2023—Waiting for Salmon

It wasn’t just Kodiak Brown Bears that were on the lookout for salmon. Birds also took a keen interest in the waters of the Uganik river that was roiling with mostly Pink Salmon making their way up river and spawning as they went. Within hours of spawning, the life cycle of those salmon ended and their rotting carcasses littered the gravel beaches and the shallow waters near the shore. Hundreds of gulls of various species congregated in the water, a cacophony of screeches filling the air around us. Bald Eagles lurked in the surrounding trees or waited on drift wood branches near the shore. This immature Bald Eagle stretched its wings as the rain pelted its feathers while it waited and watched for rotting carcasses to float by or for morsels of fresher salmon discarded by the bears.

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