Bald Eagle - Haines, Alaska (Chilkat River, Chilkat Eagle Preserve)
The eagles rarely cleaned up for their shots. Yes, that's what you think it is... fish guts on its beak. It's all about feasting on the salmon along the Chilkat river.
Boasting the largest concentration of bald eagles in the world (during their annual visit from Oct - Feb), Haines is the place to be to photograph these beautiful birds. Along the river, eagles congregate here to "hunt" salmon after their spawning migration has ended. Most salmon are weak and dying along the river, so it's easy hunting and the eagles know it!
This was taken on a trip meant solely for photography. We traveled to Juneau, Alaska by plane and then an additional three hours by ferry to Haines. The trip was organized by wildlife photographer Jon Cornforth
For more information: Bald eagle
, Cornforth Tours
, Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve