After a short visit to the Brothers Islands’ Steller sea lion haulout beach, we made our way to Kake. Kake is a very small and old fishing village … not much there. But those kind of places are fun to visit!
We stopped at Kake to check out the local fish hatchery. During this time of the year, it is not uncommon to have black bears visiting the creek that runs by the hatchery, so we thought we’d check it out … besides, we had never been here! The Captain pulled the Delphinus up to the dock and let us off so we could hike through the town and up the hill to the hatchery. When we arrived at the hatchery, there were no bears present, although one of the hatchery workers said they had been seeing some bears along the creek. But we weren’t totally “skunked” … we did manage to see a “lifer” bird, the American Dipper (Cinclus mexicanus).
The American Dipper was a rather interesting bird to watch … bouncing it’s head incessently and often “snorkeling” in the water (kinda sounds familiar to the brown bears, doesn’t it!). Here are a few images of this bird as it moved around the creek:
After some time with the American Dipper, we headed down the hill towards the dock. The Delphinus was anchored out a ways, so the Captain picked us up in the skiff. We then headed on, towards our next adventure!