Gina Ruttle  (Whalegeek)

Palos Park, United States

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A juvenile bald eagle is coveting a frozen pink salmon carcass. Impatient to begin its dining, this eagle called while acting nonchalant, sizing up whether or not to pounce upon the waiting fish. Other bald eagles were ready and waiting to attack this young eagle in order to steal its catch.

Every November bald eagles arrive in the Chilkat River’s Valley of the Eagles for late season salmon runs as well as dining on the fish carcasses in succeeding winter months. Several thousand bald eagles (yes, that’s right—-THOUSANDS of them) were in the immediate vicinity this November, their white heads appearing as golf balls in nearby trees. The congregation of eagles often number near 4000 birds. Flying from as far away as Oregon and Washington state (USA), the spectacle of squabbling, combative and majestic bald eagles is breathtaking.

Snow-covered mountains visible just across the braided basin of the Chilkat River are icing on the cake. One may see bears in November, too. Fresh bear tracks in the snow greeted us early every morning at the eagle reserve.

Nearby Haines, Alaska hosts the Alaska Bald Eagle Festival each November to honor of the return of the eagles.

The Chilkat Valley Bald Eagle Reserve
Haines, Alaska USA

November 11, 2009

Canon 50D, Canon 100-400mm lens, shutter 1/320, f/5.6, exposure bias +1.33, Aperture priority mode, ISO 800 (the dim morning light following a snowstorm demanded a high ISO)

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