Alaska Bird photos

Common murre spreads its wings before taking flight on the waters of Prince William Sound, southcentral, Alaska. (Patrick J Endres / AlaskaPhotoGraphics.com)

Common murre spreads its wings before taking flight on the waters of Prince William Sound, southcentral, Alaska. (Patrick J Endres / AlaskaPhotoGraphics.com)

Alaska’s birds

Alaska is a unique place in that it provides habitat for many migratory birds that choose its food-rich land to raise their young. Owls, swans, cranes, songbirds, and many more arrive in spring and after a summer of sunlight and successful parenting, head south for warmer weather in the autumn. Some fly incredible distances in favor of the abundant daylight and plentiful food availability. All of the Alaska bird photos here are available for purchase as stock photography, or as fine art prints to display in your home or office.

Great Horned Owl perched on the branch of birch tree in the boreal forest of Fairbanks, Alaska (Patrick J Endres / AlaskaPhotoGraphics.com)

Great Horned Owl perched on the branch of a birch tree in the boreal forest of Fairbanks, Alaska (Patrick J Endres / AlaskaPhotoGraphics.com)

Common Redpoll (Acanthis flammea)

Common redpolls are ubiquitous birds throughout much of Alaska’s Interior and Arctic regions. They inhabit the boreal forest and Arctic tundra and travel in flocks. They can survive in very cold weather and tunnel into the snow to stay warm during cold nights. They are one of the birds that overwinter in Alaska. Known for their very bright red breast and crown during mating plumage, they are a beautiful bird.

Alaska bird photos: Common Redpoll on spruce branch, Fairbanks, Alaska (Patrick J. Endres / AlaskaPhotoGraphics.com)

Common Redpoll on a spruce branch, Fairbanks, Alaska (Patrick J. Endres / AlaskaPhotoGraphics.com)

Arctic Tern (Sterna paradisaea)

The Arctic tern is a slender and graceful flying birth that migrates up to 25,000 miles between its summer breeding range in Alaska’s Arctic, to the wintering grounds in Antarctica.

Alaska bird photos: Arctic tern hovering in flight, Alaska Range, Interior, Alaska. (Patrick J Endres / AlaskaPhotoGraphics.com)

Arctic tern hovering in flight, Alaska Range, Interior, Alaska. (Patrick J Endres / AlaskaPhotoGraphics.com)

Ruffed Grouse (Bonasa umbellus)

Ruffed grouse forage in Alaska’s boreal forest floor seeking seeds and insects. Males make a drumming sound by beating their winds, often doing this while standing on a log. During the winter, the birds can be seen eating buds on deciduous trees of the boreal forest.

Alaska bird photos: Ruffed grouse feeds in quaking aspen tree in winter, Fairbanks, Alaska (Patrick J. Endres / AlaskaPhotoGraphics.com)

Ruffed grouse feeds on quaking aspen tree buds in winter, Fairbanks, Alaska (Patrick J. Endres / AlaskaPhotoGraphics.com)

Common Raven (Corvus corax)

Ravens are among the smartest of all birds. They are entirely black in color, with a large beak. Scientists have defined their vocalizations into as many as 33 different categories. They are a bird that appears often in Native Alaska mythology and lore.

Alaska bird photos: Common raven on the snowy tundra in arctic, Alaska. (Patrick J. Endres / AlaskaPhotoGraphics.com)

Common raven on the snowy tundra in the Arctic, Alaska. (Patrick J. Endres / AlaskaPhotoGraphics.com)

Red-necked grebe (Podiceps grisegena)

Alaska bird photos: Red-necked grebe and chick riding on the back, Flat lake, Alaska. (Patrick J. Endres / AlaskaPhotoGraphics.com)

Red-necked grebe and chick riding on the back, Flat Lake, Alaska. (Patrick J. Endres / AlaskaPhotoGraphics.com)

Tundra swan (Cygnus columbianus)

Alaska bird photos: Tundra swan migrate through Solomon, Seward Peninsula, western arctic, Alaska, during the autumn migration. (Patrick J. Endres / AlaskaPhotoGraphics.com)

Tundra swan migrate through Solomon, Seward Peninsula, western Arctic, Alaska, during the autumn migration. (Patrick J. Endres / AlaskaPhotoGraphics.com)

Western Sandpiper (Calidris mauri)

Alaska bird photos: Flock of shorebirds, dominated by Western sandpipers flock to the shores of Hartney Bay, Copper River Delta, Prince William Sound, Alaska, to refuel during their migration to summer nesting grounds. of shorebirds, dominated by Western sandpipers flock to the shores of Hartney Bay, Copper River Delta, Prince William Sound, Alaska, to refuel during their migration to summer nesting grounds. (Patrick J. Endres / AlaskaPhotoGraphics.com)

Flocks of shorebirds, dominated by Western sandpipers fly to the shores of Hartney Bay, Copper River Delta, Prince William Sound, Alaska, to refuel during their migration to their summer nesting grounds.  (Patrick J. Endres / AlaskaPhotoGraphics.com)

King Eider (Somateria spectabilis)

Alaska bird photos: Colorful male King eider duck in breeding plumage, swimming in a tundra pond in Alaska's arctic. (Patrick J. Endres / AlaskaPhotoGraphics.com)

Colorful male king eider duck in breeding plumage, swimming in a tundra pond in Alaska’s Arctic. (Patrick J. Endres / AlaskaPhotoGraphics.com)

Spectacled Eider (Somateria fischeri)

Alaska bird photos: Drake, or male spectacled eider in breeding plumage, swims in a tundra pond on Alaska's arctic north slope. (Patrick J. Endres / AlaskaPhotoGraphics.com)

Drake, or male spectacled eider in breeding plumage, swims in a tundra pond on Alaska’s arctic north slope. (Patrick J. Endres / AlaskaPhotoGraphics.com)

Short-eared Owl (Asio flammeus)

Alaska bird photos: An inquisitive short-eared owl stares intently while standing on the a surface on Alaska's arctic north slope. (Patrick J. Endres / AlaskaPhotoGraphics.com)

An inquisitive short-eared owl stares intently while standing on a rocky surface on Alaska’s Arctic North Slope. (Patrick J. Endres / AlaskaPhotoGraphics.com)

Great grey owl (Strix nebulosa)

Great Gray owl in black spruce trees, southcentral, Alaska. (Patrick J. Endres / AlaskaPhotoGraphics.com)

Great grey owl in black spruce trees, southcentral, Alaska. (Patrick J. Endres / AlaskaPhotoGraphics.com)

Willow Ptarmigan (Lagopus lagopus)

Willow ptarmigan on the snowy tundra of the Alaska arctic. (Patrick J Endres / AlaskaPhotoGraphics.com)

Willow ptarmigan on the snowy tundra of the Alaska Arctic. (Patrick J Endres / AlaskaPhotoGraphics.com)

Tufted Puffin (Fratercula cirrhata)

Tufted puffins, St. Paul Island, Pribilof Islands, Alaska. Two species live in Alaskan waters: the Horned Puffin (Fratercula corniculata) and the Tufted Puffin (Fratercula cirrhata). (Patrick J. Endres / AlaskaPhotoGraphics.com)

Tufted puffins, St. Paul Island, Pribilof Islands, Alaska. Two species live in Alaskan waters: the Horned Puffin (Fratercula corniculata) and the Tufted Puffin (Fratercula cirrhata). (Patrick J. Endres / AlaskaPhotoGraphics.com)

Slideshow of Alaska bird photos

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