Bald Eagles Along the Snowy Chilkat River

While going through some older images (2008), looking for some “birds in snow” images for a painter friend, I came upon some Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus) from one of my two trips to the Chilkat River Valley of Alaska. Nestled a few miles outside the town of Haines, this location is a mecca for bald eagles looking for a late salmon run, as well as for photographers wanting to photograph them. Here are a few images, from a single day of shooting, that I like:

Bald Eagle soaring over the Chilkat River

Bald Eagle landing on a tree snag

Bald Eagle landing in the shallows of the Chilkat River

For the last couple of years, I’ve been thinking of returning to the Chilkat River Valley for more eagle photography … maybe in 2015!

Photographic Equipment Used:

  • Canon 1D Mark 3 body
  • Canon EF100mm-400mm, f/4.5-f/5.6 IS lens + Canon 1.4x TC
  • Handheld, with IS “On”
  • ISO 800
  • Aperture f/7.1 and f/8
  • Shutter 1/640 sec. and 1/800 sec.



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