Friday, August 12th, 2011
Steller Sea Lions At Little Island

I knew that Steller Sea Lions were very flexible, but when I saw this one at Little Island north of Juneau rotate his head backwards with ease to a horizontal plane it made my head spin! Try this pose for yourself, it’s virtually impossible, unless you are exceptionally flexible.

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Saturday, June 4th, 2011
Benjamin Island Steller Sea Lion Haulaut

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Dozens of Steller Sea Lions rest at a haulout on Benjamin Island north of Juneau. The haulout was designated a critical habitat area by the National Marine Fisheries Service and the agency recommends that people remain at least 100 yards from sea lions. In order not to violate this recommendation in an attempt to photograph the sea lions, it’s best to pack a long focal lens that will allow to zoom in from far away. In this case I used a 300mm fixed lens with a 1.4 teleconverter.

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Thursday, June 2nd, 2011
No Vacancy At The Buoy Inn

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This navigational buoy in Favorite Channel near Sentinel Island is a favorite haulout for Stellar Sea Lions… and provides a nice perch for Bald Eagles. Visible in the distance are the mainland and Eagle Glacier. Below, a male Stellar Sea Lion tries to get a spot the buoy. Needless to say that it didn’t get its way.

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Sunday, May 1st, 2011
Sea Lions At Point Bridget

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Sea lions are another predator group next to the humpback whales and orcas that shows up in large numbers for the annual feeding frenzy on holligans and spawning herring in Berners Bay in spring. In a collaborative effort they dive in unison to corral and capture the fish.

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