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Steller's Sea Eagle

Steller's Sea Eagle

Lake Furon, Hokkaido, Japan 24 November 2013
EOS 7D & 400mmf4DO with x1.4TC. 1/2000 sec f5.6 ISO 800.

Near Kawaguchi a drivable track goes down to an inlet of Lake Furen, to a fisherman's jetty with a few boats tied up. There were plenty of common winter duck on the inlet, including a succession of high speed fly-past Goosander that were worthy if difficult photographic targets in the brilliant light. More interesting though were the raptors - firstly an immature White-tailed Eagle flew in very close. Soon after a superb adult Steller's Sea Eagle did almost the same, with a crow in hot pursuit, having followed a fisherman's boat in. This was again one of my main Hokkaido targets, and here was one coming pretty close, from the car!

On this photo, I like the eye of eagle and the pursuing crow adds action and interest, all against a nice blue sky with good lighting on the underside of the eagle. This was another brilliant day on Hokkaido, with the Blakiston's Fish Owls in the evening!

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