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About Steller's Sea Eagles.

Published December 31st, 2012

This is a collection of photos with description about those birds. I will update it when I load more photos.

This is MINE!

Juvenile Steller's sea eagle, the larger bird on the right, has caught the fish; and a golden eagle (left) is trying to take it away.

Right about this time of year these birds gather around Kurile Lake in South Kamchatka Sanctuary, where I photographed them.

Big birds fight.

This is a classical scenario for a fight between a Steller's Sea eagle and golden eagles over fish. Steller's sea eagles are larger and stronger, and they are the ones who are capable to catch fish. However, they often lose it to golden eagles. Why? Because golden eagles seem to have much more courage and fight as a group. While one of them is fighting with a righteous owner of fish the others get it. Just as pictured on this photo.

Read full story in Russian here:


Salmon, caught by Steller's Sea Eagle, can be as heavy as half of the bird weight. Sometimes they can barely lift it off the ground.

Happy New Year!


This is a grown up Steller's Sea eagle caught in flight on the Kurile Lake in South Kamchatka Sanctuary. The photo is taken from a snow hide, so the bird did not see the photographer.

  • February 7th, 2007
  • 500mm / f/5 / 1/500 sec

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Ray Hennessy  over 5 years ago

Very cool. Great photos and a great story about the birds. They surely are beautiful and powerful looking birds. Thanks so much for sharing.

Andrew Wang  over 5 years ago

good work!