Photographs of a Bald Eagle in Ketchikan, AK

Like moths to a flame, tourists off an Alaska cruise are drawn towards the Bald Eagles. Although no longer endangered these amazing predators still need our care sometimes; like this bird we encountered in Ketchikan.

No, I don’t have a giant telephoto lens; we were just in the right place at the right time. This majestic fisherman was on dry land on the arm of its tender as it was rehabilitated from injury.

I did shoot at 200mm so I could keep a fair distance and still get as many photographs as possible as quickly as possible without stressing the bird or the handler. Now you know my secret on how I capture these Bald Eagle photographs but I will still tell friends and family that we had to rappel through the rainforest and wade chest-deep in icy glacial rivers to capture these.

Parnell to Drop Alaska Cruise Tax by 59%

Alaska’s cruise passenger head tax could end up falling from to $46 to $19.50 on most inside passage itineraries, according to the final bill Alaska Gov. Sean Parnell submitted late last week.

The 59% reduction would more than double the 25% cut that Parnell proposed less than two weeks ago, because the new bill contains a provision to offset local head taxes in Juneau and Ketchikan, of $8 and $7, respectively.

Cruise Blog at USA Today