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Saint Paul, Pribilof Islands, Alaska – Day 3

Auklets and Puffins galore! Sara caught me in action while I was hanging over one of the 100′ cliffs trying to get close enough to photograph all the Auklets and Puffins nesting on the rocky cliff ledges.

Me, on the edge
Me, on the edge

Red-faced Cormorant
Red-faced Cormorant

Horned Puffin
Horned Puffin

Tufted Puffin
Tufted Puffin

Crested Auklet
Crested Auklet

Least Auklet
Least Auklet

Parakeet Auklet
Parakeet Auklet

Thick-billed Murre
Thick-billed Murre

Northern Fulmar
Northern Fulmar

Red-legged Kittiwake
Red-legged Kittiwake

Black-legged Kittiwake
Black-legged Kittiwake

Tufted Puffin
Tufted Puffin

 

Posted by on June 2, 2012 in Photography Adventures

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Saint Paul, Pribilof Islands, Alaska – Day 2

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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Saint Paul, Pribilof Islands, Alaska – Day 1

A bit of a scare leaving Anchorage, when Peninsula Air notified us that they had to “bump 200 lbs of luggage” onto tomorrow’s flight so that they could take off. We had no clue if our luggage would arrive or not. Fortunately, it was all there when we landed in Saint Paul! There was also no security screening when leaving from Anchorage to Saint Paul. Gotta love flying around in Alaska!

Spent the first day getting our bearings together, figuring out our transportation situation and getting groceries. This small island of 350 native Aleuts only has one grocery store and no restaurants.

Pribs
Pribs

Did get some late afternoon photography in. Arctic Foxes were everywhere. Ticked off photos of the GIANT Pribilof Island subspecies of Gray-crowned Rosy-Finch, along with Rock Sandpiper and Pacific Wren.

Arctic Fox
Arctic Fox

Rock Sandpiper
Rock Sandpiper (pribilofs sp.)

Gray-crowned Rosy-Finch
Gray-crowned Rosy-Finch (pribilofs sp.)

Pacific Wren
Pacific Wren (pribilofs sp.)

Northern Fur Seal
Northern Fur Seal

 

Posted by on May 31, 2012 in Photography Adventures

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