Rob and Syd's Western Canada and Alaska trip 2012 travel blog

Mt Iliamna letting off a little steam. (54 miles across the bay)

Young eagle landing on picnic table just outside our door

One of hundreds of fish carcasses that wash ashore and eagles feed...

Great shot of an eagle feeding

Over 40 eagles and hundreds of gulls lined up waiting for dinner

Day 65, Thursday, June 28, 2012

When we woke up the skies were cloudy but no rain. We couldn’t see Mount Augustine before we left Homer so I couldn’t tell if it was still perking or not. We drove north about 30 miles to the Deep Creek State Park. We are literally on the beach of the Cook Inlet with the water about 10 yards in front of us. Straight across the water from us are two more volcanoes, Mount Iliamna and Mount Redoubt, both over 10,000 feet. We could see them both this morning for awhile but the rest of the day they have been covered in clouds. The Deep Creek runs next to the park into the Inlet. There are eagles everywhere. We easily counted 50 just in one area on the beach. They are sitting along the creek, sitting on the beach, and flying in the air. There are mature bald eagles, juvenile bald eagles and golden eagles. Juveniles don’t get their white heads and tails until they are about 4 years old. The eagles seem to congregate here because there is an endless supply of fish. I am not sure how this is happening, but after the high tide, there are chunks of fish laying around that the eagles and seagulls eat. The beach is strewn with heads, tails, and whole skeletal bones of fish. It’s gross, but fascinating. I am not sure if they wash up from the fishing boats that fillet their catch at sea or what. We have spent the whole day watching the tide go out and come back in and the birds fighting for scraps of fish. There is a definite pecking order among the birds. Some sea gulls can hold their own, some give up their catch right away to another gull. The eagles trump the seagulls every time. An eagle will come in and just land right on a gull’s piece of fish and just stand on it until they all give up. They don’t seem bothered by the people, but they don’t let them get too close either. There are a couple of sea otters out here too, floating by on their backs with their paws under their chins.

The fishing boats are interesting to watch also. There have been 5 boats anchored here all day. Starting about 8:00 tonight, littler boats came in from all over the Inlet, pulled up next to one of the anchored boats, unloaded something, and pulled away. Some of them we see anchored nearby but there must be a marina around the corner that we can’t see.

It’s cold and windy tonight. We have no hookups here so I don’t have my electric blanket. I don’t know if I can survive.

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