In The Far North…Polar Bears Day Four

The long awaited winter seems to have arrived in Churchill with temps dipping to minus six with the wind chill, snow flurries and blowing wind. While it’s not exactly pleasant weather, I love it for the photo opportunities is provides. Manual focus was the only way to get past the driving snow to the bear.


Nikon D3S with AF-S 500mm f4 VR, TC-14E II

We could sense the change in the bears as they patrol the shores of the Hudson Bay waiting for the freeze up so they can move onto the ice and hunt seals. In the few short days that we have been in churchill, the ice has begun forming on the bay and in a short time there will be no bears in the area until spring thaw…


Nikon D3S with AF-S 500mm f4 VR, TC-14E II

The bears behavior changed in other ways too as they seemed more interested in the buggy and even more so with us as they came in close for a better look…


Nikon D3X with AF-S 70-300mm VR

One bear in particular really checked us out standing up to get a better view of what was inside the buggy…


Nikon D3X with AF-S 70-300mm VR


Nikon D3X with AF-S 70-300mm VR

When he approached the buggy and stood up against the back deck, I leaned out the window to get a photo of him and Greg together. Talk about scale. He had to he close to nine feet tall…


Nikon D3X with AF-S 70-300mm VR

All too soon it began to get dark and we headed back to the buggy launch. The temps are continuing to drop and our last day is forecast to be the coldest yet. Stay tuned to see what photo opportunities we find.

Today’s sightings…
30+ Polar Bears