|2009 Travel Photos Page 4
More of Alaska's critters. Moose at Chena Lake State Park. Moose with calves at Denali National Park and Preserve.
Bear with possibly 2 year old cubs in first two photos. Third photo is bear with 1 year old cub.
A couple of photos of the 1 year old at play.
Bear with spring cubs. Only shot was
through the bus windshield.
Caribou above and Dall Sheep below at Denali. Also, everyone's favorite prey, the snowshoe rabbit.
Arctic Ground Squirrel.
Northern Hawk Owl and Ptarmigan above. Harlequin Ducks and Mew Gulls below.
Wasn't sure if the wildlife classification fit here but had to include them! Nice entertainment at the Pioneer Park in
Stellar Sea Lions on islands off the Keni. They can reach up to 2000 pounds.
Dall's porpoises leading the boat through the bay.
More shots of the Humpback. All of these and most of the remaining photos on this page were taken while on a wildlife
and glacier cruise out of Seward on the Kenai Peninsula. Absolutely worth the time and money spent. Great wildlife
viewing and some great views of some of the glaciers in the area on Page 5 photos.
The small islands around the Kenai Peninsula are key areas for nesting water birds. Below, Orca whales also inhabit
the area. There are resident and also some transient Orcas in this area.
Sea otters are also in abundance in this area. Since they don't have the layer of blubber to help insulate them, they
have a very dense fur, up to 1 million strands of hair per square inch. This resulted in their being hunted almost to
extinction for their fur.