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A further stroke of luck for us was that the pack ice off the coast was accessible and the boat trips would go ahead. Before I went I thought that this was a certainty but if the weather conditions conspire against you then the boats may not go out. A different trip a month before us had no pack ice offshore and they did not get to see the spectacle that we did. The target species here is the magnificent Steller’s Sea Eagle who migrates south from Russia during the (northern hemisphere) winter and feeds off the pack ice in this area for about 6-8 weeks. The sight of hundreds of these incredible birds flying around the boat will stay with me forever. They are not the only birds around and sharing the stage with them are White-tailed Eagles, Ravens and numerous gull species as well. With the females typically weighing in at between 7 and 9 kg, and with a wingspan of up to 2.5 meters the Steller’s dominates proceedings and photographing them in action was a major trip highlight for me. Between Shinji and ODP Safaris, they timed this tour so that one has the best possible opportunity to see these birds (and all the other target species!) and in the 2 trips they have done so far, they have succeeded spectacularly.