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This Arctic Tern was being fed just a few feet from a busy bicycle and pedestrian path in a city park in Anchorage, Alaska. I'm not sure what it is being fed, possible a small snail? At other times it... Continue reading
Posted Oct 27, 2019 at Photo ABCs
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This June, in a city park in Anchorage, Alaska, various Arctic Terns were raising their young within a few feet of a busy bicycle and pedestrian path, apparently undisturbed by the hundreds of people that passed each hour, many stopping... Continue reading
Posted Oct 26, 2019 at Photo ABCs
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A young Red-necked Grebe looks hungrily at its parent, who doesn't appear to have much to offer at the moment! Photographed in Anchorage, Alaska, in June of this year. Continue reading
Posted Oct 25, 2019 at Photo ABCs
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A Red-necked Grebe, photographed in a city park in Anchorage, Alaska, in June of this year. Like most birds I saw on this trip, it was another life bird! Continue reading
Posted Oct 24, 2019 at Photo ABCs
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About this time last year I was in the Mexican state of San Luis Potosí traveling to the small town of Xilitla to experience their version of Day of the Dead, called Xantolo in the local dialect. Our first stop... Continue reading
Posted Oct 21, 2019 at Photo ABCs
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As winter approaches that means that Sandhill Cranes and Snow Geese will be arriving at the Salton Sea. Well, as of October 9, there were at least about 150 Sandhill Cranes near Unit 1 of the Salton Sea National Wildlife... Continue reading
Posted Oct 20, 2019 at Photo ABCs
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I spent June 20-26 of this year photographing birds on St. Paul Island, Alaska. As you can tell from previous posts, the island is rich with birdlife and other wildlife. In this post I'll try to summarize what the trip... Continue reading
Posted Oct 17, 2019 at Photo ABCs
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Another Northern Fur Seal, photographed on St. Paul Island, Alaska, in June of this year. Continue reading
Posted Sep 10, 2019 at Photo ABCs
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The Least Auklet, as its name implies, is the smallest of the North American alcids (upright penguin-like birds). Here is one photographed on St. Paul Island, Alaska, in June of this year. This small bird is not only cute, it... Continue reading
Posted Aug 14, 2019 at Photo ABCs
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This male Long-tailed Duck made repeated amorous advances towards this female, despite the fact that she was caring for five chicks. Perhaps in part due to his pestering, over the course of three visits to this pond on three consecutive... Continue reading
Posted Aug 13, 2019 at Photo ABCs
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The Red-necked Phalarope breeds in the arctic or sub-arctic tundra. Here is a male Red-necked Phalarope on St. Paul Island, Alaska, in June of this year. Continue reading
Posted Aug 12, 2019 at Photo ABCs
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A Horned Puffin, flying towards its cliffside perch on St. Paul Island, Alaska. Photographed in June of this year. Continue reading
Posted Aug 11, 2019 at Photo ABCs
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The Thick-billed Murre is another northern-latitude alcid (penguin-like upright bird), which breeds on the cliffs of St. Paul Island, Alaska. It looks similar to the Common Murre (also found on St. Paul Island) but has a white stripe on its... Continue reading
Posted Aug 9, 2019 at Photo ABCs
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Tufted Puffins share a moment. Photographed on St. Paul Island, Alaska, in June of this year. Continue reading
Posted Aug 4, 2019 at Photo ABCs
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Another photo of a Tufted Puffin, photographed on St. Paul Island, Alaska, in June of this year. Continue reading
Posted Aug 3, 2019 at Photo ABCs
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What's going on with this fox? This arctic fox is shedding its thick, golden, winter coat and transitioning into its brown, summer coat. It does look a little odd! Photographed last month on St. Paul Island. Continue reading
Posted Jul 26, 2019 at Photo ABCs
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The Parakeet Auklet breeds in the Bering Sea from Alaska to Siberia, and in the Aleutian Islands, though can be found as far south as California in the winter. Here is one photographed last month on St. Paul Island, Alaska. Continue reading
Posted Jul 25, 2019 at Photo ABCs
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In North America the Red-faced Cormorant is found only in Alaska's shorelines, the Aleutian Islands and the Bering Sea. It shares the white rump found on the Pelagic Cormorant, but its face pattern and coloration are distinctive. This bird was... Continue reading
Posted Jul 24, 2019 at Photo ABCs
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A fledgling (note the yellow around the gape [area at base of bill]) Pacific Wren waits for food from its parents. Photographed last month on St. Paul Island, Alaska. Continue reading
Posted Jul 23, 2019 at Photo ABCs
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A pair of Crested Auklets enjoys a tender moment on St. Paul Island, Alaska. Crested Auklets are found only in the Aleutian Islands and other islands in and around the Bering Sea. Photographed in late June of this year. Continue reading
Posted Jul 22, 2019 at Photo ABCs
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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 Jul 20, 2019 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 Jul 19, 2019 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 Jul 17, 2019 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 Jul 16, 2019 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 Jul 15, 2019 at Photo ABCs