Chilkat Eagle Photography Tour

Spaces Available: SOLD OUT

Location: Juneau and Haines, Alaska

Dates: November 3-8, 2019  Sunday evening 6:30 pm – Friday evening                                                                    Cost: $2950

Details: Every fall in Haines, Alaska bald eagles begin to congregate along the Chilkat River.  A fall salmon run attracts these magnificent birds, resulting in the largest gathering of bald eagles in the world.  Their numbers are staggering.  More than 3000 eagles arrive, and it is not uncommon to have 10 eagles lined up on one log with hundreds of birds in nearby trees.  This is a bucket list trip for wildlife photographers.  Imagine listening to the constant chattering of bald eagles while viewing multiple birds in your camera viewfinder feasting on salmon.  Amazing!

We will meet in Juneau, Alaska and have an orientation meeting our first night.  The next day we board the Alaska state ferry for the short voyage to Haines, Alaska.  The photography during the boat ride is spectacular.  We travel through the Lynn Canal, the deepest fjord in North America, photographing stunning mountain vistas and remote lighthouses along the way.  After arriving in the quaint town of Haines, we settle into our hotel, not far from where we photograph the eagles.

For the photographer, there isn’t an easier place to photograph bald eagles than Haines.  Each day we will take a short drive to the Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve and spend our day photographing the birds.  The eagles often fight over salmon giving photographers ample chances to photograph these encounters.  Birds will be very close in the trees.  Frequent flybys give photographers plenty of chances to capture birds in flight against the rugged snow-capped Takinsha Mountains.  In the evenings we will review images and work on editing.

Come join us for this fantastic trip.  We love photographing birds, and can’t wait to return!  We promise you will have a lot of fun, improve your photography, and create images worthy of hanging in your home.  

What you will learn:

  • Exposure
  • Composition
  • Wildlife Photography techniques
  • How to photograph birds in flight
  • Editing in Lightroom and PhotoShop

A typical day: Our days  focus on photographing the eagles. Our goal is to help you learn how to take compelling eagle photos with hands on instruction. We will cover camera settings, anticipating behavior, and specialty topics like auto-focus patterns. and pan/blur techniques.

Alaska Weather: Occasionally the weather in Alaska will cause travel delays.  This time can be used for editing images or photographing the area. This is a regular part of photographing in Alaska and may result in rescheduling flights or hotel stays at the participants’ expense.

Hotel:  We have reserved a block of rooms at the Westmark Baranof Hotel in Juneau for your first night.

Reservations information:

By phone: 1-800-544-0970 – Group Name: “Tom Bol Photo Tour”
Online: Group code: TBOL19   Link to Juneau Baranof Westmark
Discount Rate: $139 for a standard room / Premium room rate $159 / King suite Rate $179

Our group will be booked in the Captain’s Choice while in Haines, Alaska and these nights are included in your workshop fee.

Closest Airport: Juneau, Alaska

Recommended camera gear:

  • 1-2 camera bodies (back up body recommended)
  • Lenses ranging from wide angle 24mm to 70-200mm
  • Wildlife telephoto lens – 300mm or more (200-500mm or similar works great)
  • Tripod
  • Polarizing filter
  • Laptop for editing and critique

Included in the fee:

  • Lodging in Haines at the Captain’s Choice
  • Welcome dinner in Juneau
  • Deli lunches while in Haines
  • Breakfasts in Haines at hotel
  • All instruction
  • location and permit fees
  • Copy of Tom’s ebook Create Better Photographs
  • Round-trip ferry from Juneau to Haines
  • Daily transportation to the eagle site

Students will provide their own:

  • Hotel accommodation in Juneau
  • Round trip transportation to Juneau, Alaska
  • All dinners while in Haines


Sunday November 3: Meet in the lobby of the Westmark Baranof Hotel at 6:30 pm. Welcome dinner at 7pm.

Monday November 4: Take Alaska State Ferry to Haines, Alaska photographing along the way (4 hour ferry). Check in to the Captain’s Choice in Haines, Alaska

Tuesday-Friday November 5-8 : Breakfast in hotel then drive to Chilkat Eagle Preserve to photograph eagles. Deli lunch provided. Photograph until late afternoon and return to Haines for dinner.

Friday November 8 Breakfast in Haines. Take return ferry back to Juneau at 4 pm. Arrive in Juneau after 8 pm for end of photo tour.

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