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Cruising Alaska, July 2007 - Sitka

As well as being a superb bird watching location, Saint Lazaria Island is an important bird research station. The gulls didn't appear to be very pleased about the researcher's presence - her rain gear wasn't for protection from rain but from the other stuff falling from the sky! The researchers are all women, partly because their smaller hands make it possible to check burrowing birds' nests without damaging them.

This photograph is © 2007 by Murray Lundberg, and is not to be copied without express permission.
Saint Lazaria Island, Alaska