Thursday, 10 February 2011


I heard female Steller's Eider which was very rare species in Japan was at fishery port in Wakkanai city, I had time to go to Northern Hokkaido.

As soon as I arrived port, I found the target at long distance with Long-tailed Duck and female Velvet Scotter. I observed it through scope, it was near shore. I tried to approach and success to take photo at short range. It was not so shy I expected because it didn't dive into water or flew away for escaping.

A Common Guillemot was also in this port.

Wakkanai, Hokkaido. 5/Feb/2011.


  1. Wow Steller's Eider! I don't think I'll have a chance to see this beautiful duck. Congratulations!

  2. Wow a steller eider... We only have one male over here. he has been there for 5 years now but is is a rare bird. I've never seen it. Well done.

  3. >Chris
    My friend pointed that this individual is a juvenile and unknown sex.
    So it might be a male, I hope it will come back turning adult male next year.