A swan in a pond along the Parks Highway.
4/27/06 - The outlet of Summit Lake, north of Paxson: These two swans separated from the main body and swam off downstream, where other swans were also gathered, resting in their northward travels.
4/27/06 - At the outlet of Summit Lake, north of Paxson. With mountains of the Alaska Range forming a backdrop, a mixture of swans and ducks enjoy the open water at the beginning of the Gulkana River.
4/27/06 - At the outlet of Summit Lake, north of Paxson. With mountains of the Alaska Range forming a backdrop, a mixture of swans and ducks enjoy the open water at the headwaters of the Gulkana River.
Balld eagles return to Valdez in early spring, just ahead of the salmon.
Bald Eagle Near Valdez
Swans in a small pond near the Lowe River a few miles from Valdez.
Spruce Grouse on the Nabesna Rd
Seeing this grouse on the shoulder of the road, I stopped, got out stealthily, and slowly walked up by the front bumper. Being that I sat very still, the grouse soon picked its way almost up to my feet.
A couple of miles from the home place - a pond, known locally as "The Duck Pond", next to the Slana River. This little body of water attracts many early spring waterfowl arrivals.
Goldeneyes in the Duck Pond
Had to get out my "Birds of Alaska" book to identify the fowl in this and the next two photos. This is a pair of Common Goldeneyes.
Here we have a family of Glaucous-winged Gulls.
Wigeons in the Duck Pond
This merry couple is a pair of American Wigeons.
Tundra Swan At Home
Along the Tok Cut-Off north of Mentasta Pass.
April 25, 2009: A group of swans, at least one mated pair and what appeared to be some juveniles, resting on their way north to the nesting grounds. Looked like there were some disagreements between some of the younger... males?
Continuation of the previous video from April 25, 2009.
Northern Hawk Owl
As is typical with these birds, this owl was perched at the very top of a spruce tree near the house.
Great Horned Owl
Also known as "Hoot owl" & "Tiger owl". Large & powerful, it ranges over most of the Americas. This one was around 45 to 50 cm high, with a wingspan of at least 120 cm.