7 November 2010

Early Eagles

A very warm (about 18 degrees) autumnal day in south Hokkaido saw me end up in Yakumo on the off chance there might be some eagles. There were.

About 8 or 9 individuals maybe, the majority being White Tailed Eagles with only 1 or 2 Stellers Sea Eagles. They were rather wary and I could only get a few cropped BIF shots.

It was weird seeing the eagles in such mild weather, there were still butterflies in the fields, dragonflies were still buzzing around and not a trace of snow or ice in sight, even on the hills. The atmosphere was very autumnal.

There were some Salmon in the river, not as many as last year but more than the famine year of 2008 when there were hardly any and some eagles apparently actually starved to death in Hokkaido.

January is always the best month for eagle photos, at this time of year they spend most of the time up in the sky.

Other stuff at Yakumo included Rustic Bunting, Jay, Buff Bellied Pipit, Great Egret, Buzzard, 8 or 9 species of duck including a female Smew, Black Necked and Great Crested Grebes, Japanese Wagtail and Brown Dipper.

Thanks to Tomohiro for the driving today, it was his first time to see the eagles...............

Last night I watched Man U get yet another jammy late winner, Spurs get their comeuppance against some good old Lancashire grit and England losing but surprisingly not getting absolutely slaughtered by New Zealand in the rugby.

You know that construction noise next to my apartment building that I was complaining about all last summer? Well after a few weeks lull in the noise it restarted and the stupid ba**rds still haven't finished. It started in June for christs sake. A World Cup has been and gone, the hottest summer on record burned and fizzled but is now just a memory and Japan also got a new PM in the time it has taken to build ONE stupid f***ing house and a couple of outbuildings.



  1. Hottest summer on record Stu? For your area or Japan as a whole?
    Five monthss to build a house - I thought the Japanese were supposed to be the model of efficiency - musta misread it....
    Great eagle pics BTW


  2. Hi Davo, the hottest in Japan I think............

    I used to think the same re efficiency. It is true in some cases but in the construction industry it isn't...............

  3. Wow the eagles have already arrived! That's much earlier than I thought. Very nice BIF shots as usual ;D

  4. Great eagles shots, but the image with the leaf is verry nice and interesting, i love the feeling fdrom it ;)

  5. You captured the eagles' shape well Stu, quite unique with those rounded wings - reminds me of a Hoopoe but of gigantic size. It sound like builders are the same the world over.

  6. That's one seriously large bill!! Nice images too btw.

  7. I've envied you with these nice eagles shots since last year, and then you present some new ones ;-) That's not fair ;-) Well done mate, they are splendid!

  8. Thanks for all the nice comments, now I have to sweet talk the wife into driving me up to the eagle haunts at Yakumo as often as possible over the next 3 or 4 months.........

  9. Wow! Lucky you! I wish Niigata had more eagles. No chance of any here at the moment. Some young goshawks about all. Nice shots.


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