White-fronted Geese pass through south Hokkaido all the way through spring. Today there was a flock of 40 or so of them at Yakumo…………….
The Glaucous-winged Gulls are coming into summer plumage before their return trip north.
They fit in well in Japan. Like the locals, they eat pretty much anything that comes from the sea…………..
A Steller’s Sea Eagle in Yakumo on Sunday.
The numbers are slowly falling as the salmon stock dwindles and the birds begin to disperse. There were still a fair few around though but for most of the morning the skies were too dark and blizzards hit in the afternoon.
There were more eagles of both species up in Oshamanbe, they won’t be leaving quite yet.
Some final shots from last weekend in Yakumo. I probably won’t go back for a couple of weeks. The eagle numbers already seem a bit down from the turn of the year: the eagle season has peaked.
An immature Steller’s Sea Eagle from last weekend.
You can get an idea of the size of these eagles by comparing them to the crows which are always in attendance.
The tree that held the adult Steller’s Sea Eagle eating a duck was also temporary home to 4 other eagles. Another 2 Steller’s (one immature) and 2 adult White-taileds.
These were midstream. There were about a dozen eagles on a small stretch of river……….
This Steller’s Sea Eagle was eating a duck I think, it’s very rare to see them eating anything other than salmon in Yakumo. Shame about the branches………….
Several other eagles were hanging around the same tree hoping for some scraps………..
Upstream at Yakumo the eagles have started to disperse as the salmon carcasses begin to dwindle…………
And most of those upstream appear to be White-tailed Eagle, and soon few of either species will remain. The most sought-after bird in this location for local photographers is Crested Kingfisher and although I see them every time I visit during the eagle season I have yet to take a single decent photo of one. Ever.
A Steller’s Sea Eagle in late afternoon light on Sunday in Yakumo………………….
A pleasant Sunday in Yakumo and Oshamanbe didn’t see much in the way of new birds for the year but a few eagles did fly by very close at least………….
The eagles were not so active today despite the mild weather. Oshamanbe was very quiet indeed: both eagle species were here too as well as Black Scoter and Long-tailed Duck but nothing close enough to photograph.