2019 – Glaciers, Whales, Eagles & Bears of Alaska Photography Holiday

Example of the Type of Image That You May Have Opportunities to Capture During the Natureslens Glaciers, Whales, Eagles & Bears of Alaska Photography Holiday
Southern Alaska boasts some of the most beautiful & dramatic scenery to be found in all of North America. This fabulous location is home to a diverse range of wildlife species, in the air, on the land & in the water, all these species thrive in the harsh, dramatic climate & the varied habitat that Alaska offers – this is the amazing setting for our Glaciers, Whales, Eagles & Bears of Alaska Photography Holiday.
Join NaturesLens on an amazing photography experience, based in the heart of Alaska’s mountainous south. This photography tour includes a week packed with photographic opportunities in the area surrounding Juneau, southern Alaska. You will have the opportunity to capture images of the impressive bald eagle as it feeds at a creek that sees these impressive raptors grabbing salmon from the water, to photograph bears as they fish for salmon, spend time capturing images of humpback whales &, hopefully, orca during 3 days on our exclusively charted boat that takes us far out into the channels that surround Juneau &, finally, spend time travelling to the glaciers & fjords that have carved the mountainous landscape.
Join NaturesLens to capture images of amazing wildlife of Southern Alaska, in United States, during the Glaciers, Whales, Eagles & Bears of Alaska photography holiday. This photography holiday is of 7 night/8 day duration on a Half Board, Non-Shared basis & costs £4499 per participant.
The wildlife, paired with dramatic snow-tipped mountains, salmon-filled creeks, glacier-fed water channels & more, ensures that there is no other setting & subject pairing for photography quite like this. Throughout the trip, you will have abundant opportunities to capture both “in the environment” & frame-filling images of bald eagle, black bear, brown bear, harbour seal, humpback whale, orca, sea lion.
You will spend 2 days cruising down the Tracy Arm Fjord to see Alaska’s greatest combination of mountains, waterfalls, wildlife, glaciers & icebergs. The ice in Tracy Arm interferes with the sonar of whales, so it is the perfect place for hundreds of harbour seals to have their pups in the summer months.
The face of Sawyer Glacier is a little over half a mile wide & is an active tidewater glacier, which means it “calves” or breaks off. Pieces of ice ranging from the size of a small car to a cruise ship can fall off the face of the glacier, hitting the water with a thunderous roar.
The water at the end of the fjord is nearly 600 feet deep & when an underwater calving takes place, the ice remains intact, creating Alaska’s largest icebergs. In other glacier areas, the calved ice generally crumbles but not here. Underwater calvings surface like giant submarines that rise over 250 feet & then settle into the water like large, blue ships! The icebergs are framed by sheer mountain peaks that reach over 7,000 feet.
You will also spend 3 days humpback whale watching in seas bordered by towering mountains with hanging glaciers as your backdrop. If you are lucky, you may also see sea lions, eagles & seals. Our exclusive chartered boat is skippered by the best captain in the Juneau area for whale watching. He will be in touch with all the other boats, so you have the most up to date locations of where the action is happening. With just 6 of us on the boat, there will be plenty of room to move around.
Pack Creek is the best place in Southern Alaska to see bears, during one day of the week, you will spend 5-6 hours exploring a half mile of beach & a meadow where Pack Creek emerges from the mountains & forest to meet the sea, photographing the bears as they hunt, fish & play. This day will start with a scenic flight by float plane to what is considered to be some of the most prime bear country on earth where dozens of salmon streams help maintain over 1,500 Alaskan brown bears.
The schedule for this trip has been designed to allow you to make the most of the photography opportunities available in the area. You will return with images of the bluest glaciers & the wildlife that lives on & adjacent to these towers of ice. Images of humpback whales &, hopefully, the transient orcas that feast on fish in the area; photographs of the bald eagles as they pounce on the salmon that swim in the cold waters of their creek & of course the bears as they attempt to fish for salmon in Pack Creek.
This is a photography holiday designed & led by photographers for photographers to ensure that every element of the experience enables you to achieve photographs that you will be proud to add to your portfolio.
Spaces are limited, so be sure to book early to avoid disappointment!
Photographable Species: bald eagle, black bear, brown bear, harbour seal, humpback whale, orca, sea lion

Glaciers, Whales, Eagles & Bears of Alaska Photography Holiday Itinerary

day 1 - sunday - 28th july, 2019

arrive juneau

day 2 - monday - 29th july, 2019

full-day of photography with the bears of pack creek

day 3 - tuesday - 30th july, 2019

½ day of whale photography, ½ day of eagle photography

day 4 - wednesday - 31st july, 2019

full-day of photography whilst sailing up tracy arm fjord

day 5 - thursday - 1st august, 2019

½ day of whale photography, ½ day of eagle photography

day 6 - friday - 2nd august, 2019

½ day of whale photography, ½ day of eagle photography

day 7 - saturday - 3rd august, 2019

full-day of photography whilst sailing up tracy arm fjord

day 8 - sunday - 4th august, 2019

depart juneau

Orcas Playing In The Sea   Photographed During A NaturesLens Wildlife Of Alaska Photography Holiday

2021 – Bald Eagles of Alaska Photography Holiday

Example of the type of image that you may have opportunities to capture during the NaturesLens Bald Eagles of Alaska Photography Holiday

Southern Alaska boasts some of the most beautiful & dramatic scenery to be found in all of North America; home to diverse wildlife species, both predator & prey, who thrive in its harsh climates & varied habitats. NaturesLens invites mid-level & experienced wildlife photographers to join David for photography challenge which involves navigating the waterside territory surrounding Haines, southern Alaska, to track & photograph the impressive bald eagle as it soars & settles within its beautiful natural habitat.

David has chosen these locations carefully to give you the best possible eagle photography experience, as the Chilkat Valley is home to more than 3000 eagles as they feed on the abundant supply of spawning chum salmon. Over the course of this tour, you will have the opportunity to photograph eagles in flight & “in the environment”, giving you the chance to capture both wide-angle images & up-close shots. Group size is limited, book your place today!

Join NaturesLens to capture images of spectacle of the Bald Eagles at their Council Grounds, in United States, during the Bald Eagles of Alaska photography holiday. This photography holiday is of 7 night/8 day duration on a Half Board, Non-Shared basis & costs £3999 per participant.

Join NaturesLens on an exciting photography experience, based in the heart of Alaska’s mountainous south, capturing stunning images of the bald eagle to add to your portfolio. 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. Paired with dramatic snow-covered landscapes, there is no other setting & subject pairing for photography quite like this.

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. David will lead you to the optimum positions from which 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 Alaska Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve was created by the State of Alaska in June of 1982. The preserve was established to protect & perpetuate the world’s largest concentration of Bald Eagles & their critical habitat. It also sustains & protects the natural salmon runs & allows for traditional uses; provided such uses do not adversely affect preserve resources. The boundaries were designated to include only areas important to eagle habitation. Virtually every portion of the preserve is used by eagles at some time during the year.

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 six days of photography sessions specifically targeting bald eagles in the Chilkat Valley, with guidance available to help you tailor your technique to obtain the best images within a challenging environment. The eagles flock to this valley because an upwelling of warm water prevents the Chilkat, Klehini & Tsirku rivers from freezing, which encourages a salmon run this late in the year. The sight of hundreds of birds perched in tress which line the river waiting for their chance to catch fish is remarkable.

There may be opportunities for some Astro or Aurora photography, however, these are dependent on clear conditions & aurora activity, but there is the chance that you will be lucky enough to witness this true natural wonder unique to remote areas of the northern hemisphere. Group size is strictly limited so book now to avoid disappointment.

Photographable Species: bald eagle, elk, moose

Bald Eagles of Alaska Photography Holiday Itinerary

day 1 - overnight juneau

travel from uk to juneau, arrival in juneau & overnight

day 2 - overnight haines

early ferry to haines (4.5 hours), transfer to hotel followed by an afternoon of bald eagle photography

day 3 - overnight haines

bald eagle & other wildlife photography along the banks of the chilkat river

day 4 - overnight haines

bald eagle & other wildlife photography along the banks of the chilkat river

day 5 - overnight haines

bald eagle & other wildlife photography along the banks of the chilkat river

day 6 - overnight haines

bald eagle & other wildlife photography along the banks of the chilkat river

day 7 - overnight haines

bald eagle & other wildlife photography along the banks of the chilkat river

day 8 - overnight haines

bald eagle & other wildlife photography along the banks of the chilkat river

day 9 - overnight juneau

morning of bald eagle photography & ferry transfer back to juneau

day 10 - travel to uk

A Congregation Of Bald Eagles Photographed Within The Conservation Area Outside Of Haines   Photographed During The NaturesLens Bald Eagles Of Alaska Photography Holiday