Still around

Steller’s Sea Eagle

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.

Eagles in the murk

Steller’s Sea Eagle

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…………

Steller’s Sea Eagle

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.

The local Steller’s

Steller’s Sea Eagle

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………..

Steller’s Sea Eagle

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.

Mountain Hawk Eagle

Mountain Hawk Eagle

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.

Mountain Hawk Eagle

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…………