For many years, I have wanted to travel to Homer, Alaska in March to photograph Bald Eagles. This year, my dream became a reality.
Homer has been, and continues to be known as a destination for Bald Eagle photography. Not only are eagles plentiful in the winter but the scenery is beautiful. Homer is nestled into the southwestern portion of the Kenai Peninsula. Kachemak Bay extends northeast along the east side of Homer. Across the bay are the Kenai Mountains.
It is hard (ok, impossible) to photograph Bald Eagles in the Midwest with snow-capped mountains in the background.
An immature Bald Eagle can be mistaken for other raptors due to its lack of a white head and white tail. It will take about 5 years before the head and tail feathers are completely white.
Bald Eagles can sport a wing-span of 6 ½ feet, grow to 2 ½ – 3 feet tall, and weigh approximately 9 pounds. Yet, for their size, they are quite agile in flight.
Eagles have incredible talons for catching and holding onto fish. Their powerful wings allow them to gain altitude once they grasp their prey.
Homer was a great experience. Spending a week photographing eagles was a dream come true. And for the record, it was a full 20 degrees colder in Iowa when I returned than at any time while I was in Homer.