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Pacific Shore Birds on Rose Atoll

I find that shore birds on distant Pacific islands can be hard to approach.  They are often far out on sand spits or rocky outcrops, and fly off as soon as one approaches.  On Rose Atoll, the southern-most US national monument … Continue reading

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Anna’s Hummingbirds in La Jolla

During the winter in Southern California the hummingbirds are as busy as ever defending their territory and this male Anna’s Hummingbird was no exception.  He was so focused on defending his patch that he let me get very close.   … Continue reading

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Masked Boobies: Rose Atoll Part Two

The Masked Booby is such an elegant bird however the young are endearing and almost comical – as the first two photographs show.  There were a few chicks and juveniles on Rose Island and I saw several adults flying.  The young were … Continue reading

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Rose Atoll, Remote US National Monument. Part One Brown Boobies

Rose Atoll is a tiny speck on the map in the Southern pacific and is part of American Samoa.  This remote place has one small island that you can walk around in twenty minutes but is home for over 300,000 seabirds. … Continue reading

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Beautiful National Park of American Samoa

I have just come back from a remarkable visit to one of our least known treasures and one of the most beautiful places I have seen – A National Park far deep in the Southern Hemisphere spanning several of the … Continue reading

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Whales and Seabirds at Stillwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary

Last Week I went whale watching on a New England Aquarium whale watching trip run by Boston Harbor Cruises.  I was with NOAA Stillwagen Bank NMS and Mass Audubon staff.  We had a wonderful trip counting seabirds and saw several … Continue reading

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Seabirds of Christmas Island

On a recent visit to Christmas Island, Kiribati I was lucky enough to spend a short time with the local wildlife official on a rat-free island in the lagoon reserved for seabirds. Christmas Island is an important breeding area for several … Continue reading

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Parker River National Wildlife Refuge

I went to Plum Island last weekend  – the Parker River National Wildlife refuge.  Wonderful to see the ecosystems on this barrier island. It was a bit early for many migrants, but as I am still excited by almost any … Continue reading

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Freezing Boston harbor and Red Breasted Merganser

This week I saw a beautiful male Red Breasted Merganser near the New England Aquarium. I was looking at the gulls searching for crabs and admiring the frozen water when I looked up and this beautiful Merganser swam by. It … Continue reading

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Loons in Winter

My first Winter in Boston – although it is cold – birding in Boston Harbor is excellent! This evening I watched two loons in winter plumage feeding next to Central Wharf by the New England Aquarium. I stood on the packed … Continue reading

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