Snow Bird

Today’s post includes some images not previously published, from a 2008 trip to the Chilkat River Valley, just outside Haines, Alaska, along the Alaska Inside Passage. This trip was to photograph Bald Eagles (Haliaeetus leucocephalis) as they foraged among the last of the salmon during the late salmon run in the Chilkat River.

This bald eagle had pulled off a chunk of a salmon (the salmon are much too large for the eagles to carry the whole fish) and had flown to a nearby dead tree that was covered with fresh snow:

Adult Bald Eagle

Adult Bald Eagle


Really miss not being there the last few years. So much so that I’ll likely travel back to the Chilkat River Valley next year!

Photographic Equipment Used:

  • Canon 1D Mark 3 body
  • Canon EF100mm-400mm, f/4.5-f/5.6 IS lens + Canon 1.4x TC, shot at 460mm to 540 mm
  • Handheld, with IS “On”
  • ISO 1600
  • Aperture f/8
  • Shutter 1/80 sec. to 1/125 sec.



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  • Wendy

    Good morning Jim :) I am just on my way out, but had to look at these wonderful photographs before I make my move….laughing….I can understand how you feel missing this area..I lived and worked inland from the Bristol Bay for a few summers and there is really nothing quite like the wilds of AK We were on Lake Aleknagik (sp?!) inland from Dillingham and I will never forget watching Nature grow so rapidly from day to for the light with such a small window…the lake also was ‘boiling’ with Rainbow Trout..what an amazing sight to behold..such beautiful fish..and so many…..

    This year we had a pair of Bald Eagles in the wooded copse across the field, two young ones hatched and it was such a joy to watch with my binoculars from the kitchen oh my aren’t we blessed????

    OK time to get a move on..I hope you have a wonderful week…

    Hugs and love, Wendy and Cookie cat xox

  • Thanks for all the lovely comments, Wendy! Yes, the fast growth caught my attention on the first trip to Alaska, many years ago. Not often you can see dandelions, measured in feet, instead of inches! But with so much daylight and such a short growing season, they go all-out! Yes, quite a wonderful view you must have! Wishing you and Cookie a Wonderful Week, also! :o)