Bald Eagle and Kenai Mountains, Alaska

By March 31, 2009January 14th, 2016Alaska, Bald Eagle, Wildlife

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During two of the mornings that I was in Homer, I was fortunate to be inside Jean Keane’s yard as the bald eagles (Haliaeetus leucocephalus) gathered to eat herring. This was quite something, to be so close to so many eagles. Unnatural perhaps, as the eagles were being fed, but fun and impressive nonetheless. The sounds of the large birds, vocalizing just a few feet away from me, their talons scratching on the ice as they landed to take fish, squawking at each other as they jostled for space — it was really memorable. This photo was taken on one of those mornings. The eagle is lit from the side, not optimal for photography but it is what it is. I spent most of that morning trying to frame up an eagle with the snow covered Kenai Mountains in the background, and found that it was harder to do that I anticipated. This is the one I found most appealing.

Bald eagle in flight, sidelit, cloudy sky and Kenai Mountains in the background, Haliaeetus leucocephalus, Haliaeetus leucocephalus washingtoniensis, Kachemak Bay, Homer, Alaska

Bald eagle in flight, sidelit, cloudy sky and Kenai Mountains in the background.
Image ID: 22596
Species: Bald eagle, Haliaeetus leucocephalus, Haliaeetus leucocephalus washingtoniensis
Location: Kachemak Bay, Homer, Alaska, USA

More bald eagle photos from my recent trip to Homer will be posted in the coming days.

About Phil Colla

I am a natural history photographer. I enjoy making compelling images in the ocean, on land, and in the air. I have maintained the Natural History Photography blog since 2005 and my searchable Natural History Photography Library since 1997. Here are some tear sheets and behind the scenes views. Thanks for looking!