A beautiful killer whale spotted from the boat, while cruising far from the coast. Orca, or killer whale (Orcinus orca), orque, ou épaulard.Wrangel Island, Russia.August 2018.
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.
A few rodents from the Sciuridae family, very similar to tree squirrels and marmots. Ground squirrels (Sciuridae family), marmottins.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
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
Let’s admit that it won’t be easy to see such a whale shark baby playing (or discovering how to play) with the bubbles produced by scuba divers. So cute a baby! Source: Requin-Blanc.
Grey wolves are present in the Yellowstone National Park. But they are hard to come by and they do not often come near roads. Mostly, you may see then several hundrd yards from you. Let’s say one or two miles from the road… Grey wolf (Canis lupus, loup gris) Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, USA, March… Read More