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Alaska - the Majesty of the North

Our trip begins with an optional extension to the Pribilof Islands.
Modern Saab turboprop planes will take us from Anchorage…
…to the windswept cliffs of Saint Paul Island.
Nesting seabirds are abundant and photogenic.  For example Least Auklets…
…Parakeet Auklets…
…and Crested Auklets by the thousands…
…and hundreds of the beautiful and globally rare Red-legged Kittiwakes…
…Horned Puffins
…and Tufted Puffins.
The shorelines of Saint Paul Island host as well…
…the worlds largest colony of Northern Fur Seals.

The main tour commences with a trip to the staggeringly scenic Denali National Park…
…where we’ll look for several interior Alaska species like Northern Hawk-Owl…
…American Three-toed Woodpecker…
…and the range-restricted (in North America) Arctic Warbler…
Big mammals can be abundant, such as these Moose…
,,and almost certainly Grizzly Bear, Our next stop is Nome, a land of open tundra…
…small native subsistence villages…
…and a seemingly endless expanse of wilderness.
Nome’s birdlife includes many specialties, such as the incomparable Bluethroat…
…Willow and here Rock Ptarmigan… …and the enigmatic Aleutian Tern.
We’ll take an optional walk up a hillside…
…to look for the very local Bristle-thighed Curlew.
Mammals abound here as well, from shaggy Muskox…
…to attractive and frequently seen Red Fox.
We’ll have picnic lunches in the tundra…
…perhaps with a Bar-tailed Godwit…
…or an inquisitive Arctic Tern.
The weather can be warm in June; here locals swimming in the Bering Sea!
The last leg of the journey takes us to Seward, a fishing town on the Kenai Peninsula.
Sitka spruce trees dominate the lower mountain slopes… …and provide a new suite of birds such as Townsend’s Warbler…
and Spruce Grouse.
A boat trip to the Kenai fjords is always great for birds and…
…should encounter Orca…
…and the charismatic Sea Otter.
Calving and eerily blue glaciers are another feature as are…
…Steller’s Sea Lions lounging on the Chiswell Islands…
…waterfalls cascading down to the sea…
…and perhaps a mother and pup Harbor Seal floating on a glacial ice floe.