Winter Bald Eagles of Alaska – USA – 2018

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 and we 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. We will be spending the whole week working with the Eagles trying to capture them in flight set against the winter landscape of this rugged coastline.

Itinerary Open +Close -

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. 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 next few days 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. 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. We will head out each morning looking for Eagles, which is the main target for this trip. The boat trips to the fjords looking for the Bald Eagles will maximise our potential for photographing this stunning bird with a wintery backdrop. We have successfully ran a summer trip to Alaska for a number of years but to do so in the winter would be much harder but the potential could be huge. Winter is hard along this coast and that is what we want. There is a fair amount of flexibility and personal choices to accommodate and we’ll review our options on a daily basis. There’s also the chance of a dramatic Northern Lights display any evening if conditions fall in our favour.

Day 8: It will be our last early start as we head back out on the boat for our last morning session with the Eagles. 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 the 28th February.

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