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Sunday, March 10, 2019

What to My Wondering Eyes Should Appear....

Bright blue skies and moderate temperatures lured my outdoors with my camera a couple days ago.    And it was well worth it!

I could not believe my eyes when I came upon a landotter out of the water and in the clear.    I couldn't get closer than 100 feet, but with a good 200-500mm lens, I was able to get these photos.

The day wasn't over with that, though.

And then yesterday:


Note the swans feet are in the air as they grav underwater vegetation.

A few of the 31 swans this day.

This swan is bathing.  It sticks its head underwater and scoopa water over its body.


  1. Looks like you got them all as they were celebrating the approaching Spring! The land otter was especially a surprise. You just never know what a bright sunny day in Alaska is going to bring. Smiles and hugs from Siberia. Patti and Cap

  2. Another in a never ending series of amazing posts. I had no idea what a landotter was until I saw it. A land Otter eh? Amazing what those long lens can do for you. His / her face looked like he / she was literally right there in front of you. Are the swans early Spring arrivals? Or did they winter there. My guess is they have arrived in the very early Spring. And then the Buffleheads where each of them dove at the same time with their bottoms up like two dancers. Great Post. Nice to see some action here! Cap and Patti.

  3. Cap, the swans wintered over. Also, it was the swans that were bottoms up, with their feet in the air, as they ate underwater vegetation. Yes, the long lens was a big help with the otter (used to be called a river otter). I was 100 feet away from it and got good close ups.