Nature’s “Low Life”




When I visit my friends in Little Tutka Bay, Alaska, I always enjoy being able to photograph the small bay at low tide. When the water level is high, the bay looks like any other bay … full of water, with an occasional sea otter or water bird present. But when the tide rolls out […]

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Fresh Seafood!




Another common activity of Hallo Bay’s (Alaska) Brown Bears in the spring, is clamming. When the tide goes out, the bears can often be seen foraging along the wet sand, stopping often to dig up razor clams. With skillful actions as those of a surgeon, the bears use their long claws to open the clam […]

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Oh, Mr. Sandman!




When a Brown Bear sow has a couple of young cubs, they are all very busy, foraging for food and just surviving the everyday challenges. As such, they often can be captured as they take brief naps to “recharge”. During one trip to Hallo Bay, Alaska, I captured several shots of a sow with her […]

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Fun Friday: Genealogy … the Family Tree




When tracing your roots, you should always start by drawing a family tree: Bald Eagles are typically “loners”, but during the winter, they are quite communal, as evidenced by the above image. They become very tolerant of each other during winter, with the only exception being when food is present. When an eagle flies nearby […]

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Hunting Voles




Today’s post comes from my second trip to Hallo Bay, Alaska, in 2005. This was my first trip to Hallo Bay in the spring and I saw much different bear activity than I had seen on my first trip, which was in the fall of 2004. In addition to the bears wooing and mating, grazing […]

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Busy Fishing




After a couple of days away from the office, I’m back. I visited Prairie State Park in southwest Missouri and then a short trip to a prairie to search for Short-eared Owls. I found 7 owls, but they were not very photogenic … always seemed to fly on the far side of the prairie! Oh […]

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Fun Friday: What? Me?




While looking for a good, Fun Friday post for today, I ran across this interesting Bald Eagle image. He has such a comical look on his face … like he got caught with his hands in the cookie jar! I just love capturing animal behaviors and facial expressions that seem to emulate those of humans! […]

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Young Adult or Old Teen?




What do you call a “tweener”? This Bald Eagle was photographed in the Chilkat River Valley of Alaska, a few winters ago. As you can see from his salt-and-pepper head, this bird is in transition from being a juvenile eagle to becoming an adult eagle: Today’s post is unusually short. I conducted a one night […]

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Who Said It Never Snows in Heaven!




Some more wintry images from Alaska’s Chilkat River Valley, along the Inside Passage. At such a gorgeous place, it would seem to be Heaven on Earth … then snow hits! It can be awfully cold and snowy conditions can make it difficult to watch all the action, but well worth the effort! In these first […]

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Landing Gears Down




As I continue to edit some older images captured in the Chilkat River Valley in 2008, I ran across a sequence of images of an adult Bald Eagle preparing to land in the snow: This sequence was captured along the Chilkat River. As I vividly recall, the temperature that day rose to a sweltering 9F! […]

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