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The Thief

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One of the highlights of each year's Japan workshop, is to photograph white-tailed and Steller 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 that is about to steal a fish from another eagle. It was snowing heavily, but I think the snow flakes add to the atmosphere. It may just look like a snowy landscape, but this is a large piece of ice on the ocean.

 

Manual exposure, spot metered off the snow, shutter speed around 1/1250s.

 

If you would like to join me on our next White & Wild Japan workshop, please have a look on my website for more information, pictures and tour impression video clips:

 

Squiver Photo Tours & Workshops

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Taken on April 19, 2012