I departed out of Logan Airport in Boston on September 1 for a very long day of flying. I flew to Dallas on my first leg. Flight wasn't so bad-4.5 hours to Dallas. I don't do well sitting still. The second leg was worse 6.5 to Anchorage. I landed at 1845 and met Mike Mandracchia of Mandrake Birding and Mike Zarella of Hillcountry Naturalist. We checked into the hotel and immediately went birding. It was poring but who really cared. We got a great sample of ducks at a local lake, but with the rain and the heavy clouds quickly put a damper on things as it got too dark to bird by 2100. I would have birded till sun up and kept on going.
The next morning as soon as we got on the highway we saw an enormous male moose. What a great start with so many amazing possibilities. I'll have a few posts from this trip. Enjoy!
Black bear (youngster only 200 to 350).
Didn't want to ask him to step on the scale.
Immature Bald Eagle (great eye shot)
Kenai Song Sparrow
Distinctly darker than Eastern Song Sparrow.
I really got into the sub-species on this trip.
I've only ever seen these from a long distance off Cape Cod in Massachusetts. I was like a little kid in a candy store with all these new species and even common species close up and smiling for a photo.
Alaskan Brown bear
Fishing for salmon. Not smiling at us BTW!
Golden Crowned Sparrow
New species for me. Yay me!
Jovial like all Jays, but distinctly different then the Stellars that I saw during my trip to Rocky Mnt National Park in July (photos to be posted later)
Just hanging out on someones front lawn like the pink flamingos at my moms. Bahahaa
2 adults and 4 young eating bird seed. So cool!
I'll post more in a few days. Hope you enjoy looking as much as I did taking them.