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Kamchatka, Ozernovskaya creek

Ozernovskaya Creek is a tributary to the upper part of the Kirganik River, which belongs to the Kamchatka R. drainagbe. The creek is flowing among the mountains of the Central-Kamchatka Ridge, the "spine" of the peninsula.
Alt-Kamchatka Ozernovskaya dwarf char malmaThe valley of the creek is covered with meadows, stone birch forest, and pine-bush
Alt-Kamchatka Ozernovskaya dwarf char malmaOn the way to the upper part of the Ozernovskaya we had seen several brown bears
Alt-Kamchatka Ozernovskaya dwarf char malmaThe river floodplain is grown by mighty grasses, "shelomainik" in local slang Alt-Kamchatka Ozernovskaya dwarf char malmaOur truck is parked at the end of the road. From here we will hike Alt-Kamchatka Ozernovskaya dwarf char malmaTaking a sample of bottom invertebrates (benthos) I had to find out how far into the mountains the fish can be found; so I went downstream the creek from the altitude over 900 meters above the sea level. For some time I was not able to catch any fish. Alt-Kamchatka Ozernovskaya dwarf char malmaThis shot has an exposure of 1/400 of a second Alt-Kamchatka Ozernovskaya dwarf char malmaThis shot has an exposure of 1/4 of a second Alt-Kamchatka Ozernovskaya dwarf char malmaFinally I have caught the first fish, dwarf male of Dolly Varden charr. This had happen at the altitude of 825 m Alt-Kamchatka Ozernovskaya dwarf char malmaIn the valley there are several cold mineral springs which water is mixing with the creek
Alt-Kamchatka Ozernovskaya dwarf char malmaFurther downstream the creek has lower gradient; here the small charrs are rather numerous. There are hundreds of them on every kilometer of the river. I was catching this fish with a rig of two small (#12 or 14), weighted nymphs. In typical situation small charr dwelling in creeks are part of the anadromous Dolly Varden stocks of the main river. All females do not reach maturity before 2 or 3 marine migrations (age 5-6 years). On the opposite, lots of males become mature in the creeks, in the age of 2-3 years, when reaching weight of 20-40 grams. Such dwarf males spawn with anadromous females coming from the sea. Alt-Kamchatka Ozernovskaya dwarf char malmaDwarf male of the Dolly Warden charr (malma) in spawning colors Alt-Kamchatka Ozernovskaya dwarf char malmaSpawning sockeye salmon in the Kirganik River near the mouth of the Ozernovskaya Creek Alt-Kamchatka Ozernovskaya sockeyeTiny charrs of the age 0+ years (born this spring) Alt-Kamchatka Ozernovskaya aconite poisonous plantAconite is a poisonous plant, common in Kamchatka