Eagles, Skagit River, Washington
January 5 - 8, 2021 tour
Every year hundreds of eagles winter in and around Rockport, Washington. The eagles gather on the Skagit River for the salmon run. While eagles can be seen from the shore, the only way to get great photographs is by boat. I have rented the only jet boat on the river for our trip giving us the best photographic opportunities. During this tour we are going to spend 3 days concentrating on photographing eagles in their nature habitat. The tour is limited to just 5 participants, so there is plenty of time for one to one help. There will be images of eagles flying, fishing, fighting and more. And all at close range, where lenses from 100-400 will be all you need.
We will be going out in a boat on five excursions with a wonderful guide/captain with years of experience. We will have ample opportunity to work on our flight images. I will teach you how to photograph on manual and what settings you need to take razor sharp eagle images. I will be talking about shutter speeds, aperture, metering patterns, and ISO settings. From the boat our images will be handheld. Be prepared to take lots of pictures! Bring lots of memory cards as you will be taking between 2000-3000 images a day, downloading at night and doing it again the next day!
This is a great trip and limited to only 5 participants, so don’t wait, sign up now before it fills up!
January 5, 2021 - Travel to your lodging destination in Washington. There are several lodging options for this tour. I will be staying in Concrete, Washington at The Mt. Baker Hotel - https://www.mtbakerhotel.com/. This one of the closest locations to the start of the boat trips. For more lodging options see Lodging section below.
January 6 and 7 – Two full days of boat excursions to photograph eagles. The day consists of two 3-hour sessions with a break in between for lunch. Boat tours depart at 8:30 AM, so you need to be at Howard Miller Steelhead Park in Rockport between 8:00 and 8:15 AM to get geared up and ready to go. The afternoon tour leaves around 12:30.
You will need to bring everything you need for the day. Our lunch breaks are short, and I recommend you purchase lunch the day before and leave it in the car. Evenings will be spent having dinner and downloading and editing pictures.
January 8 - Morning boat excursion. We will finish our trip on the river at 12:30. At this point you are free to continue any other travel plans you may make in the area; or to return to the motel if you plan to spend the night; or to return to Seattle for an evening flight home. There are restrooms at the boat launch where you can change your clothes if you want.
Price: $1750 check, Zelle (email@example.com) or cash; $1950 credit card. Send check to Lewis Kemper 800 Saverien Dr, Sacramento, CA 95864. Click here to pay by credit card. Fee includes 5 boat excursions, boat guide tips, and photo instruction. Not included – travel to and from Washington, lodging
Lodging: I will be staying in Concrete, Washington at The Mt. Baker Hotel - https://www.mtbakerhotel.com/. This one of the closest locations to the start of the boat trips. Other option in the Concrete are include Ovenalls - https://www.ovenells-inn.com/ and Grace Haven Cabins - https://sites.google.com/site/gracehavenllc/home. Concrete is a small town with limited amenities but does have a few restaurants, groceries and gas.
If you want more amenities then another option is to stay in Mount Vernon, Washington, which is approximately 50 minutes away. I recommend Best Western Plus Skagit River Inn and Convention Center, and there are several other options in Mt. Vernon. The road from Mt. Vernon to Concrete can be challenging to drive in the event of snow. That is why I am staying in Concrete which is only 15 minutes from the boat launch.
Deposit - please send $950 ASAP to hold your space, balance due December 1, 2020. LIMITED TO FIVE.
Refunds: a refund minus $150 will be available 60 days or more prior to trip; inside of 60 days, a refund is only available if I fill your space with another participant.
Registration: Download the full info packet and registration forms here.
Here are some images from past trips.