Still quite a few Eagles around today. They are dotted randomly up and down the coast………..
Not many Eagles at Yakumo anymore but Oshamanbe had a few.
These could have been great photos but this was pretty much the only part of the day when the sun went behind a cloud and my settings were all wrong. Not even my fault: the rubber ring on the top dial of my camera is too loose meaning sometimes it is impossible to quickly change things like ISO and shutter speed. So they were way underexposed and lifting the shadows too much is never good on a photo (especially on cameras with older Canon sensors).
The 7D M2 has 2 dials and I use a grip (where the main dial is fine) but……….still, annoying.
Just before the light was great too………
Steller’s have outnumbered the White-taileds at Yakumo this year and I haven’t taken so many shots of the latter.
Outside of Yakumo it’s a different story: there were at least 4 White-tailed Eagles at Oshamanbe and there were 2 just outside Hakodate yesterday.
There definitely seem to be fewer White-tailed Eagles in Yakumo this winter………
Not that I’ve counted them, just a general impression.
Whisper it but part of me prefers photographing them compared to the Steller’s.
An immature White-tailed Eagle at Yakumo this morning………
Doesn’t look like it’s going to be a long eagle season this winter. There were only a few upstream, they’ve eaten all the salmon. I thought it had been a pretty good salmon run last autumn but apparently not.
At least there were quite a few gathered around the river mouth. This is often a good spot to watch them feed but as with the spots up the valley, food is very scarce. I could fire off plenty of BIF shots as they flew low over the main bridge in town.
Background is very important in BIF shots as you can see:
A White-tailed Eagle at Yakumo today. I tend to concentrate on photographing the Steller’s Sea Eagles most winters but this year the White-taileds seem to be slightly outnumbered.
Other stuff at Yakumo included Mountain Hawk-Eagle, Whooper Swan, Japanese Wagtail, Crested Kingfisher and the usual common ducks and grebes. There were also 4 Great Egret near the river mouth.