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Dutch Harbor travel makes for wondrous bald eagle photography adventure

Photographer Jack Molan, aka “Captain Jack,” moments after arriving in Dutch Harbor, Alaska on Saturday, February 24, 2018.
Moments after arriving in Dutch Harbor, photographer Christian Sasse captured this dramatic moment featuring two bald eagles beneath the moon and a mostly blue sky. (still frame taken from video)
Photographer Christian Sasse speaking live to Beyond 90 Seconds on YouTube.

 

Armed with several cameras, lenses and a myriad of other accessories, photographers Christian Sasse and Jack Molan arrived in Dutch Harbor, Alaska on Saturday to embark on a unique bald eagle photography adventure.

Sasse’s pack includes a camera that shoots a thousand frames per second, allowing for a super slow-motion look at bald eagles, including the intricate  movements of feathers during takeoffs and landings.

Molan, a longtime fishing boat captain who’s spent three decades fishing out of “Dutch,” developed his passion for bald eagle photography while out at sea. The raptors would gather on his ship’s railings as the catch was collected, making for a unique outdoor photography studio floating upon the open ocean.

On Sunday, Sasse and Molan were interviewed live by Beyond 90 Seconds on YouTube

Speaking from Dutch Harbor, the men shared their excitement about their trip, as well as specific details about Dutch Harbor travel, photography, and exactly what makes Dutch Harbor a unique and challenging destination for bald eagle photography.

 

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Christian Sasse is also physicist with a PhD in optics. This is why this dynamic duo is sometimes referred to as, “The Fisherman & the Physicist.”

This trip to “Dutch” is a follow-up adventure to the duo’s first joint-photo trip to the same location in March 2014.

Listen to a fantastic interview featuring guest Jack Molan on the Galley Stories podcast, hosted by Mark Caylor.  I learned a lot from this interview, and thoroughly enjoyed it. 

Christian Sasse photography: https://goo.gl/BzEzmL
Christian Sasse YouTube: https://goo.gl/QjRMJg
Christian Sasse Facebook: https://goo.gl/Gtyscu
Jack Molan book: https://goo.gl/RuuVEs
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Podcast: Photographer Christian Sasse discusses hawk chick raised by bald eagles

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An adult bald eagle with eaglet and hawklet in a nest located on Vancouver Island, Canada.

[box]NOTE: Photographer Christian Sasse hopes to broadcast live from the nest location on Vancouver Island today. His live streams are on YouTube and Periscope (links at the end of this post). [/box]

On Vancouver Island, a familiar bald eagle nest is suddenly home to a most unfamiliar scene.  

The eagle parents are not only busy feeding three eaglets in that nest.  They’re also feeding a baby red tailed hawk!

How it all came to be remains a mystery.

But there’s no doubt about who’s been capturing some spectacular, intimate moments on video.

In today’s podcast, Photographer Christian Sasse of Surrey, British Columbia shares some insights into this compelling story.

He shoots with an 800mm lens, allowing him to get extreme close-ups of the nest, while standing a great distance away.

The interview featured in today’s podcast took place the night before another ferry ride to Vancouver Island, where Sasse will return to the nest location with longtime bald eagle researcher David Hancock at his side.

VIDEO PLAYLIST: Christian Sasse videos featuring hawk chick being raised by bald eagles

 

RELATED LINKS:

Christian Sasse on YouTube

Christian Sasse on Periscope

Hancock Wildlife Foundation

Professor David Bird

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What was that out in the waters of Puget Sound?

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What’s that in the water? Photo taken at Picnic Point Park in Edmonds, Washington on September 29, 2015.

(Edmonds, WA) On a late September day, I drove to Picnic Point Park in Edmonds to Periscope (broadcast) what was shaping-up to be a promising sunset from the beach.

I arrived just minutes prior to the sun’s sinking behind the Olympic Mountains.

No clouds in the sky.

No haze.

The distant peaks across Puget Sound seemed destined for tack sharp images in my Canon 7D, and for a visually pleasing Periscope broadcast, as well.

After walking over a narrow plank stretched two-or-three inches above the rising tide, I found a tiny spit of beach where upon I hurriedly set-up my tripod.

Next, I opened the Periscope app on my iPhone, entered a title for my broadcast, then secured that phone in the hot shoe directly atop my Canon.

But immediately prior to pressing Periscope’s red Start Broadcast button, I clicked-off three quick shots of the setting sun, now right atop the Olympics.

Once the broadcast began, my attention turned to my iPhone screen, where I welcomed viewers and responded to comments.

When I returned home later that night, I imported my photos in Adobe Lightroom on my PC.

And that’s when something caught my eye.

Something was making a bit of a splash out in the water.

Seagulls were overhead.

A look at the next photo revealed a bit more.

And a bigger splash.

Still, I wasn’t sure what creature had been out there, totally unbeknownst to me, during my time at the beach.

The mystery compelled me to re-visit my Periscope broadcast for a closer look.

In doing so, I believe I’ve been able to successfully identify the animal.

And while examining the video and photos, a sort of self-examination unfolded, extending the narrative of this story.

See it all unfold in the video below.

Prior to finishing the editing on this video, I shared the events of that September day at the beach with my friend, Christian Sasse.

Christian is a well-known bald eagle photographer, physicist, and amateur astronomer.

He reminded me that he often makes discoveries in his images that he did not see while taking them.

In an email, Christian also wrote the following:

That reminds me….Whilst driving to Penticton, I was listening to a radio station talking about mindfulness. It really struck and shook me. Most of the time we are mindless which means we do not make a conscious effort to observe new things because we are rushing around. So when I walk to work now I try and notice 5 new things I have not seen before. I was surprised what impact it made on me.  Same with people. Find something new in a person you know every day.”

Christian shared a link to that radio program, hosted on the website onbeing.org.

That broadcast features an interview with social psychologist Ellen Langer.

Langer defines mindfulness as, “The simple act of actively noticing things, with the result of increased health, competence, and happiness.”

That audio interview now appears on this page, below the video.

Enjoy!

 

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Oh, Silvana! Where Bald Eagles delight

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A Bald Eagle in the rain on Sunday, February 23, 2014. Photo taken in Silvana, WA.

(Silvana, WA) Passing through the Silvana area on a rain-soaked day in late February may not sound exciting; but even a wet, winter day gets my adrenaline going in Silvana.

That’s because the Bald Eagles always seem to be perched in trees along the Stillaguamish River.

Lots of Eagles.

I often simply open my sunroof (yes, even letting the drizzle in) and simply point my camera straight up to photograph an eagle perched on a limb directly over the road.

Yes, I’ve made trips to the more distant Rockport to scratch my Bald Eagle itch.

But the Silvana area’s relative closeness coupled with its abundance of nearby eagles can be just as thrilling as the more talked about mountain destination.

My trip through the Silvana area’s eagle country today was brief, lasting only about 30-minutes.

And while I didn’t do a precise count, I estimate that I saw more than 20 Bald Eagles as I drove along about a 3-mile stretch of rural road near the “Stilly.”

The photo above featuring an eagle flying in the rain is probably my favorite from today’s shoot.

Meantime, viewing the eagles  brought back memories of a wonderful video I had the pleasure of producing with Christian Sasse last year.

Sasse has an extraordinary talent for photographing Bald Eagles.

Below, you can watch the video we produced featuring his fantastic images taken in Port Hardy, British Columbia.

 

 

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Record-setting amateur astronomer now a rising star in Bald Eagle photography

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Christian Sasse (right) assists Bald Eagle researcher David Hancock while attending to a juvenile eagle. (photo courtesy Christian Sasse)

Christian Sasse loves pushing the limits.

He shattered a world-record when he imaged the most distant object from earth ever captured by an amateur-sized telescope.

Now, he’s taking aim at producing some magnificent wildlife photography.

This latest chapter in Sasse’s adventurous life began to unfold shortly after he moved to British Columbia in 2011.  That same year, he visited the Fraser Valley Bald Eagle Festival, thus igniting a passion for both the welfare (he volunteers at the Hancock Wildlife Foundation) and imagery of the majestic raptor.

And that is when Sasse decided to take-up photography. Yes, just two years ago.

Enthusiastic, rave reviews of Sasse’s photos continue to pour-in from around the world on his Facebook page. As of this writing, his page has 15.8 thousand “likes.”

Sasse regularly updates his Facebook page with fresh images, usually several times per week.

The photos intimately showcase Bald Eagles at various stages of life, from the recently hatched to the mighty, full-grown adult.

Classic Bald Eagle behaviors are also captured by Sasse’s lens(es); and we’re not only talking about the familiar “money shot” that features a flying eagle’s talons plucking a salmon from the water mere centimeters below.

For example, how many of us have witnessed a Bald Eagle standing in the muddy waters of a low-tide and patiently hunting for a midshipman (fish) that’s mostly hidden in the muck?

To top it all off, it turns-out Sasse is also quite gracious; something I learned firsthand.

Several weeks ago, I reached-out to Sasse via Facebook and asked for permission to use two of his photos in a project.  He kindly obliged.

It was while working on that project that I came across a piece of up-tempo music and thought, Christian Sasse’s photography would go great with this tune!

The rest, as they say, is history.

The music and Sasse’s photos are featured in the video below.

 

 

 

 

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Video captures young Bald Eagle’s struggle to survive

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An eaglet that recently left its nest appeared in back yards on Camano Island. It did not appear that the bird could fly. (Image courtesy Jeff Butts)

(Camano Island, WA)  When Jeff Butts learned a young Bald Eagle might be in trouble an hour away from his Edmonds home, he knew he had to take action.

“It was a no-brainer,” Butts said.

That same day, Butts made the drive to Camano Island and located the eagle.

The young bird had recently left its nest, but it wasn’t flying.

When confronted with a scene like this one, what would be the right course of action?

Call for help?

Leave the bird alone and hope that it eventually flies off?

Are there laws that prohibit people from directly intervening?

The story told in the video below helps answer those questions and several more, as well.

See how Butts navigated a challenging decision-making process as he witnessed a young eagle that appeared to be in distress.

Butts also happens to be an avid eagle photographer.  The eaglet’s dramatic story unfolds through his lens.

Butts shared his video with me for the purpose of making this video.

Photographer Christian Sasse of British Columbia graciously provided additional video and photographs for this project.

It’s my hope that this video will prove both compelling and educational, resulting in an effective teaching tool.

Please feel free to share.

RELATED LINKS:

Jeff Butts’ website:  eagleskyenet.com

Christian Sasse on Facebook:  facebook.com/SassePhoto

Hancock Wildlife Foundation:  http://www.hancockwildlife.org