Resolve Blog, Anchorage, Katmai, Bears, and Eagles « Arthur Morris/BIRDS AS ART

Resolve Blog, Anchorage, Katmai, Bears, and Eagles

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This sweet looking coastal Brown Bear was photographed with the Canon 800mm f/5.6L IS lens and the EOS-1D MIII. ISO 1600. Evaluative metering +2/3 stop: 1/250 sec. at f/5.6. At times, we had bears–including this one–as close as 6 feet from us. She was hiding behind my group in an effort to avoid the amorous advances of an old boar. As always, you can click on each image to view a larger version.

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In this post, I will share some more images from my recent trip to Alaska.

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These tiny Bald Eagle chicks were photographed with the Canon 24-105mm IS L zoom lens (handheld at 55mm) with the EOS-1D MIII. ISO 800. Evaluative metering +1 stop: 1/100 sec. at f/7.1.

The nest is the nest of a pair of free and wild eagles. In Katmai, many eagles nest atop rocky crags and most are inaccessible to humans without serious climbing gear. To reach this nest we really risked life and limb, having to make a short but treacherous climb over seaweed covered rocks. Then we had to scramble up a pretty much vertical grass covered knoll. We visited the nest just once for about 30 minutes near the start of our 6-day stay in the area. The adults were not on the nest as we approached in the large skiff and did not react to our presence. The big boat that we were living on was actually anchored near the tiny island for most of our stay at Kukak Bay and the baby eagles were doing fine when we left five days after we created this image. When one of the adults was on the nest they were almost constantly harassed by a pair of Black Oystercatchers nesting about 40 feet from the eagles in a rocky crevice.

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This landing Mew Gull was photographed at Potter's Marsh just south of Anchorage with the Canon 800mmm f/5.6L IS lens and the EOS-1D Mark III. ISO 500. Evaluative metering +1/3 stop set manually: 1/800 sec. at f/5.6.

Potter’s Marsh can be great for Mew Gull chicks in June in most years.  This year they were nesting late.

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I photographed these Black-legged Kittiwakes at their nesting wall at Whale Pass near Kodiak, AK. I used the Canon 70-200mm f/4L IS lens and the EOS-1D MIII handheld. ISO 800. evaluative metering +1/3 stop: 1/320 sec. at f/4.

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2 comments to Resolve Blog, Anchorage, Katmai, Bears, and Eagles

  • I am completing a book called DDT WARS about the 10-year battle to ban DDT. I was in the middle of that struggle. After the ban in 1972, predatory bird populations recovered spectacularly. In the lower 48 there are now 25 times as many bald eagles as there were in 1970. I would be interested in your three eaglets photo, bald-eagle-three-chicks-in-nest-_jeh9925-kukak. The book will be published by Oxford University Press, a non-profit press, and should have considerable educational value.
    Please tell me the terms under which I could publish this image. I would need a high resolution digital image and permission via email to publish it. I wrote a few days ago but have no response. Maybe it went into spam. Thank you for your consideration of this matter.
    All best wishes,
    Charles F Wurster