A Different Bear Behavior




Today’s post is about a behavior that I was able to witness and photograph during one of my trips to Hallo Bay, Alaska. One day, after we left camp for a day of bear viewing/photography, we arrived at one of the popular spots used by the bears for clamming at low tide. As we sat down […]

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Oysters, Anyone?




Whenever I get the opportunity to visit Homer, Alaska I always try to visit some good friends who have a kayaking camp in Little Tutka Bay, which is ~ 12 miles across the water from Homer. When I visit my friends, I always go kayaking around the many little islands in the area. During one of my visits, we were pleasantly surprised […]

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Wordless Winged Wednesday: Who’s the Boss?




Black-legged Kittiwakes (Rissa tridactyla)  

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Gull Island, Part 4




If you’ve been reading my blog posts of Gull Island (near Homer, Alaska), I’ve shared some Kittiwakes, a pair of Pigeon Guillemots, and a Red-faced Cormorant. Today’s post is another common seabird found on Gull Island, the Tufted Puffin (Fratercula cirrhata). This beautifully-colored seabird is in the Auk family (Alcidae), along with murres, guillemots, murrelets, […]

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Gull Island, Part 3




Besides the Kittiwakes and Pigeon Guillemots, Gull Island (Homer, Alaska) presented me another “lifer”, the Red-faced Cormorant (Phalacrocorax urile). According to my bird ID books, this beauty is found only in the waters of Alaska, nesting along cliff ledges along with other sea birds:

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Gull Island, Part 2




Yesterday’s post featured a trio of Kittiwakes on Gull Island, off the coast of Homer, Alaska. Today’s post features another bird I found there, the Pigeon Guillemot (Cepphus columba). This pair was sitting on some rocks on the edge of Gull Island. You can definitely see the resemblanc to our common pigeon:

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