So today was the day I had planned to spend time at the beach watching what was happening out to sea. I walked through the village and west along the first river where I managed to grab a lift by one of the local fishing crews (photo above)It took less than a few minutes to get accross the river and I found a nice spot to sit at the edge of the river mouth (photo above) The sun showed itself when a break in the clouds would allow. The sea state was pretty rough and the waves were large as they crashed against the beach. Every now and then a rogue wave would throw plenty of sea spary in my direction (photo below)
Activity on the sea was good with Grey Whales (photo above) literally every where I scanned but more distant than the previous times I had been here. Every where I looked there was a Grey Whale either breaking the surface of the sea or I could see the spary from when one blowed.
Seals were in good numbers (photo above below) by the entrance to the river mouth and I can't assign these to species right now due to the fact I don't have my Arctic field guide with me but I will do when I get it back next week.
Birds were few and far between but kittiwakes were present in large numbers with at least 1500+ present. Vega and glaucous gulls (photo above) were present as ever with only a single slaty backed gull present throughout my time searching through the roosting gulls. Red throated and pacific divers were present close by and so was a single male harlequin. Both white winged and black scoters were present in small numbers, pacific eider was the commonest duck, long tailed ducks appeared briefly in the river mouth before moving on. Arctic shuas were present in small numbers out to sea with four pomarine's flying by late afternoon.After getting picked up at 19:00 hrs and dropped off back at the other side of the river I walked back to the village where today's Salmon catch appeared to be hanging outside most houses of the village (photo above and below). I must say that this Salmon tastes superb and the best is either just placed in a bowl of flour and then fried or made in to cutlets. It tastes so great and I have not got bored with it as of yet.
Photo below shows the first river where I took the boat accross today and as I sat there upon my return I find it hard to believe that I actually walked accross this river a few times when it was fozen solid. Tomorrow there is talk of us going to the mountains deep in to bear country so lets see what the day brings.