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Fortymile Caribou Herd

April 14th, 2014
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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:

Forty Mile Caribou Herd

Forty Mile Caribou Herd grazing in the Tombstone Territorial Park

Tombstone Territorial Park

A scenic view of Tombstone Territorial Park in winter

Forty Mile Caribou Herd

A Barren-ground bull caribou walking ahead of the rest of the group in the subarctic tundra.

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.

Jumping Caribou

Jumping caribou

Forty Mile Caribou Herd

Barren-ground Caribou from the Forty Mile Herd

Forty Mile Caribou Herd

Forty Mile Caribou Herd in the Tombstone mountain range

Forty Mile Caribou Herd

Forty Mile Caribou Herd in the wide open valley of the Blackstone River

Caribou on blue ice

A young bull caribou walking on the blue ice of a frozen lake

Caribou in the sunset light

Caribou in the sunset light

Yukon Wolf

April 11th, 2014
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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!

Yukon Black Wolf  — Yukon Territory, Canada

Yukon Black Wolf — Yukon Territory, Canada

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.

Yukon Black Wolf — Yukon Territory, Canada

Yukon Black Wolf moving cautiously on the snow — Yukon Territory, Canada

Yukon Black Wolf  — Yukon Territory, Canada

Yukon Black Wolf — Yukon Territory, Canada

Reindeer of the Mackenzie Delta — Northwest Territories, Canada

April 10th, 2014
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During a road trip on the ice road to Tuktoyaktuk in the Mackenzie Delta recently, I witnessed the move of the Canada’s only reindeer herd, from their wintering grounds at Jimmy Lake to their calving grounds on Richards Island. The Mackenzie Delta Reindeer Herd is the only free-range herd of reindeer in Canada and consists of about 3,000 animals.

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Mackenzie Delta Reindeer Herd

Snowy Owl, Quebec

January 21st, 2014
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Thank you to my friend Hugues to make me discover the Gaspé Peninsula in Quebec this month. During my winter trip in Gaspésie, I had the chance to encounter for the first time the beautiful Snowy Owl. We watched a dozen of these magnificent birds in a few days!

Female Snowy Owl, Quebec

Female Snowy Owl, Quebec
Canon EOS 5D Mark II + 1.4x TC + Canon 500mm f/4 IS L

Landing Snowy Owl, Quebec

Landing Snowy Owl, Quebec
Canon EOS 5D Mark II + 1.4x TC + Canon 500mm f/4 IS L

Female Snowy Owl, Quebec

Female Snowy Owl, Quebec
Canon EOS 5D Mark II + 1.4x TC + Canon 500mm f/4 IS L

We found this pure white male on the third day looking for snowy owl, he was sitting in a field watching for prey.

Snowy Owl, Quebec

Male Snowy Owl, Quebec
Canon EOS 5D Mark II + 1.4x TC + Canon 500mm f/4 IS L

Rocher Percé, Percé Rock (Gaspésie)

January 11th, 2014
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My blog has been silent for several weeks now, I was in vacation for two months in France in my family and I am now enjoying the winter at a friend’s place in the Gaspé Peninsula in Quebec until the end of the month. The forecast here is not brilliant, we had a lot of freezing rain covering the snow by a sheet of ice and it seems that more is to come… which doesn’t make it easy to approach silently wildlife using snowshoes or backcountry skis. We still had a great time driving around the Gaspé Peninsula and stopping at some nice scenic spot along the way like the Percé Rock in the Gulf of Saint Lawrence.

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Percé Rock (Gaspé Peninsula, Quebec)

Percé Rock (Gaspé Peninsula, Quebec)