The day before

Mountain Hawk-Eagle

Yesterday I was east of town again and the Mountain Hawk-Eagles were showing very well again. The male (above) tried to catch flyby gulls several times but was unsuccessful.

Also around the area were Peregrine, White-tailed Eagle, Harlequin Duck, Blue Rock Thrush, lots of Red-breasted Merganser offshore and tens of thousands of gulls: lots of Kittiwakes and Common Gulls mainly.

Earlier in the day at Onuma we saw Smew, a pair of White-tailed Eagles eating a freshly killed Mallard, various resident species including Black Woodpecker and son on…………

Meet the Mountain-Hawk family

Mountain Hawk-Eagle

I went east today to check on the Kittiwakes again but they were mostly offshore. Luckily the Mountain Hawk-Eagles put on a good show. The above one is the male.

This is the female, as she nonchalantly nabbed a young Slaty-backed Gull out of the sky………

Mountain Hawk-Eagle

Could have been a great pic if I’d reacted a bit quicker, by the time I’d processed what was going on and got the camera up the chance had passed.

This is a juvenile bird, I guess a son/daughter of the above pair?

Mountain Hawk-Eagle

I was using the 1.4 teleconverter. Again , some of the better shots were a little mushy and most of the others were out of focus. It seems to work Ok at Yakumo where the eagles fly more at eye level often in very nice light but the shots of these birds in the sky leave me a bit underwhelmed. Maybe I should take the teleconverter off next time……

Eagle fight

White-tailed Eagle and Mountain Hawk Eagle

There were 2 Mountain Hawk Eagles and 2 or 3 White-tailed Eagles east of town this afternoon…………

When one of the latter flew over, one of the former got a bit annoyed as you can see above.

The regular Steller’s Sea Eagle doesn’t seem to have arrived yet, hopefully it will come soon.

White-tailed Eagle

Other stuff around included Blue Rock Thrush, Harlequin Duck, Red-breasted Merganser, Common Goldeneye, Brent Goose, Great Egret, large numbers of Common Gull and Black-legged Kittiwake offshore and a briefly glimpsed flock of waxwing in town (no idea which species).

More Winter Eagles

Mountain Hawk Eagle

East of town today there were a couple of White-tailed Eagles and also 2 Mountain Hawk Eagles…………….

Other birds around included Harlequin Duck, Glaucous-winged Gull and Pelagic Cormorant. A pretty quiet day.

Highlight of the day was 2 offshore Humpback Whales, my first ever whale sighting.

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…………