Polar Bear Photo Tour Update from Richard Day

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Richard Day on tundra buggy, 2010 (c) Penny Filiatrault

Polar bear season in Churchill, Manitoba is over for this year and it was another fun year on the tundra.  This was my 10th year of leading tours, and I had the pleasure of guiding 4 tours for Frontiers North Adventures this ‘round.  Everyone had a great time and went home with lots of good polar bear, arctic foxes, red foxes, and other arctic wildlife photos.  Besides the bears, highlights this year included some very cooperative arctic foxes.  If you’ve ever tried to photograph arctic foxes, you know that they spend most of their time darting around with their noses on the ground sniffing for something tasty to eat.  But on my first 2 tours, our buggy driver, Brian located some that were hunkered down in the snow waiting for storms to pass.

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Arctic Fox in Churchill Wildlife Management Area (c) Richard Day/Daybreak Imagery All Rights Reserved

Something else that was interesting this year was being able to witness and photograph seal kills by polar bears.  Our tours are in the Churchill Wildlife Management Area, bordering the Hudson Bay, which has high and low tides.  The seals come in on the high tides and usually wash out when tides go back out.  Sometimes an unlucky seal may be napping during the low tide and gets stranded on rocks until the next high tide.  The polar bears have learned to watch for these unlucky seals who become the bears’ next meal.  This is amazing to watch, and people took home plenty of photos of bloody-faced bears and bears fighting over the food.  They also had many opportunities to photograph mom and cubs together.

Everyone asks me how global warming is affecting the polar bear population.  Frontiers North partners with Polar Bears International who conducts research in Churchill.  Click here to learn more about polar bears.

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Polar Bear mom and cubs sleeping (c) Richard Day/Daybreak Imagery All Rights Reserved

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