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2010 June Bald Eagles & Bears of Katmai Alaska Trip Report


This trip is always a favorite with photographers. How can you go wrong with bald eagles and bears on the same trip! We always start out with a day on Kodiak Island and then float plane out to our comfortable 60ft boat along the Katmai coast. The dates this year were June 10-20. Kodiak offered us good opportunities for bald eagles nesting, wild flowers, and moss draped Sitka Spruce trees. Weather was typical Alaska…a mixed bag with clear skies, clouds and rain. Everyone was glad they brought along good rain gear for both photographer and camera gear, yet the rain never did slow us down or hamper our efforts. We concentrated on bald eagles (esp. young in nests) and coastal brown bears (mating, clamming at low tide, play fighting) on this trip but we also photographed a number of other species including, sea lions, harbor seals, harlequin ducks, glaucous-winged gulls (nesting), and black-legged kittiwake (nesting). Many images were made from the flat bottom skiff we use to explore the many coves and bays.



This year we did something different and boated back to Kodiak instead of flying. We were able to see whales, nesting puffins and a large group of sea otters!

As always I used my 500mm and 70-200mm the most along with a wide angle for scenics and close up bears! The boat has plenty of electricity and outlets so it was easy to download memory cards and charge up batteries. This is a trip of a lifetime with wildlife and stunning scenics. As with both Alaska bear trips I recommend you sign up early as many of my trips are filled a year in advance.

Call me at 406/245-4365 or email to inquire about future Alaska nature photography trips!

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