Thursday, May 18, 2017

Diary Update #6 πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ 2017

☀️ Tuesday 16th May 2017 πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ  ~ Today we said goodbye to the Alyeska Resort and headed south on a four hour drive to Homer. This is a small city on Kachemak Bay, on Alaska’s Kenai Peninsula. A focal point is the Homer Spit, a long narrow finger of land jutting out 4.5 miles into Kachemak Bay and a place were looking forward to exploring.

Brown Bear ~ This is not a Grizzly just a Brown Bear!

Be prepared at all times!! 
As per usual it actually took nearly six hours to get here with many stops to explore the rivers and trails on route. Those who know Dee and I are aware that we love to find our own wildlife and go equipped to do so! One stop in particular reminded us why birding in this neck of the woods can be a little dangerous and you certainly need to have your wits about you and know what you're doing.

Moose ~ Feeding happily along the river!
Moose were also seen during our stops and this particular individual offered a photo opportunity, although we kept our distance, if there are calfs around they can become quite aggressive! Birds included Cliff Swallow and Belted Kingfisher and if we thought we'd seen some decent numbers of Bald Eagle then think again!

Home for next four days!
We finally arrived at our accommodation for the next four days, a wonderful yurt which has stunning views looking out across Kachemak Bay.

Stunning views from our Yurt!
I spent our first evening sea watching from the cliff tops and quite frankly couldn't believe my eyes! Below not only scores of Surf Scoter, incorporating smaller numbers of White-winged but rafts of Sea Otters passing through, these amazing animals, actually the largest member of the weasel family pass through Homer every year, it's an incredible sight, even at this height!

Bald Eagle with the Lumix FZ1000
Equally as awesome was sitting at the same eye level as many passing Bald Eagles, giving me an excellent opportunity to practice with my new Lumix FZ100 bridge camera!