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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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27 Comments (1–25)

triggsturner 9 months ago

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

Neil Ross
Neil Ross 9 months 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 9 months ago

Thank you Liana, glad you liked it.

armadeus.4 9 months ago

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

triggsturner 9 months ago

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

Michael Strydom
Michael Strydom 9 months ago

Huge Congrats!!! Great shot and interaction!!

remkinloch 9 months ago

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

CEM_Kinloch 9 months 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 9 months 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 9 months 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 9 months ago

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

triggsturner 9 months 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 9 months 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 9 months 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 10 months ago

Thank you Zlatan for your comment much appreciated.

Zlatan Celebic
Zlatan Celebic 10 months ago

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

triggsturner 10 months ago

Thank you for the comment Rach. Yes the crows seemed to have a plan! Again thank you for the extreme confidence in how well you think this will go in the photo comp but there is so many wonderful entries posted here and it's very early days. I just wanted to share this experience with you guys. Thank you everyone for the likes all much appreciated.

triggsturner 10 months ago

Thank you for your comment Liana. Glad you enjoyed the series. Those pesky crows didnt stop trying till the last scrap was gone!

remkinloch 10 months ago

Amazing series of photos and the symmetry of the lined up crows in the first image is almost un-natural. Thank you for sharing such a great insight into wildlife interaction in the frozen wilderness. I agree with Sukanya, definitely a front runner for the 2019 photo competition!

armadeus.4 10 months ago

Fantastic series Rob! Love the last photo, can't an eagle have a snack around here?! Thank you for sharing :)

triggsturner 10 months ago

Thank you for the nomination Ashley.

triggsturner 10 months ago

Thank you for your comment Sukanya and for your supreme confidence in this series! Glad you enjoyed it.

AshleyT 10 months ago

Your spotting has been nominated for the Spotting of the Week. The winner will be chosen by the Project Noah Rangers based on a combination of factors including: uniqueness of the shot, status of the organism (for example, rare or endangered), quality of the information provided in the habitat and description sections. There is a subjective element, of course; the spotting with the highest number of Ranger votes is chosen. Congratulations on being nominated!

SukanyaDatta 10 months ago

This is a fantastic series...I can relate to on many levels😊thanks for of the 2019 best shot s for certain.

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北海道地方, Japan

Lat: 43.16, Long: 145.78

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

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