Day 6 … Juneau (part 2)

This is the kind of stuff you see everywhere you look in Juneau!

This is the kind of stuff you see everywhere you look in Juneau!

The tour Terri and I were scheduled for in the afternoon was the one that I thought I would have the best potential of getting some great photos from.  It was titled “Whale Watching and Photo Safari” and was a very small group of 16 or less.  I had all these amazing dreams of getting really close to some birds and whales and as it turned out I was only somewhat correct.

Terri's shot of Suicide Glacier ... you'll see it again in a picture or two!

Terri’s shot of Suicide Glacier … you’ll see it again in a picture or two!

The boat we were on was not very big and had plastic windows instead of glass and the guy driving the boat was going 30 mph so there was zero chance of getting any shots on the way out.  I was a little bummed as we passed quite a few nice Pelagics but eventually we did get to the where the whales were.  When we slowed down a Bald Eagle landed on a little island and we did manage to get pretty close for some photo ops.

Bald Eagle with Suicide Glacier in the distance!

Bald Eagle with Suicide Glacier in the distance!

As we were pulling away from the Eagle I heard the unmistakable call of a Oystercatcher and was lucky to catch this group of Black Oystercatchers as they flew along the shoreline.  This looks way better if you click on it to enlarge it!

Black Oystercatchers

Black Oystercatchers

We saw a half-dozen Humpback’s and I managed to get my only whale tail of the trip … not as nice as Terri’s but OK I guess!

My only whale tail of the trip .... mostly what you get is just the "hump" of the Humpback Whale!

My only whale tail of the trip …. mostly what you get is just the “hump” of the Humpback Whale!

While we were watching the whales we were also seeing Stellar Sealions and Harbour Seals.  This Stellar’s Sealion surfaced very, very close to the boat and looked just as surprised to see us as we were of seeing him.

Stellar's Sealion

Stellar’s Sealion

After about 45 minutes with the whales our guide and driver took us over to a Sealion colony.  This was way cool and we had lots of opportunity to get many shots of these noisy beauties.

Mock fighting Sealions

Mock fighting Sealions

Jaba the Hut of the Stellar Sealions ... He was so much bigger thatn any of the others!

Jaba the Hut of the Stellar Sealions … He was so much bigger than any of the others!

Even the Sealions were friendly and gave a wave!

Even the Sealions were friendly and gave a wave!

We were very lucky and were able to locate a Sea Otter on the far side of this island.  The guide told us these guys were nearly hunted to extinction and we were very lucky to see one.

Sea Otter ... How could anyone ever kill one of these babies :(

Sea Otter … How could anyone ever kill one of these cuties …

We then reversed course and again rushed as we were going back to the dock where the bus took us to the Mendenhall Glacier.  We spent an hour or so walking a trail with the guide explaining some of the local flora and fauna.  Mostly mushrooms, lichins and flowers but I did manage to get another picture of a Pacific Wren and some amazing looks at the Glacier.

Mendenhall Glacier

Mendenhall Glacier

Mendenhall Glacier

Mendenhall Glacier

I did get a couple of nice Warbler pictures at our last stop of the day.  There were Orange-crowned, Wilson’s and both “Myrtle” and “Audubon”  varieties of Yellowrumps.

Yellow-rumped Warbler ... "Myrtle" or East coast variety.

Yellow-rumped Warbler … “Myrtle” or East coast variety.

Yellow-rumped Warbler ... "Adubon's" variety.  Notice the much whiter wing bars and a hint of yellow on his throat.

Yellow-rumped Warbler … “Audubon’s” variety. Notice the much whiter wing bars and a hint of yellow on his throat.

Needless to say Juneau turned out to be an amazing port of call.  We didn’t pull out until almost 9 pm so there was not much opportunity to take pics of the sail away.  Next stop will be Skagway way were went on a really cool rafting adventure!

As always thank you so much for following along and God bless!

 

 

 

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About sheriffsmith

I have worked for the Broward County Sheriff's Office the last 13 years and spend most of my free time birdwatching / naturewatching and photographing the birds and nature that I encounter. I believe God has blessed us with a world that is so absolutely fascinating and wonderful and I'm doing my best to discover and show others all that he has provided us with in nature.
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2 Responses to Day 6 … Juneau (part 2)

  1. Thank you for the great visit to Juneau! I love all birds and animals! Fantastic pictures!

  2. saltsprayist says:

    Black Oystercatchers! Thanks

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