Wildlife Quest Photography Workshops
Eagle Action on the Chilkat River
Wildlife action-photography is the focus of my Eagle Quest wildlife photography workshop. Eagles begin to congregate in great numbers along the Chilkat River in Haines, Alaska in October and November. As many as 4000 eagle may concentrate along a fourteen-mile stretch of the Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve during a late salmon run. There is no greater opportunity for a discerning wildlife photographer to capture dramatic images of eagles as they engage in their late season feeding.
From mid-October to mid-November, I offer a special wildlife photography workshop. Our usual guest lodging “SuCasa” is closed for the season, but I will book up to two people at a time for an extended guided wildlife photography workshop in the Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve. This workshop includes a minimum of three hours/day guided fieldwork which will allow guests to work independently and critique and post-processing tutorials. Lodging will be provided in our home, where we have a lower apartment including bedroom, private bath, and kitchen, as well as community area for evening work. Your workshop includes breakfast and dinner with your hosts since dining opportunities are limited at this time of year. (The wife is a better cook than anyone anyway!) Also included is the daily use of our 2000 Chevy Blazer. The cost of this package is $600-$650/night/1-2 people (single or couple). For those who would prefer a full day of guided activities without the use of an independent vehicle, please see the Cost/Options at the bottom of this page. I am also happy to help arrange bookings for independent excursions such as Kroschel’s Wildlife farm or Glacier Bay flight-seeing (no middleman fees involved.) We will book no more than two guests at a time.
Avoiding the crowds
All booking for Eagle Quest wildlife photography workshop will strive to occur outside of the dates of the Haines American Bald Eagle Festival. This avoids overlaps with sponsored events thereby avoiding the crowds of spectators and photographers who gather during the official event. I will maximize the quality of your experience in this wonderful wilderness.
To check availability and make reservations, I can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org . I am also happy to answer any questions about your stay in Haines or making travel arrangements. Be sure to visit my “Getting Here” page for a general overview on travel options.
Have a look at some of the images I have enjoyed capturing at the preserve during the eagle gathering: Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve
Chilkoot Bear Photography Workshop
Haines offers great opportunities for bear viewing and photography as our brown bears feed on the pink salmon that run in Alaska’s most pristine salmon rivers in August, September and October. Of course there are eagle opportunities as well, as salmon provide the base of a time honored fundamental food chain. (Even humans enjoy the sport of landing salmon on their lures or flies). I offer the same style package to those wishing to focus on bears, or a combination of both bears and eagles. Feel welcome to contact me to explore the timing and opportunities that Haines presents.
Costs and Options
For guests who would like to balance between guided work and independent time, cost for the Wildlife Quest in-house workshops is $600-($650)/night /single (or couple) plus local taxes. This tuition includes:
- Lodging in our home, with private bath, kitchen, and common room. (Visit “Our Lodging” for an overview of accommodations.
- Full breakfast and dinner. (Alcohol not included. BYO.)
- 3 hours of fieldwork/day
- Review, critique, and post-processing during afternoon and evening hours
- Full daily use of vehicle for independent work (2000 Chevy Blazer)
- Full hospitality
For those who would prefer a full day of fieldwork and guide services (6-8 hours) pricing is $800-($850)/night/single (or couple) plus local taxes, and will not include the use of a vehicle for independent travel.
We currently limit guest stays to a maximum of four nights (plenty of time to learn the lay of the land and the ins and outs of how to go about moving through the country). If you wish to extend your stay in Haines I will be happy to help you with recommendations and facilitate arrangements through our local property manager.