Thursday, February 2, 2017

Return of the Great Ice Eagle 2017

Fukushimagata

Niigata, Japan

January 29, 2017

I really love Mr Honma’s enthusiasm. Every winter we look for the Steller’s Sea-eagle and he is always so bright and hopeful. We set out at 6:30 in the dark and freezing cold and he is never bored with finding the same bird perched up high above us.

I realise now that many of the birds we find each winter are actually the same individuals, not just ‘a’ Steller’s Sea-Eagle, or ‘a’ Peregrine Falcon. I guess it is the same for the ducks and swans and so on. In recent years, there is always one American Wigeon, one Steller’s Sea-eagle, one Peale’s Falcon. (as I describe it)


Winter would be much colder and emptier without these now familiar treasures and I too, don’t want to take them for granted. 


Peale's Falcon



Bean Goose




Whooper Swan

Steller's Sea-eagle




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