Hues of blue and purple flash in this mallard drake’s green head as it puts on the air brakes and … Continue reading Dropping In: Mallard prepares to stick the landing.
There were more birds than I could reliably identify. Godwits, dowitchers, sandpipers of several varieties. Also, plovers of at least … Continue reading A Snow Flurry in Shorebird Heaven
A pair of willow ptarmigan paused for the camera last week in Southcentral Alaska. Members of the grouse family, willow … Continue reading Love in the Willows
… oh, and the red-necked grebes are back in town. One day you’re on snowshoes chasing willow ptarmigan in the … Continue reading One Good Tern Serves Another …
I hadn’t visited the mountains in search of ptarmigan since the third week of March. Then, deep snows had settled … Continue reading Ptarmigan Ptuesday
Text and photos by Ken Marsh. Goldeneyes are hardy birds. Stout and solidly built, they’re “Alaska tough,” waterproof by design … Continue reading The Tough Guy with the Goldeneye
Photos by Ken Marsh Part the icebergs, trumpeter swans are returning to Southcentral Alaska. These first-of-spring arrivals form the point … Continue reading Sound the Trumpets!
Not all Alaska ducks fly south for the winter. If food and open water are available hardy waterfowl such as … Continue reading Mallards in the Snow
Behold the bohemian waxwing, a lovely bird deserving much better than my reckless punnery. Common this time of year in … Continue reading Waxwing Poetic
More than 300 Pacific Flyway bird species funnel through Southeast Alaska each spring, crowding the skies in numbers sure to … Continue reading Spring Wings