Alaska Wall Art
Home Gallery Print & Ordering Info Photography Books Tours & Services Blog

Eagles of Alaska Gallery

There are few things as majestic as witnessing a bald eagle in flight, soaring high through rugged mountain passes, gliding through fog-laden valleys, and seemingly floating over calm waters as a new day dawns. Seeing their astounding predatory skills in action, or even observing them while at rest, high in the treetops, fills one with a spirit of awe. Those massive wings, sharp talons, and intense, eagle eyes, command instant respect.


While the mighty bald eagle is a symbol of all that is wild, free, and regal, the reality of their existence is something quite different from what many imagine. In truth, the eagle’s life is not so liberated, but rather, it is one of harsh survival and dependence upon the cycles of nature. During the summer months in places like Kodiak, Alaska, eagles thrive and feast like kings on an unlimited supply of protein rich salmon, which they gorge themselves on daily. However, as summer turns to winter and the last of the spawning fish die and disappear, the eagles become nomads, traveling the trail of blood, desperately searching for the next meal, no matter how small or unpalatable.


As the land becomes snow-covered, desolate, and devoid of easily attained food, these magnificent birds will invade urban areas, gather around dumpsters, fishing boats, processing plants, and parking lots, fighting over tidbits of food...sometimes to the death! If an eagle is lucky enough to find a road-killed animal, it will plunge its resplendent white head into the body cavity and consume the carcass with fervor, slinging gore and entrails about in a savage display.


Despite the graphic, sometimes violent nature of their struggle for survival, especially in winter months, the eagle is in many ways much like we humans. Like people, the lives of eagles are filled with beauty and grace, yet, also many challenges and hardships. Like many a love-struck young man or woman, the eagle pursues a mate through many fascinating courtship rituals. And, once an eagle has found his or her soul-mate, so to speak, they stay together for their lifetime. Eagles work together at building a home nest, have distinct duties as far as hunting food, raising their young, etc., and act as a team in all they do.  

The similarities between the lives of eagles and we humans is perhaps one of the many reasons I have always felt such a connection to them and have spent much of my time photographing them. While I have photographed eagles all over the great state of Alaska, all of the photos featured in this gallery are from Kodiak, as there is a great abundance of eagles on the island. I have studied eagles intensely on Kodiak, and I have come to know exactly where they will be on any given day. In fact, I even put together a little instructional video about photographing eagles that you can view at the bottom of the page after the eagle photos.

Bald eagles congregate in great numbers in both wild and urban settings in many parts of Alaska.

Eagles gathering for the feast, Alaska, bald eagle, eagle, birds of prey, raptor, wildlife, animals, nature, Alaska Wall Art, Joseph Classen

Title: Winter Silence

Available Print Sizes: 16” x 20” or 24” x 30”

It’s very difficult to pick out a personal favorite, as far as eagle images. I take thousands of photos of eagles each year, but only a small amount of those make the cut and are added to my collection. And, out of those, most end up as stock photos or images that are used for a variety of advertisement or product purposes. Only a tiny percentage meet my personal criteria for limited edition, fine art images. The ones that do, have to, of course, be of the finest visual quality, but they also have to be images that capture that sense of awe and wonder, as well as the intensity and power, of our National Bird.


This is one such image that has risen to the top. There is nothing quite like walking through the Alaska wilderness on a calm, quiet winter morning…when the land is hushed by the gentle falling of snow. A tapestry of sparkling white blankets the landscape, with only shades of brown and green emerging from the trees. Being in such a setting feels reminiscent of entering the sacred stillness of an enormous cathedral. One’s senses are purified and sharpened immensely. One’s thoughts are elevated to higher things. One’s soul is refreshed and at ease. Breathing the fresh, clean Alaska air seems to lift the weight of the world off one’s shoulders.


In such a setting, seeing a majestic bald eagle perched in a treetop is a truly magical sight! One can only imagine how the great raptor feels in the tranquility of the moment. It is a tranquility that is shared by all who gaze upon the mighty eagle in the silence of winter.  

Winter Silence, Alaska, bald eagle, eagle, birds of prey, raptor, wildlife, animals, nature, Alaska Wall Art, Joseph Classen

Gazing into the intense, piercing eyes of an eagle is something that many people will never have the pleasure of experiencing. Such is the reason that close-up eagle portraits are so popular, and also why such images are a favorite for wildlife photographers to capture. The photos here are my favorite up-close and personal images of the mighty bald eagle. The final image, Young Eagle Eyes, is of an immature bald eagle…not to be confused with the Golden Eagle, as many often mistake one for the other. While young, immature bald eagles are often the same size, or even bigger than the older birds, they do not attain the characteristic white head and tail feathers until they reach sexual maturity, which takes about five years.

Title: Classic Eagle Close-up

Available Print Sizes: 16” x 20” or 24” x 30”

Title: Eagle Eye Close-up

Available Print Sizes: 16” x 20” or 24” x 30”

Title: Tall Grass Eagle

Available Print Sizes: 16” x 20” or 24” x 30”

Title: Young Eagle Eyes

Available Print Sizes: 16” x 20” or 24” x 30”

Eagle Eye Close-up, Alaska, bald eagle, eagle, birds of prey, raptor, wildlife, animals, nature, Alaska Wall Art, Joseph ClassenTall Grass Eagle, Alaska, bald eagle, eagle, birds of prey, raptor, wildlife, animals, nature, Alaska Wall Art, Joseph ClassenYoung Eagle Eyes, Alaska, bald eagle, eagle, birds of prey, raptor, wildlife, animals, nature, Alaska Wall Art, Joseph ClassenClassic Eagle Close-up , Alaska, bald eagle, eagle, birds of prey, raptor, wildlife, animals, nature, Alaska Wall Art, Joseph Classen

Eagles in flight are perhaps a close second place, or a tie for first when it comes to the most popular style of eagle photograph. Again, there is just something soul-stirring and breathtakingly beautiful at the sight of eagles soaring high in the sky. In fact, as I type these words, I have five eagles right outside my window, flying high and circling about the cloudy winter sky. It’s something I never get tired of seeing or photographing.

Title: Winter Flight

Available Print Sizes: 16” x 24” or 24” x 36”

Title: Eagle in Flight #1

Available Print Sizes: 16” x 20” or 24” x 30”

Title: Eagle in Flight #2

Available Print Sizes: 12” x 24” or 16” x 32”

Title: Dive Bomber

Available Print Sizes: 16” x 24” or 24” x 36”

Winter Flight, Alaska, bald eagle, eagle, birds of prey, raptor, wildlife, animals, nature, Alaska Wall Art, Joseph ClassenEagle in Flight #1, Alaska, bald eagle, eagle, birds of prey, raptor, wildlife, animals, nature, Alaska Wall Art, Joseph ClassenEagle in Flight #2, Alaska, bald eagle, eagle, birds of prey, raptor, wildlife, animals, nature, Alaska Wall Art, Joseph ClassenDive Bomber, Alaska, bald eagle, eagle, birds of prey, raptor, wildlife, animals, nature, Alaska Wall Art, Joseph Classen

Title: Soaring High

Available Print Sizes: 16” x 24” or 24” x 36”

Title: Flyby Close-up

Available Print Sizes: 16” x 24” or 24” x 36”

Soaring High, Alaska, bald eagle, eagle, birds of prey, raptor, wildlife, animals, nature, Alaska Wall Art, Joseph ClassenFlyby Close-up, Alaska, bald eagle, eagle, birds of prey, raptor, wildlife, animals, nature, Alaska Wall Art, Joseph ClassenSlow Landing, Alaska, bald eagle, eagle, birds of prey, raptor, wildlife, animals, nature, Alaska Wall Art, Joseph Classen

Title: Slow Landing

Available Print Sizes: 16” x 24” or 24” x 36”

Title: Dropping In

Available Print Sizes: 16” x 20” or 24” x 30”

Dropping In, Alaska, bald eagle, eagle, birds of prey, raptor, wildlife, animals, nature, Alaska Wall Art, Joseph Classen

Eagle War Dance, and Eagle Fish Fight, are from another occasion when an abundance of food (fish scraps) was washed in by the tide, and the nearby eagles wasted no time in devouring those hard to come by winter calories. Most of the eagles from that particular photo-shoot though, were mature birds. While they would still defend and fight over the food very aggressively, the older eagles also seemed a little more patient with each other, as well as the other species of birds that were trying to partake in the feeding frenzy. Instead of all-out attacking each other, the mature eagles would often posture aggressively, spread out their wings in the face of a competitor and do sort of a war dance, or, simply dive-bomb and then snatch away a scrap from another eagle.

Title: Eagle War Dance

Available Print Sizes: 16” x 20” or 24” x 30”

Title: Eagle Fish Fight

Available Print Sizes: 16” x 20” or 24” x 30”

Eagle War Dance, Alaska, bald eagle, eagle, birds of prey, raptor, wildlife, animals, nature, Alaska Wall Art, Joseph ClassenEagle Fish Fight, Alaska, bald eagle, eagle, birds of prey, raptor, wildlife, animals, nature, Alaska Wall Art, Joseph Classen

© 2017 Joseph F. Classen  - All Rights Reserved - No photographs may be used without permission.

Title: Preparing for Takeoff

Available Print Sizes: 16” x 24” or 24” x 36”

The bald eagles is incredibly photogenic! No matter what a bird may be doing, it always makes for a great possible photograph. Of course, the challenge is then to actually get a quality photo of the eagle, which can take a great deal of practice, patience, and fine-tuning of one’s camera gear.


This image is one of my most popular to date, and a personal favorite. I was able to capture this shot right at the exact moment that the eagle launched itself out of the tree…like a fighter jet taking off from the deck of an aircraft carrier. One of the most important things to do with any subject of wildlife photography is to first spend as much quality time as possible just watching and intently studying the creature you wish to photograph. Intimately knowing the body language of an animal and being able to instinctually know what, when, and why and animal is going to engage in a particular behavior or movement is something that pays off big time during an actual photo-shoot.

Preparing for Takeoff, Alaska, bald eagle, eagle, birds of prey, raptor, wildlife, animals, nature, Alaska Wall Art, Joseph Classen

Unbeknownst to many who are not able to spend time around these magnificent raptors, eagles are actually very vocal birds. Though their musical vocabulary consists mostly of high-pitched whistle sounds and their famous “screams,” it’s always wonderful to watch and listen to eagles communicating back and forth. Sometimes they talk to each other with these sounds from great distances, like when a pair of eagles are hunting together or working on a nest, and other times they sing together at very close range, or even right next to each other for various reasons. No matter what the reason for their singing, I’ve enjoyed capturing images of eagles during their musical performances.

Title: Singing Solo

Available Print Sizes: 16” x 20” or 24” x 30”

Title: Songbirds  #1

Available Print Sizes: 16” x 20” or 24” x 30”

Title: Songbirds #2

Available Print Sizes: 16” x 20” or 24” x 30”

Title: Dive Bomber

Available Print Sizes: 16” x 24” or 24” x 36”

Title: Screaming Eagle

Available Print Sizes: 16” x 24” or 24” x 36”

Singing Solo, Alaska, bald eagle, eagle, birds of prey, raptor, wildlife, animals, nature, Alaska Wall Art, Joseph ClassenSongbirds #1, Alaska, bald eagle, eagle, birds of prey, raptor, wildlife, animals, nature, Alaska Wall Art, Joseph ClassenSongbirds #2, Alaska, bald eagle, eagle, birds of prey, raptor, wildlife, animals, nature, Alaska Wall Art, Joseph ClassenScreaming Eagle, Alaska, bald eagle, eagle, birds of prey, raptor, wildlife, animals, nature, Alaska Wall Art, Joseph Classen

Title: Risky Business

Available Print Sizes: 9” x 31” Triptych

Risky Business Triptych shows an eagle that finally lost his (or her?) patience. A group of seagulls was relentlessly trying to take away the eagles food. I was amazed to see that the eagle rather patiently stood by and actually let them do it…almost. Right when the gulls were about to take off with a juicy piece of fish scrap, the eagle sprung into action with lightning speed, drove them away, grabbed his meal, and took off to less bothersome feeding grounds. It was an amazing interaction, which I was very happy to have captured with my camera.

Risky Business, Alaska, bald eagle, eagle, birds of prey, raptor, wildlife, animals, nature, Alaska Wall Art, Joseph Classen

Title: Leapfrog Eagles

Available Print Sizes: 16” x 24” or “24” x 36”

While eagles can engage in vicious, deadly battles when times are tough, they can also be quite playful. When a pair of eagles are courting, they do things like fly high into the sky, lock talons, and then twirl and whirl about as they free-fall back down, letting go right before they hit the ground. It’s an astounding sight! On other occasions, I’ve seen eagles do things like play leapfrog, such as in this image. These two young eagles were hanging out on the beach and jumping back and forth over each other for quite some time. There was no apparent reason they were doing it, other than to just have some fun!


Leapfrog Eagles, Alaska, bald eagle, eagle, birds of prey, raptor, wildlife, animals, nature, Alaska Wall Art, Joseph Classen

While eagles can be very relaxing and soothing to the soul when observed soaring gracefully through the skies, they obviously have a very intense, fierce, predatory side to them as well. After all, they are birds of prey. This next group of images show that more aggressive side of the eagle’s personality. Guardian of the Bones and Eagle Battle are two photos that I captured while spending a day watching dozens of eagles fight (sometimes to the death) over the remains of a whale that had washed up on a remote beach. That massive source of protein and fat was coveted and fought over by all the creatures in the area...including a sow and cub Kodiak bear that moved in and literally lived right on top of the carcass for several weeks. (See the Grizzly and Kodiak Bear gallery for images of those two bears) It was an unbelievable sight to watch the eagles, especially the younger ones, engage in such savage battles over that carcass. One eagle would pounce on another and drive his sharp talons into the back of his opponent. They would viciously peck at each other’s eyes and grab each other by the neck, seemingly as an attempt to break it! Sometimes they would gang up on each other, and two eagles would work together to beat the tar out of a lone combatant. I’ve seen a lot of eagle fights, but those were by far the most brutal I have yet to witness.

Title: Guardian of the Bones

Available Print Sizes: 16” x 24” or 24” x 36”

Title: Eagle Battle

Available Print Sizes: 16” x 20” or 24” x 30”

Guardian of the Bones, Alaska, bald eagle, eagle, birds of prey, raptor, wildlife, animals, nature, Alaska Wall Art, Joseph ClassenEagle Battle, Alaska, bald eagle, eagle, birds of prey, raptor, wildlife, animals, nature, Alaska Wall Art, Joseph Classen

Fishing Eagle and About to Strike are two other images that show that brooding, developing intensity in an eagle’s demeanor before they launch an attack. An eagle will sometimes sit quietly for hours along a riverside, or perched up high in a tree, seemingly with no interest in eating. Then, when least expected, BAMN!! They spring into action and grab their prey with mind-blowing speed and efficacy!

Title: Fishing Eagle

Available Print Sizes: 16” x 24” or 24” x 36”

Title: About to Strike

Available Print Sizes: 16” x 20” or 24” x 30”

Fishing Eagle, Alaska, bald eagle, eagle, birds of prey, raptor, wildlife, animals, nature, Alaska Wall Art, Joseph ClassenAbout to Strike, Alaska, bald eagle, eagle, birds of prey, raptor, wildlife, animals, nature, Alaska Wall Art, Joseph Classen

I’m often amazed by the places I see eagles perched in the more urban settings of Alaska. Sometimes they sit in not so pretty places, like the top of nasty dumpsters or around stinking landfills, but on other occasions, one may find them atop some very distinctive roosts, such as the steeple cross of the historic Russian Orthodox Cathedral on Kodiak Island, on top of a tall stack of crab pots, and on the roof of one’s house, such as pictured in these four popular urban eagle images.

Title: Steeple Eagle #1

Available Print Sizes: 16” x 20” or 24” x 30”

Title: Steeple Eagle #2

Available Print Sizes: 16” x 20” or 24” x 30”

Title: King of the Crab Pots

Available Print Sizes: 16” x 24” or 24” x 36”

Title: Touchdown

Available Print Sizes: 16” x 20” or 24” x 30”

Steeple Eagle #1, Alaska, bald eagle, eagle, birds of prey, raptor, wildlife, animals, nature, Alaska Wall Art, Joseph ClassenSteeple Eagle #2, Alaska, bald eagle, eagle, birds of prey, raptor, wildlife, animals, nature, Alaska Wall Art, Joseph ClassenKing of the Crab Pots, Alaska, bald eagle, eagle, birds of prey, raptor, wildlife, animals, nature, Alaska Wall Art, Joseph ClassenTouchdown, Alaska, bald eagle, eagle, birds of prey, raptor, wildlife, animals, nature, Alaska Wall Art, Joseph Classen

Getting action shots of eagles is what most wildlife photographers are after a good portion of the time in the field, and, those are also the images that the public seem to enjoy the most. Watching and photographing eagles at rest, however, is also something I spend a lot of time doing. After one witnesses, and comes to understand the dynamic, intense, lifestyle and personality of the bald eagle, there is something very peaceful about watching them be at peace…either by themselves, with their mate, or with their offspring, as in these images…one of which (Bay-side Eagles) was featured by National Geographic…which was a great honor for me.

Title: Bay-side Eagles

Available Print Sizes: 16” x 20” or 24” x 30”

Title: Rested

Available Print Sizes: 16” x 20” or 24” x 30”

Title: Couple at Home

Available Print Sizes: 16” x 20” or 24” x 30”

 Bay-side Eagles, Alaska, bald eagle, eagle, birds of prey, raptor, wildlife, animals, nature, Alaska Wall Art, Joseph ClassenRested, Alaska, bald eagle, eagle, birds of prey, raptor, wildlife, animals, nature, Alaska Wall Art, Joseph ClassenCouple at Home, Alaska, bald eagle, eagle, birds of prey, raptor, wildlife, animals, nature, Alaska Wall Art, Joseph Classen

Title: Black and White Eagle Tree

Available Print Sizes: 16” x 20” or “24” x 30”

The bald eagle, especially during the winter months, is a wonderful subject for black and white photography. This image of two eagles taking off from a gnarled old cottonwood tree…with the primarily black and white pallet of a winter landscape, has become another of my most popular and best-selling eagle images. I set up in front of that tree for a better part of a day and watched eagles come and go for hours, as that area is a favorite early winter congregating spots for bald eagles on Kodiak. There is a big lake nearby that gets full of thousands of salmon during the late autumn months, who after spawning, slowly die…offering the wildlife in the area the last big feast of the year. It’s a location I never tire of exploring, observing, and photographing.

Black and White Eagle Tree, Alaska, bald eagle, eagle, birds of prey, raptor, wildlife, animals, nature, Alaska Wall Art, Joseph Classen

Eagle Photography Video

Wild Revelation Facebook Page

Alaska Wall Art

907-942-5637

Email: alaskawallart@gmail.com

Contact Information

Wild Revelation YouTube Channel