Steller’s Sea Eagle

The lone Steller’s Sea Eagle at the rivermouth in Yakumo was still there at the weekend and it still looks as hungry and skinny as ever.

We saw a much healthier looking one in Oshamambe and kept driving past it thinking I could could photograph it later. By the time I had finished with the Snow Bunting we went back and of course that eagle had gone…

A Goshawk in town


I’ve been walking around the neighbourhood this week looking for Waxwings with no success. But I did see this juvenile/first-winter Goshawk nab a pigeon.

Annoyingly my R5 froze as it flew off (this happens occasionally: very frustrating for such an expensive camera). Maybe it made no difference as the AF on my ancient 100-400L M1 is very sluggish on the R5.

F***ing twigs.


Also around were Eastern Buzzard, Winter Wren, 10 or so Dusky Thrush, a male Goosander and this Japanese Pygmy Woodpecker in the local park.

Japanese Pygmy Woodpecker

On the clifftop


One of the resident Peregrines out east today.

A quiet Monday: Eurasian Kestrel, Buff-bellied Pipit, Rustic Bunting were among the more interesting species but nothing especially noteworthy. No Waxwings or winter finches yet.

A few raptors were around.

Mountain Hawk-Eagle

I can’t get sharp BIFs pointing upwards at 700mm.

Several White-tailed Eagles were in the skies but I couldn’t find the local Steller’s anywhere.

Why do male Harlequins never come close like this female?

Harlequin Duck