congregate on impressive ice floes waiting for fishermen’s scraps, and huge numbers of cranes gather at their wintering grounds. Add some great mixed-flock birding in the coniferous forests of the central islands, in addition to gulls and waterbirds galore, and you have a great mix of birding experiences. Another great experience is indulging in some sake (a pungent and strong white spirit) on a cold winter night while waiting for the Blakiston’s Fish-Owl at a floodlit waterhole stake-out. You will leave these enigmatic islands having experienced some of the greatest birding spectacles on earth. On this trip, we spare no expense, including three pelagic outings on our main tour. And that in a nutshell is why we are going! On Friday Alan flies out with a group of Birdwatching Trips regulars to explore Japan...

All photos here were taken by Tropical Birding on their Japan tours, we hope to post our own photos as we go, please check back on Alan's Facebook page for updates from Japan.

Another of the highly desired birds on this Japan tour - Blakiston's Fish-Owl.

Japan does cranes very well indeed here a huge flock of Hooded Cranes.

But it is the big beaked eagle that is THE big attraction on this tour!

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