Lords of the Arctic – Day 2

Day two of our Lords of the Arctic program started with dog sledding.

This was the first time we spent extended time outside and the temperature was -23°C.

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I took off my gloves to snap a photo of this gray jay Continue reading “Lords of the Arctic – Day 2”

Lords of the Arctic

After a productive morning with ample bear sightings, we stopped by the bay for a quick picnic lunch.

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Outside, the temperature was -17°C .

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and we didn’t have to go far to see more bears… Continue reading “Lords of the Arctic”

Red-crowned Cranes -Part 1

Japanese red-crowned cranes(丹頂鶴 Tancho) were almost hunted to extinction at the beginning of the 20th century for their stunning plumage. Miraculously, in 1926, a group of 20 resident cranes was discovered in the marshes around Kushiro. Since then, various conservation efforts, including artificial feeding during winter, hunting prohibition, and habitat conservation, have brought the population back to over a thousand.

We arrived at Akan International Crane Center one hour before feeding time. A dozen photographers had already set up their equipment along the two level observation desk.

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Juvenile crane resembles adults but had brownish head and neck Continue reading “Red-crowned Cranes -Part 1”