A grey Christmas Eve

Mountain Hawk-Eagle

It was a dark cold christmas eve….

We were east of town checking on the Steller’s Sea Eagle which takes up residence there every winter. It was there but sat on a tree on the mountainside doing nothing. A Mountain Hawk-Eagle put in a brief appearance at least.

The port was quiet but this Pelagic Cormorant popped up close.

Pelagic Cormorant

We stayed at a hotel on a nearby cape…

Peregrine

Another wet Sunday

Peregrine

Still really mild. We were out east today: a few interesting things around but not great for photography. The above Peregrine posed nicely and there were also several White-tailed Eagle around, a lone Mountain Hawk-Eagle and 000’s of Black-legged Kittiwakes offshore.

Here’s a common local species: you can see it’s a male by the red flash on its head.

Japanese Pygmy Woodpecker