Overview

The Bald Eagle is one of the most Iconic birds of North America. It suffered a drastic decline during the 21st century and this powerful raptor was placed on the endangered species list. Thankfully after years of protection the Bald Eagle can now be found flying throughout North America once again. One of the best places to see this stunning bird is in the last frontier of Alaska. The winter in Alaska can be a harsh but beautiful time and the Bald Eagles see out the winter at various locations. One such location is Kachemak Bay near Homer. Kachemak Bay was Alaska’s first state park, roughly 400,000 acres of mountains, glaciers, forests and ocean. This rugged coastline supports many Bald Eagles during the Winter months and a surprising number of Sea Otters. We will have our own small boat for exclusive use to search for them. We will head out each day with a supply of small fish in the hope of attracting this North American Icon to within meters of our boat. Along the way we will encounter the beautiful Sea Otters too, sometimes they can be found just hanging out in the harbour. Our boat is perfect for getting close to them as it is quite and because it sits low in the water it is perfect for getting intimate shots of them. Some of the coves along the Kachemak Bay support good numbers and so we will spend a considerable ammount of time searching for them. We will be spending the whole week working with the Otters and with the Eagles trying to capture them in flight set against the winter landscape of this rugged coastline.

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Day 1: We are due to arrive at Anchorage Airport from our chosen connecting flights. We will then transfer to our accommodation which is a local hotel in Anchorage.

Day 2: After an early start and breakfast we then make our way to Homer. This is a long drive of between 3 -4 hours but might take longer at this time of the year because of the weather conditions. We will check straight into our accommodation and if the weather conditions are in our favour we will head out on our first afternoon boat trip to look for the Eagles.

Day 3-7: Over the course of the week it will follow the same pattern. It will be an early morning start each morning as we head out to the rugged coastline of Kachemak Bay in search of Bald Eagles and Sea Otters. We will head out each morning looking for Eagles and Sea Otters, which are our main targets for this trip. We have successfully ran a winter trip to Alaska looking for Bald Eagles in the winter of 2018. It was our first trip to the beautiful Kachemak Bay area and it certainly didn’t disappoint. The Eagle numbers along this stretch of coastline must be witnessed to be believed. We had so much scope to work with the eagles as they are attracted to our boat because of the promise of a free meal. As soon as we pull into a bay we have over fifty birds moving into the area. We will have a lot of opportunities to photograph them in flight making the most of the stunning landscape and light at this time of the year. The Sea Otter numbers along the Kachemak Bay were also impressive and we will get many opportunities to capture images of this iconic species. There are several coves along the Kachemak bay coast which is excellent for photographing these beautiful mammals Some individuals are extremely tame as they swim around our boat. The boat we use for the duration of our trip is perfect for photography with lots of space and sitting low in the water so giving us a great low angle perspective. The weather can be hard to predict in Alaska at this time of the year and so the itinerary could change throughout this trip, so we need to be as flexible as we can, to make the most of our opportunities. Some days we didn’t go out for a full day because of the weather and high winds. There is a fair amount of flexibility and personal choices to accommodate and we’ll review our options daily.

Day 8: It will be our last early start as we head back out on the boat for our last morning session. We will then head back to Anchorage for our final night and dinner.

Day 9: We head back to Ted Stevens airport for our overnight return flights back to our chosen destinations. The time difference means we will arrive back into Europe on Saturday 4th March.

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