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Denali National Park, Alaska

The weather started off overcast but by late morning the clouds parted and gave us a bright sunny, almost perfectly clear view of Mt. McKinley! The last time I was at Denali in 1997, it stayed overcast the entire time so this was a great treat.

Mt. McKinley, Denali National Park
Mt. McKinley, Denali National Park

We took the Denali National Park bus to Teklanika River and surprisingly saw NO Grizzly Bears! But up close looks at an Arctic Lynx was and extremely cool opportunity. It was the first time I’ve ever seen one in the wild.

Canadian Lynx
Canadian Lynx

Dall Sheep
Dall Sheep

Caribou
Caribou

Willow Ptarmigan
Willow Ptarmigan

Hoary Marmot
Hoary Marmot

 

Posted by on May 26, 2012 in Photography Adventures

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Bean Goose “Taiga” @ Salton Sea

There is now a reported Bean Goose at Unit One of the Sonny Bono Salton Sea NWR on Vendel Road. Paul Lehman adds this note:

“To add to what Bob Miller posted, a single photo of this bird was sent to Guy McCaskie this afternoon around 3PM, and then forwarded to me and many others. It appears to be a Bean Goose, and based on the bill shape I would say it likely a Taiga Bean-Goose (“Middendorff’s”) rather than a Tundra Bean-Goose. Both species (recently split just a couple years ago) have occurred in Alaska, and at least Middendorff’s has also occurred in southern Canada and the Lower 48 states several times.”

Here is the photo that Al Kalin took of the bird:

Bean Goose
“Taiga” Bean Goose @ Salton Sea

 

Posted by on November 9, 2010 in Photography Adventures

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