Bald Eagle - Haines, Alaska (Chilkat River, Chilkat Eagle Preserve)
This image really struck me as it reminded me perfectly of their unique personalities. The eagle on the top of this stump is incredibly annoyed at the eagle on the left. I can hear him saying - do you see what I have to deal with?
At the same, I can hear the eagle on the left saying - weeeeeeeeee!
- as he bounces up and down on the branch.
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