Several weeks ago we were up at Oshamanbe and there was a lone Steller’s Sea Eagle next to the road. 2 weeks later the same bird was in the same tree. Surely it will be leaving soon………….
The eagles have dispersed and only a handful remain at Yakumo. This White-tailed eagle was perched right outside someone’s bedroom window near Oshamanbe………….
The Steller’s Sea Eagle to the east of town was still around as of today. Not a great photo: a heavy crop. It was so windy that keeping the camera steady was almost impossible too.
The thaw has begun and signs of spring are starting to appear. A distant skein of geese heading north, Red-breasted Mergansers displaying in the ports…………….
At least 3 White-tailed Eagles were also present but remained high in the sky. Not much else around: a few common species of duck, some Brent Geese and Glaucous-winged Gulls etc.
For a couple of winters there was a tame Peregrine at Sawara. You could walk right up to it. I have no idea why it was so confiding………..usually this is a shy species. After Black Kite this is probably the raptor species I most often see in Japan.
An immature Rough-legged Buzzard near Hakodate in 2012. That winter saw a big invasion of them into SW Hokkaido and I saw them in several locations. I haven’t seen a single one since though.
Was Monday my last afternoon with Steller’s Sea Eagles this winter? Maybe. The qweather was good but it wasn’t as active as the day before. It did a couple of fly-bys at least.
Other raptors included 2 Mountain Hawk Eagle, 1 adult White-tailed Eagle and 1 Goshawk,
I waited a long time for a Mountain Hawk Eagle to flap over the ridge but eventually it came. Still pretty far off (and this photo is cropped quite a bit) but it was worth the wait. The light was much better than yesterday too.
This is an adult. The paler immature showed up too but that was even further away…………..
The port to the east of town had plenty of eagle action this afternoon but the light was just terrible. The Steller’s Sea Eagle swooped down into the port, grabbed some fish remains and then started feeding…………
The immature Mountain Hawk Eagle was also very active but no photos survived the cull (it was really really dark like I say). Other stuff around included Glaucous-winged Gull, Great Egret, Whooper Swan, White-tailed Eagle, Brent Goose, Harlequin Duck and Red-breasted Merganser.
A lone Steller’s Sea Eagle spends late winters on the hillside next to one of the ports east of town. It’s been there for quite a few years………..
It is the nearest reliable place to see this species near Hakodate. It doesn’t afford the same photo opps as those up at Yakumo but sometimes it perches quite low down and regularly flies around the hillside.
There were 3 White-tailed Eagles around as well as the Mountain Hawk Eagles and a lone Peregrine.
A first year Montain Hawk Eagle this afternoon above one of the ports east of town. Not great photos, heavy crops from 700mm. Every so often one or sometimes two appear over the ridge and flap lazily along the treeline.
There was an adult about too but that was even further away. This youngster was a bit frisky: it dive-bombed both a White-tailed and a Steller’s Sea Eagle…………