As our group fished its way downriver from the falls, I noticed this "flock" of what I believe to be merganser ducks bunched together side-by-side on a boulder.
The scene seemed rather unique and worthy of photos. In the first shot, they appear to be napping and facing toward the far bank. In the second image, all but one take note of my presence. Despite the intrusion, the birds remained calm and stayed put.
Just another example of Alaska's beauty and wonder...
As a side note, the abundant numbers of fish-eating fowl on the river has me wondering about exactly what they are eating and the potential impact on the water system's salmon, trout and/or dolly population.