Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Coastal Brown Bears and Puffins

After a good nights sleep, I woke up well was still dark out and found that I had no electricity in the room. Come to find out the lodges electricity comes from a generator and from solar and they charge excess into the storage batteries. Depending on how much activity there is in the evening after they shut off the generator once the batteries are on empty electricity is shut off and there is an innate to love next morning when the generator is restarted.

As a groove light out I look outside my window and saw that it was going to be a nice day with a nice sunrise, so I grabbed my camera with my 18 to 105 lens and went upstairs to the kitchen and dining untitled Sunrise MSB_9949 September 01, 2011 NIKON D300Sroom area, grabbed a cup of coffee, and went on to the porch to take pictures of the sunrise.

 

After a delicious breakfast, gathering up our equipment, we went out to find and photograph the bears.MSB_0157 September 01, 2011 NIKON D300Suntitled _ROT2076 September 01, 2011 NIKON D3S There was a multitude of activity including bears catching fish, fighting, cubs eating and playing.Bear Cubs Play MSB_0211  NIKON D300S September 01, 2011untitled Brown Bear on Rock_ROT1949 September 01, 2011 NIKON D3Sbear chasing salmon_ROT1736  NIKON D3S September 01, 2011Brown Bear with Salmon_ROT1701 September 01, 2011 NIKON D3SBear with fish_ROT1485 September 01, 2011 NIKON D3SFamily Restingd cu bear head_ROT1285 September 01, 2011 NIKON D3Sd cubs feeding   gulls_ROT1157 September 01, 2011 NIKON D3Suntitled Brown Bear with Salmon_ROT1131 September 01, 2011 NIKON D3Sbear fight _ROT1128 September 01, 2011 NIKON D3Suntitled Bears fighting over fish 3_ROT1126 September 01, 2011 NIKON D3S

A bald eagle flew over the beach and landed and started to eat a salmon that was left, untitled Bald Eagle on Fish_ROT1446 September 01, 2011 NIKON D3Suntitled Bald Eagle_ROT1412 September 01, 2011 NIKON D3Suntil one of the bears decided to go over and take the salmon back.Bear grabbing Fish

while we were photographing the bears , we also observed planes coming in from Anchorage bringing another group to the lodge. actually this group was supposed to come in yesterday, but because of the weather they couldn't fly out.PlaneLanding _ROT1368 September 01, 2011 NIKON D3SPlane on Beach _ROT1360 September 01, 2011 NIKON D3SPlane on Beach _ROT1359 September 01, 2011 NIKON D3S

After lunch we photographed the bears until around 4 PM, when we boarded the boat untitled Boat for Puffin Trip_MSB_9918 August 31, 2011 NIKON D300Sto take a trip to photograph puffins at "Puffin Island". Normally you could land on the island but because of the surf this was impossible. Traveling around the backside of the island made the water much, but there was still rough seas hitting the rocks, so we did all our photography from the boat.

Besides the puffins, there were Double-Crested Cormorants, Murre's and Herring Gulls present. Horned Puffin FlightMSB_0931  NIKON D300S September 01, 2011untitled Horned Puffin taking off_MSB_0647 September 01, 2011 NIKON D300Suntitled hORNED pUFFINS-MSB_0535 September 01, 2011 NIKON D300Suntitled Double-crested Comerant_MSB_0515 September 01, 2011 NIKON D300Suntitled DCC leapint out of waterMSB_0506 September 01, 2011 NIKON D300SHorned Puffins Taking Off

Looking toward the shoreline, there was a excellent view of the Redoubt Volcano, ns REDOUBT VOLCANO MSB_0881  NIKON D300S September 01, 2011which is one of the two active volcanoes in Lake Clark National Park.

We returned back to the lodge in time for supper. After which we rested and talked, downloaded pictures and finished up another day in Alaska