Alaskan Brown Bears Salmon Special – USA – 2017

Overview

To come face to face with one of the most awe-inspiring predators on the planet is truly one of the greatest adrenalin packed photography experiences you can undertake. Lake Clarke National Park gives you a true sense of the Alaskan wilderness, with towering volcanic mountains forming an immediate backdrop to the tidal marshes, streams and pristine salt-water bays which comprise the coastline and is one of the premier Grizzly bear viewing areas in the world. We have timed our trip to coincide with the Salmon migration through the estuaries and creeks which attracts this beautiful Bear to these coastal regions. We will go out looking for fishing bears each day under the expert guidance of some of the best guides in Alaska and the photographic opportunities will be endless. To photograph Grizzly Bears in some of the most beautiful surroundings is one of the most rewarding experiences a wildlife photographer can possibly do.

Itinerary Open +Close -

Day 1: We should arrive in at Anchorage Airport from our chosen connecting flights during the afternoon/evening. We will then transfer to our accommodation, which is a local hotel in Anchorage. Over dinner we will discuss what to expect over the coming days photography.

Day 2: After an early breakfast we then make our way to Lake Hood to catch our special small bush plane. The flight to Lake Clark is an adventure in itself and we will be passing by some wonderful scenery and flying over Cook Inlet. Once we have landed at Silver Salmon Creek we are greeted by our hosts and guides.  We then transfer to our comfortable and homely lodge. After lunch we will then head out on to the sand flats for our first session looking for bears.

Day 3: The whole trip is dedicated to photographing bears and because of the nature of Silver Salmon Creek we are a small group in a huge wilderness, so there is no waiting around for other people or photographers. This really is a special experience to be in the Alaskan wilderness to witness one of the greatest shows on earth. During the early part of September the Salmon start to undergo their long migration back to their spawning grounds. The bears are waiting for this moment and as the fish try to swim through the shallow waters of the estuary towards the streams and creeks the bears start chasing them through the water.
We will be trying to photograph the spectacle along with mothers with young cubs, bears resting and young males play fighting. If we are lucky then bears fighting over fish are also a possibility. The location is stunning with vast landscapes which will be great at capturing the bears in their environment. The salmon run during an incoming tide and the best activity for the bears is during this period so we’re governed by the tides but the lodge is very flexible and we can work around what this might mean in terms of meals/breaks etc. so we optimise every opportunity.

Days 4-8: The whole trip will be of the same pattern as the first day. We might encounter bears just outside the lodge or it might mean a longish drive by our ATV and even a bit of a walk to a favoured hunting spot. Walks can occasionally be over a long distance but will be at a steady pace as we could bump into a bear at any point along the way. The bears at Silver Salmon Creek are only here for the Salmon and so are people neutral. Our guides have years of experience and know what distances we can approach certain individuals. The bears know we are there and don’t see us as a threat and this can result in some amazing encounters and experiences.

Day 9: We should have one more session with the bears before we catch our Bush plane back to Anchorage where we will be based for our final night.

Day 10: After breakfast we are due back to Anchorage Airport to catch our return flights back to our chosen destination. Please not that for European destinations this will involve an overnight flight so we won’t return back until the 15th September.

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What our customers say

“The guides from the lodge were extremely helpful and friendly”.

“This was a great trip, a beautiful place with great accommodation, food and guides. And of course grizzlies”

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What our customers say

“The guides from the lodge were extremely helpful and friendly”.

“This was a great trip, a beautiful place with great accommodation, food and guides. And of course grizzlies”

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