2022—Arctic Terns

During the first few days of our Kodiak Brown Bear adventure, the tides were so high that the grassy flats along the river were completely submerged. Last year we photographed the bears eating the grasses there. This year, we photographed Arctic Terns in the same place on day one. There birds were reflected in the water that looked green probably because the green grasses were submerged just a few inches below. Instead of debarking on the gravel edges of the river, we slogged through knee-deep water and climbed a ten foot berm overlooking the water covered flats. There were bears in the distance but there were also lots of terns, many of them perched on the logs that during lower tides serve as scratching posts for the big browns. I loved watching the interaction among the terns and the wavy reflections.

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