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.

Calm Reflections

Black-necked Grebe

I was in the area to photograph raptors but the port to the east of town often has interesting species to check when the eagles are not doing anything. Today there was a pair of Black-necked Grebes.

Black-necked Grebe

The port was a bit busy with fishing boats coming and going all the time. Add in the calm seas and there wasn’t much else about.

Other species around were Yellow-throated Bunting, Blue Rock Thrush, Long-tailed Rosefinch, Glaucous-winged Gull, Great Egret, 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…………

Black-necked Grebe

Black-necked Grebe

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.