When you want to see polar bears in the wild, there is a name that keeps popping up: Wrangel Island. It is quite famous for having the highest density of bear dens where female congregate to give birth to polar cubs in December. It is definitely difficult to reach (less than 6 expeditions are reaching… Read More
A shy bird. Long distances. Somewhat insufficient light. A couple of nice shots. Snowy owl (Bubo scandiacus), Harfang des neiges.Wrangel Island, Russia.August 2018.
This is true. When we hear about Quantum Computing, we hear a lot of noise and so few useful information. But, after the all-too-usual “This revolution is going to blow everything”, you’ll find very little understandable talk. So, I was left collecting a few knowledge bits about this, that I would like to share with… Read More
A few rodents from the Sciuridae family, very similar to tree squirrels and marmots. Ground squirrels (Sciuridae family), marmottins.Wrangel Island, Russia.August 2018.
Those little rodents are thought to be nearer to rabbits than to mice and rats. I have to admit that scientists noticed the large ears and long feet. Pika (Ochotona princeps), pika, ou ochotone.Wrangel Island, Russia.August 2018.
The whale whose song is so elaborate, the humpback whale, is the easiest to observe in the cold waters of North-Eastern Russia (it lives in all oceans and seas of the world). It is quite easy to approach humpbacks, which makes them a nice and easy subject for wildlife photography. But we were very lucky… Read More
Gray whales have been hunted to extermination in the Atlantic Ocean. But you can still find some in the Pacific Ocean (and the Behring Straits). These very quiet monsters may even jump out of the water (Is it a game? Is it communication? Nobody really knows). Gray whale (Eschrichtius robustus), Baleine grise.Wrangel Island, Russia.August 2018.
Kittiwakes always stay out at sea, and only approach coasts for breeding. There, in large colonies perched in high cliffs, they will be recognizable to their constant noisy calls. Black-legged kittiwake (Rissa tridactyla), mouette tridactyle.Wrangel Island, Russia.August 2018.
Who would not admire the stunningly white fur of those arctic foxes you see in the BBC documentary films? But this species is not systematically white. However, all of these foxes are remarkably agile and active. Arctic fox (Vulpes lagopus), renard arctique.Wrangel Island, Russia.August 2018.
Belugas are not too difficult to find (much less than the elusive narwhal). But, like all whales, they are often hard to catch in action. Here, a group of the white whales was hunting slamon. The grey one is just a young which did not yet grow its porcelain-colored skin. Beluga whale (Delphinapterus leucas), Béluga, ou… Read More
These last days, there was a lot of talk about traffic ajms obsevred on the road to Mount Everest summit. They were the cause of several dramatic accidents in 2019, like in the previous years. Most people would not imagine how challenging survival is at high-altitude, without even counting on the huge physical exhaustion from… Read More
A recent trip to Brugge (Belgium) was the opportunity to stop in chocolate shops (I believe half the shops in central Bruges are selling chocolate!). This was the reason to buy those (so cute) little chocolate bunnies from Pierre Marcolini (a Brussels manufacturer, but still Belgian).
A photographer assembles a Photoshop montage showing Steven Spielberg (world-famous movie producer of Jurassic Park and Jaws) in front of what looks very much like a dead Triceratops (a dinosaur which wasn’t seen on Earth face in the last 60 million years at least). Not the best of taste for sure but who would believe… Read More
Too many people still believe that the main cause of wildlife disappearance in Africa is poaching. But, in many countries (when they are sensitive to the issue, like in Eastern or Southern Africa), poaching has receeded significantly or even nearly dispapeared. And this is the continuous human expansion which become the engine driving wildlife extinction:… Read More