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on Jul 31, 2009 in Wildlife Photography

A Change in Strategies Day4

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With the masses of salmon gone from the river, the bears are fishing those left below the falls. We can see the salmon in the water but they aren’t jumping. So in the pools where they’ve gathered, the bears gather and defend. them What looks like a sleepy bear is actually a bear displaying his displeasure with a bear getting too close to his fishin hole.

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Mom & the kids showed up again, they are always good for a chuckle. Mom is really working the river in front of the two platforms, catching every salmon she possibleycan in every possible style of fishing. Here, she’s trying to get an aerial view of the one pool of salmon. She stood up many times to get the best view which was great since the first time, I was watching through the 600VR. I switched quickly to the 70-300VR on my shoulder and caught her next dance.

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I mean she would do anything to get a little higher. Have you seen anything sillier, a Grizzly Bear, 800lbs of bear perching on top a stone in the river?! But sure enough, there she is doing it!

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The best part of the whole story is she is passing this all on to her kids. And who’s the best student watching everything mom does? Yeap, the oldest cub, the trouble maker.

Photos captured by D3x, 600VR w/TC-17e (top) D3, 70-300VR on Lexar UDMA digital film