Sunday, 10 July 2011

Return to Anchorage

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,

while the only Boneparte's Gull looked pristine albeit far too distant.

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.

and just to update on the Stats, UK have dropped out of the 8,000 bracket while the US, not surprisingly, are rapidly reaching the 'one thousand' mark. Canada too have increased readers in leaps and bounds, while our 2 latest additions have been Guyana and Malawi. Thanks to everyone for tuning in, and please pass the link to others!

Num Perc. Country Name

drill down752771.69%United KingdomUnited Kingdom
drill down9288.84%United StatesUnited States
drill down4454.24%CanadaCanada
drill down1421.35%FranceFrance
drill down1351.29%AustraliaAustralia
drill down1151.10%EstoniaEstonia
drill down1030.98%GermanyGermany
drill down860.82%New ZealandNew Zealand
drill down820.78%NetherlandsNetherlands
drill down780.74%ItalyItaly
drill down730.70%MexicoMexico
drill down640.61%JapanJapan
drill down460.44%SpainSpain
drill down420.40%PolandPoland
drill down400.38%IndiaIndia
drill down390.37%BrazilBrazil
drill down340.32%SwedenSweden
drill down310.30%PeruPeru
drill down200.19%MalaysiaMalaysia
drill down190.18%BelgiumBelgium
drill down180.17%ThailandThailand
drill down170.16%RomaniaRomania
drill down160.15%SwitzerlandSwitzerland
drill down160.15%NorwayNorway
drill down160.15%PakistanPakistan
drill down150.14%Czech RepublicCzech Republic
drill down150.14%Korea, Republic OfKorea, Republic Of
drill down150.14%HungaryHungary
drill down140.13%VenezuelaVenezuela
drill down140.13%IrelandIreland
drill down140.13%GreeceGreece
drill down140.13%PhilippinesPhilippines
drill down110.10%SingaporeSingapore
drill down110.10%TurkeyTurkey
drill down100.10%PortugalPortugal
drill down100.10%ChileChile
drill down100.10%Hong KongHong Kong
drill down100.10%MadagascarMadagascar
drill down90.09%Saudi ArabiaSaudi Arabia
drill down90.09%South AfricaSouth Africa
drill down90.09%AustriaAustria
drill down90.09%FinlandFinland
drill down90.09%LithuaniaLithuania
drill down80.08%Russian FederationRussian Federation
drill down80.08%ArgentinaArgentina
drill down80.08%IndonesiaIndonesia
drill down80.08%MaltaMalta
drill down80.08%IsraelIsrael
drill down80.08%Sri LankaSri Lanka
drill down70.07%Dominican RepublicDominican Republic
drill down60.06%BulgariaBulgaria
drill down60.06%DenmarkDenmark
drill down60.06%TaiwanTaiwan
drill down50.05%CroatiaCroatia
drill down50.05%EgyptEgypt
drill down50.05%UkraineUkraine
drill down50.05%MacedoniaMacedonia
drill down50.05%ColombiaColombia
drill down40.04%ChinaChina
drill down40.04%BangladeshBangladesh
drill down40.04%VietnamVietnam
drill down40.04%SerbiaSerbia
drill down40.04%AlbaniaAlbania
drill down40.04%LuxembourgLuxembourg
drill down30.03%United Arab EmiratesUnited Arab Emirates
drill down30.03%LesothoLesotho
drill down20.02%OmanOman
drill down20.02%EcuadorEcuador
drill down20.02%EuropeEurope
drill down20.02%UgandaUganda
drill down20.02%MongoliaMongolia
drill down20.02%QatarQatar
drill down20.02%TunisiaTunisia
drill down10.01%MoroccoMorocco
drill down10.01%JamaicaJamaica
drill down10.01%SlovakiaSlovakia
drill down10.01%Syrian Arab RepublicSyrian Arab Republic
drill down10.01%IcelandIceland
drill down10.01%Puerto RicoPuerto Rico
drill down10.01%Trinidad And TobagoTrinidad And Tobago
drill down10.01%GuyanaGuyana
drill down10.01%ZimbabweZimbabwe
drill down10.01%MalawiMalawi
drill down10.01%NigeriaNigeria
drill down10.01%JerseyJersey
drill down10.01%AlgeriaAlgeria
drill down10.01%Virgin Islands, BritishVirgin Islands, British
drill down10.01%JordanJordan
drill down10.01%GuernseyGuernsey
drill down10.01%GeorgiaGeorgia
drill down10.01%SloveniaSlovenia

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