7 March 2014

East Hokkaido 2014 #4





Some more eagle shots from Rausu after I swapped my lens, these are all with the 100-400.



The 100-400 isn't as sharp as the 500 f4 but was more useful for these subjects at this range............




The birds got tamer as they started feeding...............




You can eat food that looks exactly like this in many restaurants in Japan................




As I said in a previous post there was so much going on it was difficult to keep track. I tried ( fairly unsuccessfully) to get some shots of them squabbling over fish....................







I took about 1500 shots on the boat...................





I filled a 32GB CF card and had to fish around in my bag for a spare...............this almost never happens...........







I got a few BIF shots.............











But mostly they were just stood or sat on the ice..................












I could get some extreme close ups.................




All in all a wonderful experience.......................


The ice was close inshore, we didn't see any other birds except for crows and gulls. There were lots of immature Glaucous Gulls which looked brilliant white..................





18 comments:

  1. You got some really nice weather there! This is surely one of the best places on earth for bird photography.

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    1. Hi Ayuwat, I agree. Certainly one of the most accessible...............

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  2. Some wonderful images there, especially the first one.

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    1. Thanks for the comment, it took me ages to sort through them. Shouldn't have used continuos shooting I guess......

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  3. I've just discovered your blog and I really like your pictures, specially Steller's sea eagles, because it's my favourite bird. Congrats!

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    1. Hi Endika, well it is a good choice for your favourite bird..................

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  4. Beautiful and intimate portraits of wild eagles, Stu! Sometimes we worry about the sharpness of our lenses and forget versatility. I do it too. No improving on these magnificent pictures. Congratulations.

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    1. Thanks for the comment Russell. Now I feel I need to go back again.................and buy a 70-200 f2.8 to take with me.

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  5. Stunning of course :) The closeup of that (white-tailed?) eagle's eye though... that's the highlight for me.

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    1. Hi, yes it is a White Tailed Eagle, it was only a few meters away...............

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  6. Dammit...5 years hasn't softened the blow. ;)

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    1. Hi Dan, yes I was thinking of you when I was on the boat. I didn't do the Owl this time though, no hot sake in the car in 2014 I'm sorry to say.

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  7. That was a special moment. Better left as is. You must have had a great time taking those photos on this trip. You had outstanding conditions. The pictures are incredible. I'll get there again but not in the immediate future.
    Hopefully we can get together this August. Cheers!

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    1. I'll be around in August, the same as ever..................

      No eaglesin August though so just boozing it is then.................

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  8. Wow, amazin pictures! Wonderful bird of prey! Your blog is very interesting.
    Best regards from Poland/Michał and Piotr

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  9. Superb shots, and you were blessed with good light.
    I especially like the shot of the adult Steller's pulling the flesh away from the skin of the fish (held by it's feet), the tension in the bird's back can be almost felt.

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    1. Thanks John, yes the light was fantastic. That shot you talk about is just about my fave from the whole trip.................

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