Dall Sheep & Bald Eagles Photo Tour (Yukon & Alaska)

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9 days
Months : November
Whitehorse, Yukon
Group size: 3-6
Presentation

Few animals are as well adapted to altitude and temperature conditions as bighorn sheep (a.k.a. Dall sheep). Come November, the snow bank gathering on the elevations force bighorn sheep to leave their summer pastures and move down to sunnier and windier slopes. It is in this environment, at the entrance of Kluane National Park, that we will be able to approach them and photograph their virtually pure white coats. It will also mark the beginning of the mating season, an ideal time for wildlife photographers because the Dall sheep will be concentrated on mating and thus, less distrustful of onlookers.

A short distance away, in early fall and winter, food becomes scarce in the southeast region of Alaska, except for a small area of a dozen kilometers along the Chilkat River, located north of Haines, The late run of chum and coho salmon and the warm groundwater springs that prevent the river from freezing provide plenty of food, making the river an ideal spot for birds. This late salmon migration occurs after all the North American west coast runs are over. This is why bald eagles in the thousands gather here. The local Chilkat River population of bald eagles goes from about 400 to several thousand during this period!

Guiding the tour are Nicolas Dory and Hugues Deglaire, both professional photographers and guides based in Canada. The group can thus be separated into two smaller groups to optimize conditions for approaching the animals.

Themes: Dall sheep, bald eagles, wildlife, winter scenery, northern lights (Aurora Borealis)

Departure and Return Points

Erik Nielsen Whitehorse International Airport

The price includes

  • English/French guide
  • All accommodations in double occupancy

  • All meals as indicated in the itinerary
  • On-the-spot transfers and transportation

  • Shooting tips on the location and Lightroom image processing

The price does not include

  • Meals marked “free” in the itinerary
  • Tips
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • International & National flights and airport taxes
  • Personal purchases
  • Travel assistance and cancellation insurance
  • Visas for Canada and the United States
  • Excursions not mentioned in itinerary (admission to museums, swimming pools, etc.)
  • Warm and/or waterproof clothing (rentals available locally; contact us for more information)

Itinerary

Day 1Whitehorse

Welcome at the airport in Whitehorse, capital of the Yukon, and transportation to tour hotel downtown. The rest of the day is yours to do as you like. – relax at the hotel to rest after your flight, get over jet lag or go out and visit the City of Whitehorse, We have a program to offer you based on your areas of interest: museums, shopping or a stroll along the Yukon River.


Free dinner / Night at the hotel

Day 2Whitehorse – Kluane National Park

After breakfast, we take the famous Alaska Highway to go to Kluane National Park. Eighty percent of the Park consists of mountains and glaciers. This Park also boasts the highest mountain in Canada, Mount Logan at 5959 metres! We will familiarize ourselves with the weather conditions which can already be frigid at that time of year. and approach our first Dall sheep.
We spend the night at a beautiful lodge near the Village of Haines Junction and located at the entrance of Kluane National Park. If the sky is clear and the sun with us, we will perhaps begin our night under the Northern Lights.

Free breakfast / Picnic and snacks / Dinner at the lodge / Night at the lodge

Day 3Kluane National Park

Second day spent with bighorn sheep. We will try to capture their mating behaviour in the snow-covered landscape of Kluane Lake.
At day’s end, return to the lodge and the opportunity to enjoy and photograph the Northern Lights.

Breakfast at the lodge / Picnic and snacks / Dinner at the lodge / Night at the lodge

Day 4Kluane National Park – Haines (Alaska)

Departure from Kluane National Park for Haines, in Alaska. The drive allows us to discover the park’s boundaries, including several majestic sites such as Lakes Kathleen and Deazadesh. We briefly travel through the alpine scenery of the Tatshenshini-Alsek Provincial Park in northeastern British Columbia to soon reach the Alaskan border. We will stop along the Chilkat River to photograph our first bald eagles. Once the sun goes down, we take possession of our hotel rooms.

Breakfast at the lodge / Picnic and snacks / Free dinner / Night at the hotel

Days 5 & 6Haines

These two days will be devoted to observing and taking shots of bald eagles feeding on salmon along the Chilkat River. We may also explore new scenic areas skirting the coastal rainforest.

Free breakfast / Picnic and snacks / Free dinner / Night at the hotel

Day 7Haines – Kluane National Park

After spending the morning with the bald eagles, we will hit the road again to return to the Kluane National Park for another go at the Dall sheep, and the Northern Lights after nightfall.

Free breakfast / Picnic and snacks / Dinner at the lodge / Night at the lodge

Day 8Kluane National Park – Whitehorse

En early wake-up this morning for a last observation of the bighorn sheep before heading back to Whitehorse, with stops to admire and photograph the scenery and wildlife.

Breakfast at the lodge / Picnic and snacks / Free dinner / Night at the hotel

Day 9Whitehorse

Free day in Whitehorse to do as you wish (cultural tours, shopping for souvenirs, seeing the sights, etc.), according to your return flight time. Transportation to the airport.

Free breakfast and lunch

Dates

from November 12 to 20, 2019

6 spots available

from November 9 to 17, 2020

6 spots available

2021

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Team

Your Photo Leaders
Nicolas Dory

Nicolas Dory

Co-Founder / Pro Photographer / Tour Leader
Hugues Deglaire

Hugues Deglaire

Pro Photographer / Tour Leader