• American Camp parade ground looking west

    San Juan Island

    National Historical Park Washington

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Rhinoceros auklet

Rhinoceros auklet
With short wings and compact muscular bodies that demand continuous, staccato wing beats, rhinocerous auklets fly fast and close to the water’s surface at 35 to 50 miles per hour.
Nial Moore
 
With short wings and compact muscular bodies that demand continuous, staccato wing beats, rhinocerous auklets fly fast and close to the water’s surface at 35 to 50 miles per hour.

Their diet consists of crustaceans and small fish such as Pacific sand lance, smelt, herring, and rockfish, and they forage throughout the open sea or in bountiful, inshore waters.

They breed from Alaska south along the coast to central California. The largest colony in Washington is on Protection Island in the San Juan Islands.
 
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Bald eagle feeding young.

The San Juan Islands have the largest concentration of bald eagles in the continental United States. The once active nest in this photo is located at the American Camp visitor center. More...