Sunday, October 28, 2012

Churchill Polar Bears - Oct 28, 2012

I must say, I'm humbled and proud to be a Canadian after my experience on Sunday. It was amazing to have the opportunity to see, first hand, a small sample of the vast and varied landscape that my home country has to offer.

On Sunday I got up at 4:30am. Went to the airport and climbed aboard a plane and flew two and a half hours to Churchill Manitoba to go on a one day Canadian Safari to see wild polar bears as they gather and wait for the sea ice to form so that they can start their winter hunt of ringed seals. Thanks to my family for supporting my photographic passion and giving me the opportunity to make this trip.

On the Safari I was lucky enough to have incredibly good weather and see all kinds of wildlife. We saw at least 10 polar bears, flocks of willow ptarmigan, a curious red fox, a flock of snow buntings, a gyrfalcon and a snowy owl. The day ended with a spectacular sunset that everyone said was completely rare for Churchill. While I wasn't able to photograph all of those things, I feel fortunate that I was able to get as many shots as I did.

In the Willow

Above is one of the first Polar bears we saw. As the Tundra buggy drove by he popped up out of the willows where he was resting and started moving away from us. I have many photo's to share and have created a special gallery here to hold them. Over the next week or so I'll keep adding photo's to this gallery so check back often.

Check out a live webcam feed of the Polar bears as they wait for the ice to form from Explore.Org

The Calgary Herald also had a good article on the trip.

Thanks for looking,

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