In a few hours I will hop on a plane to Japan for this year's White & Wild Japan photo tour.

One of the highlights of each year's Japan workshop, is to photograph white-tailed and Steller's sea eagles on the pack ice that comes floating down from Siberia.

To see these amazing creatures in action is a real joy, even without a camera.

We use a small boat for our group to sail between the pack ice, and watch the birds flying around us or sitting on the pack ice.

Usually, there are so many eagles flying around, it's hard to keep track of them and we warn each other when we see one coming. It's great fun.

This shot shows a white-tailed eagle lifting off the ice with that typical large first wing flap. The White-tailed Eagle is a very large bird. It measures 66–94 cm (26–37 in) in length with a 1.78–2.45 m (5.8–8.0 ft) wingspan. The wingspan, with a midpoint of 2.18 m (7.2 ft), is on average the largest of any eagle. The Bald eagle is roughly the same size, but it has a shorter wingspan.

Manual exposure, spot metered off the ice.

If you would like to join me on our 2014 White & Wild Japan workshop and learn how to take better wildlife pictures, please check out my website for more information, pictures and a tour impression video clip:

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