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

A bit quiet upstream

Steller’s Sea Eagle

It was pretty quiet this morning at Yakumo. Upstream there didn’t seem to be son many Eagles and those that were around didn’t seem to be doing much.

One would occasionally flap over, like this one, but the light was worse in the mountains compared to the river mouth and they never look quite as good against a grey sky.

Steller’s Sea Eagle

A short window in the blizzards

Steller’s Sea Eagle

The snow stopped for a few minutes and I could photograph several Steller’s Sea Eagles flying from the river to the hillside where they perch and rest.

There seem to be a lot of sub-adults this year and Steller’s also seem to outnumber White-taileds this year too, like the one above.

Steller’s Sea Eagle

Just about worth the drive up on the icy roads with terrible visibility…………this was during the few seconds a patch of blue sky appeared.

Steller’s Sea Eagle

Steller’s

Steller’s Sea Eagle

Lots of eagles at Yakumo today and they were all feeding in the river. Would have made great photos if they hadn’t all flown off as soon as our car pulled up…………

Other stuff around included 2 Crested Kingfisher and the usual winter stuff. The weather was dull and grey all day: not ideal for BIF shots.

Steller’s Sea Eagle

November Eagles

Steller’s Sea Eagle

A grey but very mild day in Yakumo today.

There were a lot more Eagles than last time. At least 50 or 60 I’d say and most seemed be be Steller’s.

Annoyingly I dropped my iphone by the side of the road and we spent some time retracing our steps back to the first place we’d stopped where luckily it was there: a bit dirty but unharmed. We lost several really good photo opps whilst searching………

Today’s shots are not very good but it’s always nice to start off another Eagle season.

White-tailed Eagle

Not much else around. the Snow Geese were no longer at Onuma but we did see Bewick’s Swan and Crested Kingfisher at Yakumo and most of the common winter stuff has arrived.

Steller’s Sea Eagle

Still there……….

Steller’s Sea Eagle

The adult Steller’s Sea Eagle was still at Esan on Monday but it didn’t co-operate for any photos. The above subadult flew over, a different individual maybe passing through on its way north. The White-tailed Eagle below was one of at least 6 in the area…………

White-tailed Eagle

This surely must be my last eagle post of the winter……………