For wildlife photographers, bald eagles rank high on the list of iconic animals to be included in any shooter's North American portfolio. Homer, Alaska, the small fishing port at “the end of the road” on Kachemak Bay is our headquarters for extraordinary eagle photography along the southern shores of the Kenai Peninsula—currently the very best place in North America for bald eagle photography.
From our base at a comfortable hotel at the end of the Homer Spit we have five full days of daily eagle photography sessions on a privately chartered boat—for six hours each day—with only five participants and one professional leader. This trip is virtually hassle-free with all lodging, meals, boat fees and ground transportation included in an exceptional photo tour itinerary.
We have opportunities to create a wide range of spectacular bald eagle images, including eagles in flight, diving and interacting, as well as scores of eagles perched in shoreline conifers and on weathered driftwood scattered on scenic rocky beaches. With ample time on shore, tight close-ups of eagles draw our lenses, along with birds flying and birds perched dramatically against the snowy backdrop of some of Alaska’s most photogenic snowcapped maritime mountains.
Our primary goal is to create great images of bald eagles in flight. Most of our photography from our chartered boat will be handheld, which is particularly convenient as it allows for quicker camera adjustments—and ease of movement around our vessel—as we capture those dramatic flight shots.
During our extensive boat excursions we also encounter photogenic northern sea otters, harbor seals, and a variety of birds, including harlequin and long-tailed ducks, Barrow's goldeneyes, common and red-breasted mergansers, surf scoters, and glaucous and mew gulls.
Join us at the southern tip of the Kenai Mountains, amidst the pristine waters and rugged landscapes of Kachemak Bay, and capture truly outstanding images of spectacular bald eagles for yourself.
Day 1 (Mar 4)
Fly to Anchorage, Alaska, and continue on a short 45-minute flight to Homer on the Kenai Peninsula. Flights to Homer are operated by Ravn Airlines. We meet this evening for orientation and dinner. (D)
We have scheduled five days of eagle photography by private chartered boat. On two of our 6-hour daily boat trips we return to our hotel for lunch before our afternoon session on the boat. Field lunches are provided on three of the days. Our schedule each day allows for flexibility due to tidal conditions or the possibility of poor weather. We expect to encounter dramatically changing conditions—from sun and clouds, to overcast and a possible snowstorm.
We explore Kachemak Bay, following the eagle action on the water, along the beaches and mudflats, and at the green fringe of shoreline conifers. Action shots of the bald eagles dominate our sessions, with opportunities for shooting onshore portraits of these compelling, majestic birds. Throughout our shooting days, the dramatic vistas of serrate mountains, glaciers, and lichen-encrusted rocky cliffs command the background. (BLD)
Day 7 (Mar 10)
Participants depart Homer for Anchorage in time for late flights home. (B)