In early September, I traveled to one of my favorite places to photograph ... Hallo Bay, Alaska. The main emphasis of this trip was not birds, but was the great coastal Alaska brown bears as they gorged on fish to put on massive weights for the upcoming winter hibernation. But I also found some great birds to photograph at Hallo Bay.
The most common bird, also one of my favorites, was the Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus). One day, while sitting and photographing bears along the bank of Clint's Creek, a beautiful adult bald eagle was sitting on a piece of driftwood, directly across the creek from me. As I watched the eagle, he began showing signs he was preparing to launch into flight. I quickly swang my tripod/camera around and caught this sequence:
And when not diving for eggs, they could often be seen fighting over fish carcasses that the bears left behind:
Like I mentioned, gulls were extremely common. In fact, to find a gull, the easiest method was to look for a bear :o)
Oh, yes, forgot to mention the "new species" I found at Hallo Bay, the Driftwood Bird:
Wonder if it's related to the Brown Pelican? Kinda looks like one! :o)
After my week at the Hallo Bay Bear Camp, I spent a few days in Little Tutka Bay, kayaking around the islands there. In next month's post, I'll feature some of my "Tutka Birds".
And if you're interested in seeing some of my brown bear images from Hallo Bay, you can click on this link: Show-Me Nature Photography Blog and enter "Brown Bears" in the "Search the Blog" box.
This post was prepared by Jim Braswell of Show-Me Nature Photography