The tour Terri and I were scheduled for in the afternoon was the one that I thought I would have the best potential of getting some great photos from. It was titled “Whale Watching and Photo Safari” and was a very small group of 16 or less. I had all these amazing dreams of getting really close to some birds and whales and as it turned out I was only somewhat correct.
The boat we were on was not very big and had plastic windows instead of glass and the guy driving the boat was going 30 mph so there was zero chance of getting any shots on the way out. I was a little bummed as we passed quite a few nice Pelagics but eventually we did get to the where the whales were. When we slowed down a Bald Eagle landed on a little island and we did manage to get pretty close for some photo ops.
As we were pulling away from the Eagle I heard the unmistakable call of a Oystercatcher and was lucky to catch this group of Black Oystercatchers as they flew along the shoreline. This looks way better if you click on it to enlarge it!
We saw a half-dozen Humpback’s and I managed to get my only whale tail of the trip … not as nice as Terri’s but OK I guess!
While we were watching the whales we were also seeing Stellar Sealions and Harbour Seals. This Stellar’s Sealion surfaced very, very close to the boat and looked just as surprised to see us as we were of seeing him.
After about 45 minutes with the whales our guide and driver took us over to a Sealion colony. This was way cool and we had lots of opportunity to get many shots of these noisy beauties.
We were very lucky and were able to locate a Sea Otter on the far side of this island. The guide told us these guys were nearly hunted to extinction and we were very lucky to see one.
We then reversed course and again rushed as we were going back to the dock where the bus took us to the Mendenhall Glacier. We spent an hour or so walking a trail with the guide explaining some of the local flora and fauna. Mostly mushrooms, lichins and flowers but I did manage to get another picture of a Pacific Wren and some amazing looks at the Glacier.
I did get a couple of nice Warbler pictures at our last stop of the day. There were Orange-crowned, Wilson’s and both “Myrtle” and “Audubon” varieties of Yellowrumps.
Needless to say Juneau turned out to be an amazing port of call. We didn’t pull out until almost 9 pm so there was not much opportunity to take pics of the sail away. Next stop will be Skagway way were went on a really cool rafting adventure!
As always thank you so much for following along and God bless!