Steller's Sea Eagle

by Masterov, Vladimir; Michael Romanov; Richard Sale
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Steller's Sea Eagle

by Masterov, Vladimir; Michael Romanov; Richard Sale

Format: Hardcover

Code: 14923

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This book, the first on the species in English, studies its habitats, diet, breeding behavior and migration, drawing together information not previously translated from Russian and other sources, to explore the biology of this magnificent eagle. This new book is a translation of an earlier Russian book written by Masterov and Romanov, but with significant changes. The most significant is a new chapter on Steller's flight and a large number of new photos.

Steller's Sea Eagle is a remarkable bird. Though familiar in summer to native peoples of the Russian Far East, of the Aleutian Islands and even south-west Alaska, and in winter to those in northern Japan, it was unknown to western ornithologists until the late 18th century. Then, on Vitus Bering's second journey to discover if Russia and North America were land-linked, it was described by the expedition's German doctor/naturalist Georg Steller. Standing a meter tall, with a wingspan sometimes approaching 3 m and weighing as much as 9 kg, it is arguably the largest eagle in the world (and certainly one of the biggest three or four.) It also has, without doubt, the most massive bill of any eagle.

The eagle's late discovery to western science was due to its remote range. Breeding eagles are confined to the Bering Sea coasts of southern Kamchatka and to northern and western coasts of the Sea of Okhotsk. In winter the eagles are largely confined to the southern Kuril Islands and Japan's northern island of Hokkaido. In winter, climate and geography mean the Sea of Okhotsk defies its position (at about the same latitude as France's Mediterranean coast) and freezes, Steller's Sea Eagles wintering on or close to the sea ice, a curiosity that has attracted bird lovers and photographers for many years.

Taking many years to mature, often producing only a single chick each year, and exposed to an incredibly harsh climate during the winter, the species was never abundant. The eagles now also have to contend with the exploration for fossil fuels in the Sea of Okhotsk, particularly on the island of Sakhalin (where the eagles additionally suffer predation by Brown Bears which climb their nesting trees to eat the nestlings). In recent years Russian researchers have worked hard, in conjunction with local oil companies, to reduce the threats from anthropogenic change and bear predation. However, the situation remains challenging, with evidence suggesting that throughout its range the Steller's population is declining.

This book, the first on the species in English, studies its habitats, diet, breeding behavior and migration, drawing together information not previously translated from Russian and other sources, to explore the biology of this magnificent eagle. This new book is a translation of an earlier Russian book written by Masterov and Romanov, but with significant changes. The most significant is a new chapter on Steller's flight and a large number of new photos.

ISBN: 9780957173231

Publisher: Snowfinch Publishing

Year of Publication: 2018

Page Count: 384