The day the World changed.  

rm_muffin162 57M
564 posts
7/26/2006 7:56 am

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The day the World changed.

Each summer when i return to Koviashuvik i like to watch the phalaropes.

Phalaropes are small sandpiper like birds which many people do not know even exist.They nest in the tundra at Koviashuvik and spin on the surface of the lake.

I watched a pair fly along the shore.Skimming at an angle and dropped to the glassy surface of the lake where sedges grew out of the water.These two small shorebirds probably spent the winter off the coast of Baja California,in the company of grey whales,in the sunshine of Baja before their migration north across open water until they reached the great mud flats where the Yukon river flows into the Bering sea.There the flock with which they traveled turned inland.

They drifted light as corks on there own reflections.With needle like bills they jabbeb for larvae which rose for air at the surface of the lake.

Then it happened.

It happened when the flat surface of the water between them swirled and bubbled.The surface roiled and the larger of the two phalaropes vanished.The little brown bird vanished as a great northern pike sank slowly beneath the surface with the phalarope hen in its gullet.

Only wide rolling ripples remained on the surface.The ripples flattened out into the lake following the male phalaropes instant flight across the water.Just widening ripples remained.

Where the birds had been feeding the surface was now quiet.It again mirrored back great piles of white clouds above the surrounding mountains as if nothing had happened.But the world had changed.Yes the world had changed.These northern phalaropes where no longer a pair.They were different and so was i.



tracy_de_lacy 106F
9268 posts
7/26/2006 9:16 am

aw that is so sad. Most birds mate for life. He must have been totally devastated. Poor wee thing. Truth is, that is how quickly life changes for us all, in a flash it can all be different.

Bye everyone, it was a blast


rm_longliner002 51M
227 posts
7/27/2006 6:07 pm

nice post


rm_loneremily 34F
328 posts
7/29/2006 7:42 am

I didn't know pikes ate birdies! *Lip quivers*


rm_muffin162 57M
763 posts
7/29/2006 11:49 am

Oh yeah.pike eat birds also other fish and small animals.Dont foget Loneremily its always best to take a dip in the swimming pool.Some of those big lakes have got monster pike.


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