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…………
A Black-necked Grebe this afternoon in one of the ports to the east of town. This is a common winter visitor and shares the ports with a variety of species. Today there were Goldeneye only but nearby were Brent Goose, Harlequin Duck, Whooper Swan, 8 species of gull including Glaucous and Glaucous-winged. huge flocks of Common Gull with a few Black-legged Kittiwake mixed in, a lone White-tailed Eagle and a single Peregrine.