The Steller's Sea Eagle, Haliaeetus pelagicus, is a large bird of prey in the family Accipitridae. It lives in coastal northeastern Asia and mainly preys on fish and water birds. Steller's Sea Eagle breeds on the Kamchatka Peninsula, the coastal area around the Sea of Okhotsk, the lower reaches of the Amur river and on northern Sakhalin and the Shantar Islands, Russia. The majority of birds winter farther south, in the southern Kuril islands, Russia and Hokkaidō, Japan.
Petroglyphs in Russia. Lower Amur River (border between Siberian Russian and Inner Manchuria in China) at Sakachi-Alyan. Some petroglyphs date back to 12000 BCE. The tribes settling along the Amur produced the human-like mask and a “skeleton” style – both reflecting a type of shamanism. There are about half a million of petroglyphs known in Siberia and the Far East of Russia. (rw)
The Kaluga is a large predatory sturgeon found in the Amur River basin. Also known as the river beluga, they are claimed to be the largest freshwater fish in the world, with a maximum size of at least 2,205 lb and 18.6 ft. Like the slightly larger Beluga, it spends part of its life in salt water. Unlike the Beluga, this fish has numerous nail-like teeth in its jaws, and feeds on salmon and other fish in the Amur by hunting them. The Kaluga is one of the biggest of the sturgeon family.
This is a photo of Chuonnasuan (1927–2000), the last shaman of the Oroqen people, taken by Richard Noll in July 1994 in Manchuria near the Amur River border between the People's Republic of China and Russia (Siberia). Oroqen shamanism is now extinct.
The Amur River or Heilong Jiang is the world's tenth longest river, forming the border between the Russian Far East and Northeastern China. The largest fish species in the Amur is the kaluga, attaining a length as great as 5.6 metres.