Saturday, July 18, 2009
Valdez - Bald Eagles
Been busy with friends lately, thus the belated post. The Camera Gear Lackey also visited for 9 days and we had some special experiences in the outdoors. One trip with Carole, similar to the one I took with Tim, was to Valdez where the salmon were running. We were able to view Bald Eagles, like those above, frequenting the Prince William Sound area for the fish. The eagle viewing was special, similar to what I have seen in Homer, AK. We were fortunate in that the the tide was low and the sun was out, so conditions were perfect for photography.
Even the immature eagles were in on the action.
After a slow approach, this eagle allowed a close photographic range. He was enjoying a freshly caught salmon on the Prince William Sound tidal bar. The reflection of this and the image above in great evening light were just special circumstances.
I had focused in on an flying in eagle, hoping to capture him catching a fish and only caught the lower portion of him snatching a spawning salmon close to shore. Made for an interesting image.
The next post will be of Grizzly Bears that came out of the bush to catch some of the salmon at the same location.