Sunday, February 10, 2013

Return of the Great Ice Eagle

Steller's Sea-eagle

Niigata, Japan

February 10, 2013

The best thing about this post is the title. Anyway, these are my only shots of a Steller's this year. The last was February 19, 2011. I guess it's nice to know the pics are just a few hours old.

Mr Honma and I had an early start as we'd tried other days but the eagle had departed before we arrived. We got there just before 7am. The eagle eventually left just before 9 and stirred up geese in the surroundings.












Above and below: Couldn't work this out at first but I think it's an adult male Northern Goshawk
....or is it a Sparrowhawk? 



There were mixes of Bean Goose and Greater White-fronted Goose,
as well as Whooper and Tundra Swans in the surrounding fields.