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« on: August 04, 2019, 06:33:45 PM »

Yesterday my grandson, Ryan, and I drove down to the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center south of Anchorage at Portage.  It wasn’t a great day to see or photograph the animals as it was hot and mostly they weren’t out much, but I did get a few shots.  Unfortunately everything is behind mesh fences, necessarily, so it wasn’t possible to get photos without seeing parts of the fence.  And the tourists—it was hard to get up close to be able to shoot through the fence openings.  Anyway, the Nikon P900 did a fair job of things.  That magpie wasn’t very cooperative, by the way.


















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« Reply #1 on: August 05, 2019, 06:26:31 AM »

Neat-OH! Those antlers are AMAZING!
Interesting twist on the magpies. A bit different than our local breed.
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« Reply #2 on: August 05, 2019, 08:53:24 AM »

Neat-OH! Those antlers are AMAZING!
Interesting twist on the magpies. A bit different than our local breed.


Kind of like the difference between the American robin redbreast and the English robin.
That magpie was frustrating.  He refused to sit still long enough to get a nice sharp photo.  But I had to try.  The elk were beautiful  Incredible critters.
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« Reply #3 on: August 05, 2019, 01:14:31 PM »

Love the magpies, had a nest outside of my window in Denver. I miss their chattering.
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« Reply #4 on: August 05, 2019, 06:06:58 PM »

Those goofy magpies love to torment our dogs, who think they can chase one down.  I believe magpies have a well-developed sense of humor.  Fun birds.
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« Reply #5 on: August 05, 2019, 06:26:34 PM »

Smart birds, very social. Loved to watch them. They act a lot like the blue Jays here. Pretty too.
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« Reply #6 on: August 06, 2019, 05:25:19 AM »

I had to look to make sure but ravens, magpies, and jays are all from the same "family".
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« Reply #7 on: August 06, 2019, 06:40:06 AM »

I think I should have clarified the title of my post, when I wrote “Not the Zoo.”  The Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center is run by the state, and is a place where sick, injured or abandoned animals are brought after being rescued, and are cared for until they have recovered from whatever injury or illness.  Some are there because they were somehow abandoned as young animals.  The bears were cubs that had been either abandoned by their mothers, or the mom was shot, leaving the young cubs alone.  Others are there for various other reasons.  They have two coyotes there, for example, that have been there since soon after birth.  The upside is that the center is open (for a fee) to the public to come in and observe, and there are also seminars and just informational talks provided.  Neat place, and a must see thing for anyone visiting the Anchorage area.
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« Reply #8 on: August 06, 2019, 07:10:49 PM »

We have a similar place with native animals at the Kentucky Game Farm. Run by Fish and Wildlife and always worth a stop.
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« Reply #9 on: August 06, 2019, 09:33:14 PM »

Awesome pictures,  That rack of antlers is amazing!
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« Reply #10 on: August 06, 2019, 10:43:40 PM »

Awesome pictures,  That rack of antlers is amazing!

Those were some particularly nice elk, I thought.  The bison were looking healthy but scroungy.  And the musk ox were just, well, just hairy.  The musk ox hair, specifically the under hair, is called qiviut (native name) and it used to make garments such as scarves, hats, gloves,  etc, and it is VERY expensive.
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« Reply #11 on: August 07, 2019, 06:00:57 AM »

Awesome pictures,  That rack of antlers is amazing!

Those were some particularly nice elk, I thought.  The bison were looking healthy but scroungy.  And the musk ox were just, well, just hairy.  The musk ox hair, specifically the under hair, is called qiviut (native name) and it used to make garments such as scarves, hats, gloves,  etc, and it is VERY expensive.

As rare as the stuff is I'd not want to qiviut over the price. 
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