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,  Alaska.

STELLER'S EIDER STELLER’S EIDER MALE

steller's eider (1 of 1)STELLER’S EIDER IN TYPICAL HABITAT 

STELLER'S FLIGHT (1 of 1)STELLER’S EIDER IN FLIGHT

 

BROODING PAIR (1 of 1)BROODING PAIR ON TUNDRA POND 

 

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AMERICAN DIPPER

AMERICAN DIPPER POSEAMERICAN 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 AMERICAN DIPPER WITH FISH FRY

AMERICAN DIPPER CLOSED EYES

 American Dipper displaying famous feathered white eyelid during a blink. 

AMERICAN DIPPER FEEDING YOUNGAMERICAN DIPPER FEEDING YOUNG

SALMON HATCHERYSALMON STATUE, WILLIAM JACK HERNANDEZ SPORT FISH HATCHERY

The William Jack Hernandez Sport Fish Hatchery is located in Anchorage next door to the USAF Elmendorf airbase. This spectacular and ultra modern facility is open to the public for free self-guided tours and well worth the visit. Fry is released into the nearby Ship Creek where all of the above photographs were taken. I hate to think of the cost to the taxpayer of Dipper’s fry feast!!

WILLIIAM JACK HERNANDEZ SPORT FISH HATCHERY

 

 

 

 

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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 the Bering Sea was unconfirmed until recently. Its remote habitat and bizarre, ghostly appearance contribute to its aura of mystery. Spectacled eiders nest within a narrow coastal strip of Alaska and in northeastern Siberia. Female spectacled eiders prefer to nest in sedge meadows and on peninsulas and islands adjacent to tundra ponds such as found around Barrow, Alaska where the following images were obtained.

SPECTACLED EIDER PAIR

SPECTACLED EIDER PAIR FLIGHT

 

SPECTACLED EIDER FLIGHT

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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 any bird.

arctic tern poseARCTIC TERN

ARCTIC TERN HOVER POSE

ARCTIC TERN BALANCING ACT BALANCING ACT

arctic tern nestARCTIC TERN ON NEST

ARCTIC TERN CHICKARCTIC TERN SWALLOWING FISH

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KING EIDER

One of the primary purposes of my recent trip to Alaska was to photograph the King Eider in spectacular breeding plumage.

KING EIDER HEADMALE KING EIDER 

KING EIDER RESTINGKING EIDER AT REST 

 

KING EIDER PAIRKING EIDER PAIR ON NESTING GROUNDS, BARROW, ALASKA 

FEMALE KING EIDERFEMALE KING EIDER 

KING EIDER FLIGHTKING EIDER TAKES FLIGHT, BARROW, ALASKA 

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NORTH TO ALASKA!

denaliDENALI PARK

I’ve just returned from a remarkable two week trip to Alaska. Stay tuned for more images.

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MANCHESTER

LONDON (1 of 1)NOT NOW!  NOT EVER!!

 

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WEASEL ON THE HUNT

WEASEL PROFILE (1 of 1)

 

WEASEL 1 (1 of 1)

 

WEASEL 2 (1 of 1)

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ST. GEORGE’S DAY

To all my friends back in England, a very happy St. Georges’s Day!

PALL MALL ST. GEORGE'S DAY (1 of 1)ST. GEORGE’S DAY, PALL MALL

Turning the camera around 180 degrees from this location gives a magnificent view of Buckingham Palace, which reminds me that I forgot to give a shout out to Queen Elizabeth on her 91st birthday this week. Happy birthday, ma’am!

queen (1 of 1)

 

Her majesty did me the great honour of sitting beside me at the official opening of  the London City Airport back in the day ……on my birthday no less!!!

GOD SAVE THE QUEEN!

 

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MARLBOROUGH HOUSE, PALL MALL, LONDON

Today, April 12, is the Duke of Edinburgh’s  President’s Council Forum to be held at Marlborough House, Pall Mall, London.

Marlborough House is almost 300 years old and has the status of a Royal Palace. It has been occupied over the years by some five Dukes and Duchesses of Marlborough, three Dowager Queens of the United Kingdom, three Princes of Wales who later became Kings of the United Kingdom and Prince Leopold, who became King of the Belgians.

Sir Christopher Wren, the Surveyor of the Queen’s Work was commissioned in 1709 to draw up the plans for Marlborough House, which was completed in 1711.

Marlborough House is today the home of the Commonwealth Secretariat.

MARLBOROUGH HOUSE-3MARLBOROUGH HOUSE IN THE MORNING

The Duke of Edinburgh’s President’s Council Forum organizer’s have decided to use the above image for  their conference brochure.

MARLBOROUGH HOUSE

Congrats to all lucky attendees. Hope you have a great conference!

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