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Polar bears, walruses, icebergs, glaciers - the Ultimate Svalbard Experience

“Wow”! This word says it all when describing the two Svalbard trips in May and June this year. Before the expeditions you always hope and dream of great polar bear sightings and of course encounters with other representatives of the…
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Japanese Monkey Business

When we left Hokkaido, we flew south again to Honshu, Japan's main island. We immediately were picked up by our chartered van and we drove almost four hours north to the Japanese Alps. We spent the next four nights in a traditional wooden Japanese…
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It's Wild in Japan!

My last blog left off with the magnificent Steller's sea eagles day. We had so much fun that we went back again for more Steller's sea eagle action. They are so powerful and so fast, that you just shoot and shoot to get a better image than your…
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Breakfast with a Long Neck

Having breakfast with giraffes can be slightly intrusive if you haven't had your first cup of coffee yet. Our Kenya safari started off at Giraffe Manor just two weeks ago. Endangered Rothchild giraffes pushed their way in and over our heads…
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The Migration is Great!

Just a quick post while on the fly to say that the migration is peaking early this year. It is overwhelming to see over a million wildebeest plus other antelopes moving en masse. This is where the term "the grass is greener on the other side"…
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Dolomite Cathedral

On our fifth day we entered “Hinlopen Stretet” (Hinlopen Strait). The water was calm, the light was good but nothing prepared me for what was to come. We were told that we would come to a cliff with nesting birds (Alkefjellet - fjellet meaning…
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Two for One

By day two we had traveled north and started to head east around the top of Svalbard. We meandered through various fjords and saw lots of walrus - mostly females with young calves which was really special. We had some broken drift ice where…
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Curiosity from the Pack Ice

There are many ways to describe ice. There is an international ice nomenclature ice terms are arranged by subject under the heading of "Floating Ice." Sea ice, glacier ice, lake ice and river ice are the four types of floating ice. The different…
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Bon appetit or as the leopard says: "Bone up a tree"

We just finished a 3 week long amazing Wild Focus Expeditions safari in Tanzania and Kenya. It started with rain and tall grass in Tarangire National Park in Tanzania. Nobody had expected to find this scenic park about 2 driving hours south…