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.
Thursday, October 18, 2012
More Photos From Jeremy
Jeremy sent me some new photos from Petersburg. The Glaucous-winged Gull is obvious. Can you see the other birds in the photo? They look very much like the rocks that is their preferred habitat.
These birds are Black Turnstones, busily bathing at the water's edge. I am jealous because I have no photos of Black Turnstones at all. There is another shorebird in the photo, see it?
The mystery bird is the pale gray one in the center. Any guesses as to what it may be?
A closer shot. It's a Surfbird in winter plummage. Surfbirds and Black Turnstones share an almost identical breeding range and habitat preference. I have seen wintering Surfbirds in Mexico and as far south as Southern Peru. They are generally much more confiding around people than Black Turnstones.
Black Turnstones are close relatives of the better known Ruddy Turnstone. Whereas the Ruddy Turnstone is basically a pan world species, Black Turnstones are restricted to the west coast of North America. I'm not sure whether they occur in the Eastern Palearctic, like the coast of Siberia, Japan etc. I have also seen them in Northern Mexico in the winter. Ruddy Turnstones also share the same habitat along rhe West coast.