The purpose of this blog is to show off John Lofgreen's Alaskan world through his wildlife art and nature photography. It will explain his painting techniques, and report on his latest activities including exotic journeys around the world.
For the last few weeks I have wanted to take a day to go birding along the coastal trail in Anchorage. The weather has been so cold and windy, that I have been postponing it until today. There was partial sunshine, and no wind, so I went for it.
The Anchorage Coastal Trail is a real treasure, at least in the summer months. There is no beach to speak of, just mudflats that are treacherous to walk on. The waves are 6 inches high on a good day. The trail is laid out above the mudflats, and provide a safe overlook. It also connects with some greenbelts, and a lake, Westchester Lagoon.
It was high tide over the mudflats, so I was able to photograph this Bonaparte's Gull from fairly close.
The second bird to pose for a photo was this Surfbird. This is the only Surfbird I have seen along the Coastal Trail.
This is a pair of sleeping Short-billed Dowitchers.
Hudsonian Godwit in prime breeding plummage.
I turned inland at Westchester Lagoon and photographed this friendly, male Gadwall.
2 pairs of Shovelers.
What happened to their mates?
Last of all, a Tree Swallow nesting on the side of a building. I saw many other interesting birds today. Life is good.