Monthly Archives: February 2012
This morning I left the house at 4:45am to drive up to Boundary Bay, British Columbia to find and photograph snowy owls that are visiting the area. It’s being reported that a rising number of snowy owls from the Arctic are visiting the lower 48 states this winter. In most years these magnificent owls remain year around in their northern breeding grounds, but they do sometimes migrate to Canada and the northern United States. However, bird enthusiasts are seeing these stately white birds are far south as Kansas, Oklahoma and other central states.
They are circumpolar birds, usually living in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and other sites north of Alaska’s Brooks Range.
Unlike most owls, which are nocturnal, snowy owls are diurnal—they hunt and are active both day and night.
Researchers are unsure of the reason why we’re seeing the unusually high number of Snowy Owls. Many feel their food supply is limited in the far north.
They will be around until about March, feasting mostly on lemmings, voles and other small mammals, before returning to the Arctic for the breeding season.
As you can see the dike ridge trail is popular for photographers and bird watchers. I spoke to another photographer who came all the way from the United Kingdom just to photograph the Snowy Owls.
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The third viewing area is the lower platform across the river from Brooks Camp. It’s situated so that you can see bears as they roam around the mouth of Brooks River, in the pools of water below the platform and out in the open grassland area. This platform offers you the greatest viewing range to see the bears.
The general rule of thumb around the area is to keep your distance from the bears to at least 100 yards. The bears have one thing on their mind and that is salmon. They need to catch and eat as many protein rich salmon as possible between July and September. If left alone and not bothered, the bears mind their own business and just walk by their human intruders. This same philosophy runs true out on the river. In fact, in the 50 odd years the camp has been operating not a single person has ever been attacked or injured by a bear.
This trip proved a little different from my previous two visits. The salmon runs typically starts sometime in late June early July, but this year the salmon were late. There were salmon in the river and a few big schools of salmon had gone through the system, but the thousands and thousands of salmon typical at this time of year were missing. Consequently, there were fewer bears along the river banks than normal and the bears looked lost at the falls. In the four days I was there, I didn’t see a single salmon jump. The bears would stand on top of the falls and stare at the pool of water below them waiting for flying salmon. They stood patiently for 20 minutes or longer waiting, but eventually gave up and moved on.
The lack of salmon and bear proved disappointing. Shooting at 8 frames per second from the upper viewing platform while salmon met up with hungry bears mid air would have to wait for another year. The bears we did see were mostly down by the lower falls, walking along the shores of Naknek Lake and a few could be found walking along the banks of Brooks River. In years past, the big male bears tend to dominate the upper part of the river with the biggest of the males intimidating the younger ones for the best spot atop of Brooks Falls. Along the lower river you’d find the sows and their cubs. The sows are very protective of their young cubs. They get nervous if any male, big or small, gets near.
If you plan to visit the Brooks Camp area, here are my recommendations:
To get there:
Seattle – Anchorage – King Salmon (commercial flights)
King Salmon – Brooks Camp (operated by
Where to stay:
Cabins: operated by
Campground – Operated by the National Park Service (you can book a reservation only up to six month before your visit)
Electrical Needs for Digital Cameras and Laptops:
The mess hall at Brooks Camp runs on a generator and has electrical outlets. You’ll find many of the outlets recharging batteries. I took a power strip so I could recharge my digital camera batteries and laptop at the same time. This way I only needed one outlet to satisfy all my electrical needs.
I found this interesting article that provides tips on taking photos from inside an airplane.
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Just found out one of my leopard photos was used in a Condé Nast Traveller magazine article about the private game reserve Londolozi located in South Africa.
Click to read the article about Londolozi Private Game Reserve
Last year I was watching Scott Kelby’s Nikon D-Town TV series which highlighted useful tips and suggestions for Nikon shooters. They covered a range of topics as well many of the Nikon camera models. After a successful first season they just launched season two and decided to open up the format to a wide range of subjects, no longer a Nikon only show.
Here is the link to KelbyTV.com/DtownTV (the first season)
Here is the link to the 1st episode of season two, D-Town TV
I’m very proud that I just published my first travel photo book, A Photo Tour In Paris.
Also, I’ve entered it into a travel book contest. Besides from being extremely proud of the images and work presented I’d like to win the contest. Unfortunately, the first round of competition is a popularity contest. The top 15 books with the most votes will move on to the next level and be judged by a panel of photography experts.
I’m asking that you follow the link http://www.blurb.com/bookstore/detail/912596 take a look (you can review the entire book via full screen) and vote for my book if you feel it worthy of your vote.
I’m thanking you in advance and I hope you like the book.