Life in the Aleutians: Dutch Harbor Eagles, Emperor Geese, Ducks, etc.

MoonMan04MoonMan04 MontanaRegistered Users Posts: 63 Big grins
edited February 5, 2019 in Wildlife

So I have a seasonal job working as a fisheries biologist where most my days are spent out in the Bearing Sea, but I had two stellar days of sunlight in Dutch Harbor which permitted me to capture these photos. Quite a few "lifers" for me this trip around. I'll be looking forward to the next time I embark, and if I'm lucky I'll have just enough light to go shoot again before we head back out. If you like these photos check out my Alaska portfolio which also includes some shots from Kodiak from last year in the "Travel" section on my webpage (moonman.photography)

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Kyle C. Moon
Portfolio: Moonman.Photography

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  • kurzvorzwoelfkurzvorzwoelf Straight from the trenches Stuttgart, GermanyRegistered Users Posts: 326 Major grins

    Wow, that's some impressive wildlife shots there. I especially do like numbers 4, 9 and 10. And the non-wildlife shot at 7 does speak to me, too! Thanks for sharing, it's always nice to see some of mother nature's creatures well shot.

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  • StumblebumStumblebum I shoot, therefore I am San Jose, CARegistered Users Posts: 8,403 Major grins

    Superb set! Very enjoyable!

  • MitchellMitchell Major grins Registered Users Posts: 3,503 Major grins

    Great set!! I like #4

  • kdogkdog artistically challenged San Jose, CAAdministrators Posts: 11,677 moderator

    How awesome, and how lucky you are. All great shots, especially #4 and that sinister looking wolf shot.

  • SusansmithaSusansmitha Dhaka, BangladeshNew member Posts: 10 Big grins
    Superb! pictures are really sharp! especially i am in love with those eagle photos.
  • MoonMan04MoonMan04 MontanaRegistered Users Posts: 63 Big grins

    Thanks! I have quite a few eagle shots on my hard drive especially from the scene from #4. @kdog believe it or not, that is actually a silver fox. There are quite a few like that on the Island of Unalaska. I kind of like them more than the red, but in the snow the red really pops. I'm hoping to find one hunting out here, but that'll have to come with a bit of luck haha

    Kyle C. Moon
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  • GuyLeFleaGuyLeFlea Seattle AreaRegistered Users Posts: 14 Big grins
    edited September 30, 2019

    Good old Dutch - Garden Spot of Alaska!
    1. Hard not to miss that steely gaze from the local Bald Eagles, particularly while beamed while atop crab pots..

  • El GatoEl Gato Global Trekker Registered Users Posts: 1,085 Major grins

    Awesome images!!

    Thank you for showing us a place and its residents that many may never get to or see in person.

    Wonderful...thank you!!

  • kd5fexkd5fex Big grins Registered Users Posts: 72 Big grins

    Fantastic shots Kyle!!!

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  • JuanoJuano Major grins Lima, PeruRegistered Users Posts: 4,666 Major grins

    Nice work!

  • pathfinderpathfinder Drive By Digital Shooter western IndianaSuper Moderators Posts: 14,649 moderator
    edited December 23, 2021

    Wow, how'd I miss these images??!!

    Such superb pictures of eagles and other creatures.

    I love the fox image, and the eagle close up portraits. I, also, love shots of eagles dirty, muddy and working hard which you frequently see in Alaska too.

    Let's see some more now, please!

    I took a gander at your website and found lots to admire. You have great images of birds, reptiles, turtles. Have you seen the migration of sandhill cranes in Nebraska in the spring or fall?

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  • MoonMan04MoonMan04 MontanaRegistered Users Posts: 63 Big grins

    @pathfinder said:
    Wow, how'd I miss these images??!!

    Such superb pictures of eagles and other creatures.

    I love the fox image, and the eagle close up portraits. I, also, love shots of eagles dirty, muddy and working hard which you frequently see in Alaska too.

    Let's see some more now, please!

    I took a gander at your website and found lots to admire. You have great images of birds, reptiles, turtles. Have you seen the migration of sandhill cranes in Nebraska in the spring or fall?

    Thank you @pathfinder ! Unfortunately, I am no longer working in AK, but I live in Bozeman, MT and I'll be getting many opportunities to take pictures in YNP and GTNP. I haven't been very active on here, but I do post most of my stuff to my website and or my Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/MoonManPhotos.

    To answer your question, I have not been to Nebraska's migration, but I have been to Bosque Del Apache twice in November! That is quite a spectacle to see. I would love to check out Nebraska's migration though! I'd hope to catch some of the whooper's going through.

    Kyle C. Moon
    Portfolio: Moonman.Photography

  • JoeyWilsonJoeyWilson ...happy and proud to be here... Registered Users Posts: 3 Beginner grinner
    Photos of eagles are always my favorite. Nice work!
  • pathfinderpathfinder Drive By Digital Shooter western IndianaSuper Moderators Posts: 14,649 moderator
    edited July 24, 2022

    Living in Bozeman, you're closer to Kearney Nebraska, than I am, in Indiana. The sandhill crane migration in Bosque is beautiful, but doesn't have 10% of the number of sandhills in spring or fall as in Kearney, Nebraska. When I spoke to the director at Rowe Sanctuary last fall, they had almost two dozen whoopers hanging around also.

    I actually got to photograph a pair of whooping cranes at Goose Pond Sanctuary in Indiana a few years ago - something I never expected to see in my lifetime.

    Wishing you a very happy and prosperous New Year

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  • spanky117abspanky117ab AlbertaRegistered Users Posts: 84 Big grins
    Wow you have some very impressive shots here.
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