Nicolas Dory Photography

Festimages Nature 2015

January 30th, 2015
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Just got the news that my picture of a willow ptarmigan in fall colors in Tombstone Territorial Park (Yukon, Canada) won the Birds of the World Category in the 2015 Festimages-Nature Photo Competition this week.

Willow ptarmigan in fall colors

Willow ptarmigan in fall colors – Yukon, Canada

 

2014: The Year in Pictures

December 23rd, 2014
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It’s time to wrap up the year with a compilation of some of my key moments – organized in chronological order – from the last 12 months. I hope you will enjoy it!

Glaucous Gull

Glaucous Gull wrapped with a plastic bag around it’s foot (Québec, Canada)

Snowy Owl

Snowy Owl sitting in a field (Québec, Canada)

Northern Lights

Northern Lights dancing over Schwatka Lake in Whitehorse (Yukon Territory, Canada)

Sunset at the Haines Pass

Sunset at the Haines Pass in the Tatshenshini-Alsek Park (British Columbia, Canada)

Dall Sheep at sunset

Dall Sheep grazing at sunset in Kluane National Park (Yukon Territory, Canada)

Jumping Caribou

Jumping caribou from the Forty Mile caribou herd in Tombstone Territorial Park (Yukon Territory, Canada)

Northern Lights

Northern Lights dancing in the sky (Yukon Territory, Canada)

Black Wolf

Yukon Wolf (Yukon Territory, Canada)

Mackenzie Delta Reindeer Herd

Mackenzie Delta Reindeer Herd (Northwest Territories, Canada)

Male Willow Ptarmigan

Male Willow Ptarmigan in the Tatshenshini-Alsek Provincial Park (British Columbia, Canada)

Mother grizzly bear

Mother grizzly bear (Yukon Territory, Canada)

Bald eagle nest

Bald eagle and its eaglet (Yukon Territory, Canada)

Yukon Hoary Marmot

Hoary Marmot (Yukon Territory, Canada)

Collared Pika

Collared Pika on Keno Hill (Yukon Territory, Canada)

Red Fox

Red Fox (Yukon Territory, Canada)

Moose cow in the rain

Moose cow feeding in the rain in Tombstone Territorial Park (Yukon Territory, Canada)

Cotton grass field

Cotton grass blowing in wind along the Blackstone River in Tombstone Territorial Park (Yukon Territory, Canada)

Harlequin duck and her chicks

Harlequin duck and her chicks navigating the whitewater (Yukon Territory, Canada)

Rainbow breaking through the dark clouds

Rainbow breaking through the dark clouds in Tombstone Territorial Park (Yukon Territory, Canada)

Silver Fox kit

Silver Fox kit (Yukon Territory, Canada)

Salmon Glacier (British Columbia, Canada)

Green pine trees overlooking the enormous Salmon Glacier (British Columbia, Canada)

Grizzly Bear fishing at twilight

Grizzly Bear fishing at twilight (Alaska, United States)

Harbor Seal feasting on a salmon

Harbor Seal feasting on a salmon ( Alaska, United States)

Montier-en-Der 2014

November 23rd, 2014
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I am pleased to announce that one of my image of a Yukon Black Wolf has just been nominated in the 2014 International Wildlife and Nature Photography Festival of Montier-en-Der (France). Final results of the photo competition will be announced next November during the festival.
See the results on the festival’s website: www.festiphoto-montier.org

Update 23/11/2014: I am very pleased to say that I won the Special Prize of the Jury this weekend in the 2014 International Wildlife and Nature Photography Competition of Montier-en-Der (France).

Black Wolf - Yukon Territory, Canada

 

Montier-en-Der 2014

Montier-en-Der 2014 – Photo: Alain Schmitt

All the results of the 2014 International Wildlife and Nature Photography Competition of Montier-en-Der (France) are published in a special issue of Natimages magazine.

Natimages - Montier-en-Der 2014

Interview on the french National News

November 3rd, 2014
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France2 au Yukon

France 2 TV channel, Yukon Territory – Photo: Emilie Migeon

I hosted last week a french crew from France 2 TV channel for a short report on the french immigrants in Canada, especially in the West. We spent quite some time in the afternoon at Marsh McIntyre Creek watching bald eagles flying around the creek. The footage was broadcasted last Sunday evening on the French National News presented by Laurent Delahousse.

Bear Watching in Hyder, Alaska

October 21st, 2014
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Last August, my partner and I went to spend a week on the Southeast Alaskan coast in Hyder. The main purpose of the trip was to watch the bears fishing on salmon in Fish Creek and maybe if we are lucky enough have a glimpse of the coastal wolf. It took us almost two days to drive down there by the Stewart-Cassiar Highway from Whitehorse, including all the breaks along the way to capture some memories.

Grizzly Bear Silhouette catching a salmon

Silhouette of a Grizzly Bear catching a salmon at twilight. Canon EOS 5D MK II + Canon 500mm f/4 IS USM

Our week spent in Hyder (Alaska) and Stewart (British Columbia) was pretty good, we had a bit of cloud cover and sprinkles but not the usual rain of Southeast Alaska. A third of our time was consumed at the Fish Creek Wildlife Observation Site waiting for a bear to show up. The facilities in place are managed by the US Forest Service and consist of a long viewing deck overlooking a part of Fish Creek. Having the habit of usually be just by myself when out in the wild photographing the wildlife, there was no other choices than to be part of the crowd this time. So, not the best experience of my life, but at least now I know that I won’t go back there for bear watching. Finally, we didn’t see many bears, just four in five days, and most of them late in the evening when the light was gone. Fortunately, the sceneries of the surrounding area were fantastic, we enjoyed the rest of our time photographing the landscape, specially mountains and glaciers.

Grizzly Bear at twilight

Grizzly Bear fishing on salmon at twilight. Canon EOS 5D MK II + Canon 500mm f/4 IS USM

Grizzly bear festing on salmon.

Grizzly bear feasting on salmon. Canon EOS 5D MK II + Canon 500mm f/4 IS USM

Grizzly Bear Shaking Water Off

Grizzly Bear shaking water off in the blue lagoon. Canon EOS 5D MK II + Canon 500mm f/4 IS USM

After some hours waiting on the site, we finally got the chance to see a coastal wolf visiting briefly the creek to fish on salmon before heading back into the coastal forest.

Coastal Wolf

Coastal Wolf in Fish Creek. Canon EOS 5D MK II + Canon 500mm f/4 IS USM + Canon Extender 1.4x