Category Archives: TOURING

ARCTIC TERN

 The Arctic Tern A small, slender white bird, the Arctic Tern is well known for its long yearly migration. Its travel from its Arctic breeding grounds to its wintering grounds off of Antarctica may cover perhaps 40,000 km (25,000 mi), … Continue reading

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RED-THROATED LOON

During a 9 hour stopover in Anchorage on our flight home, we decided to spend a ridiculous amount of money on a car rental for one last trip around the city. Very glad we did, as I experienced one of the … Continue reading

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DENALI NATIONAL PARK AND PRESERVE

 Denali National Park and Preserve encompasses 6 million acres of Alaska’s interior wilderness. Its centerpiece is 20,310-ft.-high Denali, North America’s tallest peak. With terrain of tundra, spruce forest and glaciers, the park is home to wildlife including grizzly bears, wolves, … Continue reading

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ALYESKA

This year the Alaska pipeline celebrates its 40th birthday.  The project started in 1977 and cost $ 8 billion to complete in then year dollars. This engineering marvel snakes its way from Prudhoe Bay on the North Slope all the … Continue reading

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DENALI HIGHWAY BIRDS

WILSON’S WARBLER   WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW MALE WILLOW PTARGMIGAN   FEMALE WILLOW PTARGMIGAN   WHITE-WINGED SCOTER   BONAPARTE’S GULL RED-NECKED PHALAROPE   BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER GREY-CHEEKED THRUSH   ARCTIC WARBLER   BLACKPOLL WARBLER REDPOLL   

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DENALI HIGHWAY

Denali Highway is a lightly traveled, mostly gravel highway. It leads from Paxson on the Richardson Highway to Cantwell on the Parks Highway. Opened in 1957, it was the first road access to Denali National Park. Traveling the Denali Highway today … Continue reading

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STELLER’S EIDER

 The Steller’s eider is the smallest eider and breeds along the Arctic coasts of eastern Siberia and Alaska.  The lined nest is built on tundra close to the sea. The following images were captured on the open tundra around Barrow, … Continue reading

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AMERICAN DIPPER

AMERICAN DIPPER, ANCHORAGE, ALASKA The American Dipper is North America’s only truly aquatic songbird. It catches all of its food underwater in swiftly flowing streams by swimming and walking on the stream bottom.  AMERICAN DIPPER WITH FISH FRY  American Dipper … Continue reading

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SPECTACLED EIDER

The Spectacled Eider is a large sea duck  that tends to occur mainly in areas where travel is difficult for humans — boggy tundra in summer, at sea around pack ice at other times; its winter range far out in … Continue reading

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ARCTIC TERN

 A small, slender white bird, the Arctic Tern is well known for its long yearly migration. Its travel from its Arctic breeding grounds to its wintering grounds off of Antarctica may cover perhaps 40,000 km (25,000 mi), and is the farthest yearly journey of … Continue reading

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