There were still quite a few eagles around the Mukawa area. Some of the White-tailed Eagles are resident, others are presumably winter visitors or passing through. The Steller’s are definitely not resident.
Not a great photo but the first addition to my J-list of the year. A Long-eared Owl to the east of town this afternoon. It was very dark and late in the afternoon but the Owl stayed on the wire just about long enough for me to get the tripod out and fire off a few record shots. First time I’d seen this species since the mid 80’s near Preston………….
The local Steller’s Sea Eagle was around as were several White-tailed Eagle and the usual common ducks and gulls…………..
Hardly any Eagles in Yakumo: this roadside Steller’s was near Oshamanbe.
Other stuff around included Japanese Waxwing, Common Crossbill and Peregrine. A very quiet (and cold) Monday all in all.
Not many Eagles at all at Yakumo today. Barely 20 or so. In recent years the eagle season has been shortening (possibly due to decline in the salmon runs) but we’re not even in the middle of January yet.
This one was a nice flyby but there really weren’t many of them around at all.
Still bitterly cold and loads and loads of snow. Not much else around: Smew and Japanese Waxwing were the most interesting.
Maybe they were hunkered down somewhere waiting for milder weather…………
Snowing again today…………………
Even when the birding is slow there are still the local Steller’s Sea Eagles at Yakumo.
I never get tired of the eagles: this is my 20th winter with them.
Some White-tailed Eagles from Yakumo: the first two are immatures.
And this is an adult:
We stayed in Yakumo one night but the weather wasn’t so good. Not vintage photos………….
The light on Monday was not quite good enough for BIFs………….
The Eagles are more active now and regularly swoop down to the river to nab salmon carcasses. Sometimes, like this one, they take it back to the tree…………
It’s been extremely cold this week. Minus 14 the other night: our door froze shut!
Yakumo was very wintry today.
It was cold and snowing yesterday in Yakumo…………………not ideal for photos when the snow starts falling.
Today was really cold in Hakodate and quite a lot of snow. Winter came.