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Copyright: Selen Ediger (SelenE) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-08-31
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 20D, Canon EF 100-400mm F/4.5-5.6L IS USM, Hoya UV 77mm
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/160 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Animal Portraits II, Milestones, Great Portraits Part Two [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-09-02 13:25
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! * Steller's Sea Eagle under captivity. Image taken in Prague Zoo

Steller's Sea Eagle
Haliaeetus pelagicus

This magnificent and huge raptor- the Haliaeetus pelagicus is one of the eagles I want to see in the wildlife a lot... I am charmed by its beauty and nobility. Unfortunately haven't had the chance yet. This one is from the Prague zoo.

In English, "Steller's sea eagle", "Pacific eagle" or "white-shouldered eagle."

In Russian, "morskoi orel" (sea eagle), "pestryi morskoi orel" (mottled sea eagle), and "beloplechii orlan" (white shouldered sea eagle).

In Japan, "0-washi."

Steller's sea eagle is one of 8 species of sea and fish eagles in the genus Haliaeetus. The genus includes large to very large eagles with powerful bills and feet, rather short legs, unfeathered tarsi, and often bold color patterns in adults.
The genus is nearly cosmopolitan in distribution. Sea eagles frequent coasts, lakes, and rivers, often scavenge fish, but also take live fish, birds, and mammals.
The adult Steller's sea eagle is characterized by immense size, dark brown to black plumage with prominent white tail, shoulders, thighs, forehead, and usually crown (except H. p. niger). and a yellow, very deep, strongly arched and compressed beak.

Rump, upper and undertail, and underwing coverts also white. Eye, cere, and legs are yellow, the tail wedge-shaped. Males and females are similar, but females are noticeably larger. Wing length of females up to 680 mm, males 590. Weight of females up to 9 kg, males 6 kg.

First down plumage of nestlings is silky white, the second smoky brown-gray. As in other sea eagles, remiges and retrices of first-year (Juvenal) plumage are longer than adults. Juvenal plumage is uniformly dark brown with white feather bases and light mottling on retrices. Iris is dark brown, legs whitish, beak blackish-brown. Through at least three intermediate plumages, mottling in the tail decreases, body and wing feathering acquires a bronze cast, and the eye and bill lighten in color. Definitive plumage is probably reached in the fifth calendar year (based on fragmentary data from captives). First and intermediate plumages difficult to distinguish from those of the white-tailed sea eagle (H- albicilla) with which it shares all of its breeding range.

Occurs only in eastern Asia. Probably breeds only within the former Soviet Union along the Sea of Okhotsk and Bering Sea coasts, including the Kamchatka Peninsula, its greatest stronghold, from the Koryak Highlands (Apuka River, Paul's Bay) south approximately to the Amur River. Also nests on northern Sakhalin Island, the Shantar Islands, and at least some of the Kurile Islands. Breeds inland along river valleys and on lakes throughout its range. Early authors included Korea in the breeding range (H.p. niger). but its former and present status there is uncertain. The wintering range is to some extent congruent with the breeding range. Inside the former Soviet Union migrants concentrate in the Primorski Region, and in Japan on Hokkaido, northern Honshu, and nearby islands. A few migrants reach Korea. Stragglers north to Anadyr, west to Yakutsk, southwest to Beijing, southeast to Midway and Kure atolls, south to the Ryuku Islands, and east to coastal Alaska.

In Kamchatka, 320 pairs have been recorded. An additional 89 nesting areas are not monitored. In the mountains of Koryakan and along the Bay of Penshina, over 1,200 pairs breed and at least 1,400 juveniles occur. About 500 pairs live in the Khabarovsk region of the Okhostsk coast, and 100 on the Shantar Islands. Another 600 pairs occur in the lower Amur.

There are 280 pairs on Sakhalin Island and a few on the Kurile Islands. The total population is approximately 3,200 breeding pairs. At least 3,500 birds winter on Kamchatka, and another 2,000 on Hokkaido.

On the whole, the species' outlook is favorable. Throughout its range it is protected by law. In Japan it is designated a National Treasure. On Kamchatka, most birds live in Nature Reserves or other protected areas. Numbers in this largest and best known population are stable. Outside the breeding range, food bases in the principal wintering areas are so far secure.

A variety of limiting factors, however, both natural and human in origin, may be inhibiting population increases. A primary factor presently limiting nesting success is the instability of nests. Also, food supply during severe winters may be an important limiting factor. Persecution of the bird continues due to its habit of stealing furbearers from trappers. Growing fears of industrial contamination of food sources in the southernmost portions of the winter range may be well-founded.

Foremost among conservation measures must be strict law enforcement to prevent disturbance at nesting and feeding areas and their outright destruction by hunters and trappers.

Source: www.fadr.msu.ru/o-washinet/spsynop.html

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2007-09-02 13:31]

Hello Selen, a very good portrait of this great Eagle, very sharp image, great exposure and very good background. Good work. Thanks,


Hello Selen
Very nice shot of this Eagle,
Perfect details,lighting and BG,
Superb shot,Welldone.


Hoşgeldin Selen
çok net pırıl pırıl bir fotograf olmuş eline sglık .
nice 200 lere o))))

merhaba Selen Hanım,
en son "I need swimming" diyordun (hatırladım), Ege'den dalp Bohemya'dan çıkmış gibi oldu:) sanırım yeni döndün. hoşgeldin diyeyim öncelikle.
eline sağlık, harika bir çalışma.
200. kare olması nedeniyle ayrıca kutlarım. nice 200lere

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2007-09-02 14:39]

Hi Selen

COngratulations on your 200th posting - what a stunning shot - great exposure, colour and detail.


simple close andgood portrait
good colours, excellent framing

Hi Selen,
What an impressive portrait!
It's a great way to commemorate your 200th post!
I like so much that intense yellow on the beak, and the sharpness all around it.
My compliments and thanks for share it.
Best regards,

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2007-09-02 19:06]

Hola Selen,
preciosa foto para celebrer tus 200 trabajos,
nitidez y sensacional pov,
buen trabajo,
felicidades amiga.

Congratulations on your 200th post Selen!
A gorgeous portrait of your Sea Eagle. Such a majestic looking eagle. Well captured, excellent portrait, fine colours, lighting and details. Great note.
TFS Janice

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-09-02 22:08]

Hello Selen,
Congratulations and thanks for all the brilliant shots you've showed us so far. I hope there'll be many more!
Excellent close-up of this fantastic Eagle. Great sharpness and fine colours. Fine background that makes it really stand out.
TFS and best wishes, Ulla

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  • pirate Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 799 W: 152 N: 1186] (7474)
  • [2007-09-02 23:38]

hi selen,

fantastic POV!great sharpness where it has to and nice BG make this a very nice picture!

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2007-09-03 0:31]

Hi Selen,
an exceptional shot especially seeing as it's your 200th!!
Sharp with excellent quality.
Great DOF and BG.
Well done,

Merhaba friend selen, Selam!!
My heartiest congratulation on 200th wonderful work of yours!
They are just excellent and thank you for sharing always!
expect to see many more to come from a far distance friend of mine!
best wishes to you always

Hi Selen
Congratulations of posting your 200th shot!
I wish you good light and TFS your photography.

hello selen,
congratulations of posting your 200th [post, this is a fine capture for the ocassion, nice pov, well composed shot, sharp image with good details, very good eye contact, nice bg,
well done,
tfs & regards

Congratulation on the big 200! And a great image to celebrate it with. This most be the most massive beak I have ever seen on an eagle! Good pose and detail. Love the eye! Cheers, Klaus

Hola Selen, enhorabuena por tus 200 fotos en TN. Toda una maravilla. :-). Dispongo de muy poco tiempo a causa del trabajo, pero al pasar por tu galería para ver tus nuevas fotos no quiero dejar de felicitarte por tu magnífico trabajo. Un cordial saludo amiga.

José Luis

¡¡Mis felicitaciones por tus 200 imágenes publicadas en TN!!
Hermosos colores muy bien saturados y estupendo DoF.
Un precioso retrato.
Saludos, JL.

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2007-09-03 9:25]

Hi Selen,
Congratulation on your 200th posting and what a way to celebrate the occasion. Fantastic shot of the Sea Eagle with an awesome yellow bill and calm but gorgeous eyes. Sharp details on its plumage, neat focus, perfect lighting lets it stand out well from the neutral BG. Excellent POV and very nicely composed. Kudos.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2007-09-03 12:28]

Hello Selen,
What a great portrait in your 200th posting. Perfect sharpness, details, light, colours and focus. Great BG.

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  • rdfoto Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 372 W: 0 N: 719] (3295)
  • [2007-09-03 12:39]

Bonsoir Selen
Felicitation pour ta 200ème, c'est toujours un plaisir. Très beau profile avec cet oeil vif et ce bec énorme. Une très belle prise bravo
Amicalement Robi

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2007-09-03 13:21]

Hi Selen. What a fine looking bird. you have captured it with sharp focusing and good colours. the eye is spot on with the catchlight. well done TFs. very good notes too.

Congrates on the 200th posting.

Selen 200. fotoğrafına ulaşmanı tebrik ediyorum. İyi skor. Skor bir yana oldukça iyi kalitede fotoğraflar. Bu da öyle. Tebrikler. Mustafa

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  • krall Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 190 W: 0 N: 47] (1286)
  • [2007-09-03 14:27]

mukemmel bir kare tebrik ederim.

Hi Selen, Just stunning what a brilliant shot great POV, excellent colours, suburb, by the way congrats on you 200th what a way to celebrate :)

Hi Selen.
I think you have 200 beautiful photos here, and more in your other places. Glad you are a part of this website, because it is so nice to view the photographs form your country.
Also from places you visit.
This would be a fantastic bird to find in the natural environment, but you did an excellent job framing it and capturing details.
TFS all you work.
I await the next 200.

Hi Selen,
Congratulations with your 200th upload. I have been enjoying so many beautiful photos from you. I have always liked you mix between birds and landscape photography. You are celebrating your 200th upload with a wonderful portrait of a very stunning bird. I love the details you have captured in the beak and eye. The color and texture of the BG brings out even more details in the head. The reflection in the eye is superb.

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  • zeca Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 373 W: 14 N: 539] (2887)
  • [2007-09-06 17:54]

This is a beautiful picture to celebrate your 200 pictures! Congratulations for all of your nice work! Your intro is a great idea, and very funny! A beautiful gallery! Go ahead!

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  • fthsm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 172 W: 56 N: 512] (3689)
  • [2007-09-09 7:26]

Bu guzel kusun dogal yasam alanina cok cok yaklasmama ragmen bir adim daha atacak firsati yaratamamis olmak icimde yaradir.
Elinize saglik Selen Hanim, nice yuzlere.

Hola Selen
Un gran retrato el que nos muestras, nitidez, fondo, detalle..... si casi sales tú en el ojo.
Un saludo y felicitaciones por esas 200 fotos y por compartirlas con nosotros.

Merhaba Selen,
200 e yakışır harika bir portre

fantastic portrait-closeup, TFS Ori

Selen hoşgeldin , 200. fotoğrafın için tebrik ederim , bunun için güzel bir seçim olmuş , kuşun gücünü ve güzelliğini yansıtan nefis bir portre , eline sağlık .

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