Blue skies, mild Sunday

Steller’s Sea Eagle

A pleasant Sunday in Yakumo and Oshamanbe didn’t see much in the way of new birds for the year but a few eagles did fly by very close at least………….

Steller’s Sea Eagle

The eagles were not so active today despite the mild weather. Oshamanbe was very quiet indeed: both eagle species were here too as well as Black Scoter and Long-tailed Duck but nothing close enough to photograph.

A bit quiet……..

Steller’s Sea Eagle

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?

Steller’s Sea Eagles
Steller’s Sea Eagle

Filling the frame

Steller’s Sea Eagle subadult

The bridge on Route 5 over the Yurappu River in Yakumo provides some excellent BIF opportunities. Eagles gather there and regularly fly back and forth over the bridge, often at low angles and close enough to fill the frame (sometimes too close) . Yesterday the weather wasn’t even that cold so it was even pleasant waiting there and watching the other birds present. Smew, Great Egret, Whooper Swan, Long-billed Plover etc……….

Steller’s Sea Eagle
Steller’s Sea Eagle