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Bald Eagles

Happy Fourth of July!  I am showing some photographs I took a couple of weeks ago in Alaska of Bald Eagles.  Several Bald Eagles were sighted in the Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve near Haines, Alaska.  I think that the eagle on the nest was one that I had photographed before during a trip we took two summers ago in 2010.  We enjoyed our cruise excursion that was arranged by the Chilkat River Adventures Company there near Haines, Alaska.  My husband and I were on a week-long Princess cruise, which is how we found this particular jet boat excursion.  This excursion was excellent, as was the overall cruise!

The picture of the Bald Eagle sitting on the iceberg was one I took when we were in the Tracy Arm fjord near Juneau, Alaska.  Yes, the ice really is that color of blue!  Just stunning!  Yes, the eagle really was sitting perched on that ice!   I did not have my Nikon camera or a long lens on this trip.  I took these pictures using my Olympus snap-shot camera.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger photo.  Enjoy!  Have a safe and fun celebration tonight if you will be watching fireworks or traveling.

Alaska Scenery (No Animals)

Inside Passage on Cruise up to Alaska

As promised today’s post will be a special one-time scenic look at some of the almost unbelievably stunning wilderness in several areas of our 50th State, Alaska.  I spent the past couple of weeks on vacation on a cruise and land tour combination.  I have posted about the animals and eagles I saw and now will share some of the scenery.  I am showing a Totem Pole at Totem-Bight State Park near Ketchikan as seen from a tour boat (Heavy rain that day and our original trip to Misty Fjords Nat. Park got rained out).  I also have a picture of the entrance into Glacier Bay National Park, a glacier at College Fjord, a river scene at the 48,000 acre Chilkat River Bald Eagle Preserve State Park near Haines, and finally, Denali National Park & Preserve with Mt. McKinley, also known as Mt. Denali.  All in all very thrilling!

I recommend going in late June or early July.  We went in late August and the weather was rainy almost everywhere and cold or cool.  I can say though, the only bonus to going so late was that we did see the  riotous fall colors up at Denali National Park & Preserve (Yes those reds, yellows, golds, and oranges are real).  The tundra is made up of very short, knee to waist high, bush-like dwarf Birch and Willow trees, and Blueberries, Cranberries, and a number of red plants like the Fireweeds.  The tundra area only has the dwarf trees or the spindly Black Spruces that seem only to get about 10-12 feet tall and are sparse.  Denali Nat. Park where we were at, is at about 3,500 ft. elevation but the growing conditions are harsh.  That is the main reason why the vegetation is mostly tundra with open fields of  shallow muskeg marshes.  Muskeg is mushy thin soil with permafrost frozen underneath. Please click on the thumbnail version to see the larger picture.

Glacier Bay National Park

Totem Bight State Park, Ketchikan, Alaska

Tundra and Pond, Denali Nat. Park, Alaska

Harvard Glacier, College Fjord, Alaska

Chilkat River Eagle Preserve, Haines, Alaska

Mt. McKinley, Denali Nat. Park, Alaska

Bald Eagles in Alaska

Bald Eagles just fascinate me.  I have just returned from a two week vacation in Alaska.  I did not see many big game-type animals, but I did see several Bald Eagles.  These Bald Eagles were in the Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve along the Chilkat River near Haines, Alaska.  I also saw a couple of Bald Eagles in Juneau but those pictures are not as good as the ones from the Chilkat River area.  The area is in  a 48,000 acre Eagle preserve that Alaska created in 1982.  I was on a well-managed, environmentally sensitive jet boat tour of the preserve on the river.  I had to take my photographs quickly because we did not want to frighten or stress the birds by our presence.  Our boat guide was careful to keep the motor  as quiet as possible when near the Eagles.

I took pictures of Adults, Juveniles and the gigantic nests.  The Juvenile Bald Eagles don’t get their white feathers until they are over a year old in most cases.  The Juveniles are mostly brown with black, white and grey splashes of color here and there – very mottled.  I have been told that the largest gathering of Bald Eagles in North America happens there at that particular preserve from mid-November through mid-December due to the late run of Salmon in the river.  That stretch of river usually won’t freeze over during that time.  Please click on the thumbnail version to see the larger photo.  Enjoy!  By the way, tomorrow’s post will be a one-time departure from the wildlife and will feature  a few of the magnificent scenic views of Alaska.

Bald Eagle's Nest

Juvenile Bald Eagle

Juvenile Bald Eagle

Juvenile Bald Eagle and Raven

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