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The First Gyrfalcon Nestlings

by Bryce W. Robinson

Gyrfalcon Nestlings

I’d like to share this image I was privy to while conducting some work in a Gyrfalcon nest yesterday morning. The earliest nesting Gyrfalcons have young chicks at the moment, which is good news for my study. I remember seeing these four a few weeks ago, when they were just eggs. I’ve seen eggs turn into birds many times, and will again and again, but I’ll always pause in wonder and amazement at the process. And the Gyrfalcon beat goes on…

 

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New to the World, The Pectoral Sandpiper

by Bryce W. Robinson

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I know I’ve promised photos of the chicks I’ve seen on the tundra, and have yet to share anything. I’ll admit, photographing these little things is a lot more challenging than I had imagined. They seem to never stop moving, and if you don’t keep a keen eye trained to them at all times, they hunker under some grass, no longer to be seen.

I have had a bit of luck, mainly with chicks that are a bit older. One thing I like about looking at lone chicks, is the exercise of identifying the bird. It is a bit tricky, but it forces you to pay attention to certain helpful traits, and ignore body plumage altogether. The first thing I noticed about the young Pectoral Sandpiper pictured above, is the distinctive bill. Pale at the base, dark at the tip, with a slight down curve, thinning at the end. Obviously a Pec!

 

Buff-breasted Sandpiper at Nest

by Bryce W. Robinson

I returned to the nest today to make sure the chicks made it into the world alright, and this is what I found.