Our Denali/Kenai Tour in Alaska is off to an incredible
start! These are just a few of the amazing images from encounters with the
impressive array of wildlife we’ve enjoyed over the past few days. Our
Moose/Grizzly count is tied at 14 for the tour so far, and we just completed
the Ptarmigan sweep (Willow, Rock, and White-tailed) with an obliging,
strutting, Spruce Grouse to boot. While conditions didn’t allow for photo ops
as jaw-dropping as last year’s success, we nevertheless had spectacular views
of the enigmatic Smith’s Longspur, now seldom seen in Alaska. Black-backed
Woodpeckers at nest holes, insanely close Three-toed Woodpecker, Bohemian
Waxwing, and two lovely Northern Hawk Owls were also highlights, among others.
Photos: Northern Hawk-Owl & Spruce Grouse, by Forrest
is a very large owl, documented as the world’s largest species of owl by length. It is distributed across the Northern Hemisphere. In some areas it is also called Phantom of the North, cinereous owl, spectral owl, Lapland owl, spruce owl, bearded owl, and sooty owl.