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

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

Not only Steller’s

White-tailed Eagle

A White-tailed Eagle at Yakumo today. I tend to concentrate on photographing the Steller’s Sea Eagles most winters but this year the White-taileds seem to be slightly outnumbered.

Other stuff at Yakumo included Mountain Hawk-Eagle, Whooper Swan, Japanese Wagtail, Crested Kingfisher and the usual common ducks and grebes. There were also 4 Great Egret near the river mouth.

Great Egret