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After numerous requests, Mike has decided in 2012 to open up some of his photo tours to fellow wildlife enthusiasts and photographers and have up to 6 participants join him on his travels. First trip will travel to Alaska and Vancouver Island in search of Humpback Whales, Orcas, Bears and other wildlife while the second trip goes to India in search of the Bengal Tigers, birds and other exotic animals. There will be no cost to accompany him on his tours. Participants will pay their own way and if they choose to do so, they are welcome to use the travel providers Mike is utilizing to facilitate his trips. Please contact him if you would like to join Mike on these adventures and share some of his travel tales and experience in photographing wildlife. You can also follow his travels on Facebook and his Photography Blog.
Alaska plus Vancouver Island -- July 2012
Every year starting in late May, thousands of Humpback Whales return to Alaska for its rich feeding grounds. The whales do little for a few months except feed voraciously to take advantage of the adundance of food and bulk up for the upcoming winter. Mike has been going to Alaska to photograph wildlife for many years and he will be going to Mitkof and Wrangell Islands. The waters around Mitkof Island, with its many coves and small bays, are one of the best spots to photograph cetaceans. He will be chartering a small boat for a few days and searching the area for Humpbacks and other wildlife. Wrangell Island is about two hours boat ride to the mainland's Cleveland Peninsula and the Tongass National Forest. Each summer thousands of spawning salmon attract Brown Bears, Black Bears, Bald Eagles, and Seals that feed in the many lagoons. There should be ample opportunities to watch and photograph these exciting animals.
Then on to Vancouver Island, Canada to photograph Orcas. In British Columbia, there are three distinctly and genetically different populations of Orcas with highly specialized feeding habits. Approximately 500 Orcas inhabit BC waters. There are 19 resident pods of Orcas totaling about 300 resident whales and 200 transient whales. Other marine mammals in the area include the Pacific White-sided Dolphins, Harbour Porpoises, Minke Whales, and Humpback Whales. We will embark on zodiacs and try and seek out all of these exciting cetaceans. Click on the Blue Whale and Humpback Whale and Killer Whale slide shows of past trips.
I N D I A -- April 2013
India is one of the most interesting countries Mike has visited in all his years of traveling. It is a land of controlled chaos, teaming with sights and sounds, plus a profusion of cultures and races. The country is also rich in wildlife, with hundreds of species of birds, plus endangered Bengal Tigers, Leopards, Asiatic Lions, Rhinos, Elephants, Bears and Gaurs. This wildlife safari trip will last about 18 days and Mike plans to search for all the above animals. Mid Spring is a good time to go wildlife watching in India because the weather will be getting hotter and the animals usually congregate around water holes, thereby maximizing sightings.
The majestic Bengal Tiger is one of the most evocative animals to witness and photograph. India is fast becoming an industrialized nation and the countryside and wildlife habitat are rapidly giving way to rampant development. Tigers and other wildlife are forced to compete for space with dense human populations, face unrelenting pressure from poaching, retaliatory killings and habitat loss across their range. Although India is a far away destination for most people residing in The Americas and Europe, it is truly a fascinating country that stimulates the traveler's imagination and curiosity with its rich heritage and legacies. Click on the Bengal Tiger slide show to see exciting photos from past trips.
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