End of the Holidays #4

Steller’s Sea Eagle

Upstream there were only a few eagles, the above young Steller’s was one of only about a dozen of what should be one of the hotspots in early January.

These next 2 were taken from another bridge just slightly upstream……..

Steller’s Sea Eagle
Steller’s Sea Eagle

Also upstream were more Whooper Swan and common ducks and a single Crested Kingfisher.

End of the Holidays #1

Steller’s Sea Eagle

The last day of my 9 day New Year break was up in Yakumo.

The Eagles are really struggling to find food it seems. I only saw a few individuals feeding. In most years early January is the best time to take photos of both species feeding but this year the ship has already sailed, at least some were fairly active and the light was great.

This is a young Steller’s Sea Eagle, probably a first year bird? The bottom one is a different individual, definitely a first year I think.

Steller’s Sea Eagle
Steller’s Sea Eagle

Some 2020 Eagles

White-tailed Eagle

An immature White-tailed Eagle at Yakumo this morning………

Doesn’t look like it’s going to be a long eagle season this winter. There were only a few upstream, they’ve eaten all the salmon. I thought it had been a pretty good salmon run last autumn but apparently not.

At least there were quite a few gathered around the river mouth. This is often a good spot to watch them feed but as with the spots up the valley, food is very scarce. I could fire off plenty of BIF shots as they flew low over the main bridge in town.

Background is very important in BIF shots as you can see:

White-tailed Eagle
White-tailed Eagle
White-tailed Eagle

A bit quiet upstream

Steller’s Sea Eagle

It was pretty quiet this morning at Yakumo. Upstream there didn’t seem to be son many Eagles and those that were around didn’t seem to be doing much.

One would occasionally flap over, like this one, but the light was worse in the mountains compared to the river mouth and they never look quite as good against a grey sky.

Steller’s Sea Eagle