How about these guys eh? The Canadians have a great showing up north this year. This is a nature photograph so I cropped out the hockey sticks off to the side. This is 1st intermission between the young Canuks and the well insulated but much less skilled Arctic Snow Geese junior team. A little snack between periods is mandatory.
Mom posing with the new kids.
Well, as you know July is “chicks” month up here in Alaska and there are a ton of them out there this year. We had the Pacific loon cam up on the internet for all to see and a couple of trips to the arctic always yields and eye (and card) full. I will try to get some additional ones posted also. These Greater White Fronted Goose chicks were just chowing down. They have plenty to eat up here but you can definitely sense the urgency of trying to put on size. There wings are so little it is hard to believe they will make it out of here in two months. They had better though; it gets a wee bit rough up here in the winter.
It has been raining everyday. Occasionally the sun comes out for a short period of time but it is the exception, definitely not the rule so far this month. When the sun does come out in this weather it is tremendously dramatic. The mountain sides were waiting patiently to catch the light…and so was I.
We found a beautiful pair of Grebes with their newly hatched chicks. There was still one more bun in the oven too. These guys were very fresh to the new world and had a hard time getting down solid food. They did enjoy riding around on the Grebe boat though. The parents were of course dotting on their new young ones.
The summit lake on the road over Hatcher Pass has some great birds sometimes. Last week produced a pair of surf scoters and this week I located two redheads. I enjoyed a respite from the rain with these guys.
The sunsets are incredible.
One of my favorite places to “just be” in all of Alaska.