Sea Otters & Bald Eagles of Alaska

A Bald Eagle prepares to dive from the sky the type of image that you will be able to capture during the NaturesLens Bald Eagles Otters of Alaska Photography Holiday
In winter’s grandeur, thousands of Bald Eagles congregate along the shores of Alaska in pristine wilderness. Here, the scenery is stunning, & the birds are approachable.
Our Bald Eagles & Sea Otters of Alaska tour is the ultimate Bald Eagle photography holiday with opportunities to capture dramatic fishing & flight shots, dynamic portraits, close up fly-by’s, incredible territorial battles, & congregations in snow-covered trees characteristic of only the Pacific Northwest.
Based in Homer, Alaska, we will spend six full days of two daily action-filled excursions to photograph the Eagles. We will be photographing in various winter conditions: heavy & light snow, cloudy or sunny days. This variety of weather, landscape & lighting conditions will provide you with the opportunity to create a diverse, creative & professional portfolio of this species.
Join NaturesLens to capture images of Bald Eagles of Alaska, in United States, during the Sea Otters & Bald Eagles of Alaska photography holiday. This photography holiday is of 9 night/10 day duration on a Half Board, Non-Shared basis & costs £5499 per participant.
During the boat trips on our privately chartered boat, there will be opportunities to photograph Bald Eagles at eye level taking fish off the water. We will also look for & photograph Sea Otters.
Some of the most well-known bald eagle photos ever created have come from the Kenai Peninsula, simply because photographers are able to get so near. While a long prime lens always helps, a focal length of around 300mm is sufficient to get excellent shots. If the skies are clear, you can reduce ISO considerably to help minimize noise.
 
Accommodation is on a dinner, bed & breakfast basis in a hotel located on Homer Spit itself, meaning the eagle action is literally on the doorstep. Group size is a maximum of 6 guests to ensure that there is plenty of room for everyone on the boat.
While not all of the wildlife found on the Kenai Peninsula will allow you to photograph them from within an arm’s length, it’s worth the journey when factors work & things come together.
Snow-capped mountains can be seen on a clear day in this location, providing some of the most scenic backgrounds you’ll ever witness.
Making the eagle part of the landscape helps to give scale & adding depth to the scene.
For photographic direction, David & Pui hang will be on hand, leading the trip & spending time in the field to ensure that you get the most from this holiday.
Photographable Species: bald eagle, harbour seal, sea otter
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A Bald Eagle lands on a fallen tree the type of image that you will be able to capture during the NaturesLens Bald Eagles Otters of Alaska Photography Holiday

2022 – Bears, Eagles, Whales & Glaciers 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 us for this 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 2 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 Bears, Eagles, Whales & Glaciers of Alaska photography holiday. This photography holiday is of 7 night/8 day duration on a Half Board, Non-Shared basis & costs £4649  £4449 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, grizzly bear, harbour seal, humpback whale, orca, sea lion.
You will spend 2 separate days – the first early in the week, the second on the final day – 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 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 2 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.

The location that we take you to for bear photography is an excellent spot to observe & photograph bears during the peak of the salmon run. This location is a short creek that flows over a beautiful waterfall and into the saltwater. From the shores of the peaceful cove, you will hear the roar of the waterfall, whilst in the creek itself, the salmon navigate between rocks and bears. You will spend 5-6 hours each on 2 separate days exploring a half-mile of creek photographing the bears as they hunt, fish & play. This day will start with a scenic flight by floatplane to what is considered to be some of the most prime bear country on earth. The backdrop is a dramatic waterfall where the bears fish for salmon. We sit right on the creek bank, where we hope to observe bears as they emerge from the woods to fish. The creek is often a great spot to see mothers with cubs; our viewing spot on the creek bank provides an exciting eye-level view of the action.

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 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, grizzly bear, harbour seal, humpback whale, orca, sea lion
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Orcas Playing In The Sea   Photographed During A NaturesLens Wildlife Of Alaska Photography Holiday

2024 – 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 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 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. 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.

Photographable Species: bald eagle, elk, moose
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A Congregation Of Bald Eagles Photographed Within The Conservation Area Outside Of Haines   Photographed During The NaturesLens Bald Eagles Of Alaska Photography Holiday
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