WPY 2013

Photograph Details

Commended 2013

Behaviour: Birds

Alexey Bezrukov, Russia

Feast of the East

One of the wildlife feasts of the Russian Far East is the great salmon run. Millions of Pacific salmon - including Chinook, chum, coho, pink and sockeye - swim upriver to spawn in the watersheds of the South Kamchatka Sanctuary, a great number of them in ending up in Lake Kuril. Dining on the spawning salmon are mammals and birds, including Steller's, white-tailed and golden eagles. Alexey went in spring to photograph the eagles, here at one of the many rivers flowing to the lake. 'The golden eagles seemed to have good table manners,' says Alexey. 'They rarely squabbled and seemed happy to share their catches.' By using a remote shutter release, he was able to get an eye-level view of their dining area.

Technical specification

Nikon D3X + 16-35mm f4 lens; 1/200 sec at f22 (-1 e/v); ISO 100; Nikon SB-900 speedlight; Pixel Oppilas wireless shutter remote; Manfrotto 190 tripod.


South Kamchatka Sanctuary, Russia: latitude 51.3836, longitude 156.884 South Kamchatka Sanctuary, Russia: latitude 51.3836, longitude 156.884

South Kamchatka Sanctuary, Russia

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Alexey Bezrukov, Russia

I am a biologist and many years I work in nature reserved system of Russia. Wildlife photographing - my hobby. Each time I try to take such picture that other people as well as I could see the unique world of the nature of Russia.