In December, the eagles return to Vladivostok. These majestic birds make their nests in Kamchatka, Sakhalin and the lower reaches of the Amur River, and arrive in our region for the winter.
The eagles stay close to the ice-free bays, where they can easily obtain fish. And, since the Zolotoy Rog (the Golden Horn Bay) is in Vladivostok itself, the birds make their home almost in its center, brightening the otherwise wintry urban landscape.
There are two types of eagles in Vladivostok: the Steller and the white-tailed. Nothing rivals the beauty and majesty of the Steller sea eagle: It is the largest bird of prey in Eurasia, with a wingspan of up to 2.5 m. Due to its size, huge bright yellow beak, snow-white shoulders, legs and tail, in sharp contrast to its overall dark brown feathers, it is impossible not to notice these feathered hunters, sitting motionless in the trees along the busy streets, soaring above the ship masts, even strolling along the city’s waterfront.
In March, when spring comes to Russia's Pacific Coast, the eagles leave Vladivostok, returning to their native nests.
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To see the animals of the Ussuri taiga, you do not necessarily have to go into the wilds of the Sikhote-Alin.
The sea is all around Vladivostok, as are the beaches where you can relax during the sunny days of summer. There are several places within the city limits, and getting to them is easy: by bus, by train or by car.
You can observe these cute creatures following simple rules: do not come close, do not feed and do not frighten them. Admiring and taking photographs from a distance – it’s allowed.