After a trip to Yellowstone Park to photograph all the magnificent wildlife there, I still needed some Bear and Wolf photos to add to my "catalog" of American wildlife. I found the ideal place for Bear viewing in British Columbia, Canada. We booked a week at a wonderful lodge in Bear country about 300 miles north of Vancouver, BC. The lodge is located in the huge Tweedsmuir Provincial Park and the Great Bear Rain Forest,,a beautiful rugged place perfect for Bears. Every year in Fall, the Salmon run on the rivers in the area attracts the Bears from the mountains down to feed on the Salmon and fatten up in preparation for their long Winter naps. And that is the time for viewing and photographing Bears. I will have to present these photos in about 4 segments..Let's go..
My best pictures were taken from a drift boat as we drifted through and past the Bears, sometimes getting uncomfortably close :)
Here is an example of the spawning Salmon the Bears were feeding on.
The Bears would come into the river to snatch the fish and either munch on them there or carry them onto the shore.
Overlooking the feast were others, like this Golden Eagle, waiting their turn at the leftovers.
We viewed This young Grizzly from a distance and he put on quite a show,,funny show,,romping through the river trying to snag a Salmon which were all around him, but he was apparently still in training ! He finally did get the prize as shown.
So this was a wonderful opportunity to photograph these 300 pound beauties along and in the Salmon-filled rivers and allowing us to pass among them..more to come.