St Paul, Alaska Wildlife Photos

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One of the eagle photos Lance shared with me.

    This blog is mostly about wildlife photos taken on St Paul Island, Alaska. The last few weeks I was there, I got some water in my camera and it died. I tried to order a new one from the mainland but there was not time. My coworker, Lance offered to share some of his photos with me and some of the photos in the blog are Lance's photos. A few of his photos are from Sand Point where the company has a processing plant also.

     One of my greatest enjoyments during my stay on St Paul was the "friendship" I had with some blue arctic foxes. These animals were brought to the island originally by Russians to be used for coats. Their fur grew thick in the cold climate. They were the cutest animals I have ever seen. I treated them like wild animals and never tried to get too close to them or try to pet them but they got to know me so well they would come when I whistled and called them, just like a dog.

"I'm Hungry!"
I got to know two of them especially well and I named them. One of them learned his name and would look at me when I called his name. I named this little one "Flop Ear" because of his torn ear. He was near death when I first saw him. The other foxes beat up on him and would not let him eat. One of them had torn "Flop Ear's" ear and it would not stand up. He became stronger as we knew each other and later when he was fat, he also became a bully to the little ones. I would scold him and he seemed to know what I was saying. The other fox I came to know well was named "Miss Piggy"! She was so fat and beat up on all the other little foxes and stole all the food. She had a beautiful coat of fur but she was a born glutton. Tragically Miss Piggy broke into the trash compactor dumpster one night and when the kitchen personal dumped the breakfast scraps into the dumpster and cycled the compactor mechanism, Miss Piggy was killed.
"A day at the shore"
I was pretty sad about that and some of my coworkers laughed at me! Talk about cold hearted!

    I got some pictures of American Bald eagles I was proud of but when I saw Lance's, his put mine to shame and most of the eagle pictures in this blog are the ones he shared with me. I never saw so many eagles. And they are huge! The one in the photos with Dan has a wing spread of about 6 feet. Lance said Dan had him sit down on a bench by the water and coaxed the eagle to sit close to him. Lance said he was so afraid that the huge eagle would reach out and pluck his eye out! There are so many eagles that hang out at the city dump in Dutch Harbor that the locals call them "dumpster chickens".

"Don't come any closer!"

 The Northern Fur Seals on St Paul are beautiful. It was my first time to be close to these remarkable creatures and I greatly enjoyed watching them. I am disappointed that I could not get a photo of a reindeer as it is reported there are more than 500 of them on the island but they are hunted for their meat by the Alaskan natives and are very elusive. Some years hunting permits are sold to outsiders depending on the population. I did see some photos of them though. I had always pictured them as smaller animals, maybe from stories of Rudolf and Santa :) but they are huge. They looked more like large mule deer in the western states of the lower 48.

I missed the birding season. Tens of thousands of sea birds some to St Paul each spring for nesting and bird watching is a big tourist industry on the island. Maybe next year!

 

bigmac993 says:
Thanks Martin!
Posted on: Feb 24, 2013
joehobo says:
Amazing pictures Mac
Posted on: Feb 24, 2013
bigmac993 says:
Thanks Ilse!
Posted on: Feb 05, 2013
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One of the eagle photos Lance shar…
One of the eagle photos Lance sha…
Im Hungry!
"I'm Hungry!"
A day at the shore
"A day at the shore"
Dont come any closer!
"Don't come any closer!"
One of the eagle photos Lance shar…
One of the eagle photos Lance sha…
One of the eagle photos Lance shar…
One of the eagle photos Lance sha…
One of the eagle photos Lance shar…
One of the eagle photos Lance sha…
One of the eagle photos Lance shar…
One of the eagle photos Lance sha…
One of the eagle photos Lance shar…
One of the eagle photos Lance sha…
One of the eagle photos Lance shar…
One of the eagle photos Lance sha…
One of the eagle photos Lance shar…
One of the eagle photos Lance sha…
One of the eagle photos Lance shar…
One of the eagle photos Lance sha…
Dan and the eagle
Dan and the eagle
Dan and the eagle
Dan and the eagle
Northern Fur Seals. Beautiful crea…
Northern Fur Seals. Beautiful cre…
Northern Fur Seals. Beautiful crea…
Northern Fur Seals. Beautiful cre…
Northern Fur Seals. Beautiful crea…
Northern Fur Seals. Beautiful cre…
Northern Fur Seals. Beautiful crea…
Northern Fur Seals. Beautiful cre…
Northern Fur Seals. Beautiful crea…
Northern Fur Seals. Beautiful cre…
Northern Fur Seals. Beautiful crea…
Northern Fur Seals. Beautiful cre…
Surfs up Dudes
"Surf's up Dudes"
Old grouchy Mama Mossback. No on…
Old grouchy "Mama Mossback". No o…
Surfs Up!
"Surf's Up!"
The Gangs all here
"The Gang's all here"
The Baby Nursery
"The Baby Nursery"
Whats up Doc?
"What's up Doc?"
Albino Seal
Albino Seal
Albino Seal
Albino Seal
Albino Seal
Albino Seal
Howdy
"Howdy"
Hello
"Hello"
The fighting family
The fighting family
Cute face
Cute face
Miss Piggy
"Miss Piggy"
Miss Piggy
"Miss Piggy"
Miss Piggy
"Miss Piggy"
Miss Piggy
"Miss Piggy"
Flop Ear on the left
"Flop Ear" on the left
This is Flop Ear after he had be…
This is "Flop Ear" after he had b…
Miss Piggy
"Miss Piggy"
I was told these white foxes were …
I was told these white foxes were…
Miss Piggy shortly before her de…
"Miss Piggy" shortly before her d…
Miss Piggy shortly before her de…
"Miss Piggy" shortly before her d…
Miss Piggy shortly before her de…
"Miss Piggy" shortly before her d…
Whale Tail
"Whale Tail"
Whale Tail
"Whale Tail"
Whale Tail
"Whale Tail"
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