On the inland side of Seward Highway, a few miles out of Anchorage, there are two paved pullouts at Potter Marsh. The one to the north, the larger of the two, is actually a small parking lot with no markings and only one sign at the edge of the marsh. When we visited the pullout several weeks ago, two Arctic Terns were perched on the sign and facing the pullout as if they were guarding the marsh.
Canon EOS 7D (182mm, f/8, 1/800 sec, ISO800)
Arctic Terns are but one of several bird species we’ve seen at this turnout over the years. Below are a few other species spotted during the most recent visit.
I observed several Mallards swimming and diving for food near the pullout. This male is still covered with water droplets from his last dive.
Canon EOS 7D (600mm, f/7.1, 1/2500 sec, ISO640)
Potter Marsh always seems to have plenty of Canada Geese. Here one with an American Wigeon lurking in the background.
Canon EOS 7D (483mm, f/8, 1/800 sec, ISO500)
Mew Gulls are common at the north pullout as they are all over Anchorage. In late spring, many will be perched on nests. When I unexpectedly discovered the one below, I took a few quick shots and walked away, hoping not to disturb it.
Canon EOS 7D (309mm, f/7.1, 1/2500 sec, ISO800)
The north pullout near Potter Marsh is a great birding spot. The only cost for visiting is a possible increase in blood pressure. There are no warning signs of the turnout’s location on the highway, nor are there entrance and exit lanes. Navigating between hectic Seward Highway and the small pullout is usually a very exciting experience.
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