September 2016
Animalblog by Terry Costales

An early fall collection of animal portraits by photographer Terry Costales
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Surf Scoters with two Pigeon Guillemots
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Surf Scoters external link external link (Melanitta perspicillata)
Pigeon Guillemots external link external link (Cepphus columba)
Ketchikan, Alaska external link
(Date Photographed: 13:09:36 Tuesday 2 June 2015)
(Date Published: Monday 19 September 2016)
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A flock of Surf Scoters are shown with two Pigeon Guillemots at the far left. We saw many dozens of both these birds while on this trip.


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Bald Eagle Nest
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Bald Eagle Nest external link
Boat Tour Trip Around
Ketchikan, Alaska external link
(Date Photographed: 13:41:08 Tuesday 2 June 2015)
(Date Published: Thursday 29 September 2016)
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A very large Bald Eagle nest was in the lichen draped trees. Our boat trip allowed us to see many of these.


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Bald Eagle On Channel Marker
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Bald Eagle external link (Haliaeetus leucocephalus)
Ketchikan, Alaska external link
(Date Photographed: 13:20:00 Tuesday 2 June 2015)
(Date Published: Wednesday 28 September 2016)
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A Bald Eagle was perched on a channel marker near Ketchikan, Alaska.


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Harbor Seal On Rock
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Harbor Seal external link external link (Phoca vitulina)
Ketchikan, Alaska external link
(Date Photographed: 13:26:38 Tuesday 2 June 2015)
(Date Published: Wednesday 21 September 2016)
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A Harbor Seal, not keeping dry exactly, but staying out of the water; more or less.


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Pigeon Guillemots In Flight
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Pigeon Guillemots external link external link (Cepphus columba)
Ketchikan, Alaska external link
(Date Photographed: 13:09:44 Tuesday 2 June 2015)
(Date Published: Tuesday 20 September 2016)
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Two Pigeon Guillemots took flight.


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Three Harbor Seals
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Harbor Seals external link
Boat Tour Trip Around
Ketchikan, Alaska external link
(Date Photographed: 13:42:52 Tuesday 2 June 2015)
(Date Published: Friday 30 September 2016)
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Viewed from the boat trip, three Harbor Seals lounged on partially submerged rocks.


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Bald Eagle On Large Nest
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Bald Eagle external link (Haliaeetus leucocephalus)
Ketchikan, Alaska external link
(Date Photographed: 12:19:42 Tuesday 2 June 2015)
(Date Published: Sunday 18 September 2016)
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An Eagle sat on its very large nest. We took the Lighthouse, Totems & Eagles Excursion external link of Ketchikan's waters and saw many, many Bald Eagles and their nests. We also saw other sea birds, harbor seals and a Humpback Whale.


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Bald Eagle On Sea Wall
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Bald Eagle external link (Haliaeetus leucocephalus)
Ketchikan, Alaska external link
(Date Photographed: 09:42:13 Tuesday 2 June 2015)
(Date Published: Saturday 17 September 2016)
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I photographed this Bald Eagle perched on a channel marker on the sea wall of Ketchikan harbor.


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Barred Owl Close-Up
(9 of 21) (14422 views)

Barred Owl external link external link (Strix varia)
Alaska Rainforest Sanctuary external link
Ketchikan, Alaska external link
(Date Photographed: 16:26:44 Tuesday 8 September 2015)
(Date Published: Friday 16 September 2016)
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I present a close-up of the Barred Owl posted yesterday. internal link


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Barred Owl
(10 of 21) (14255 views)

Barred Owl external link external link (Strix varia)
Alaska Rainforest Sanctuary external link
Ketchikan, Alaska external link
(Date Photographed: 16:26:40 Tuesday 8 September 2015)
(Date Published: Thursday 15 September 2016)
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The Alaska Rainforest Sanctuary was also home to a rescued Barred Owl.


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Bald Eagle Looked Left
(11 of 21) (14376 views)

Bald Eagle external link (Haliaeetus leucocephalus)
Alaska Rainforest Sanctuary external link
Ketchikan, Alaska external link
(Date Photographed: 16:06:41 Tuesday 8 September 2015)
(Date Published: Wednesday 14 September 2016)
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Here is my last shot of a Bald Eagle taken at the Rainforest Sanctuary. This Bald Eagle was one of two rescued and rehabilitated.


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Stellar's Jay On Bowl
(12 of 21) (14426 views)

Stellar's Jay external link external link (Cyanocitta stelleri)
Alaska Rainforest Sanctuary external link
Ketchikan, Alaska external link
(Date Photographed: 16:04:53 Tuesday 8 September 2015)
(Date Published: Tuesday 13 September 2016)
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A Stellar's Jay perched on the lip of a bowl of reindeer food and chowed down.


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Bald Eagle Stare
(13 of 21) (14399 views)

Bald Eagle external link (Haliaeetus leucocephalus)
Alaska Rainforest Sanctuary external link
Ketchikan, Alaska external link
(Date Photographed: 16:06:32 Tuesday 8 September 2015)
(Date Published: Monday 12 September 2016)
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A stare from a Bald Eagle is something to be remembered. This Bald Eagle was one of two rescued and rehabilitated.


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Pink Salmon Jumped
(14 of 21) (14531 views)

Pink Salmon external link
Whitman Lake Hatchery external link
Ketchikan, Alaska external link
(Date Photographed: 15:30:34 Tuesday 8 September 2015)
(Date Published: Sunday 11 September 2016)
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A salmon jumped up a fish ladder at the fish hatchery on Eagle Creek in Ketchikan.


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Rescued Bald Eagle
(15 of 21) (14403 views)

Bald Eagle external link (Haliaeetus leucocephalus)
Alaska Rainforest Sanctuary external link
Ketchikan, Alaska external link
(Date Photographed: 17:14:02 Tuesday 8 September 2015)
(Date Published: Saturday 10 September 2016)
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After we visited the fish hatchery on the Eagle Creek estuary, we went over to the Alaska Rainforest Sanctuary. This Bald Eagle was one of two rescued and rehabilitated eagles we saw there.


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Immature Bald Eagle
(16 of 21) (14389 views)

Bald Eagle external link (Haliaeetus leucocephalus)
Metlakatla, Alaska external link
(Date Photographed: 17:14:02 Thursday 3 September 2015)
(Date Published: Friday 9 September 2016)
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This immature Bald Eagle seemed to enjoy the afternoon sun on his high perch. The tree was next to the road on the way to the ferry terminal.


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Underside Of Lophocampa Maculata Caterpillar
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Lophocampa Maculata external link
Metlakatla, Alaska
(Date Photographed: 17:24:03 Wednesday 2 September 2015)
(Date Published: Monday 5 September 2016)
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This is the underside of the caterpillar posted yesterday. internal link In this shot you can see how tiny it really was.


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Lophocampa Maculata Caterpillar
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Lophocampa Maculata external link
Metlakatla, Alaska
(Date Photographed: 17:23:16 Wednesday 2 September 2015)
(Date Published: Sunday 4 September 2016)
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This colorful caterpillar wasn't poisonous, but its hairs could be irritating. We did not touch it, but merely admired its beauty.


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Salmon Ran Upstream
(19 of 21) (14871 views)

Salmon external link
Metlakatla, Alaska
(Date Photographed: 16:10:08 Wednesday 2 September 2015)
(Date Published: Saturday 3 September 2016)
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We found a small stream where the salmon had gathered for their spawning run. I saw many, many salmon on that trip: Leaping in coves; swimming upstream; and jumping up a fish ladder.


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Juvenile Pacific Wren
(20 of 21) (15011 views)

Juvinal Pacific Wren external link external link
Sand Dollar Beach
Metlakatla, Alaska
(Date Photographed: 15:06:19 Wednesday 2 September 2015)
(Date Published: Friday 2 September 2016)
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It took quite a while for me to photograph this tiny, fast moving little bird. t is a juvenile Pacific Wren that has retained it's bright yellow gape external link typical of nestlings. This makes it easier for parents to feed them. As it grows a little older, it will lose that wide, brightly colored mouth and achieve an adult's bill.


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Raven On Branch
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Common Raven external link external link
Sand Dollar Beach
Metlakatla, Alaska
(Date Photographed: 15:04:09 Wednesday 2 September 2015)
(Date Published: Thursday 1 September 2016)
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The Ravens I saw in Alaska seemed huge when seen up close. Sadly, I only got a few usable photos of this great bird, because they only came close when I didn't have a camera. Go figure.

This is one of my rare photos of a Common Raven in Alaska.


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