The rivers of Washington on the Eastern coast of the United States runs through some of North America’s most dramatic scenery; the forests are home to diverse wildlife species, including the Bald Eagle, the rivers provide a fantastic spawning habitat for salmon. It is the only large river system in Washington that contains healthy populations of all five native salmon species & two species of trout.
NaturesLens invites mid-level & experienced wildlife photographers to participate in a new photography holiday, which involves navigating the waterside territory around Concrete, Washington, by boat, to photograph the population of bald eagles that winter in the area.
We have chosen this location carefully to present another opportunity for a fantastic bald eagle photography experience. The areas we will use on the Skagit River are home to nearly 1000 eagles as they feed on the abundant supply of spawning chum salmon. Throughout the duration of this photography holiday, you will be presented with many chances to capture images of the eagles in flight & in their environment, providing for you the opportunity to capture both wide-angle pictures & up-close.
Join NaturesLens on a photography experience that offers opportunities to fill your photography portfolio with images of the bald eagle. Based in the town of Concrete, Skagit County, we will venture out every day on boats to capture stunning photographs of the bald eagle.
We intend making use of both the Skagit & Nooksack Rivers, both of which are different from one & other, both offering fantastic views of both the majestic eagles & beautiful scenery. The eagle is the national bird of the USA for a reason; they are strong, majestic & impressive, the ultimate predator of the sky, making them the perfect subject for adventurous wildlife photographers. Coupled to the dramatic landscapes that border the river, there is a very photogenic setting, the bald eagles & other wildlife makes for some unique photographic opportunities.
Throughout the trip you will have abundant opportunities to capture images of bald eagles perched in the trees, diving & fighting for fish, or soaring overhead as they scour the ground below for their next meal. A guide from NaturesLens will offer photography guidance whilst on the boats, enabling you to capture both close up shots, highlighting their beady eyes & dramatic features, & wide-angle shots which take in eagles alongside other bird species within the outstanding landscape which surrounds them.
The schedule for this trip has been designed to allow you to make the most of the photography opportunities available in the area. This includes 5 days of photography sessions specifically targeting bald eagles on the Skagit & Nooksack Rivers, with guidance available to help you tailor your technique to obtain the best images within a challenging environment. The river supports one of the largest wintering bald eagle populations in the continental United States. The eagles feed on Chum & Coho salmon that have returned to spawn in the Skagit & its tributaries. The eagles arrive in late October or early November & stay into February. The sight of hundreds of birds perched in trees that line the river waiting for their chance to catch fish is truly remarkable.
For one day during the trip, you will be presented with opportunities to capture some of the best images of the fantastic landscapes of North Cascades, led by a local photographer, who has been photographing the North Cascades for nearly thirty years. Our local guide will lead you to some of his favourite winter locations in the vast wilderness of conifer-clad mountains, glaciers & lakes. Every opportunity will enable you to capture a facet of this alpine landscape.
Your photography holiday includes transfers between Seattle Tacoma Airport & Concrete, all transfers during the trip, 6 full days photography on the Skagit & Nooksack rivers, & accommodation for 7 nights on a dinner, bed & breakfast basis in the Concrete area of Washington state.
Join NaturesLens for on a unique photography excursion into the wilderness of North America, capturing beautiful images of the impressive bald eagle as it thrives in its picturesque natural habitat. We can only offer a select few people this opportunity each year, so book early to avoid missing out.
David Miles, our photography guide will lead you through out, providing tuition as needed & helping you develop your skills. He will help you shoot these birds in wide & close up shots; capturing them in movement whilst feeding & fighting for fish, interacting with each other or in flight with the impressive backdrop provided by the rivers & surrounding snow-capped mountains.
Our group numbers are strictly limited to allow for the highest quality experience for everyone involved, & as this photography is seasonal we can only offer this trip to a small number of lucky individuals each year. Book early to avoid disappointment!
The price for this photography holiday is £2999 per person. Group size is up to 3 clients, this ensures that David Miles, our NaturesLens Guide, can give a one-to-one tuition if requested.
Bald Eagles of the Pacific Northwest Photography Holiday Itinerary
Day 1 – Flight to USA – transfer to Concrete – overnight Concrete
Day 2 – 7 – Full days of Eagle Photography via river boat trips – overnight Concrete
Day 8 – Transfer to Seattle Tacoma Airport – Flight from USA
Maximum 3 clients per guide – Spaces available
This list is a guide on what to take on the tour. Don’t worry if you don’t have all the items listed as it wouldn’t all fit in your luggage /camera bag anyway! Items in BOLD are classed as essentials.
- Digital Camera Body.
- Spare digital camera body.
- Telephoto lens – no shorter than 200mm, but 300mm or longer is advisable. If you have a 400, 500 or 600mm lens,bring it!
- 1.4x Teleconverter/Extender. If you have to buy one for this for the trip, please make sure you get one that works with your telephoto lens. If the longest lens you have is 200mm, a teleconverter/extender is essential.
- 2.0x teleconverter /extender. Again, if you have to buy one for this trip, please make sure you get one that works with your telephoto lens.
- 24-105mm or another wide angle lens.
- Sturdy tripod with a gimbal type tripod head is advised.
- Right angled viewfinder.
- Spare memory cards.
- Spare batteries.
- Battery charger.
- Lens cleaning cloth.
- Small lightweight towel for drying wet gear and handsCamera and lens waterproof cover (clear thin plastic bags also work well to protect lenses and camera from snow).
- Card reader.
- Laptop or another type of storage device.
Camera & Lens Recommendations:
In general, a 500mm lens can prove too much. The ideal lens would be 300mm + 1.4x converter or/and 100-400mm f5.6 Canon or 200-400mm f4 Nikon, Nikon 80-400mm f5,6.
Full frame sensor:
In general 500mm, but optimal would be 400mm plus 1.4x converter or 300mm with 1.4x and 2x converter.
- Good thermal underwear, long-johns and long sleeved thermal under-shirts
- Warm quilted trousers, like the ones used for skiing, but not loud colors that could alarm the wildlife
- Waterproof over-trousers
- A down jacket or waterproof jacket with a thick warm fleece under it
- Snow/Thermal Boots* with a sole that is good for walking on snow and ice
- Snow studs/spikes – nothing too elaborate. Just something to give you extra grip on icy paths
- Thick warm socks
- Warm hat or hood on your jacket
- Balaclava or snood
- Silk gloves/Thin pair of thermal gloves, with rubber grip on the fingers and palm, or the fingers cut away, so that you can operate your camera with them on
- A second, larger pair of over-gloves are sometimes useful, especially if your under-gloves are fingerless
- Polar Fleeces, three or four if possible, as there are few hotels with facilities to wash your clothes
- Thin fleeces or mid-shirts, to make adjusting to various conditions easier
- Hand Warmers and Foot Warmers (that go inside your boots)
NaturesLens photography holidays include only the travel stated on the event page, flights of any nature are not included. Flight details, where applicable, are made available to clients in plenty of time to allow for booking at the best prices available.
The photography holiday itinerary is subject to change & is to be considered provisional.
NaturesLens photography holidays require a minimum number of participants, if sufficient photography holiday places are not sold the photography holiday may not be run, this photography holiday has a minimum participant level of 3 plus NaturesLens guide(s).
Not all mentioned wildlife can be observed & photographed at all times of the year, thus some activities may be considered seasonal & not available.
Unless stated otherwise, all NaturesLens wildlife photography holidays are suitable for single travellers, we design our holidays so that each participant gets their own room, there is no sharing & no single supplement.