Saturday, July 16, 2011

Machias Seal Island–People, Birds and Seals

As I have been continuing to my photographs I came across additional ones for Machias Seal Island that I thought would be interesting to the readers of my blog.

Here is a map of the Bay of Fundy showing the location of Machias Seal Island.Machais Map
A group photograph along with photographs of the group on the boat and listening to Capt. Andy tell us about the safety features and what to expect when we reach the island.Machais MSB_7864 NIKON D300S July 03, 2011Machais MSB_7876 NIKON D300S July 03, 2011Machais MSB_7890 NIKON D300S July 03, 2011
Machais MSB_8302 NIKON D300S July 03, 2011
Puffin on the Boardwalk
Machais MSB_8182 NIKON D300S July 03, 2011
Spotted Sandpiper
While were on the island, besides the Alcids that were present they were Savannah Sparrows and a Spotted Sandpiper.
Machais Common Murre w fish MSB_8235 NIKON D300S July 03, 2011
Common Murre Flying with Fish in Mouth
I was also able to capture a  Common Murre  flying with a fish in its mouth





After we left the islands and before returning back to Cutler we went and visited the small island where the harbor and gray seals hang out.
Machais Gray Seal MSB_8401 NIKON D300S July 03, 2011
Gray Seal
Machais Harbor Seals MSB_8432 NIKON D300S July 03, 2011
Harbor Seals
Machais MSB_8425-Edit NIKON D300S July 03, 2011
Gray Seal
Machais seals 2 MSB_8421 NIKON D300S July 03, 2011
Gray seal with Harbor Seals behind











The Way you can tell the difference between harbor seals and gray seals by the head silhouettes. The harbor seals head silhouette is very rounded with a very shot dog-like snout and the four head slopes into the snout in a concave curve. The gray seals head has a heavy, open quote hot-like" snout and a convex fore head profile. Also the gray seal has a very broad nose. If you examine the pictures the differences are noticeable.