Chris Wahl

A lot of Eagles and a Gull

17 posts in this topic

On three (early) mornings we went on a ship that took us just outside the harbour. We did expect sea ice but there was none while were at Hokkaido. Well, we took what we got and it was good.

The crew on the boat fed the eagles frozen fish. The good thing was that they fed them whole fish and not just pieces... The bad thing was that a lot of that fish were species like flatfish i.e. fish that typically can not really be caught by eagles :)

Two of the three mornings were overcast, dull and snowy so although we got great images the light was far from being perfect but the third day was just perfect.

 

We saw two types of eagles:

  • Steller's Sea Eagle: Steller's sea eagle (Haliaeetus pelagicus) is a large bird of prey in the family Accipitridae that lives in coastal northeastern Asia and mainly preys on fish and water birds. On average, it is the heaviest eagle in the world, at about 5 to 9 kg (11 to 20 lb), but may be below the harpy eagle (Harpia harpyja) and Philippine eagle (Pithecophaga jefferyi) in some standard measurements.It is named after the German naturalist Georg Wilhelm Steller.
  • White-tailed Eagle: White-tailed eagle (Haliaeetus albicilla) are also known as eagle of the rain, sea grey eagle, erne, gray eagle, and white-tailed sea-eagle — is a large bird of prey in the family Accipitridae which includes other raptors such as hawks, kites, and harriers. It is considered a close cousin of the bald eagle and occupies the same ecological niche, but in Eurasia.

 

Most beautiful, impressive and majestic birds ...but now for the images ... I hope you like them

 

Chris

 

#1 A Steller's shortly before grabbing fish ... what a bird ... those claws ...

i-w7983zp-X2.jpg

 

#2 One of those images with a fish ... well ...

i-HWKhs7D-X2.jpg

 

#3 I tried to catch the moment where the fish is still in a spray of water ... difficult moment to catch ...

i-jsxXRvx-X2.jpg

 

#4 Look at the face of the bird ... if those eyes focus you ... well ... you're in trouble ... from the perspective of a fish ... and mine ...

i-XBnmtJD-X2.jpg

 

#5 A White-tailed eagle ... they look distinctly different than the Steller's ...

i-Q2xnN9p-X2.jpg

 

#6 However, I am not 100% sure about this one ... my guess is, that it is a juvenile Steller's ...

i-L7V5rTd-X2.jpg

 

#7 Titans at work ... especially the juvenile white-tailed eagles specialized in stealing the fish from the older ones ...

it was an epic battle and this is the image I like best from a series of 10 images or so

i-JbcvRtD-X2.jpg

 

#8 At the pier itself it was fun shooting them ...

i-sS3qSGf-X2.jpg

 

#9 I had to laugh watching this huge guy trying to tiptoe whatever it was that he stalked .. eagle vision ...

It is a bit of a pity that he was just about doing his eagle eyes but I like the shot nevertheless.

i-Sgz562p-X2.jpg

 

#10 and here is the gull ... I really like that image although it's "only" a gull ... it's nicely isolated from the water ...

i-xRC7kQQ-X2.jpg

 

 

4 people like this

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Thank you Mr. Dahms... It is my pleasure to cause trouble :D 

1 person likes this

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Chris, what an amazing set of images!  How many more do you have from your trip?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Brilliant set of photos.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Another tremendous set!

 

 

 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Chris, I can only echo what the others have said superb!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Many thanks to you all, I am glad you enjoyed the images!

 

Anthony, of course I have thousands more ;)  ... I will post one or two sets of swan images and one or two covering all the other bits and pieces ... then all is covered ...

 

Once more, thank you all!

 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I second the comment from Dallas about being some of the best BIF images I have seen 

 

What a huge eagle !

 

I do not recall if you have mentioned in some of your other threads, what gear did you use?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Thank you so much for your kind words Armando, much appreciated!

 

yes, these eagles are huge which makes photographing them in flight a lot easier than e.g. kingfishers or bee-eaters etc.

 

I used the D4 and the D800 and had my zooms with me i.e. the 24-70, 70-200 and 200-400. All of above images with the exception of #7 were taken with the combo D800/200-400 ... #7 was taken with the D4/200-400.

 

cheers

Chris

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Oh yes Fons .... hopefully I'll be able to return one day ...

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Fantastic, the second is my favorite!;)

1 person likes this

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
On 4/21/2017 at 20:20, Chris Wahl said:

Thank you so much for your kind words Armando, much appreciated!

 

yes, these eagles are huge which makes photographing them in flight a lot easier than e.g. kingfishers or bee-eaters etc.

 

I used the D4 and the D800 and had my zooms with me i.e. the 24-70, 70-200 and 200-400. All of above images with the exception of #7 were taken with the combo D800/200-400 ... #7 was taken with the D4/200-400.

 

cheers

Chris

 

Did you bag your gear as carry-on, which bag? Chris.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
14 hours ago, The Swede said:

Fantastic, the second is my favorite!;)

Thank you so much and say hello to your dog :)

 

Fons, all gear except for the Tripod + Gimbal and some smaller unbreakable stuff (adapters, cables etc.) went into the hand luggage ... I used the Lowe Compu Trekker Plus AW (see here for the new version of it, I have the old one) and a small messenger bag (not a photography bag) for even more small stuff. Tripod, clothes, shoes etc. went into the Pelicase... Regarding the international flights luckily nobody checked the weight of all that ... On domestic flights in Japan however they did and I had to pay a little reasonable extra but never had any problems ...  hope that helps...

 

Cheers

Chris

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Wow, fantastic series of images ...... very well done!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Thanks Harrie!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!


Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.


Sign In Now