A dark end

Steller’s Sea Eagle

Today may well be the last time I get up to Yakumo for the 2019/20 Eagle season. I probably won’t be up that way for another 3 or more weeks and judging by the already low numbers of eagles and the low food stocks they’ll all be gone by then.

A few ones will hang on and others will disperse locally of course.

A bit of a dark afternoon to finish with…………

Steller’s Sea Eagle

Hardly any snow north of town, especially along the coast, although it was pretty cold. A bit of snow in this background at least.

Steller’s Sea Eagle

Outnumbered

White-tailed Eagle

Steller’s have outnumbered the White-taileds at Yakumo this year and I haven’t taken so many shots of the latter.

White-tailed Eagle
White-tailed Eagle

Outside of Yakumo it’s a different story: there were at least 4 White-tailed Eagles at Oshamanbe and there were 2 just outside Hakodate yesterday.

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 #3

Great Egret

Eagles weren’t the only birds on show. Also around were Great Egret, Little Grebe, Smew, Goosander, Goldeneye, Pochard, Whooper Swan, a lone Goshawk, Japanese Wagtail and a flock of Common Crossbill flying overhead.

The swans are difficult to photograph at 700mm……

Whooper Swan

Goosanders regularly flew back and forth too……..

Goosander