Dependable Surf Scoters

Birds on water.

Surf Scoters, Gastineau Channel, January 23, 2011

I use Google Photos as my primary photo backup. The program “assists” me with stylized photos, offers to rotate photos, make photo books, etc. Sometimes I find it helpful and sometimes not. Another hit and miss feature that I choose to leave turned on is “Rediscover this day ….”

Recently, I got a hit. At least to me. The picture above is from nine years ago. Shortly after Google Photos brought this to mind, I looked out my back window onto the Gastineau Channel and saw another flock of surf scoters bobbing in the water. I didn’t get a photo of surf scoters 2020. I was comforted by the cycle of nature. Though it is far from Spring, these birds are a herald that warmer weather and more light awaits.

3/27/2015 (Alexander Creek, birds, summer meals, veterans, retirement, healthcare, oil, pollution ): Representative Don Young – Cosponsored and Sponsored Legislation

From my Congress.gov alert:

There has been activity on bills associated with Representative Don Young.

Bills sponsored:

  • H.R. 1730 – To amend the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act to provide that Alexander Creek, Alaska, is and shall be recognized as an eligible Native village under that Act, and for other purposes.
  • H.R. 1729 – To amend the Migratory Bird Treaty Act to exempt certain Alaskan Native articles from prohibitions against sale of items containing nonedible migratory bird parts, and for other purposes.
  • H.R. 1728 – To amend the Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act to improve the efficiency of summer meals.

Bills cosponsored:

  • H.R. 1694 – To amend MAP-21 to improve contracting opportunities for veteran-owned small business concerns, and for other purposes.
  • H.R. 1677 – To amend the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 to ensure health care coverage value and transparency for dental benefits under group health plans.
  • H.R. 1684 – To amend the Oil Pollution Act of 1990 and the Federal Water Pollution Control Act to impose penalties and provide for the recovery of removal costs and damages in connection with certain discharges of oil from foreign offshore units, and for other purposes.

Great Blue Heron perusing menu


Great Blue Heron perusing menu
Originally uploaded by AlaskanLibrarian.

One of my favorite bird sets is that of the ones taken of local great blue herons. They come in pretty close to shore, so I get occaisonal good pictures like this. I can watch them for quite awhile. They are patient fishers.

Gulls and empty blog


Bird eying menu
Originally uploaded by AlaskanLibrarian.

Since I let Sunday slide by without a photo set, I wanted to introduce another photo set before the week ended. This is my set of seagull photographs. This picture here is probably the most interesting of my nine gull photographs. This bird is sitting atop thousands of spawning salmon. So many salmon that the water is churning.

Otherwise, the pictures aren’t that interesting. Gulls don’t do much for me in part because I usually photograph them from my balcony. They’re far away in flocks and so my photos look like scenary with white dots. But the pictures are still pretty. If you’ve got interest seagull photographs, drop me a comment.

This picture is probably the last thing you’ll find at Alaskan Librarian this week. I won’t have time here because some colleagues and I are busy trying to frame a dicussion on the distribution of digital government documents to libraries. It’s a discussion me and many librarians have been trying to have on an official level for years. Come and see what the fuss is about!

Ducks on Flickr


IMG_1704
Originally uploaded by AlaskanLibrarian.

I’m going to see if I can stick to a Sunday schedule on introducing my photo sets. If you’ve been a steady reader at any of my blogs, you’ll realize that this is an intention.

Today I’m showing off my ducks collection. I don’t have many of these, just 16 photos, despite the fact that I see plenty of ducks every spring and fall outside my window. I don’t see any in winter and only a few in summer, but that’s migration for you.

To see the best detail, use my originally sized picture, and maybe do some further magnification. Unlike my eagle and raven pictures, I don’t seem to get very close to ducks. It’s not a phobia, just circumstance.

As with any of my photo sets on Flickr, my duck pictures are available on an attribution/noncommercial/share alike Creative Commons License. So feel free to share this Alaska bird life with others. If you do, please consider commenting here or sending an email to dnlcornwall at alaska dot net.

Thanks!

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