Nice! Looks like you were down along the road by the radio station? We were on the middle island out in front of Era, the one that gets covered by large tides. Good shooting for us too. Little bit of everything, teal, mallards, pintail, wigeon.
Just hunkering down in some grass. The birds could see us but were still coming in close enough for good shots. Early season dummies. Did you have other hunters move in on you? Thought it might get a little crowded down there as the tide came in.
I live in SE, but have never duck hunted. Would like to give it a shot sometime though (no pun intended!). How are these SE ducks for eating? My friends who duck hunt around here say they tend to be pretty fishy/gamey.
They are gamey but with some creativity tasty. Only times I've noticed fishy taste was with early season birds that were eating salmon eggs and sea ducks.
I find recipes including fruit (currant jelly reduction is my favorite) tend to taste pretty good. Proper care and eating them fresh goes a long way. Breast them out quickly, clean them thoroughly (get bloodshot out). And with all gamey meat; when in doubt marinade it out. I also do deer/duck/pork fat brauts that are great.
Juneau ducks are great. I've been shooting and eating them for nearly 20 years and have never come across a bad one. My kids love them marinated in italian dressing and grilled, or wrapped in bacon then grilled. Google some recipes and you won't be dissappointed. Teal are my favorite, mallards, wigeon and pintail are all good too.