Guide to some birds of the Okhotsk region

EurasianJay StellarsSeeagle Redpoll BlakistonsFishowl LathamsSnipe JapaneseCrane Skylark LongtailedTit JuvenileSwan
Whooper Swan White-tailed Sea-Eagle Stellar's Sea-Eagle Hazel Grouse
Japanese Crane Far Eastern Curlew Latham's Snipe Ross's Gull
Blakiston's Fish-Owl Ural Owl Black Woodpecker Lesser Spotted Woodpecker
Eurasian Skylark Long-tailed Tit Snow Bunting Common Redpoll
Tree Sparrow Eurasian Jay Northern Raven Buller's Shearwater*
Swan Goose* Ashy Minivet* To Checklist To Bird Guide Top

White-tailed Sea-Eagle   Haliaeetus albicilla   Ojiro-washi

A year-round resident, several pairs also breed in the Okhotsk region. Since their main diet is fish, many can be seen around bodies of water along the seacoast, especially Tofutsu Lake and Abashiri Lake. The individual in the photo is one of a pair that resides at Tofutsu Lake and is probably quite old. Their tails turn pure white as an adult, and as they age, the plumage around the head gradually turns white, making them look rather dignified. They are much larger than the omnipresent Black Kite. We feel great pride at being able to see such magnificent eagles nearby.


Tofutsu Lake, 22 February 2001 Male adult in flight carrying a fish in its talons
(Abashiri Lake, 12 December 2001)


(Abashiri Lake, 12 December 2001)


Breeding pair. They copulated here earlier in the morning and stayed on this branch for hours afterwards, fending off harassment from a crow as well, and flying away finally on their own accord around 3:00 p.m.
(Tofutsu Lake, 22 February 2009; photo: DB)