Bald Eagles of Alaska

Named by American colonists for their white feathered heads, the Bald Eagle soars courageously across the great blue North American sky, unmistakably. These mighty aerial beasts are considerable in stature, aesthetically pleasing to both the eye and camera lens. They have been symbolic in native legend, and later, representative of a nation. With a population estimated at 30,000 – Alaska boasts more bald eagles than any other location on the planet.

Join Backcountry Journeys this spring for a unique photography workshop focused entirely on photographing Bald Eagles in their native environment. Alaska’s Kachemak Bay is home to thousands of Bald Eagles during the spring and offers one of the best opportunities in the world to get amazing and close-up photographs.

This five-day excursion takes us to the remote southern end of the Kenai Peninsula to the port towns of Homer and Seldovia, Alaska. The Kenai Peninsula is one of the most beautiful back-drops in the world for photographing Eagles as it is literally surrounded by towering peaks, glaciers and massive forests of spruce and fir.

We’ve designed this expedition to coincide with the highest concentration of Eagles and often the clearest weather during the Alaskan spring. Each day we will venture out on our privately chartered vessel into the coastal waters of Kachemak Bay to photograph Bald Eagles as they dive, fight, fly and fish. The Eagles congregate on islands around the bay and so are generally only accessible by boat.

This tour will put you directly in front of more Bald Eagles than you’ve ever seen and you will walk away with thousands of beautiful images of Eagles up close and tack sharp.

Highlights

  • 4 days of Bald Eagle Photography on Kachemak Bay
  • Privately chartered vessel
  • Stay in a quaint Alaskan fishing town
  • Capture thousands of quality Bald Eagle images
  • Max 5 Photographers with Photo Instructor and Coast Guard Certified Captain

Bald Eagles of Alaska

5 Days

Price: from $4595 double occupancy

+$500 single occupancy

Deposit: $1000

Fitness Level: Fairly Easy – “There isn’t any hiking on this trip but you must be able to get in and out of a small boat in potentially rough waters

Meals: Most meals included (see itinerary)

Lodging: 4 nights lodging

Start/End: Homer, Alaska

Open Daily: 6am-6pm MST

928.478.1521


*trip difficulty ratings

2019 Departures

Dates Difficulty Availability
March 25th to 29th, 2019 1 2 Spots Left

2020 Departures

Dates Difficulty Availability
March 22nd to 26th, 2020 1 Open

Trip Details

Physical Requirements
All participants must be in good physical condition and have the ability to get in and out of a small boat and balance while on potential rough waters.

Group Size
Only five participants to maximize your one on one time with the guide / instructor.

Accommodation
We will be staying in comfortable lodging in Homer & Seldovia, Alaska. This is included with your trip fee.

Meals

All meals are included during the trip dates and we typically eat at our lodges (excellent food!) Lunches will usually be in town or on the boat.

Weather
March on Alaska’s Kenai Peninsula is completely unpredictable. Plan for a wide array of constantly changing weather including rain, snow, overcast, windy but also calm and sunny days!

Price Includes
Meals, ground transportation, chartered vessel, accommodation during the trip dates, professional photography instruction, medically certified wilderness guide.

Price Does Not Include
Airfare, alcoholic beverages, accommodations before or after the trip dates, guide & staff gratuities

Itinerary – Most meals included – (B,L,D) denotes Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 1 (Travel Day) (D)
Plan to arrive in Homer by 6pm on the first day. You can either fly directly into Homer (from Anchorage) or drive from Anchorage down the Kenai Peninsula which takes approximately five hours depending on how much you want to stop and enjoy the scenery. We will have a meet and greet dinner at Land’s End Resort and then retire to our cozy rooms on the Homer Spit to prepare for the next day’s Eagle Photography.
Day 2 – 4 (B,L,D)
Each day of this trip we will board our privately chartered vessel and explore the coast of Kachemak in search of Bald Eagles with our trusty local captain. The itinerary is flexible and our photography schedule will depend on the light, weather and ocean conditions. Many of our photographs will be taken on the boat hand-held and some will be taken from the beach with a sturdy tripod. The Eagles will be in great numbers along the coasts and we will all get thousands of keepers and some great instruction as well. Aside from Eagles we will also probably have a chance to photograph other seabirds and marine life such as Puffins, Sea Otters and Harbor Seals.
Day 5 (B)
We’ll embark on one last Eagle photography cruise after breakfast before saying goodbye. Flights home out of Homer can be arranged for when we return from our morning session and one can easily catch a connecting flight back to the lower 48 out of Anchorage that evening.
Please note that the exact sequence of the itineraries on all photography trips will be based on weather and lighting conditions. The goal on these trips is to make sure we are at the right place at the right time for the perfect light on our subjects. Also, itineraries can change for a variety of other circumstances including floods, forest fires, national park closures, road closures and more. Due to the nature of wildlife and nature photography we do not guarantee any specific sightings or specific compositions regarding wildlife or natural phenomena. 

Really a great experience. We were able to photography Eagles everyday from the boat as well as a plethora of Otters and other marine life. Russ is a great instructor and host. The hotel is a fantastic place to warm up after a long day out on the water. A true Alaskan experience!

Sven JMinneapolis, MN

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