I’ve just got back from a weekend in Alaska and went through my emails to find out that my shot “Canadian Dollar Store” of a Glaucous Gull wrapped with a plastic bag around it’s foot won the 1st prize of the category “The Man and the Bird” in the AVES Emotion’Ailes photo contest. Congratulations to all the other awarded photographers, especially my friend Christophe Salin!
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
I’ve been working on the final design and image selection for my 2015 Yukon wall calendar which I just sent to the press. The summer tourist season is starting slowly this month in the Yukon, the 2015 Calendar should hit the retail stores by the end of the month. You can also hit the Buy button below to order online using the secure PayPal payment system.
11 x 14 inch, 12 Months Wall Calendar with monthly calendar grid and image. Price: $25.
The Fortymile Caribou Herd hasn’t been seen in its past stomping grounds of the Yukon Territory for decades. Seeing them this winter in the Tombstone Territorial Park was a very encouraging news for the herd. Historically, the Fortymile Caribou Herd is most noted for its extreme decline in numbers. The estimated herd numbers declined from about 260,000 caribou in the early 1920s to 6,000 in 1973. The herd now reaches about 50,000 members again and continues to expand into the Yukon.
Here are a selection of pictures of the Fortymile Caribou Herd grazing in the Tombstone Territorial Park from this past winter:
When caribou are moving along and one is alarmed, it rears up on its hind feet, whirls about, and dashes off. When a caribou does this, scent from the interdigital gland is deposited on the ground. Every caribou that comes to the spot will sniff the scent and then became excited and alarmed.
After almost 6 years in the Yukon, I encountered wolves only two or three times and always very far in the distance, without being able to capture these precious moments. Two weeks ago, I finally got my chance to photograph a beautiful Yukon Wolf for around 10 minutes and almost too close to take pictures with my 500mm lens! What a magical moment that was!
The Yukon Wolf (Canis lupus pambasileus), also known as the Alaskan Wolf is a subspecies of the gray wolf. It’s among the few wolves in the world that still live in a natural ecosystem, that includes other large predators and prey species. Yukon wolves are the key predator controlling and keeping Yukon moose and caribou populations in check over the territory.