Imagine the compelling images you will create with the alp-like mountains of the Tongass National Forest or the snow-capped dormant Volcano Mt Edgecumbe in the background as a group of these 40-ton leviathans explode out of the water with mouths agape. Fill your frame with herring by the ton attempting to escape from not only the whale’s mouths but the hundreds of Bald Eagles, Stellar Sea Lions, Harbor Porpoise, Harbor Seals and Gulls as well. We scheduled these tours to coincide with the spring migration of the humpback whales as they return to SE Alaska from their fasting round trip to the calving and mating waters of Hawaii.
On this 7 hour expedition you capture this pristine marine ecosystem burst to life as Humpbacks and other marine mammals come here to gorge on the calorie rich bounty of the herring spawn, locally called Sac Roe. There were 52 whales concentrated in a 2 square mile area here in Sitka last year. It’s no wonder the BBC filmed documentary footage of this spectacle. We limit our tours to just 4 guests so our Sitka native Photography Leader, Lione Clare can give individual attention and mentoring and there is no jockeying for position. While aboard you will also eavesdrop on the whale’s communication on our research grade hydrophone.
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SPONSORED- I have been an avid birder long before I was a photographer. When I finally started photographing birds autofocus was non-existent. Photographing birds in flight was just a dream, mostly I did stationary birds. As I made the transition to digital just after the turn of the century, I started getting my hopes up that I could photograph stationary and moving birds. It wasn’t until the past few years though that everything came together for me, photographing all kinds of birds moving and stationary without breaking the bank. Continue reading →