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Julian Alaphilippe has surprised the entire cycling world by capturing the yellow jersey in this year's Tour de France and maintaining it through the individual time trial and the first high mountain stage today in the Pyrenees. Only time will... Continue reading
Posted 8 hours ago at Photo ABCs
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Another handsome male Lapland Longspur, in the dewy fields of St. Paul Island, Alaska. Photographed in late June of this year. Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Photo ABCs
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A Horned Puffin, showing the typical cliffside habitat puffins prefer. What the picture doesn't show is the sheer, 300 foot drop to the ocean below. As someone who does not like heights, obtaining pictures of puffins was not easy for... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Photo ABCs
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A male Long-tailed Duck, showing how it got its name. The Long-tailed Duck breeds in Arctic tundra. This duck was photographed on St. Paul Island, Alaska, in June of this year. Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Photo ABCs
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The Pribilof Islands have a subspecies of Arctic Fox, most of which are a blue form. Okay, they are described as blue, but they are really brown! In winter they have a thick golden coat of fur, which is shed... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Photo ABCs
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St. Paul Island, Alaska, is one of the Pribilof Islands, four volcanic islands in the Bering Sea. These islands are the breeding site of half of the Northern Fur Seals in the world. Visitors to St. Paul Island can view... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Photo ABCs
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A Tufted Puffin, doing its best imitation of a bighorn sheep! Photographed on St. Paul Island, Alaska, in late June of this year. Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Photo ABCs
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I don't think the Northern Fulmar will win any beauty contests. This bird is rarely seen on land except when breeding, which it does in high northern latitudes, such as on St. Paul Island, Alaska, where I took this photo... Continue reading
Posted Jul 12, 2019 at Photo ABCs
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A male Snow Bunting perches on a large driftwood log, resplendent in his sleek breeding plumage. Snow Buntings breed in tundra throughout the northern latitudes. This one was photographed in late June on St. Paul Island, Alaska, one of the... Continue reading
Posted Jul 11, 2019 at Photo ABCs
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St. Paul Island, Alaska, does not have a number of common birds that we take for granted, such as the House Sparrow or House Finch. It does, however, have the Gray-crowned Rosy-Finch, which is as equally at home around buildings... Continue reading
Posted Jul 10, 2019 at Photo ABCs
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Another Rock Sandpiper, photographed on St. Paul Island, Alaska, in late June of this year. Rock Sandpipers breed primarily in the Bering Sea, on the Aleutian and Pribilof islands as well as the coast of northwest Alaska. Continue reading
Posted Jul 9, 2019 at Photo ABCs
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A Rock Sandpiper forages in the mist. Photographed on St. Paul Island, Alaska, during the last week of June. Continue reading
Posted Jul 8, 2019 at Photo ABCs
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A female Lapland Longspur, photographed on St. Paul Island, Alaska, in June of this year. The bird is perched on the fence surrounding the St. Paul airport. She had a nest nearby, and if you look closely you can see... Continue reading
Posted Jul 7, 2019 at Photo ABCs
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The Lapland Longspur breeds in Arctic tundra. This male longspur, in breeding plumage, was photographed just over a week ago on St. Paul Island, Alaska. The softness surrounding the bird is caused by out-of-focus lupines near the camera. (tap or... Continue reading
Posted Jul 6, 2019 at Photo ABCs
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A Pacific Wren sings away, with lupine in the background. Photographed last week on St. Paul Island, Alaska. Continue reading
Posted Jul 5, 2019 at Photo ABCs
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"Honey, I'm home!" The same Tufted Puffin (as in yesterday's post) returns to its mate, perched on a high ledge overlooking the Bering Sea. Photographed last week on St. Paul Island, Alaska. (tap or click to enlarge) Continue reading
Posted Jul 4, 2019 at Photo ABCs
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Puffins are a primary reason birdwatchers travel great distances and endure cold and damp weather to visit St. Paul Island, Alaska. Who doesn't like these adorable creatures! St. Paul Island is home to breeding Tufted Puffins and Horned Puffins. The... Continue reading
Posted Jul 3, 2019 at Photo ABCs
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This Tufted Puffin and its mate shared a ledge 100 feet above the waves below. During my last morning on St. Paul Island, Alaska, I spent an hour watching the pair, as one or the other took short flights to... Continue reading
Posted Jul 2, 2019 at Photo ABCs
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I have just returned from a trip to St. Paul Island, Alaska. I can't use enough superlatives to describe this trip. Though a long way to travel, cold, rugged, and misty, the island is a paradise for bird photography. One... Continue reading
Posted Jun 30, 2019 at Photo ABCs
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The Spotted Wren is endemic to Mexico, found mostly in its western states. This one was photographed at Laguna La Maria, near Comala, in the state of Colima. Photographed in February of this year. Continue reading
Posted Jun 26, 2019 at Photo ABCs
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A Curve-billed Thrasher strikes a pose in a bougainvillea bush in the Benjamin Francis Johnston Botanic Garden in Los Mochis, Sinaloa, Mexico. Photographed in February of this year. Continue reading
Posted Jun 23, 2019 at Photo ABCs
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A lovely female Vermilion Flycatcher. Photographed in the Parque Ecologico Las Peñas, Ciudad Guzmán, Jalisco, in February of this year. Continue reading
Posted Jun 21, 2019 at Photo ABCs
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A Social Flycatcher spreads its tail feathers. Photographed in El Fuerte, Sinaloa, Mexico in February of this year. Although the foreground and background are full of branches and leaves, I like this picture. It puts the bird in its environment,... Continue reading
Posted Jun 19, 2019 at Photo ABCs
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Another Crested Caracara, this time an adult. Photographed near El Fuerte, Sinaloa, Mexico, in February of this year, a few moments before the picture in the previous post. Continue reading
Posted Jun 17, 2019 at Photo ABCs
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An immature Crested Caracara takes flight. Photographed in February of this year near El Fuerte, Sinaloa, Mexico. Continue reading
Posted Jun 14, 2019 at Photo ABCs