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Sitka (with Otters, Eagles, and Puffins)

After seeing so many Harbor Seals sunning on ice floes (go figure), we were excited to go on a smaller excursion. We ventured into the quaint town of Sitka, situated at the edge of the Sitka Sound with pretty dramatic terrain. The local fishing is going well. Here is an early morning crew with nets […]

Hubbard Glacier (part 2) – The Seals

This is the second post from Hubbard Glacier. The weather was amazing. Partly to mostly cloudy but the air was clear and no rain. As we neared the glacier and again as we retreated I had a chance to get up close and personal with a lot of Harbor Seals that were sunning themselves on […]

Hubbard Glacier

On Thursday we visited Hubbard Glacier. It is the longest tidewater Glacier in Alaska with a face that is 6 miles wide. Here is a shot as we pulled into Yakutat Bay. It was very impressive even from a distance. Fortunately, the weather was very nice and calm, allowing us to get closer. At this […]

Alaska – Anchorage to Seward

We made it to Alaska. Not that it was really in doubt, but we are here nonetheless. I have now been to all fifty states. It took more than 50 years but I am pleased. We arrived Tuesday night in Anchorage. It was about 6:30 by the time we got to the hotel (a 5+ […]

Santa Barbara

Mary and I took a long weekend to Santa Barbara in early May. I had miles and a free ticket (I fly too much) so we decided to check out another area. We landed in LA, stayed one night in Santa Monica and then drove up PCH 1. Beautiful drive. We stopped once or twice […]

Owlets fledge!

On May 15th the last of the owlets decided it was time to fly the coop. I first noted the Mama in the nest on April 9th. It is amazing how quickly they grew. Here are the last couple of shots as he hops on branches near the nest and finally takes off. Well step […]

Lake Elmo Owls

Ok, I’ll admit it, I am way behind. A month ago I posted the last update and showed our local owl family with the two fledglings. Here is an update. It has been a rainy spring. The last shot with the gaping craw was on 4/17. This is only two weeks later. They grow fast! […]

Great Horned Owls

About a month or two ago I started hearing a deep throated “hoot hoot” in the early morning hours. After a couple of days, there was an echo. I should have realized that this was the mating game. A couple of weeks ago Mama found an old squirrels nest and decided to make it home. […]

Lake Elmo Hooded Mergansers

It warmed up this week, finally! The ice went out on a couple of nearby ponds and the migrators came out of the woodwork. These were among the first waterfowl I saw. These Hooded Mergansers were amazing to watch. They clung close together, spent most of their time diving and looking for food. It is […]

J.N. “Ding” Darling – finale

About halfway into the refuge, there was a crowd watching a crowd. There must have been a hundred White Pelicans. I have seen them in my neighborhood during their migration but only ten or twenty at a time. I have also never witnessed them feeding this way. Normally I see them dive bombing the fish […]