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Nome, Alaska – Kougarok Road

Pretty much only one target species. Bristle-thighed Curlew. 75 miles from Nome, in the thick of Grizzly Bear country. Fortunately, 0 Bears and 2 Bristle-thighed Curlew.

Bristle-thighed Curlew
Bristle-thighed Curlew

Muskox, Caribou were quite abundant. Had a Red Fox being foxy as well.

Red Fox
Red Fox

Muskox
Muskox

A Long-tailed Jaeger and Rough-legged Hawk quarreling. Managed to capture shots of the Rough-legged Hawk flipping around mid-air while the Jaeger was diving and harassing him.

Rough-legged Hawk
Rough-legged Hawk

Can you spot the Willow Ptarmigan? How about our rental car? I took this with my iPhone…about 2 feet from the Ptarmigan!

Ptarmigan Car
Ptarmigan Car

Other Nome specialties, Northern Wheatear, Eastern Yellow Wagtail, gorgeous alt. plumaged Black-bellied Plovers and the rest of the usual suspects!

Northern Wheatear
Northern Wheatear

Black-bellied Plover
Black-bellied Plover

Eastern Yellow Wagtail
Eastern Yellow Wagtail

Long-tailed Jaeger
Long-tailed Jaeger

Long-tailed Duck
Long-tailed Duck

Rock Ptarmigan
Rock Ptarmigan

Common Snipe
Common Snipe

Common Redpoll
Common Redpoll

Western Sandpiper
Western Sandpiper

Pectoral Sandpiper
Pectoral Sandpiper

 

Posted by on June 5, 2012 in Photography Adventures

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Nome, Alaska – Teller Road

Second day in Nome, woke up a bit late – around 10AM – but didn’t really matter with nearly 24 hours of daylight. Decided to head out Teller Road. Started off with some close up looks of Muskox. Other highlights included singing Bluethroat and quite a treat to see Northern Waterthrush at the tops of Willows, singing away!

Crippling photos of Red-throated Loons picking out ponds to build their nests on. Rock and Willow Ptarmigans, Parasitic, Pomarine and Long-tailed Jaegers all in the same field of view. Love Nome!!

Red-throated Loon
Red-throated Loon

Rock Ptarmigan
Rock Ptarmigan

Willow Ptarmigan
Willow Ptarmigan

Muskox
Muskox

Parasitic Jaeger
Parasitic Jaeger

Long-tailed Jaeger
Long-tailed Jaeger

Pacific Golden-Plover
Pacific Golden-Plover

Northern Waterthrush
Northern Waterthrush

Gray-cheeked Thrush
Gray-cheeked Thrush

Bluethroat
Bluethroat

Fox Sparrow
Fox Sparrow

 

Posted by on June 4, 2012 in Photography Adventures

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Nome, Alaska – Council Road

First day in Nome, picked up the car and got situated in our hotel. 8 PM and still plenty of daylight!! Headed out Council Road, an 80 mile road that headed Southwest from Nome to the town of Council. Gorgeous lighting, here are some shots I got:

American Golden-Plover
American Golden-Plover

Common Redpoll
Common Redpoll

Red-necked Phalarope
Red-necked Phalarope

Boreal Chickadee
Boreal Chickadee

Arctic Ground Squirrel
Arctic Ground Squirrel

 

Posted by on June 3, 2012 in Photography Adventures

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