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Aleutian Pelagic Photo Galleries


Pelagic birding in Alaska's Aleutian Islands is some of the world's best. The Aleutian Ridge, situated between the Bering Sea and North Pacific, creates productive upwellings as tidal currents flow between these bodies of water. These upwellings, in turn, help support huge numbers of seabirds.

For example, the highest diversity of alcids in the world is found here. Among the thirteen species regularly seen is Whiskered Auklet, a bird with a range occurring almost entirely within the Aleutians. It's difficult to see due to its limited range, but our trips take you to where they can be found in numbers. We regularly see hundreds and sometimes thousands. The seas around the Aleutians also host large numbers of albatrosses. Laysan Albatrosses are almost constantly in view while Black-footeds occur in smaller numbers, and these waters are some of the best in the world for seeing the globally-rare Short-tailed Albatross. To date, all of our multi-day trips have seen several, with our pelagic trips east of Adak encountering five or more each time.

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The following photos are all from our Aleutian trips and tours.

Albatrosses

Short-tailed Albatross Short-tailed Albatross Short-tailed Albatross Short-tailed Albatross Short-tailed Albatross Short-tailed Albatross and Black-footed Albatross Short-tailed Albatross, Black-footed and Laysan Albatross Black-footed Albatross
Black-footed Albatross Black-footed Albatross Laysan Albatross Laysan Albatross Laysan Albatross Laysan Albatross Laysan Albatross  

 

Alcids

Whiskered Auklet Whiskered Auklet  Whiskered Auklet Whiskered Auklet  Whiskered Auklet Ancient Murrelet    Tufted Puffin
  Thick-billed Murre  Parakeet Auklet    Least Auklet Least Auklet   

Other Tubenoses

           

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