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 Ian & 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.
The locations that will be made use of during the trip have been chosen carefully by Ian & David 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 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. Ian & 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 trees 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.