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Saint Paul, Pribilof Islands, Alaska – Day 2

June 01

Spent the day driving around the perimeter of Saint Paul Island. Wasn’t hard, considering the island is only 6 miles by 12 miles in size. Highlights included a Wood Sandpiper I found at one of the lagoons that had managed to thaw out. A new ABA photo bird, since I’d previously only photographed them in Thailand.

Pribs Map
Pribs Map

There were a few Emperor Geese at various spots around the island, ubiquitous Lapland Longspurs, Rock Sandpipers and Red-necked Phalaropes just about everywhere you look. A couple Caribou managed to survive the winter without starving to death or being hunted by the natives.

Caribou
Caribou

Semipalmated Plover
Semipalmated Plover

Red Phalarope
Red Phalarope

Harlequin Duck
Harlequin Duck

Red-necked Phalarope
Red-necked Phalarope

Lapland Longspur
Lapland Longspur

Emperor Goose
Emperor Goose

Wood Sandpiper
Wood Sandpiper

Long-tailed Duck
Long-tailed Duck

We concluded the day by having fresh Halibut chowder with a native family. Chuck was the one that rented me several of his vehicles since the normal guy you go to for a vehicle had rented all of his out. Chuck was an extremely gracious host and had a super family.

Me with Chuck's Family
Me with Chuck’s Family

 

Posted by on June 1, 2012 in Photography Adventures

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