A PLANE for DISCOVERING POLAR BEARS

Starting an adventure with animals is always exciting. You cross a limitless desert by car, boat or plane to reach a remote destination. You look at the horizon and imagine strange creatures rising on every wave and hiding under every tree. And from time to time, his pursuit of pious desires bear fruit. How to see and photograph polar bear from an airplane.

This happened to us last month when Churchill Wild invited us to Nanuk Lodge in Northern Manitoba. We went there for a walk with polar bear. Polar bear safari! Nanook Lodge is so far away that to get there, you first need to fly to the small town of Churchill, and then fly to nature for another hour on an even smaller plane. We landed in Churchill, got on our smallest plane, and it was at that moment that we had the vision of desire. We would fly east, along the coast of Hudson Bay and over Wapusk National Park. We knew that there, under the gray-green landscape, bright polar bear are found. A lot of them. But what were the chances of finding him?

Wapusk was established in 1996 as a national park and, with an area of just over 2, 820, 000 hectares, it is a paradise for mother of polar bear. It was recently discovered that Wapusk is one of the largest pregnant polar bear caves in the world. In February and March, when the earth is still covered with snow and ice, the little three-month-old cubs come out of their burrows for the first time. But now, at the end of August, it’s a good time to meet mother with one-year-old children.

Flying at low altitude over this vast and pristine wilderness terrain is a great honor. Seeing with their own eyes the country where polar bear find shelter and raise their young, you will be thrilled to the core. Here, in this peat swamp, legends are born. Here, the King of the North is a neighbor of black bear, wolves, moose, caribou, foxes and GE. It is the wild heart of Manitoba. And everything belongs to you.

Before our plane took off, we were asked to count the polar bear we saw along the way. That’s a good sign! If we were lucky, we would also see belugas at the mouths of rivers. Belugas are some of our most beloved animals, so I didn’t know which one I wanted to see from above: polar bear or belugas. It is better not to pick your nose during this trip

The windows were scratched and dirty, but we turned our necks anyway to keep an eye on the land floating below us. HAL and I had a camera in our hands and, contrary to expectations, we hoped to photograph the bear from the air, although the plane crash made this task almost impossible. The outskirts of Churchill were left behind and suddenly there were no signs of life left in the landscape. We Away by a small river and huddled on the edge of the bay. There were wide cotton boxes along the water, and low sandbanks protruded from the mud. The whitish logs stood on the sandbars, creating a bait for my eyes. Then the white spot took a step and raised his head. He deliberately went to the beach. Polar bear! Hello! Polar bear! I screamed over the noise, but we each had earplugs, so I made rather desperate gestures. HAL smiled at me with big eyes, a wide smile and Thumbs up. Once our eyes realized what they were looking for, the bear appeared one by one. HAL was desperate to photograph her, but he looked desperate.

One of the most exciting sightings was seeing two polar bear approaching in the waters from opposite sides. A thousand questions come to mind now. Who were they? Did they know each other? Was it a happy meeting? It seemed that they were going in parallel, and then the bear on the left noticed that another bear was right behind him and decided to solve it. What happened? We’ll never know because we flew there.

After flying for a while over Vapusk, our pilot decided to show us the water. It’s time to discover the belugas! If you go swimming with belugas in Churchill, you will find yourself in the Churchill River. The water is cloudy and the visibility is not good, so we expected better water transparency along the Gulf Coast. Success! We managed to spot several small flocks of belugas from the air.