As promised here is the final installment from my trip to Churchill Manitoba. Our interactions with the birds were absolutely phenomenal, by moving slow and low even with our group size we were able to get close to the birds. The Lapland Longspurs were present for a few days because there was a north wind holding them from migrating further north. They were hanging around the granary ponds and the railroad tracks up by the granary. The pictures were taken by laying on the ground in between the sets of railroad tracks, at present there were no trains running up to the granary.
Following the same techniques we were able to get close to the common eiders and view the eider sitting on her nest. The same technique was used for the long-tailed ducks.
A Bonaparte skull just sat on her nest and ignored us. The semi–palmated plover was nesting at the tern colony and utilize the “broken-winged display” to keep us away from the nest. The broken winged display is also utilized by killdeer’s and some other shorebirds.
The female Willow Ptarmigan in some ways is a prettier bird than the male.
We visited the parasitic Jaeger a number of times and it always put on a great flight display for us. The bird that was flying was on a mound a distance away from the bird that was nesting.
The pine grosbeak and lesser yellowlegs were hard birds to photograph since the sun was right behind them and there was no way of getting a picture with a side lit bird or a front lit bird. Because the lesser yellowlegs was jumping up onto tops of spruces with the sun right behind it, I made the picture a high key.
Churchill “was also the site of the Churchill Rocket Research Range part of Canadian-American atmospheric research. Its first rocket was launched in 1956, and it continued to host launches for research until closing in 1984. The site of the former rocket range now hosts the Churchill Northern Studies Centre, a facility for Arctic research. ” This is a picture of one of the old rocket launch buildings.
Old ship and plane wrecks at Churchill are left where they occurred.
In October and November many people come to Churchill to see the polar bears and they are driven around in tundra buggies.
The easiest way to come to visit Churchill is by air.