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Winter in Hokkaido

The island of Hokkaido is located at the north end of Japan, near Russia, and has coastlines on theSea of Japan, the Sea of Okhotsk, and the Pacific Ocean. The center of the island has a number of mountains and volcanic plateaus, and there are coastal plains in all directions. Hokkaido is known for its relatively cool summers and icy winters. The average January temperature ranges from -12 to -4 °C (10.4 to 24.8 °F), in both cases depending on elevation and distance from the ocean, eastern side beeing the cooler.
Together with Jari Peltomäki (Fin) and a small group of photografphers from Sweden and Finland I visited Hokkaido during 10 days. Our mainpurpose was to see and photograph a handfull of famous birdspecies:
- Red-crowned Crane (Grus japonensis) at Akan – The estimated total population of the species is only 2,750 in the wild, including about 1,000 birds in the resident Japanese population.
- Wintering Whooper Swans at lake Kussharo.
- White-tailed Eagles, Steller`s Eagles and Blakiston`s Fishowl at Rausau.
- Eagles and Black Kites at Lake Furen.

MOORE PICTURES TO COME .......
Red-crowned Crane (Grus japonensis - Japansk trana) - Akan Cranecenter
Red-crowned Crane (Grus japonensis - Japansk trana) - Akan Cranecenter
Old-fashioned Japanese photographer (panorama specialist?) waiting for cranes to act
Old-fashioned Japanese photographer (panorama specialist?) waiting for cranes to act
Snow crane family arriving to Akan
Snow crane family arriving to Akan
Cranes display in snow
Cranes display in snow
Cranes display in snow
Cranes display in snow
Cranes display in snow
Cranes display in snow
Cranes display in snow
Cranes display in snow
Cranes display in snow
Cranes display in snow
Flying in a frosty morning
Flying in a frosty morning
-17 degrees Centigrade
-17 degrees Centigrade
Dancing Snow Cranes
Dancing Snow Cranes
Dancing Snow Cranes
Dancing Snow Cranes
Dancing Snow Cranes
Dancing Snow Cranes
Dancing Snow Cranes
Dancing Snow Cranes
Dancing Snow Cranes
Dancing Snow Cranes
Young crane display
Young crane display
White-tailed Sea-eagle among cranes looking for fish
White-tailed Sea-eagle among cranes looking for fish
Young Crane laying with snow
Young Crane laying with snow
Flying Snow Cranes
Flying Snow Cranes
Flying Snow Crane
Flying Snow Crane
Cranes leaving the area late evening
Cranes leaving the area late evening
Cranes leaving the area late evening
Cranes leaving the area late evening
Cranes leaving the area late evening
Cranes leaving the area late evening
Whooper Swans and Akan forest
Whooper Swans and Akan forest
Sika Deers at Akan Crane center
Sika Deers at Akan Crane center
A snowy morning in central Hokkaido
A snowy morning in central Hokkaido
Whooper Swan (Sångsvan) at Lake Kussharo
Whooper Swan (Sångsvan) at Lake Kussharo
Whooper Swans (Sångsvanar) panorama
Whooper Swans (Sångsvanar) panorama
Whooper Swans (Sångsvanar)
Whooper Swans (Sångsvanar)
Whooper Swans (Sångsvanar)
Whooper Swans (Sångsvanar)
Whooper Swans (Sångsvanar)
Whooper Swans (Sångsvanar)
Whooper Swans at lake Kussharo
Whooper Swans at lake Kussharo
Whooper Swans (Sångsvanar)
Whooper Swans (Sångsvanar)
Whooper Swan (Sångsvan) flying in
Whooper Swan (Sångsvan) flying in
Wet Whooper Swan (Sångsvan)
Wet Whooper Swan (Sångsvan)
Whooper Swan (Sångsvan) resting
Whooper Swan (Sångsvan) resting
Whooper Swan (Sångsvan)
Whooper Swan (Sångsvan)
Whooper Swans (Sångsvanar)
Whooper Swans (Sångsvanar)
Whooper Swans (Sångsvanar)
Whooper Swans (Sångsvanar)
Whooper Swans (Sångsvanar)
Whooper Swans (Sångsvanar)
Whooper Swan (Sångsvan)
Whooper Swan (Sångsvan)
Whooper Swans (Sångsvanar)
Whooper Swans (Sångsvanar)
Whooper Swans (Sångsvanar) in Lake Kussharo
Whooper Swans (Sångsvanar) in Lake Kussharo
Whooper Swans (Sångsvanar) walking towards open water
Whooper Swans (Sångsvanar) walking towards open water
Whooper Swans (Sångsvanar)
Whooper Swans (Sångsvanar)
Whooper Swans (Sångsvanar)
Whooper Swans (Sångsvanar)
Whooper Swans (Sångsvanar)
Whooper Swans (Sångsvanar)
Whooper Swans (Sångsvanar)
Whooper Swans (Sångsvanar)
Whooper Swans (Sångsvanar) at dusk
Whooper Swans (Sångsvanar) at dusk
Whooper Swans (Sångsvanar) in evening snowfall
Whooper Swans (Sångsvanar) in evening snowfall
Red Fox near Lake Kussharo - Hokkaido
Red Fox near Lake Kussharo - Hokkaido
Red Fox - Abashiri
Red Fox - Abashiri
Red Fox - Abashiri Hokkaido
Red Fox - Abashiri Hokkaido
Red Fox at Akan cranefeeding
Red Fox at Akan cranefeeding
Kawayo Hot Springs
Kawayo Hot Springs
Shiretoko Mountain Range
Shiretoko Mountain Range
Looking for eagles at dawn in the pack ice outside Rausu
Looking for eagles at dawn in the pack ice outside Rausu
Steller`s Eagle at dawn
Steller`s Eagle at dawn
Adult White-tailed Sea Eagle (Havsörn) at dawn
Adult White-tailed Sea Eagle (Havsörn) at dawn
Adult White-tailed Sea Eagle (Havsörn) at dawn
Adult White-tailed Sea Eagle (Havsörn) at dawn
Adult White-tailed Sea Eagle (Havsörn) at dawn
Adult White-tailed Sea Eagle (Havsörn) at dawn
Whit-tailed Sea Eagle at dawn
Whit-tailed Sea Eagle at dawn
Adult White-tailed Sea Eagles (Havsörnar)
Adult White-tailed Sea Eagles (Havsörnar)
Adult White-tailed Sea Eagle (Havsörn)
Adult White-tailed Sea Eagle (Havsörn)
White-tailed Sea Eagles (Havsörnar)
White-tailed Sea Eagles (Havsörnar)
White-tailed Sea Eagle and Crow (Havsörn och Djungelkråka)
White-tailed Sea Eagle and Crow (Havsörn och Djungelkråka)
A flock of Steller`s Eagles (and one White-tailed) waiting in the pack-ice
A flock of Steller`s Eagles (and one White-tailed) waiting in the pack-ice
Steller`s Eagle (Jättehavsörn)
Steller`s Eagle (Jättehavsörn)
Stellers`s Eagle with fish
Stellers`s Eagle with fish
Steller`s Eagle eating a fish
Steller`s Eagle eating a fish
Stellers`s Eagle with fish
Stellers`s Eagle with fish
Steller`s Eagle
Steller`s Eagle
Steller`s Eagles in pack ice
Steller`s Eagles in pack ice
Harlequin Ducks (Strömänder) in Rausu harbour
Harlequin Ducks (Strömänder) in Rausu harbour
Preparing dinne before looking at the Fish Owl....
Preparing dinne before looking at the Fish Owl....
Blakiston´s Fishowl coming to catch fish in the night near Rausu
Blakiston´s Fishowl coming to catch fish in the night near Rausu
Blakiston´s Fishowl coming to catch fish in the night near Rausu
Blakiston´s Fishowl coming to catch fish in the night near Rausu
Blakiston´s Fishowl coming to catch fish in the night near Rausu
Blakiston´s Fishowl coming to catch fish in the night near Rausu
Kari Wallgren, myself & Jari Peltomäki in the daily bath....
Kari Wallgren, myself & Jari Peltomäki in the daily bath....
Black Kites (Bruna glador) and some Eagles gather in the morning at Lake Furen
Black Kites (Bruna glador) and some Eagles gather in the morning at Lake Furen
Black Kite (Brun glada) - Lake Furen
Black Kite (Brun glada) - Lake Furen
Young White-tailed Sea Eagle - Lake Furen
Young White-tailed Sea Eagle - Lake Furen
American Black Scoter (Amerikansk sjöorre - Melanitta americana)
American Black Scoter (Amerikansk sjöorre - Melanitta americana)