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Winter in Japan

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Steller's Sea Eagle (Haliaeetus pelagicus) takes off from the ice floe. This guy was also a performer in the "Rausu Harbor Air and Water Show". Steller's sea eagles can have a wingspan of up to 8 feet, and can weigh up to 20 pounds. Cousins to the Bald Eagle and the White-Tailed Sea Eagle, Steller's Sea Eagles are considered the most aggressive and powerful of the three. When this eagle landed on the ice floe, he weighed a tad too much for the ice, resulting in his talons being completely submerged. This poor Steller's Sea Eagle had no choice but to take off - although he still looked pretty menacing even with his talons completely underwater!<br />
Effortless power.<br />
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Rausu Harbor, Island of Hokkaido, Japan.
Steller's Sea Eagle Takeoff