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Friday, January 17, 2014

The Remarkable and Stunning Steller's Sea Eagles

The Steller's Sea Eagles are dark colored and yet, they look magnificent. Their feathers are quite astonishing. These kind of eagles have shiny white foreheads, tails, shoulders and thighs.They are very active during day time. They are fish eating eagles. They feed mainly on salmon and trout. The Stellar Sea Eagle has spectacular vision, unlike other eagles. This is a great advantage for them. They are considered the biggest of all sea eagles in the world. Probably, they have the same behavioral patterns as other sea eagles, but this is not known for a fact. Very little is known about their characters and behavioral attitudes. These mysterious eagles weigh more than all other eagles existing in the world today. Steller's Sea Eagles can weigh as much as 15 to 18 pounds. The females weigh even more than the males, by as much as five to 10 pounds. These eagles have yellow beaks, feet and eyes.

They are rather scarce. Because of this, not much is known about them. Furthermore, they live in remote areas such as the Kamchatka Peninsula, the coastal areas that surround the Sea of Okhotsk, the lower areas of the Arnur River, northern Sakhain and the Shantar islands of Russia.. These are the areas where they spend most of their time when the season is warm. Some of these eagles stay there permanently. Many of these eagles fly to the south to the Kurii Islands of Russia. They can go as far as Hokkaido in Japan during the winter season. They do this because food is plentiful in these areas. You cannot find these eagles anywhere else, except in these places.

Since the Steller's Sea Eagles can see much further than any other eagle, they can definitely spot their prey. Because their eyes are set on the front of their heads, they can center their attention on their catch. This becomes useful to them especially when they are diving down from 100 feet to snatch their food.

They spend most of their time perched on tall trees. They wait for the time when salmon migrate from the ocean and swim towards the upper parts of rivers. This is when the Steller's Sea Eagles take full advantage and feast on their prey. They will catch breeding and dying fish, using their strong claws. The Steller's Sea Eagles can be seen standing on shallow water and ice. By doing this, they can get hold of their prey easily.

They are known also as aeries because they build their nests at the topmost of open – topped trees near rivers or stone filled cliffs. They place their nests 100 feet above the ground. Every year, the pairs of Steller Sea Eagles will return to their nests. They will add more materials to their nests. This is done so that they will be prepared when the females will lay their eggs.

It is normal for them to build more than one nest. These nests can have widths of six to eight feet and can weigh more than 100 pounds. This is the reason why at certain times, the branches of trees fall and break apart. During breeding seasons, these birds of prey make sounds similar to seagulls. Courting usually starts during the later part of the winter season. The females will start to lay green eggs, from one to three eggs at a time. Most of the time one chick will have fuzzy feathers which are considered unreal because it will slowly turn brown in about 10 weeks. These type of eagles will become sexually mature when they reach five years old.

3 comments:

Vanessa Morgan said...

Stunning birds indeed. Have a lovely weekend.

euthymic said...

Vanessa,

Thank you very much and i hope you have a lovely weekend too.

Ed

euthymic said...

Vanessa,

Thank you very much and i hope you have a lovely weekend too.

Ed