Monday, January 10, 2011

Cuddle All Through The Storm

Crested and Least Auklets in the midst of their nightly spectacle off Main Talus.

Tufted Puffin. Their beaks are not all show though....they can and will crush you.

No matter how hard I try, I really haven't been on top of showing off my Alaska pictures from last year, so apologies for that. For some masochistic reason I have largely not even putting up my favorite shots, which I don't completely understand the reasons for. Maybe I don't want ya'll to short-circuit your computers with drool and/or tears. More likely, I'm just a weird dude. It's probably Felonious Jive's fault....I can't stand that guy sometimes. At any rate, all of these pictures are from Buldir Island.

It's time to take my Perpetual Weekend to the next level and get tranquilo. On Monday I embark on my Mexican Roadtrip, and will return to the United States on January I'll be back then. Hopefully I will have a photograph or two from that.

This kelpy-faced male Bar-tailed Godwit was one of the more abiding sandpiper visitors we had.

For a few weeks, chocolate lilies blanket the island.

Female Lapland Longspur.

So, if you haven't heard already, Saudi Arabia has captured a vulture and claimed it was an Israeli spy. I am not making this up, even though it sounds straight out of The Onion. It is consistent with the region's recent behavior, as Egypt has attempted to blame their recent shark attacks on Israel as well. It is rare that I am surprised anymore about how stunningly retarded people can be, but this takes the fucking cake. I can't believe I just read a real quote from an Israeli biologist worried that his vulture was going to be tortured (its a well-founded concern, I reckon). Now, I'm not on Israel's side on any of the conflicts going on in the region, but they certainly have become the scapegoat for everybody and their mother. The vulture article is all the proof you need.

Ok, I need to go sit on a toilet. Thanks a lot Israel.

Horned Puffin.

Crested Auklet.


  1. Tufted Puffin tongue! Damn! I like it! and that last auklet looks like there's some attitude going on there, whoa. Now please put more pictures up that you have selfishly hoarded. Thank you. (and the vulture story...i don't even know what to say).

  2. Just read this about the vultures, via Wiki:
    Little is known about the average life-span of these birds, but it is approximated at 50 to 70 years in the wild, but the oldest death recorded in captivity is 118 years old.[1]

    Perhaps they DO get old enough to learn a few tricks?

    Those auklets have the most amazing white-button eyes. Bon voyage!

  3. Jesus christ that vulture story is ridiculous. I can't even think about it.

    Horned Puffin photo = awesome. I'm guessing that if you're hoarding Alaska photos then you are probably not going to share much of Mexico either. Dick.