A dark end

Steller’s Sea Eagle

Today may well be the last time I get up to Yakumo for the 2019/20 Eagle season. I probably won’t be up that way for another 3 or more weeks and judging by the already low numbers of eagles and the low food stocks they’ll all be gone by then.

A few ones will hang on and others will disperse locally of course.

A bit of a dark afternoon to finish with…………

Steller’s Sea Eagle

Hardly any snow north of town, especially along the coast, although it was pretty cold. A bit of snow in this background at least.

Steller’s Sea Eagle

End of the Holidays #4

Steller’s Sea Eagle

Upstream there were only a few eagles, the above young Steller’s was one of only about a dozen of what should be one of the hotspots in early January.

These next 2 were taken from another bridge just slightly upstream……..

Steller’s Sea Eagle
Steller’s Sea Eagle

Also upstream were more Whooper Swan and common ducks and a single Crested Kingfisher.

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