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It Has Been a Little Bit Chilly...

...so some of the critters are getting hungry. The eagles in this area finished up with their salmon feast a few months ago. The deer harvest has slacked off, so eagles are not putting on their bib at gut piles regularly.

Hungry season is here.

It is cold enough to see eagle breath.

Eagles are on the lookout for calories to turn into BTU's. Some nice, oily herring would be perfect.

This morning a seal was chasing a school of small fish around. Slushy skim ice was preventing the fish from jumping to try to escape the seal. The fish ran for a clear hole at the surface. As the seal drove them from below an eagle swooped down to pick up some take-out.

And eat it on the wing - which freed up it's talons for the next run.

A bald eagle ducks it's head to eat the fish that it just caught.

Sometimes it is a talon to beak existence.

So stay warm, y'all! And be thankful that you don't have to wait for a seal to herd food your way.

Alaska Beachcomber

Eagles can be a little bit silly, too, in this post.

Find more posts about the wildlife of Southeast Alaska in the Alaskan Critters index.


Across the dock from us is a fishing boat with tall trolling poles that the eagles love to sit on. I haven't named them yet, and could use some help with that.

This guy must be a batchelor. He pretty much always looks like he just got up and doesn't remember how he ended up sleeping under a stump.

Sometimes he wonders why girl eagles are so confusing...

..but then he just shakes it off.

Happy feather-brained day!

Alaska Beachcomber

Update: R.S. wrote in suggesting naming them Port and Starboard! Their offspring could be named Bow and Stern. Thank you R.S.!

More fun...


Bear Postcard

Okay, I hear you. You want to see more bears, so here's some images of black bears.

Most of the time I am happy to see bears like this:

Yes, just a little black dot way far away. Black bears are the real deal; unpredictable, large, fast, extremely strong animals. The history of humans and bears in close proximity is lose-lose.

They are fun to watch, though, and occasionally I get to see them just being bears.

This young bear is chowing down on grass on a very rainy day.

Scruffy yearling black bear using a log bridge to cross a creek.

A blurry drive-by of another Mom Bear deciding whether to send the kids up the tree, or take off. She told the cubs to follow her, and they all went down the slope.

Fishermen threw the fish heads and guts into the water and then the tide went out and left those yummy treats on the beach. The bears and eagles came in at dusk to clean up after the people.

The bear below came out of the woods nearby while I was sitting on the beach. It was too close for comfort for either of us. I said, "Bear, there are humans here," in a normal voice, and the bear turned and went back into the woods. No guarantees that those words will ever work again.

Then a bear (below) stepped out on the other side a few minutes later. There were six people on the beach, and we gathered up into a group and walked up the trail together to get back to our vehicles.

Another evening beach-bear.

Have a bear-y nice day!

Alaska Beachcomber

More bears: Bear Viewing at Dog Salmon Creek

And lots of animals in the Alaskan Critters index.