Alaska offers many options for viewin...

Alaska offers many options for viewing wildlife: Whales, eagles...

There are 3 comments on the Chicago Tribune story from Feb 12, 2008, titled Alaska offers many options for viewing wildlife: Whales, eagles.... In it, Chicago Tribune reports that:

By Beth J. Harpaz AP Travel Editor DENALI NATIONAL PARK, Alaska - It was near the end of a six-hour bus tour of Denali National Park that we got a good, long look at a bear eating his way through a field of ...

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Carol Stream

#1 Feb 15, 2008
Bring a good camera.:-)

It's almost an injustice to take pictures of wildlife in Alaska with a point-and-shoot camera. The $500+ to invest in a DSLR (and a class to learn how it works) and good telephoto lens will result in much better pictures in the long run.
Brien Comerford


#2 Feb 15, 2008
I love Alaska's majestic, indigenous and majestic array of wildlife species. Lamentably, too many of Alaska's native tribes, peoples and politicians think that it's okay to hunt, poach fish and kill these priceless creatures of God.

Highland Park, IL

#3 Feb 16, 2008
Lp is exactly right. Point and shoot cameras and binoculars that fit in the palm of your hand will almost cerainly NOT get you good looks at wildlife in Denali or on cruise ships. You usually need "big glass" and some luck and a fair amount of effort. Many people on the Denali bus tours are disappointed because the wildlife is so spread out and generally, its far away. The two bears they might have seen in a six hour tour are tiny specks in a point and shoot photo. They expect zoo-type encounters, or something like Disney's Animal Kingdom, or the San Diego Wild Animal Park, where concentrations of wildlife are unnaturally high and the parks are designed so that tour vehicles can get close to wildlife. It's not like that in Denali. In fact, the Denali bus tour drivers won't let you get close to bears because they don't want the bears to become comfortable near humans. You have to work hard to spot wildlife and there will be long stretches of the tour where "all" you see is some of the most magnificent country still left on God's earth. Highest recommendation, but don't expect it to be like a zoo.

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