61 Photos - Jan 3, 2014
Photo: Sunrise the morning of our departure from RedmondPhoto: Approaching Anchorage, we could see across the Cook Inlet to a distant Denali (Mt. McKinley), the right-most peak in the backgroundPhoto: On final approach, looking across Knik Arm, Denali is again visible at the far left, with the Talkeetna Mountains to the rightPhoto: The icy shores of Knik ArmPhoto: Leaving the Anchorage airportPhoto: Eerie floating ice across Turnagain ArmPhoto: Turnagain ArmPhoto: Sunrise on our first morning in Homer, looking across Kachemak Bay from the Homer SpitPhoto: One of our first Bald Eagles was this juvenile eating something frozen on the rocky shore of the Homer Spit, with a Northwestern Crow waiting for his turnPhoto: One of dozens of Sea Otters swimming in Kachemak BayPhoto: These two Bald Eagles had quite a tussle, which came to full grappling on the ground; here they are posturing for dominance on the Homer SpitPhoto: The adult eagle screaming at the juvenilePhoto: Northwestern Crows foraging for small molluscs on the shores of the Homer harborPhoto: Northwestern Crow, Homer harborPhoto: Bald Eagle, Homer SpitPhoto: Flock of Snow Buntings foraging at the base of the Homer SpitPhoto: Snow Buntings scattered across the snow-covered beach of Kachemak BayPhoto: Mt Augustine, one of the active volcanoes off the Alaska PeninsulaPhoto: Juvenile Bald Eagle at Lands End, Homer SpitPhoto: Small group of Rock Sandpipers on the shore of Kachemak BayPhoto: Rock SandpipersPhoto: We saw a few hundred Rock Sandpipers along these rocky beachesPhoto: Gray JayPhoto: Gray Jay in the boreal forest habitat above HomerPhoto: Inquisitive Gray JayPhoto: Black-billed Magpie in the woods above HomerPhoto: Pelagic Cormorants on an icy buoy in Kachemak BayPhoto: Ravens scavenging along the roadside in suburban Homer, AKPhoto: Snow Buntings foraging on grass seeds at the base of the Homer SpitPhoto: Lovely Snow Buntings at the base of the Homer SpitPhoto: Juvenile Bald Eagle resting on a roof at the Homer harborPhoto: Juvenile Bald EaglePhoto: Sea Otter eating a clam in Kachemak BayPhoto: Two Sea Otters frolicking in Kachemak BayPhoto: The very dark "Kenai" race of the Song SparrowPhoto: Northwestern Crow on the Homer SpitPhoto: Handsome male Black Scoter on Kachemak BayPhoto: Common Goldeneyes on Kachemak BayPhoto: Snow Buntings in flight on the Homer SpitPhoto: Snow Buntings feeding in tall grass on the Homer SpitPhoto: Gray-crowned Rosy-Finches feeding among the Snow Buntings on the Homer SpitPhoto: Young moose in the hills above HomerPhoto: Mama moose in the hills above HomerPhoto: Mama and baby moose in the hills above HomerPhoto: Baby moose in the hills above HomerPhoto: Common Goldeneyes at the mouth of the Kasilof River, Alaska Peninsula in the distancePhoto: Steve birding at the mouth of the Kasilof River, Cook Inlet, with Mt. Iliamna in the distancePhoto: Cryptic shot of a Brambling in a Seward neighborhoodPhoto: Harlequin Ducks on Resurrection Bay, near SewardPhoto: Large raft of Barrow's Goldeneyes on Resurrection BayPhoto: Barrow's Goldeneyes and the Seward skylinePhoto: Barrow's Goldeneyes coming to feed along the shores of Resurrection BayPhoto: Barrow's Goldeneyes on Resurrection BayPhoto: Up-close with a Northwestern Crow at the Seward harborPhoto: Northwestern Crow overlooking Resurrection Bay from the Seward harborPhoto: Common Raven at the harbor in SewardPhoto: The tiny Northwestern Crow at the Seward harborPhoto: Northwestern Crow with fish bone, Seward harborPhoto: Swarm of Bohemian Waxwings over suburban Anchorage; they tallied 18,000 in their local Christmas Bird Count!Photo: Bohemian Waxwing in a moutain ash tree in suburban AnchoragePhoto: Bohemian Waxwings feeding on mountain ash berries in suburban Anchorage