Another short transit today, just a short 150 miles Seward to Anchorage and chance to see if my tidal prediction was accurate. Almost, as my reckoning was that by the time I got back at noon we should be 2 hours short of High Water. The actual state was 3 hours before Low Tide so just a minor miscalculation!!!!
Anyway, the Ocean side path along the inlet that runs to the docklands is pleasant enough, and who knows Tony Knowles (doubt this has anything to do with Snooker) my turn up a bird or two. The bonus was I didn't have to walk there as when the mini-bus arrives at Anchorage, passengers are then taken to their final destination in the city by private car. I had already struck up something of a rapour with Manny, and was he who greeted me off the bus. With a few kind words he was prepared to let me drop my bag at the hotel then transport me to the waterside. Thanks Manny!
At the small footbridge, half a dozen male American Wigeon looked every bit bedraggled, moulting their feathers,
Scaup seemed to be doing well in the nesting stakes,
with at least 3 broods of this size floating about, and
the Red-necked Grebes seemed to be enjoying similar success.
Short-billed Dowitcher & Hudsonian Godwit
However, I was not surprises to see the several hundred Waders miles away, but wait a minute, a little further up the beach they seemed to be progressing little closer.
I did manage to loose of a few shots at the closest Hudsonian Godwits and consider them 'reasonable' record shots.
As for getting any closer, that was soon brought to an abrupt end
as these teenagers suddenly appeared out of the bushes and for whatever reason started hitting the rocks with bamboo canes?? The Godwit did stay for a while after that, about a micro-second which was the same as me as I headed back to town and a much needed meal.
It's off to the Pribilof's tomorrow, so watch this space.
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