Bird Weekly Challenge #21: Birds with Black Feathers

I searched through my archives for birds with black feathers and came up with birds I saw in Alaska, Texas, Colorado, and close to home in Georgia. The photo above is a Hooded Merganser at Inks Lake in Texas.

Oystercatcher in Alaska
Puffins on the Columbia Glacier Cruise from Valdez, Alaska
Whooping Cranes in Texas
Black Billed Magpie, Colorado
Wood Stork on nest in Georgia

Thank you Lisa. for this Bird Weekly Challenge #21: Birds with Black Feathers

Favorite Alaska and Canada Wildlife Photos

Five years ago this week we were on the road to Alaska from Georgia. Once we crossed the border into Canada, I spent every day looking for wildlife. There were many “WOW” wildlife sightings in both Canada and Alaska.

I’ve been thinking about posting some of my favorite wildlife photos from the trip and today I finally got the boost I needed to put it all together. When my friend Ingrid at Live, Laugh RV posted that the theme for her very first Wednesday photo inspiration was wildlife, I immediately started going though the thousands of photos from the trip.

If you would like to participate or see other posts inspired by Ingrid, click on over to Ingrid’s post Wandering Wednesday.

Here are just a few of my favorite wildlife photos from our Canada and Alaska adventure.

Elk in loop 63
Elk near our campsite in Jasper National Park, Alberta

Bear in British Columbia
Soon after entering British Columbia we were in Mount Robson Park and saw this grizzly beside the road

Black Bear eating Dandelions
Bear in British Columbia

A small herd with calves
Bison herd with calves near Liard River Hotsprings in British Columbia

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Moose in Denali National Park, Alaska

Black Bear Cub
Black Bear Cub in Valdez, Alaska

Stellar Sea Lions on day trip to Juneau
Stellar Sea Lions on wildlife cruise from Haines to Juneau, Alaska

Whale Tail
Humpback Whale on wildlife cruise from Haines to Juneau, Alaska

Two Sea Otters Valdez
Sea Otters on Columbia Glacier cruise from Valdez, Alaska

Pod of Orcas with calf
Pod of Orcas with calf on Columbia Glacier cruise from Valdez, Alaska

He was looking at me
Eagle at Deep Creek Beach, Alaska

Pair of Eagles
Pair of Eagles on Columbia Glacier Cruise from Valdez, Alaska

Puffins
Puffins on the Columbia Glacier Cruise from Valdez, Alaska

 

 

 

Day 81: Wildlife and Glacier Cruise from Valdez

Day 81: Sunday, August 4, 2013

The day was overcast with a chance of rain but it was our last opportunity to take a cruise so off we went on the Glacier Spirit with Stan Stephens Cruises. The boat had a nice, warm comfortable cabin and plenty of viewing areas outside. We left the Valdez Harbor about noon for our 6 hour cruise.

The scenery was breathtaking and there was plenty of wildlife. As we cruised close to shore we saw too many eagles to keep count. A pod of Dall Porpoise bow surfed for a while. They’re too fast to get a picture but beautiful to watch.

The highlight of the day was seeing a pod of Orcas with a calf.

The captain navigated through huge chunks of ice to get into Columbia Bay for a close up look at 10 mile wide Columbia Glacier.

The ride back to Valdez was just as spectacular.