You might consider that the 'alcid'  is actually a very molted(?) Fulmar, 
dark morph. Your other photo of a fulmar shows molt as well.
Just my opinion.

Ed Coyle

>From: Michael DeCorte <[log in to unmask]>
>Reply-To: Vermont Birds <[log in to unmask]>
>To: [log in to unmask]
>Subject: [VTBIRD] [OT] Alaska Birds / Photos
>Date: Tue, 7 Nov 2006 06:51:00 -0500
>I know this is off topic, but hopefully everyone will enjoy this little
>diversion until the winter rarities show up.
>We took a Cruise to Alaska during the first week of September.  It was a
>lot of fun in many ways, especially standing on the deck, slowly
>freezing, looking across the water for birds.  I had many people ask
>what I was doing, but few birders seemed to be onboard.  Which is a
>shame, because I'm pretty dreadful at gulls and pelagic birds.
>I did fortunately take a lot of photos which has helped tremendously.
>Many of the birds were pretty easy, but many were really hard for me.
>Some are just plain mysteries.
>Here's a link and you will find at the top of the page a list that you
>can click on.
>If you have any thoughts on the Mystery birds please lend your thoughts.
>And please don't be shy if you think I missed an ID.
>Michael DeCorte

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