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Steller's Sea Eagle

Haliaeetus pelagicus


This spotting is for the Steller's Sea Eagle. The other birds it is defending its meal from are Large-billed Crows (Corvus macrorhynchos - sub japonensis).


On the sea ice in the Pacific off western Hokkaido, Japan.


I actually want to put up a specific spotting for this bird but in the spirit of the photograph mission I couldn't resist showing the interaction between this primary predator and a bunch of free loading crows. Very amusing to watch but even 7 crows weren't enough to make the eagle give up its snack!

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35 Comments (1–25)

triggsturner 5 months ago

Thank you Tukup, Maria and Single D for you supportive comments. Most appreciated.

Single D
Single D 6 months ago

Great spotting.

Maria dB
Maria dB 6 months ago

Congratulations on your first place in the Birds 2019 Photo Contest. A very cool series showing the interaction!

Tukup 6 months ago

Hi Triggs. I didn't get a notification on mine either, but have before and after. I think it was a temporary glitch. Congratulations again on a great series and well-deserved first place honors.

triggsturner 6 months ago

Thank you all. I have only just seen this. I usually get a notification of messages but for some reason i didnt this time. A great honour and a pleasant distraction from lock down. I hope you are all safe and well out there.

SukanyaDatta 6 months ago

Congratulations. Loved the shot when I first saw it; love it now too.

Brian38 6 months ago

Congratulations, Robert for your well deserved First Place!

Machi 6 months ago

Congratulations triggsturner, your spotting tied for First Place in our 2019 Best Wildlife Photo Competition - Birds category!



triggsturner a year ago

Thank you Neil. It was a fantastic interaction to watch play out.

Neil Ross
Neil Ross a year ago

An amazing spotting, Rob. I'm so glad you chose to show the group photo. No doubt the crows found someone else to intimidate after their failure here. Congrats on your much-deserved SOTW.

triggsturner a year ago

Thank you Liana, glad you liked it.

armadeus.4 a year ago

Congratulations on your SOTW Robert! Very well-deserved :)

triggsturner a year ago

Thank you Catie, Rach and Michael for your great and supportive comments. All much appreciated.

Michael Strydom
Michael Strydom a year ago

Huge Congrats!!! Great shot and interaction!!

remkinloch a year ago

Congratulations on your SOTW. Well deserved recognition for some amazing images.

CEM_Kinloch a year ago

Congratulations on the SOTW Robert! It is a very well taken photo with good detail. I think it will win for this years Photo of The Year!

triggsturner a year ago

Thank you Tukup. This spotting was just part of a 2 hour experience at the ice with these amazing birds. Mind blowing for those of us that care for such things! Thank you again for your support of this spotting, it is much appreciated.

Tukup a year ago

Just got back to a computer and saw this triggs. Congratulations. It is a fantastic series. It has to be a once in a lifetime sighting.

triggsturner a year ago

Thank you Antonio and Brian for your kind words and support of this spotting.

triggsturner a year ago

Thank you Daniele and PN rangers! Stoked to get a SOTW for these guys. So pleased i could fulfill the brief and hopefully members found the crows efforts as amusing as I did.

Brian38 a year ago

Congratulations Robert. Fantastic series!

Awesome series Robert,i love the first shot,super spotting,congrats on the well deserved SOTW and thanks for sharing your amazing wildlife encounters

DanielePralong a year ago

Congratulations Robert, this series was voted Spotting of the Week! Great images and notes as always; however what was really appreciated here was your effort to make your observations of these birds fit in our special 2019 mission. Thanks!



triggsturner a year ago

Thank you Zlatan for your comment much appreciated.

Zlatan Celebic
Zlatan Celebic a year ago

Great series, Trigs, thanks for sharing. And great interaction caught on clicks, too - those badasses of crows definitely had a plan...

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Spotted on Mar 1, 2019
Submitted on Mar 22, 2019

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