A bald eagle, just finished feeding, about to take off on the Chilkat River near Haines Alaska.
The Chilkat River stays warm into the late fall and early winter allowing late salmon runs thereby attracting thousands of bald eagles- a nature photographer’s wildest dream . The eagles feed on the spawning salmon and are easily accessible on the various outlooks along the Haines Highway, about 20 miles from Haines, a town on the Lynn Canal. Depending on how much of the river freezes, the bald eagles can be fairly close to shore and therefore easier to photograph- all one has to do is be continuously ready and to wait, and wait, and wait. I made this unusual image of a bald eagle who, having just finished feeding on a salmon, raises it wings to fly away.