Saturday, May 17, 2008

After A Hard Days Work

It's time for a little R&R on the river

We headed up to the top of the Naknek River for a little inspection tour and found it was still a bit cool for kayaking. Cool weather or not, anytime spent on the river makes for a refreshing change of pace.

The closer we got to the open lake, the more ice there was. It appears the ice on the main lake has broken up and the remaining ice is jammed at the top of the river but slowly breaking-up and drifting down. It won't be long before it will be open waters and clear sailing from one end of the lake to the other.

I saw quite a few fish feeding on top of the water, I suspect they were mostly those huge rainbows the Naknek River is famous for.

There was an abundance of birds feeding along river and its banks which included a variety of ducks as well as this lone Sandhill Crane. He was camera friendly enough for me to grab a quick shot. There were many more in larger groups but they proved to be pretty spooky when approached for photos.

The Tundra Swans were just about as camera shy as the Sandhill Cranes. I eventually came across this pair and they stood still for a while.

Their calmness didn't last long, they took flight and came right over us as we paddle along.

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