We begin this month's gallery on our recent "Newfoundland & Nova Scotia" tour, where a sunny day at Newfoundland's Cape St Mary's gannet colony is a spectacular experience! Chris Benesh & Cory Gregory guided, and Cory brought home this image.
Boreal Chickadee is always on a most-wanted list on our Newfoundland/N.S. and other Canada tours. Photo by guide Cory Gregory.
Atlantic Puffins? Yes, we saw scads of them, and very well! Photo by guide Chris Benesh.
This singing Mourning Warbler was among a wonderful variety of warbler species along our route. Photo by guide Chris Benesh.
Another kind of lifer for many: summer in Newfoundland can mean icebergs still offshore. Photo by guide Chris Benesh.
Not flashy, but also on the most-wanted list for participants: Nelson's Sparrow. Photo by guide Chris Benesh.
Guide Chris Benesh caught this Willow Ptarmigan in Newfoundland giving us an eyeful in a fabulous fly-by...
...and the result of the ptarmigan was a very happy group! Photo by guide Cory Gregory.
Let's slip far to the southwest. California Condor is the marquee species for our "Northern Arizona Canyons & Condor" tour, and both departures this year had great luck with these prehistoric looking birds! Photo by participant Len Sander.
And here's the marquee destination on that same tour, in a great image by participant Larry Meade.
Black-chinned Sparrow is one of the many attractive "standard" Arizona birds we found along our way. Photo by participant Len Sander.
This Common Black Hawk nesting in Oak Creek Canyon near Sedona created a lovely aerial profile. Photo by participant Len Sander.
Guide John Coons (scanning) and group got to take in a lot of fine vistas at the Grand Canyon -- in part to scan for condors! Photo by participant Christine Kooi.
Continuing in the grand vista department, a lovely long view of the Lamar Valley dotted with Bison in Yellowstone NP, by guide Terry McEneaney on his recent Montana tour.
Next up, pics from our 4 recent Alaska departures: Here's one of our groups with guides Megan Crewe and Doug Gochfeld (each with ice) in front of oh-so-blue Aialik Glacier...
...and where Kittlitz's Murrelet was one of the highlight species. Photo by participant Steve Rannels.
Also on the birding menu for the Aialik Glacier/Kenai Fjords boat trip: Rhinoceros Auklets, very cool in their breeding finery. Photo by participant Steve Rannels.
Tufted Puffin is of course no shabby dresser, either! We can see these in Kenai Fjords or on the Pribilof Islands. Photo by participant Tony Quezon.
Alaska has some wonderful mammals to enhance our birding experience, including whiskery Sea Otters. Photo by participant Tony Quezon.
This may look like the flatlands, but it's the vast top of Coffee Dome east of Nome, where the target is...
...Bristle-thighed Curlew! We might have seen this same bird (who knows?) earlier in the year on our Hawaii tour! Photos by guide Doug Gochfeld.
Here's one of our groups scanning Freshwater Lake near Barrow for waterfowl. And what might we hope to find there or nearby...?
With any luck, this beauty: Spectacled Eider! Photos by guide Doug Gochfeld.
Alaska has so many great birds to see: this American Dipper was carrying material to a nest near Seward. Photo by guide Doug Gochfeld.
If you want to see Golden-crowned Sparrows belting it out in their heartland, Alaska's the place to go. Photo by participant Tony Quezon.
It's just a tad awe-inspiring when the skies clear on Denali. Here we are viewing from the Denali Highway, tens of miles away. Photo by guide Doug Gochfeld.
Participant Steve Rannels captured this Parasitic Jaeger in full swoop and full spread...spectacular!
Brilliant female Red Phalaropes dot the flooded tundra around Barrow, near the northernmost mainland point in the US. Photo by partcipant Tony Quezon.
Many of our Alaska groups are fortunate to find Muskox on the tundra outside of Nome, as we did again this year. Photo by participant Steve Rannels.
Arctic Fox giving us a careful once-over. Photo by participant Tony Quezon.
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