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Chilkoot Lake

We started out the day by heading to the Chilkat State Park to see what was there.  We drove to the boat ramp hoping to find some eagles hanging out there but they seemed to be elsewhere.  From there we stopped at the information/observation building to find two glaciers, Davidson and Rainbow, across the Chilkat River.  We also had a Rufous hummingbird flitting around as there was a feeder hanging above our heads.  He/she would fly in grab a drink and fly off as we tried to capture a picture.  After much patience we finally got some shots of the little flyer. 

The eagle remained scarce, making brief appearances as they fly quickly overhead.  Giving up on the state park as a source of eagles, we made our way back to Haines, to Tlingit Park, where there is an eagle’s nest.  Mom or Dad flew in shortly after we arrived and sat tucked into a tree.  There was no activity in the nest. 

Since it was well past lunch time, we returned to the trailer for a bite to eat, and then headed off in the opposite direction toward Chilkoot Lake.  We were no more successful here with the eagles although the scenery was nice complete with a fisherman.  As we were leaving the area, we noticed a number of people looking toward the river from the side of the road.  Who was there?  It was Gimpy, the grizzly bear.  We had been told about Gimpy when we arrived.  He is a grizzly bear who was shot and walks with a limp.  He frequents the river in the afternoon.  Sure enough there he was.  He didn’t seem to mind the people, out of their cars, watching him.  He would look up occasionally then go back to eating.  I did look around to see if there was someone who would run slower than me if he started our way.  After spending quite a bit of time eating, he finally crossed the river and went into the woods.   

It was now past dinner time, so back to the trailer for dinner.

Tomorrow we will continue our exploring, perhaps getting to the Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve.
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Chilkoot Lake
Chilkoot Lake
Davidson Glacier
Davidson Glacier
Eagle watching from above
Eagle watching from above
Hummy
Hummy
Fisherman along the Chilkoot River
Fisherman along the Chilkoot River
Gimpy, the grizzly
Gimpy, the grizzly
Another eagle
Another eagle
Rainbow Glacier
Rainbow Glacier
Rose Hips and bee
Rose Hips and bee
Rufus Hummingbird
Rufus Hummingbird
Surf Scooters
Surf Scooters
Haines
photo by: sheba124