Inside The Amazing Cross-Continent Saga Of The Steller Sea-Eagle

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In August 2020, a Steller’s sea-eagle was spotted inland in Alaska, far from its home range of East Asia. In March 2021, another Steller’s sea-eagle was spotted all the way down in Texas — the furthest any of its kind had been found away from home. Bird watchers begun speculating if these birds were one and the same. It was all but confirmed when another sighting was reported in eastern Canada months later; high-quality pictures show that the eagle’s wing markings matched that of the bird spotted in Alaska. Read full article here

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