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.
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………..
A Steller’s Sea Eagle in late afternoon light on Sunday in Yakumo………………….
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………….
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.
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……………
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……….
These 2 shots are of the same Steller’s Sea Eagle at Yakumo this sfternoon. One was taken with gear that cost well over $10,000 and the other was taken with a point and shoot ‘superzoom’ that cost under $400.