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Dienstag, 14. März 2017

Wapusk NP, Manitoba, Canada





Introduction:


Wapusk is the Cree word for "white bear", and as the meaning indicates, the 11,475-square-kilometre (4,430 sq mi) park protects one of the world's largest known polar bear maternity denning areas. It includes a large part of the Hudson Bay Lowlands, a subarctic region bordering Hudson Bay that is mostly muskeg and wet peatlands. It is one of the wildest and most remote of Canadian landscapes.



General:


Flights:
I booked my flights with Air Canada from Munich MUC to Winnipeg YWG via Toronto YYZ. The return-flight from Winnipeg to Churchill was part of a package provided by Wat'chee lodge.
I did not plan some space between the ending date of the package from Watch'ee lodge and my return international flight. This was bad idea, as because of havy blizzards we were not able to leve on time so I needed to pay additional fees to rebook my international flights.


Accomodations:
In the package from Watch'ee lodge the stay in Wapusk NP is included, you will need two more nights in Winnipeg on the airport very easy to book over booking.com or expedia.com.


Car Hire:
You don't need to rent a car, unless you decide to make a stop over for some days in churchill. There you can spot red foxes and arctic foxes. I recommend in this case http://tamarackrentals.ca/


I took two bodies NIKON D4S and NIKON D3S and my lenses Nikon 600mm f4 + NIKON TC II 1,4 (for polar bears and wildlife) ; and NIKON 24mm f1,4 (for Northern lights). GITZO-Tripod. My iPhone was my best camera for landscapes and movies... You need more than one battery as the temperatures are very low -20° to -40°C. You have to put camera and batteries in plastic backs to prevent water condensation.
 



Clothes:
Follow the instruction from Watch'ee lodge but you need at least
 
boots and mittens designed for -100°C or bellow!!! You need also goggles!!! as your eyelashes would freeze without...
 


Churchill, Manitoba:
They have experienced the worst blizzards ever recorded with tonnes of snow.














 


 


Watchee Lodge:

We found only one mum with her cub moving to the Hudson bay, but I was happy.
























Watchee Lodge, the magic of the Northern lights:
You have to see this magic and you need only clear sky. So do not sleep but go out and enjoy the magic!









Wildlife in the tundra of Wapusk NP:










 


 


 

 
 
 
 
 










Freitag, 23. Dezember 2016

Nedko's wildlife 2016


 
 
My wildlife year started in Japan. Hokkaido is like winter paradise for nature-fans. Among the most spectacular species  are Steller's eagles and white-tailed eagles. White-tailed eagles are smaller but much more aggressive than the biggest eagles in the world, the Steller's eagles, as you can see on the pictures above. The last picture sows how a hungry red fox was hunting the juvenile Steller's eagle.






The red-crowned cranes at their sleeping sites with the first sun-rays. Mating crane, the bird of fortune white in white.






The biggest Fish-Owl in the World is fishing in Rausu on Hokkaido. Blackinston's owl.




 

Island Beach State Park in New  Jersey, maybe the best place on the east coast to see red foxes. On this day I was lucky to see also waxwings. February 2016, (pictures above)








Bavarian Forest , March 2016: European bison, eagle owl, capercaillie, lynx and wolf with snow.








Florida, Naples March 2014: burrowing owl, reddish egret, white ibis, osprey, dolphin








Hungarian-Austrian Border, April 2016. The great bustard is the heaviest flying bird in the world.  On the first picture above a mating cock. The roebuck next to the big cock on the second picture adds some sense of scale. Male hares on the 3rd picture.










Germany, May 2016:Taxi mama merganser, reed bunting and a blue throat






 

Oulu, Finland, May 2016










Vancouver Island, June 2016, juvenile humpback wale and orcas,








 



June, 2016, Lake Clark, Alaska








Spain, September 2016: Cheetah and Caracal









London, Bushy Park and Richmond Park, Rutting red deer.