I’ve never met anyone who’s been to Japan and not absolutely adored it and I was no exception. In fact I’d been before to a tiny island in the south to film Streaked Shearwaters. It was hot, humid and semi-tropical. This time I flew to Hokkaido in deepest, darkest February. Short bitingly cold days, frozen seas, fresh snowfall, incredible gardens that could have been created by the snow queen and long hot baths in geothermal springs. White-Tailed Eagle The air temperature frequently falls to minus 20 or below. Even the sea is frozen in places. Over a period of 2 weeks I filmed the snow macaques where my family back in England could watch me filming through the live webcam feed; the dancing Japanese Cranes with 100 other mad keen Japanese photographers with better gear than me, and the stunning Steller’s and White-Tailed Sea Eagles picking frozen fish from the frozen sea. All of these were very special wildlife moments for me. There’s something magical about ice.
|Japanese Macaque||Huddled against the cold, Japanese Macaques|
|Whooper Swans natter over the weather||Whooper Swans on Lake Kusshara|