Fordsabroad wrote in post #18531183
Thanks for your reply, I agree that Toms offer is awesome and I intend to take him up on it if I can fit in with his availability. I have to say that the response from everyone on this thread has been fantastic, what a great community.
One question about Haines, you mention Brown Bear feeding on fish - does this make it unsafe to be on your own when looking for eagles to photograph.
Wow, I can feel the excitement building as everyone discusses this subject.
I wouldn't say that it is unsafe to be near the bears at Haines but caution should definitely be used. I was part of a group led by two local people which made keeping everyone safe their priority. It seemed that the bears are so used to people that they ignored us as long as we were not in their direct path and gave them some room. There was one sow that had lost her cub that year ( killed by a male bear) and she was in a bad mood. The guides knew her well and sure enough we had an encounter with that bear, she got in a fight with another bear close to us than came our way popping her teeth warning us to leave. I could tell the guides were uneasy about the situation and probably a good thing they were along to warn us about this particular bear.
The short side trip I took from Haines was to Chilkoot Lake. The Eagles were along the Chilkoot river that flows into the Lutak Inlet. It is about 12 miles between Haines and the Lake, most of the Eagles were less than half way to the Lake.
When reading the replies from Tom and Eric the timing of the Eagles in their areas makes sense. I was in Haines mid Sept last time and I believe their highest count is normally in Oct with Eagle viewing days then starts dropping off.
The climate in Haines does not get as severe as one would think and many Eagles probably stay there year round.I'm thinking that a trip to the NW where Tom and Eric are located will be more economical, Alaska is expensive to go it alone, Haines being no exception with transportation, food, fuel, etc, being much higher than I'm accustomed to.