Eagles, Skagit River, Washington January 7-10, 2020 tour - SOLD OUT!


Eagles, Skagit River, Washington

January 7-10, 2020 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 4 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 hand held. 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 4 participants, so don’t wait, sign up now before it fills up!


January 7, 2020 - Travel to Mount Vernon, Washington and meet in the evening at 7 PM at the Best Western Plus Skagit Valley Inn and Convention Center. You are welcome to stay elsewhere in the area, this is where I will be staying.

January 8 and 9 – Two full days of boat excursions to photograph eagles. The day consists of two 3-hour sessions with a break in between for lunch. We will drive approximately 45 minutes from Mt. Vernon to Rockport, where we will meet the boat for our photography. You will need to bring everything you need for the day. Our lunch breaks will be used to go to a local restaurant for lunch. Evenings will be spent downloading and editing pictures.

January 10 - 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 (lewis@lewiskemper.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 (I will be staying at Best Western Plus Skagit River Inn and Convention Center, see info in itinerary), ground transportation within Washington, and meals.

Deposit - please send $950 ASAP to hold your space, balance due December 1, 2019. LIMITED TO FOUR.

Refunds: a refund minus $150 will be available 90 days or more prior to trip; after 90 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 my scouting trip in 2019




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