Some final shots from last weekend in Yakumo. I probably won’t go back for a couple of weeks. The eagle numbers already seem a bit down from the turn of the year: the eagle season has peaked.
An immature Steller’s Sea Eagle from last weekend.
You can get an idea of the size of these eagles by comparing them to the crows which are always in attendance.
The tree that held the adult Steller’s Sea Eagle eating a duck was also temporary home to 4 other eagles. Another 2 Steller’s (one immature) and 2 adult White-taileds.
These were midstream. There were about a dozen eagles on a small stretch of river……….
This Steller’s Sea Eagle was eating a duck I think, it’s very rare to see them eating anything other than salmon in Yakumo. Shame about the branches………….
Several other eagles were hanging around the same tree hoping for some scraps………..
Upstream at Yakumo the eagles have started to disperse as the salmon carcasses begin to dwindle…………
And most of those upstream appear to be White-tailed Eagle, and soon few of either species will remain. The most sought-after bird in this location for local photographers is Crested Kingfisher and although I see them every time I visit during the eagle season I have yet to take a single decent photo of one. Ever.
A Steller’s Sea Eagle in late afternoon light on Sunday in Yakumo………………….
I went to Yakumo 4 times in the first week of 2019. I fired of lots (too many) eagles shots and these are last of them………….
A bit quiet at Yakumo today. Plenty of eagles of course but I missed several photo opps due to poor location choices, bad timing and general incompetence with camera settings. The above pic shows an immature Steller’s Sea Eagle this afternoon. There seem to be a lot of immatures this year and some of them appear very dark meaning they are last year’s chicks. I’d say this one was a 2CY or 3CY bird but I may be wrong as I often am on such matters. This photo below is from a few days ago. An immature with an adult. I wonder if they’re related?
Some Steller’s Sea Eagles flying close by from last week…………..
Always nice to have sunny blue skies for BIF work.
The main bridge in Yakumo is a great place for Eagle shots at this time of year……………
Steller’s Sea Eagles are the big draw to any Hokkaido winter but I think the White-tailed Eagles deserve a little love too……..
And blasphemous as it sounds sometimes I even prefer their soft brown tones…….