National Geographic : 1999 Mar
spend most winter days perched in trees (left), waiting for fish to wash up or digesting a meal. Their size doesn't reg ister until an adult flies from its perch and banks grace fully to face me. A mature bird measures up to nine feet \o from wing tip to wing tip and at up to 20 pounds far Iso, aso" ALASKA outweighs the North American bald eagle. RUSSIA (U ..) Steller's sea-eagles winter as far south as Breeding Japan and South Korea. They nest only in - 6' Bolshoy Shantar Seof CHATKA Being eastern Russia, in places like the island Year-round o tsk INULA Sea range etropavovsk Kamhatskiy of Bolshoy Shantar (above). CHINA r Kurilsove Luae RVHH IN KurikSAK A oye Lake Named after Georg Steller, the KOREA / o soo German naturalist who explored .KOREA 1 HOK DO NG MA Wint*efWing Kamchatka in the 1740s, Steller's a n" JAPAN sea-eagles gather in the hundreds at Kurilskoye Lake for the winter sockeye salmon run, Asia's richest. No roads lead here-I arrive by helicopter. I spend nights in a cabin and days in snow blinds near a sandbank where eagles scavenge fish. STELLER'S SEA-EAGLES German nature photographer and biologist KLAUS NIGGE has made seven expedi tions to the wilderness of Russia's Far East.