Otter Cove Trip

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View across Kachemak Bay

The day started cloudy but cleared up as we rode down to the spit to take our trip out on to Kachemak Bay and to the Otter Cove Resort for lunch.

Gull Island
  They had advertised wildlife viewing, but the wildlife consisted mostly birds at the area known as Gull Island.  This is the summer home of gulls, murres, cormorants, and puffins.  We also spotted a couple of otters swimming in the area.  The otter population in the area has diminished since the seine fishing for salmon has started.  The otters have moved to other areas.

Lunch was okay.  We had a limited menu to choose from and the service was sloooooow.  We did have a Steller’s jay entertaining us as he stole items off of the outdoor tables.  The view from the resort was nice with Mt. Iliamna off in the distance.  The return trip was fast and we returned to rain in Homer.

After catching our breath a bit, we once again wandered down to the spit to see what we could see.  By Beluga Lake a number of cars were stopped.  Looking back we noticed an eagle sitting just at the edge of the water.  Sooooo, back we went.  This eagle entertained us for quite a while.  He strutted around, pulling up grass, jumped to a wooden post, jumped down pulled up more grass while walking toward us, then when he finally had the piece of grass he wanted he flew off. 

After driving farther down the spit and watching the fishermen a while, it was time to head back for the night.

No real plans for tomorrow, although we will go to the Oceans and Islands Visitor Center.

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View across Kachemak Bay
View across Kachemak Bay
Gull Island
Gull Island
One of Homers nearby glaciers
One of Homer's nearby glaciers
Stellers Jay
Steller's Jay
Steaming Mt. Augustine
Steaming Mt. Augustine
Red-faced cormorant
Red-faced cormorant
Common murres
Common murres
Tufted puffin
Tufted puffin
Pair of puffins
Pair of puffins
Gull feeding her chick
Gull feeding her chick
More red-faced cormorants
More red-faced cormorants
Sea otter eating a crab
Sea otter eating a crab
He looks around
He looks around
Eagle by Beluga Lake
Eagle by Beluga Lake
Who are you looking at?
Who are you looking at?
Walking around
Walking around
Close up
Close up
Pulling grass
Pulling grass
Homer
photo by: sunshinegetsmehigh