Want to photograph one of nature’s greatest events? Bubble-Net Feeding Humpback will be our principal muse during this concentrated 3-day workshop. This is the absolute best time and Sitka Alaska is the world-renowned place to capture frame worthy images of this remarkable behavior.
Imagine the beautiful compositions you will create when up to 20 whales explode through the water with their mouths agape, throat grooves bulging with herring and seawater flushing through their baleen plates. Then, hundreds of Gulls and Bald Eagles come in, screaming and picking off the scraps, seemingly right out of the whales open mouths. There will be plenty of opportunities as this behavior is on display as often as 150+ times per day during these dates.
It’s with good reasoning, the BBC chose to film the bubble-net feeding content for the Netflix program, “Our Planet” Episode 4 here in Sitka. While they filmed in 2018, 52 humpback whales were identified in a 2 square mile area feasting on the bounty of calorie-rich herring as they returned to these pristine feeding grounds. During this immersive workshop, we will spend 24 hours on the waters of Sitka Sound. You will see why Conde Nast Travel magazine named Sitka, “the most beautiful town in Alaska.”
We limit attendance to a maximum of 6 photographers so we can give our guests personalized attention and every opportunity to be in the exact position you want to be in when the action is happening.
Humpback whales / Bald Eagles / Sea Otters / Harbor Seals / Harbor Porpoise / Stellar sea lions / Pelagic and Double Crested Cormorants / Common Murres / Buffleheads / Long Tailed Ducks / Surf Scoters / Harlequin Ducks / Greater Scaups / Common Mergansers / Common Loons / Black Oyster Catchers/ Pigeon Guillemots / Marbled Murrelets / Glaucous-winged, Mew, and Herring Gulls / Rhinoceros Auklets
Transient Orcas / Minke Whales / Gray Whales / Coastal Brown Bears / Sitka Black-tailed Deer / Pacific Octopus / Tufted Puffin / Common Golden Eyes / Barrow’s Golden Eyes / Pacific Loons / Mink / Martens / River Otters / Belted Kingfisher / Great Blue Herons / Harbor porpoise / California sea lion
❖ Witness one of nature’s greatest events as humpback whales feast on the bounty of Herring alongside hundreds of Sealions, Bald Eagles and Gulls. They will gorge on the bounty of herring, along with hundreds of sea lions, bald eagles, and gulls.
❖ Our photography professionals are also accomplished naturalists, so they can explain the wildlife behaviors as you witness them and give you in the moment tips to help you capture your best photos. Our team has an excess of 80 years of Alaskan residency.
❖ Ride in comfort aboard our very stable and heated 43’ custom built catamaran that features 360-degree viewing, complete walk around deck and spacious restroom. Our research quality hydrophone allows you enjoy the sometimes-funny whale communication and alert us as to when the whales will be lunging out of the water so you can have your cameras at the ready.
❖ Sitka lies along the coastal edge of Baranof Island in the Tongass National Forest in with its myriad of forested Islands and rugged coastline, is what whale biologists call the humpback whales’ “first service station,” as they return ravenous from their mating and calving time in Hawaii.
❖ This is truly a photographer’s paradise! No other town in the 49th state has Sitka’s charisma.
❖ Feel good knowing you are joining a globally recognized true eco-tour company. We are one of only 5 companies worldwide that are certified by the World Cetacean Alliance as a responsible whale watching company.
Enjoy a 10% Lodging discount at select exclusive Sitka properties