Alaska Bald Eagles Workshops 2015
Haines, Alaska

Flight School Photography introduces a newly developed workshop to take place at the Alaska Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve near Haines, Alaska.   Each fall, hundreds of Bald Eagles gather along the Chilkat river to feed on spawned out salmon that are accessible due to the open running water.  A natural phenomenon in the area warms the water in the river and prevents it from freezing.  More than three thousand Bald Eagles congregate here each fall to feed on the Salmon in the shallow open water streams flowing thru the river valley.  Towering snow covered mountains surround the river valley providing magnificent backgrounds for our Bald Eagle images.  The Eagles soar over the valley and swoop down to attack each other as they battle for their share of the Salmon from the river.  We will have front row seats for this spectacular show.  If you like Bald Eagles in action and gorgeous scenery, this is a workshop that should not be missed. While our focus will be on photographing the Bald Eagles, we will also have opportunities to photograph the magnificent scenery and other wildlife.  Possibilities include bear, moose, and other species of birds.


 Incoming Bald Eagle
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Chilkat River Valley
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© 2012 Jim Neiger/Flight School Photography

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Bald Eagle in Flight
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Bald Eagles Fighting over Fish in Flight
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The workshop will take place in early November of 2015.  The workshop will be conducted by expert bird photographer, Jim Neiger.   Jim has perfected unique techniques for photographing birds in flight using large telephoto lenses, hand held. The focus of the workshops will be to learn Jimís hand held, long lens techniques for photographing birds in flight and in other action.  Jim is known for his consistent production of amazing flight images and images of the most desirable subjects.  His Flight School Photography Workshops are a must for any serious nature photographer.


the workshop will last 6-days and will include a four hour classroom session and 5 days of photography in the field.  The workshops will be limited to six participants so that everyone may receive personalized instruction in the field.


Workshop Dates:
Workshop AK-2: November 1st - November 6th, 2015


Workshop Itinerary:

Day 1 (afternoon/evening ): Arrive in Juneau, Alaska which is the base location for the classroom portion of the workshop. There will be a four hour classroom session from 2:00pm to 6:00pm in the hotel meeting room.  The classroom instruction will focus on using hand held techniques for photographing birds in flight to prepare participants for the subsequent photography sessions.


Day 2: Morning ferry ride to Haines, Alaska where we will check in to our hotel and spend the afternoon exploring the small town and getting ready for the in the field portion of the workshop.


Days 3-5: In the field photography sessions in the Bald Eagle Preserve.


Day 6:  We will spend the day photographing in the preserve followed by an evening ferry ride back to Juneau.


Workshop Cost and payment:

The cost of each workshop is $2250 per person. The workshop includes a four hour formal classroom instruction session and 4 full day photography sessions. The photography sessions include personalized instruction in the field. Discounted lodging is available, but is not included in the workshop fee. A $1125 non-refundable deposit is required to reserve a spot in a workshop. The remaining $1125 is due 30 days before the start date of the workshop. If you are unable to attend the workshop, after paying the balance, the balance payment will be refunded ONLY if your spot can be filled, on short notice, from the waiting list. All workshop payments must be made by check or money order. Credit cards are not accepted.


Participant Requirements:

Participants should have working knowledge of how to create a properly exposed image, a telephoto lens of 400mm or more, and be physically capable of holding the camera and lens up to their eye in shooting position for at least 20 seconds. Participants must also have a vehicle to travel to and from the photography locations.  Rental vehicles are available in Juneau and also in Haines.


Lodging and Logistics:

Workshop participants who require lodging during the workshop should stay at the hotels in Juneau and Haines where the workshop classroom and photo sessions will be conducted. Flight School Photography will reserve a block of rooms at a special rate for workshop participants. Participants arriving via air arrive at the Juneau Airport, which is the closest major airport.  Arriving flights should arrive in Juneau the day prior to the start of the workshop and return flights should leave the day after the workshop ends.  Rental vehicles are available at the airport and also in Haines. Flight School Photography will assist participants with arranging the sharing of vehicles and/or lodging if desired. Detailed information will be provided when you sign up for the workshop or upon request. Lodging, transportation, and meals are not included.

Contact Info:

You may contact Jim Neiger of Flight School Photography via phone or email.


Cell phone: 407-247-5200


Flight School website:


Flight School Photography

Jim Neiger

550 Basin Drive

Kissimmee, Fl  34744-4804


Jim will be happy to provide you with any additional information.  

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