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"Kamchatka won't let go", says photographer Igor Shpilenok, who recently returned from photographing Steller's sea eagles on the southern tip of the peninsula. From his igloo, Shpilenok was able to observe and photograph the hundreds of birds that gather there each winter to gorge on salmon

Steller's sea eagles are found only along a narrow coastal strip around the Sea of Okhotsk and the Kamchatka Peninsula and are threatened by poaching, increased human presence, pollution, lead poisoning, overfishing, and oil development. "Maybe with my photographs," Shpilenok hopes, "I can show people the magnificence of this enormous bird and evoke in them the desire to preserve it for future generations."

Shpilenok travels across Russia, documenting its relatively unknown system of protected areas and particularly enjoys working in Kamchatka, a region best known for its high density of volcanoes and associated volcanic phenomena. As well as the eagles, it boasts an abundance of brown bears and the world's greatest diversity of salmon.
Steller's sea eagle {Haliaeetus pelagicus} portrait, Kuril Lake, Kamchatka, Far East Russia - Igor Shpilenok
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Igor Shpilenok / Steller's sea eagle {Haliaeetus pelagicus} portrait, Kuril Lake, Kamchatka, Far East Russia
Steller's sea eagle {Haliaeetus pelagicus} walking over ice, Kuril Lake, Kamchatka, Far East Russia - Igor Shpilenok
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Igor Shpilenok / Steller's sea eagle {Haliaeetus pelagicus} walking over ice, Kuril Lake, Kamchatka, Far East Russia
Steller's sea eagle {Haliaeetus pelagicus} in flight carrying Sockeye salmon in claws, Kuril Lake, Kamchatka, Far East Russia - Igor Shpilenok
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Igor Shpilenok / Steller's sea eagle {Haliaeetus pelagicus} in flight carrying Sockeye salmon in claws, Kuril Lake, Kamchatka, Far East Russia
Steller's sea eagle {Haliaeetus pelagicus} flying through snow, Kuril Lake, Kamchatka, Far East Russia - Igor Shpilenok
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Igor Shpilenok / Steller's sea eagle {Haliaeetus pelagicus} flying through snow, Kuril Lake, Kamchatka, Far East Russia
Steller's sea eagle {Haliaeetus pelagicus} about to pick up Sockeye salmon prey in its claws, Kuril Lake, Kamchatka, Far East Russia - Igor Shpilenok
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Igor Shpilenok / Steller's sea eagle {Haliaeetus pelagicus} about to pick up Sockeye salmon prey in its claws, Kuril Lake, Kamchatka, Far East Russia
Steller's sea eagle {Haliaeetus pelagicus} fighting  with Golden eagle {Aquila chrysaetos} over Sockeye salmon prey, Kuril Lake, Kamchatka, Far East Russia - Igor Shpilenok
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Igor Shpilenok / Steller's sea eagle {Haliaeetus pelagicus} fighting with Golden eagle {Aquila chrysaetos} over Sockeye salmon prey, Kuril Lake, Kamchatka, Far East Russia
Steller's sea eagle {Haliaeetus pelagicus} feeding on Sockeye salmon prey, Kuril Lake, Kamchatka, Far East Russia - Igor Shpilenok
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Igor Shpilenok / Steller's sea eagle {Haliaeetus pelagicus} feeding on Sockeye salmon prey, Kuril Lake, Kamchatka, Far East Russia
Juvenile Steller's sea eagle {Haliaeetus pelagicus} defending Sockeye salmon prey from two Golden eagles {Aquila chrysaetos} Kuril Lake, Kamchatka, Far East Russia - Igor Shpilenok
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Igor Shpilenok / Juvenile Steller's sea eagle {Haliaeetus pelagicus} defending Sockeye salmon prey from two Golden eagles {Aquila chrysaetos} Kuril Lake, Kamchatka, Far East Russia
Steller's sea eagle {Haliaeetus pelagicus} beside two Golden eagles {Aquila chrysaetos} fighting over Sockeye salmon prey, Kuril Lake, Kamchatka, Far East Russia - Igor Shpilenok
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Igor Shpilenok / Steller's sea eagle {Haliaeetus pelagicus} beside two Golden eagles {Aquila chrysaetos} fighting over Sockeye salmon prey, Kuril Lake, Kamchatka, Far East Russia
Steller's sea eagles {Haliaeetus pelagicus} squabbling over Sockeye salmon prey, Kuril Lake, Kamchatka, Far East Russia - Igor Shpilenok
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Igor Shpilenok / Steller's sea eagles {Haliaeetus pelagicus} squabbling over Sockeye salmon prey, Kuril Lake, Kamchatka, Far East Russia
Steller's sea eagle {Haliaeetus pelagicus} and Magpie, perched looking at each other, Kuril Lake, Kamchatka, Far East Russia - Igor Shpilenok
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Igor Shpilenok / Steller's sea eagle {Haliaeetus pelagicus} and Magpie, perched looking at each other, Kuril Lake, Kamchatka, Far East Russia
Group of three adults and one juvenile Steller's sea eagle {Haliaeetus pelagicus} perched beside Kuril Lake, Kamchatka, Far East Russia - Igor Shpilenok
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Igor Shpilenok / Group of three adults and one juvenile Steller's sea eagle {Haliaeetus pelagicus} perched beside Kuril Lake, Kamchatka, Far East Russia
Kamchatka Brown bear (Ursus arctos beringianus) walking along the Valley of the Geysers, Kronotsky Zapovednik Reserve, Kamchatka, Russia. - Igor Shpilenok
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Igor Shpilenok / Kamchatka Brown bear (Ursus arctos beringianus) walking along the Valley of the Geysers, Kronotsky Zapovednik Reserve, Kamchatka, Russia.
Kamchatka brown bear (Ursus arctos beringianus) amongst hot steam from the geysers in Valley of the Geysers, Kronotsky Zapovednik, Kamchatka, Far East Russia - Igor Shpilenok
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Igor Shpilenok / Kamchatka brown bear (Ursus arctos beringianus) amongst hot steam from the geysers in Valley of the Geysers, Kronotsky Zapovednik, Kamchatka, Far East Russia
Kamchatka brown bear (Ursus arctos beringianus)  enjoys hot steam from a geyser in Valley of the Geysers, Kronotsky Zapovednik, Kamchatka, Far East Russia - Igor Shpilenok
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Igor Shpilenok / Kamchatka brown bear (Ursus arctos beringianus) enjoys hot steam from a geyser in Valley of the Geysers, Kronotsky Zapovednik, Kamchatka, Far East Russia
Kamchatka Brown bear (Ursus arctos beringianus) mother roaring at hotspring after her cub burned paw walking over it, Uzon Caldera, Kronotsky Zapovednik Reserve, Kamchatka, Russia. - Igor Shpilenok
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Igor Shpilenok / Kamchatka Brown bear (Ursus arctos beringianus) mother roaring at hotspring after her cub burned paw walking over it, Uzon Caldera, Kronotsky Zapovednik Reserve, Kamchatka, Russia.
Kamchatka brown bear (Ursus arctos beringianus) near photographer's wooden cabin, Valley of the Geysers, Kronotsky Zapovednik, Kamchatka, Far East Russia - Igor Shpilenok
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Igor Shpilenok / Kamchatka brown bear (Ursus arctos beringianus) near photographer's wooden cabin, Valley of the Geysers, Kronotsky Zapovednik, Kamchatka, Far East Russia
Kamchatka Brown bear (Ursus arctos beringianus) Valley of the Geysers, Kronotsky Zapovednik Reserve, Kamchatka, Russia. Bear appeared at photographer's window one morning. - Igor Shpilenok
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Igor Shpilenok / Kamchatka Brown bear (Ursus arctos beringianus) Valley of the Geysers, Kronotsky Zapovednik Reserve, Kamchatka, Russia. Bear appeared at photographer's window one morning.
Brown bear {Ursus arctos} mother with cubs, Valley of the Geysers, Kronotsky Zapovednik, Russia. - Igor Shpilenok
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Igor Shpilenok / Brown bear {Ursus arctos} mother with cubs, Valley of the Geysers, Kronotsky Zapovednik, Russia.
Kamchatka Brown bear (Ursus arctos beringianus) standing whilst fishing for Salmon in Tikhaya / 'Calm' River with Kronotsky volcano, Kamchatka, Kronotsky Zapovednik Reserve, Russia. - Igor Shpilenok
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Igor Shpilenok / Kamchatka Brown bear (Ursus arctos beringianus) standing whilst fishing for Salmon in Tikhaya / 'Calm' River with Kronotsky volcano, Kamchatka, Kronotsky Zapovednik Reserve, Russia.
Kamchatka Brown bear (Ursus arctos beringianus) head underwater looking for Salmon underwater, Kronotsky River, Kronotsky Zapovednik Reserve, Kamchatka, Russia. - Igor Shpilenok
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Igor Shpilenok / Kamchatka Brown bear (Ursus arctos beringianus) head underwater looking for Salmon underwater, Kronotsky River, Kronotsky Zapovednik Reserve, Kamchatka, Russia.
Kamchatka Brown bear (Ursus arctos beringianus) walking with with salmon prey, Koryaksky Zapovednik, Russia. - Igor Shpilenok
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Igor Shpilenok / Kamchatka Brown bear (Ursus arctos beringianus) walking with with salmon prey, Koryaksky Zapovednik, Russia.
Kamchatka brown bear (Ursus arctos beringianus)  chasing each other beside water, Kronotsky Nature Reserve, Kamchatka, Far East Russia - Igor Shpilenok
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Igor Shpilenok / Kamchatka brown bear (Ursus arctos beringianus) chasing each other beside water, Kronotsky Nature Reserve, Kamchatka, Far East Russia
Kamchatka brown bear (Ursus arctos beringianus)  fighting, Kronotsky Nature Reserve, Kamchatka, Far East Russia - Igor Shpilenok
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Igor Shpilenok / Kamchatka brown bear (Ursus arctos beringianus) fighting, Kronotsky Nature Reserve, Kamchatka, Far East Russia
'Velikan' or 'Giant' Geyser, with colonies of thermophilic bacteria colouring foreground, Kronotsky Zapovednik Reserve, Russia. Tthe largest geyser on Kamchatka, periodically erupting, releasing up to... - Igor Shpilenok
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Igor Shpilenok / 'Velikan' or 'Giant' Geyser, with colonies of thermophilic bacteria colouring foreground, Kronotsky Zapovednik Reserve, Russia. Tthe largest geyser on Kamchatka, periodically erupting, releasing up to...
Autumn colours of the Ermans Birch trees in the Valley of Geysers, Kronotsky Zapovednik, Kamchatka, Far East Russia - Igor Shpilenok
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Igor Shpilenok / Autumn colours of the Ermans Birch trees in the Valley of Geysers, Kronotsky Zapovednik, Kamchatka, Far East Russia
Water flowing over rapids in the Geyser River, Kronotsky Zapovednik, Kamchatka, Far East Russia - Igor Shpilenok
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Igor Shpilenok / Water flowing over rapids in the Geyser River, Kronotsky Zapovednik, Kamchatka, Far East Russia
Hot waterfall created by erupting geyser above the falls, Kronotsky Zapovednik, Russia. - Igor Shpilenok
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Igor Shpilenok / Hot waterfall created by erupting geyser above the falls, Kronotsky Zapovednik, Russia.
Keyflower orchid {Dactylorhiza aristata} in flower, with geothermal steam in background, Valley of the Geysers, Kronotsky Zapovednik Reserve, Kamchatka, Russia.  Note - The orchid flowers earlier in t... - Igor Shpilenok
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Igor Shpilenok / Keyflower orchid {Dactylorhiza aristata} in flower, with geothermal steam in background, Valley of the Geysers, Kronotsky Zapovednik Reserve, Kamchatka, Russia. Note - The orchid flowers earlier in t...
Bracken {Pteridium aquilinum} sprouting from under soil warmed by volcanic heat, Valley of the Geysers, Kronotsky Zapovednik reserve, Kamchatka, Russia. - Igor Shpilenok
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Igor Shpilenok / Bracken {Pteridium aquilinum} sprouting from under soil warmed by volcanic heat, Valley of the Geysers, Kronotsky Zapovednik reserve, Kamchatka, Russia.
The 'Fireplace' rock formation, Geyser River, Valley of the Geysers, Kronotsky Zapovednik Reserve, Russia. - Igor Shpilenok
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Igor Shpilenok / The 'Fireplace' rock formation, Geyser River, Valley of the Geysers, Kronotsky Zapovednik Reserve, Russia.
Zhemchuzhny or 'Pearl' Geyser, Geyser River, Kronotsky Zapovednik Reserve, Kamchatka, Russia. - Igor Shpilenok
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Igor Shpilenok / Zhemchuzhny or 'Pearl' Geyser, Geyser River, Kronotsky Zapovednik Reserve, Kamchatka, Russia.
Aerial view of the Ranger stations before the landslide of June 3, 2007, which changed the face of the Valley of the Geysers, Kronotsky Zapovednik, Kamchatka, Far East Russia - Igor Shpilenok
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Igor Shpilenok / Aerial view of the Ranger stations before the landslide of June 3, 2007, which changed the face of the Valley of the Geysers, Kronotsky Zapovednik, Kamchatka, Far East Russia
Aerial view of the Ranger stations after the landslide of June 3, 2007, which changed the face of the Valley of the Geysers, Kronotsky Zapovednik, Kamchatka, Far East Russia~During the landslide of Ju... - Igor Shpilenok
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Igor Shpilenok / Aerial view of the Ranger stations after the landslide of June 3, 2007, which changed the face of the Valley of the Geysers, Kronotsky Zapovednik, Kamchatka, Far East Russia~During the landslide of Ju...
Helicoptor flying over the visitor centre and a landslide in Valley of the Geysers, Kronotsky Zapovednik, Kamchatka, Far East Russia, June 2007.~The landslide stopped short of the visitor's center on... - Igor Shpilenok
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Igor Shpilenok / Helicoptor flying over the visitor centre and a landslide in Valley of the Geysers, Kronotsky Zapovednik, Kamchatka, Far East Russia, June 2007.~The landslide stopped short of the visitor's center on...
Aerial view of the landslide of June 3, 2007, which blocked part of Kamchatka's Valley of the Geysers, damning the Geyser River and creating a lake. This picture was taken on June 15, six days after t... - Igor Shpilenok
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Igor Shpilenok / Aerial view of the landslide of June 3, 2007, which blocked part of Kamchatka's Valley of the Geysers, damning the Geyser River and creating a lake. This picture was taken on June 15, six days after t...
Floor of the Caldera of Uzon Volcano with small cinder cones. Kronotsky Zapovednik Reserve, Russia. - Igor Shpilenok
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Igor Shpilenok / Floor of the Caldera of Uzon Volcano with small cinder cones. Kronotsky Zapovednik Reserve, Russia.
Fissures and geysers erupting, Uzon Caldera. Kronotsky Zapovednik Reserve, Kamchatka, Russia. - Igor Shpilenok
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Igor Shpilenok / Fissures and geysers erupting, Uzon Caldera. Kronotsky Zapovednik Reserve, Kamchatka, Russia.
Hot spring ringed by thermophilic bacteria, caldera of the Uzon Volcano, Kronotsky Zapovednik Reserve, Russia. - Igor Shpilenok
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Igor Shpilenok / Hot spring ringed by thermophilic bacteria, caldera of the Uzon Volcano, Kronotsky Zapovednik Reserve, Russia.
Hot mud pots, Uzon Caldera, Kronotsky Zapovednik Reserve, Russia. - Igor Shpilenok
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Igor Shpilenok / Hot mud pots, Uzon Caldera, Kronotsky Zapovednik Reserve, Russia.
Mud pot with boiling clay, Uzon Caldera, Kronotsky Zapovednik Reserve, Russia. - Igor Shpilenok
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Igor Shpilenok / Mud pot with boiling clay, Uzon Caldera, Kronotsky Zapovednik Reserve, Russia.
Small cones emitting steam from the depths of the Caldera Uzon Volcano, Kronotsky Zapovednik Reserve, Russia. - Igor Shpilenok
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Igor Shpilenok / Small cones emitting steam from the depths of the Caldera Uzon Volcano, Kronotsky Zapovednik Reserve, Russia.
Black smoke belching from the Karymsky volcano,~Kamchatka, Far East Russia - Igor Shpilenok
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Igor Shpilenok / Black smoke belching from the Karymsky volcano,~Kamchatka, Far East Russia
Looking down into the crater lake of the Maly Semyachik Volcano with ice at the rim and azure blue colouring caused by the acidic water, July. - Igor Shpilenok
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Igor Shpilenok / Looking down into the crater lake of the Maly Semyachik Volcano with ice at the rim and azure blue colouring caused by the acidic water, July.
Flock of Gulls above Tikhaya River, Kronotsky Zapovednik Reserve, Kamchatka, Russia. - Igor Shpilenok
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Igor Shpilenok / Flock of Gulls above Tikhaya River, Kronotsky Zapovednik Reserve, Kamchatka, Russia.
Death Valley at the foot of Kikhpinich Volcano,  Kronotsky Zapovednik Reserve, Russia, where noxious gases are concentrated enough to kill animals. - Igor Shpilenok
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Igor Shpilenok / Death Valley at the foot of Kikhpinich Volcano, Kronotsky Zapovednik Reserve, Russia, where noxious gases are concentrated enough to kill animals.
Aerial view of two rivers joining in valley, Kronotsky Zapovednik reserve, Russia. - Igor Shpilenok
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Igor Shpilenok / Aerial view of two rivers joining in valley, Kronotsky Zapovednik reserve, Russia.
Sockeye salmon {Oncorhynchus nerka} spawning in shallow water at edge of Kuril Lake, Kamchatka, Far East Russia - Igor Shpilenok
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Igor Shpilenok / Sockeye salmon {Oncorhynchus nerka} spawning in shallow water at edge of Kuril Lake, Kamchatka, Far East Russia
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