When tens of thousands of birds nest on the same cliff face, conflicts cannot be fully avoided. But when your neighbour needs to literally trample your own bed to reach his room, shouting is soon not enough. It seems kittiwakes are permanently bickering. This could be easily understood from the fact there is limited space to… Read More
An island, a cliff, tens of thousands of nesting birds. This is the opportunity to shoot a few nice pictures, even if the sheer number makes it more difficult, not simpler. Glaucous gull (Larus hyperboreus, Goéland bourgmestre). Thick-billed murre (Uria lomvia, Guillemot de Brünnich). Black-legged kittiwake (Rissa tridactyla, Mouette tridactyle). Prince Leopold Island, Nunavut, Canada.… Read More
When crossing Bellot Strait, so narrow and so emblematic of the centuries-long search for the Northwest Passage, we came across this bear which seemed to be interested in mountain climbing (or those bird nests perched halfway up on the so-colourful rock). Polar bear (Ursus maritimus, Ours polaire). Bellot Strait, Nunavut, Canada. August 2016.
The icebergs ice is the opportunity for Nature to draw some elegant waves that we may be able to reproduce in a photo. An abstract form, a move, a few lines… Dundas Harbour, Nunavut, Canada. August 2016.
Not easy to catch, a foggy day, shots that are more informative than eye-catching… Arctic tern (Sterna paradisaea, Sterne arctique). Conningham Bay, Nunavut, Canada. August 2016.
Look at that profile! Red-throated diver or red-throated loon (Gavia stellata, Plongeon catmarin, aussi appelé Plongeon à gorge rouge, Plongeon à gorge rousse, et au Québec Huart à gorge rousse). Dundas Harbour, Nunavut, Canada. August 2016.
Muskox is definitely hard to approach. Probably because it’s hunted in Canada by Inuits. Our fist encounter was with a corpse dried by time since it had died. Here, I learned several things that may not appear immediately obvious from photographs, that only immediate proximity can put in a brighter light: Morphologically speaking, muskox is… Read More
Why did I shoot them two-by-two? What kind of inspiration is this? Glaucous gull (Larus hyperboreus, Goéland bourgmestre). Dundas Harbour, Nunavut, Canada. August 2016.
Sometimes, the animal you want to shoot is a bit too far for a good picture (even with a long tele-lens), but its camouflage totally failed to hide it, like this arctic hare whose pelt is still white while Winter snow is long gone: Big lens, good camera, not enough… picture blow out of proportion:… Read More
Northern fulmar (Fulmarus glacialis, Fulmar boréal). Navy Board Inlet, Nunavut, Canada. August 2016.
Snow goose (Chen caerulescens, Oie blanche du Canada) Navy Board Inlet, Nunavut, Canada. August 2016.
The entrance into Gibbs Fjord was a great nice surprise. The fog, instead of creeping down the bottom of the cliffs, stayed hanging to the summits, the glaciers suspended to the top top of the plateau surrounding the fjord. So, navigation was relatively easy while delighting us with a most unusual display. We found a… Read More
Finally, a nice picture of Mom and her little one, cruising together in calm waters: Short-finned pilot whale (Globicephala macrorhynchus, Baleine pilote, Globicéphale). Davis Strait, Nunavut, Canada August 2016.
Sunset encounters: Beaked whales according to the specialists, pilot whales do not really fear even large ships. They travel in small groups which offer nice photo opportunities. Short-finned pilot whale (Globicephala macrorhynchus, Baleine pilote, Globicéphale). Davis Strait, Nunavut, Canada August 2016.