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Snow bunting        Images © Mark A. Chappell

Snow buntings are found across much of the tundra regions of North America and are one of the first spring migrants to return to their breeding areas.   I photographed these birds -- males above, juvenile (female?) below at left, and fledgling below at right -- on St. Paul Island, in the Pribilof group in the Bering Sea off western Alaska, in Utqiagvik, at the northern tip of Alaska, and an extremely rare vagrant to Asilomar Beach on the Monterey Peninsula, California.

  • Canon 1D Mk. II, 1D4, or R7; 500 mm f4 IS lens plus 2X converter or 800 mm IS lens plus 1.4X converter, electronic flash (2005, 2011, 2022)