Bald eagles in cottonwood trees

Date: November 02-09, 2022

Location: Haines, Alaska. Cost: $2499 per person 

Details: Every fall in Haines, Alaska bald eagles congregate along the Chilkat River. A fall salmon run attracts these magnificent birds, resulting in the largest gathering of bald eagles in the world. Their numbers are staggering. More than 3000 eagles arrive, and it is not uncommon to have 10 eagles lined up on one log with hundreds of birds in nearby trees. This is a bucket list trip for wildlife photographers.

We will meet our group in Haines at the ferry dock to begin our adventure. After checking into the hotel, we will have an afternoon photography session in the field.

For the photographer, there is no easier place to photograph bald eagles than Haines. Each day we will take a short drive to the Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve and spend our day photographing the birds. The eagles often fight over salmon giving photographers ample chances to photograph these encounters. Birds will be very close in the trees. Frequent flybys give photographers plenty of chances to capture birds in flight against the rugged snow-capped Takinsha Mountains. In the evenings we will review images and work on editing. You will have a lot of fun, improve your photography, and create images worthy of hanging in your home.

What you will learn:

-Exposure Composition

-Wildlife Photography techniques

-Photographing birds in flight

-Editing in Lightroom and PhotoShop

A typical day: Our days focus on photographing the eagles. My goal is to help you learn how to take compelling eagle photos with hands on instruction. We will cover camera settings, anticipating behavior, and specialty topics like auto-focus patterns.

Alaska Weather: Occasionally the weather in Alaska will cause travel delays. This time can be used for editing images or photographing the area. This is a regular part of photographing in Alaska and may result in rescheduling flights or hotel stays at the participants’ expense.

Hotel: We will be staying at the Captain’s Choice in Haines. The hotel is right on the waterfront and is within easy walking distance of local restaurants. Lodging is included in the workshop fee.

Closest Airport:  Juneau, Alaska

Students will provide their own:

-Round trip transportation to Haines, Alaska

-Alcoholic beverages and gratuities

-Trave/ Health Insurance 


Included in the fee:

-Lodging in Haines at the Captain’s Choice

- All instruction

-Location and permit fees

-Transportation to and from ferry terminal in Haines

-Daily transportation to the eagle site

Recommended camera gear:

-1-2 camera bodies (back up body recommended)

-Lenses ranging from wide angle 24mm to 70-200mm

-Wildlife telephoto lens – 300mm or more (200-500mm or similar works great)


-Polarizing filter

-Laptop for editing and critique

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