Friday, May 26, 2017

In and Around Valdez and the Eagle Feedings

Our first full day in Valdez was sunny with temperatures around 55 degrees.  We were able to get out and familiarize ourselves with the town all it has to offer. We found the grocery store, post office, fuel stations, even the schools.  We located the parks, restaurants we want to try, the fresh fish market and of course the public boat docks.

The ferry system and cruise ships utilize this sturdy docking area.

This sunny public beach/park offered sheltered picnic tables and restrooms.

Neighborhoods here 
are quiet and quaint where we viewed kids riding their bikes on the sidewalk to and from school.

This towering Native American sculpture got our attention.  It's the 

Our view from the dining room in Roma Italian Kitchen.  Our meals of broiled Alaska scallops and grilled Cajun Halibut were scrumptious!

The view of the mountain as seen from behind our campground site.

Bayview RV Park owner "Rick" has a special permit to feed the eagles every afternoon around 5:00pm.  These feedings will take place until the middle of June when the feedings will stop because the eagles won't be interested in the frozen herring he's giving them.  They will find plenty of fresh fish in the Prince William Sound once the salmon fill the waters to spawn. These fish usually arrive around the middle of June.

What a special experience this has been for us, to see the eagles eat right in fount of your camper!  And it happens everyday around 5:00pm.

I've purchased a telephoto lens and I'm in the process of learning to use it correctly.  Here's some close-ups that I've also cropped and processed a bit for clarity.

Rick throws the fish up in the air and these birds catch them almost every time.

  I counted 12 eagles this feeding.  Rick said he has counted 45 eagles at times.  This particular day was sunny too so my camera had more light to work with.

Once the feeding ends, many of the eagles perch in the tree behind our motorhome.  Listening to their chirping sounds is something you never forget!

This experience leaves us speechless every time we see it.  

More Later.

1 comment:

  1. What an experience! This makes me itchy to see more of Alaska. We did it on a cruise many years ago but you are seeing inland Alaska and it's definitely gorgeous. Your photos are amazing! (as are the eagles :))