CANADA: HUDSON BAY POLAR BEARS
In early November 2016, we flew from Winnepeg, Manitoba to the small town of Churchill on the western shore of Hudson Bay and then by bush plane on to the remote Nanuk Lodge, with the primary purpose of seeing and photographing polar bears. For four days we explored the shores of Hudson Bay, encountering these majestic animals. While our opportunities for viewing were excellent, the weather was significantly warmer than it should normally be at that time of year, leaving the waters of the Bay unfrozen, and with little snow on the ground. The bears, waiting for the freeze in order to get out on the ice to hunt seal and whale, were relatively placid, giving us ample opportunity to observe them in their spectacular arctic environment. We were also treated to a sighting of ptarmigan and a lone black wolf.
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