14 January 2015

Eagles at 700 #2




The windswept bridge in Yakumo where I've taken many an eagle pic did me proud this week...........



It was raining/sleeting/snowing and after 5 minutes watching a few eagles in the distance doing nothing I was about to say ah f**k it let's go somewhere else when a sub adult White Tailed Eagle flew down and started eating the above salmon................





The crows harried it, pulling its tail hoping to distract it. I sympathise with the eagle: crows here are annoying. They regularly get into our garbage, occasionally dive bomb me near their nests and wake me up in the morning with their relentless cawing.

A young Stellers Sea Eagle flew over.



There seemed to be a lot of immature Stellers today: hopefully a sign of a good breeding season?

An adult White Tailed Eagle then took an interest in the salmon...............


It was a bit tricky at 700mm doing BIFs..........


But 700 was a very useful focal length for this location................maybe I should use it more.



Linked to Wild Bird Wednesday.

20 comments:

  1. Allowing for rain, sleet and snow at 700mm those pics are fantastic. Did you use auto IS)?

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    1. Hi Phil, no I almost never use auto ISO. Most of these were at ISO 800 I think.

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  2. Impressive pictures, Stu. It's worth standing in such conditions with such rewards. Beats standing in rain for crows and bulbuls.

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    1. Hi Russell, it was surprisingly temperate that day, sleet is bearable if not so great for photos. Actually this month has been rather mild by Hokkaido standards...............

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  3. HI Stuart you are so fortunate to see these birds so close adn your shots are wonderful

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    1. Yes Margaret, for a short few weeks at this time of year they are very active and easy to find/photograph.

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  4. What great snaps and wow in the crazy weather too, BRAVO~

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  5. Cool collection of eagle shots.. The first shot is my favorite..

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  6. Great flight and landing shots Stuart.:)

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    1. Thanks, I was more than happy with them....................

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  7. Gorgeous birds! What amazing photos!

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    1. Thanks for the comment Marie................

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  8. I guess we all have spectacular birds of our local area, but yours are truly hard to beat.

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  9. I love the delicate long finger like look of the feathers in flight.... wow....so beautiful..

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    1. Thanks for the comment BumbleVee...............

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