It is not an easy task for a Mama bear to catch fishes to feed the cubs. She is very protective and will keeps her cubs close by at all time, however, she needed to feed herself and the cubs, so she had to leave them nearby to go fishing. There are many other adult bear around, the male bears will kill or hurt young bears. Mama bear with cubs will general try to stay away from others, but at this time of year, during salmon run, they need to feed as much to get their body fat before the winter return and they need to go in hibernations. Generally the bear will eat at the river, but bear with cubs will take it back to the cave or secluded place to eat.
Photo quality is not great due to low light down in the river between hills and thick vegetation.
Photo taken at Anan Creek, located on the Tongass National Forest (35 miles) South East of Wrangell, Alaska, accessible only by boat or float plane. Anan Wildlife Observatory is world renowned for its extraordinary bear viewing opportunities. Home to one of Southeast Alaska's largest pink salmon runs, it attracts a significant number of bears, both black and brown, as well as hundreds of eagles, seals and other wildlife that rely on the salmon as a major food source.
It is a short walking distance from the dock to the viewing area, there are rangers in the front and in the back with weapon, just in case. We had to make lots of noise to scare them away. Usually they are busy fishing, and they avoid people, but occasionaly you will come too close and have to back away and wait till they leave. We have a viewing platform and we stay inside a camaflage hut down near the river to see them catching fishes.
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rigoletto (34269) 2014-01-03 10:44
hi way. splendid photo from your visit to the anan creek. i am curious, was it a walking safari or one needs to stay inside the observatory and watch them behind binoculars? yes, the question is a bit silly when you think about the dangers of a walking tour, but i was shocked to learn about some available walking safaris in tanzania, of course attended by some armed watchmen.
cornejo (32752) 2014-01-03 10:52
Hello Way, very good picture of this beautiful and interesting scene with pretty fisherwoman mother shoots, very well captured in this beautiful image with good sharpness, light and color. Excellent and interesting job well done, congratulations my friend. Thanks for sharing this beautiful work.
Good morning and happy weekend.
Warm greetings from southern Spain.
yquem46 (38746) 2014-01-03 10:53
Excellent shot of this black bear with its 2 little cuties
With the 200mm, it looks like you were rather close, unless you cropped the image to a large extent, but we cant see it from the quality
Best regards, have a nice WE
nikkitta (14992) 2014-01-03 12:07
Love, like and enjoy your cute, interesting captures of beards, just read your answer to rigoleto, interesting one
Better is your quite informative note that confirms what I believe, wild animals avoid people unless they are attacked
Charming scene, taken at the right moment of the busy bear mother
Great trip to Alaska, hope to see more
Wish you the best in 2014
marina7 (8055) 2014-01-03 12:19
charming and sweet scene, the cubs look a bit fuzzy but you caught the mama bear perfectly with that fish in the mouth. A great diagonal composition and very attractive colors.
Thanks and best New year wishes!
pajaran (53008) 2014-01-03 12:21
Intertesanta i dobar tekst, o medvedima i nacionalnom parku ...
Lep trenutak ...
Dobar trenutak snimka i kontrast, lepe boje.
Dobr rad, lepo pokazana medvedica sa mladim medvedicima.
Majka medved je mnogo opasna.
Intertesanta and good text, the bears and the national park ...
Beautiful moment ...
Good time recording and contrast, beautiful colors.
Your work carefully, beautifully demonstrated the bear, teddy bear with young.
The mother bear is more dangerous.
All the best.
Kamilutka (8095) 2014-01-03 12:37
this is incredible photo and the note which accompanies it deeply interesting. I enjoyed the combination of great photography and information very much.
The picture is a splendid capture of the very rare moment and I am so jealous of it ;-) Well done for the quality in terms of composition, colors, sharpness and framing as well as for very charming content.
Keitht (1292) 2014-01-03 14:12
"Photo quality is not great..." You have to be kidding! To capture a bear fishing would be an achievement. To capture a bear taking the catch to her 2 cubs is incredible. Sure it would be wonderful if you had late light to bring a bit of warmth to the rocks and moss/lichens but that is the realms of dreamland.
It's certainly an image I would be enormously proud to have captured.
fabbs99 (16739) 2014-01-03 20:38
Spectacular shot of the mama bear catching fish for her kids.Nice image, sharp with good details, well saturated colors and nice composition. Well done. TFS.
jjcordier (77014) 2014-01-03 23:28
Bravo pour avoir réussi à capturer cette magnifique scène, d'autant plus que tu ne devais pas être si loin que ça des animaux vue la prise au 200 mm!
papagolf21 (86994) 2014-01-04 0:25
Encore une prise de vue qui fait plaisir à contempler.
L'ambiance générale est parfaitement reproduite.
Une très belle scène animalière.
Mes meilleurs voeux pour l'année 2014.
Subhogen (4065) 2014-01-04 0:47
Another fantastic wild life catch. Great moment captured with lots of emotions where the mother is bringing food to home for the infants. Good timing and observation. I am happy for you that you could witness this in person. Amazing shot with great details, color and clarity.
Thanks for sharing.
Romano46 (18466) 2014-01-04 6:18
una cattura straordinaria.
Qualcosa di simile l'avevo visto solo in un documentario, ma in quello non c'erano mamma orsa con i suoi piccoli.
Una foto bella nella composizione e nei colori, oltre che eccezionale per il particolare soggetti e la situazione inquadrata.
Ciao e buon fine settimana
abmdsudi (44324) 2014-01-04 7:10
Another fabulous wildlife capture and I am overwhelmed by the wilderness beauty there, an exciting image of survival! it's a pleasure to see these animals in the wild showing a fantastic mom finally caught a meal! about to share with her cubs. Brilliant timely capture, well worth the wait as this picture for me has everything going for it, the picture is sharp even down to the detail of the salmon, and the colours and composition are great. Totally amazing experience and humbling. Congrats and tfs
Mics (717) 2014-01-04 7:13
Beautifully charming shot of a loving and caring moment for mama bear and cubs. Great capture! You sure got plenty of guts. Wonderfully done!
mesutilgim (86112) 2014-01-04 15:04
One of the best wild captures 2've seen here !
Perfect timing and very good crop. Very good Te entry with many interesting notes.
TFS and have a nice weekend
jhm (140643) 2014-01-05 3:56
You picture is perfect for a image for a cover of a animals book.
Mother bear with fish for the two small bears
Sharpness and clarity be superb.
Composition and presentation are pleasant to look at.
Very well done, TFS.
Have a nice Sunday,
Cricri (108087) 2014-01-06 5:27
Vous étiez là au bon moment, la maman apportant le repas pour ces deux petits, la scène est vraiment très belle, prise de près ce qui encore plus fantastique, un joli décor de la nature sauvage
saxo042 (37588) 2014-01-07 8:16
A very tender scene, with Mama Bear feeding her young cubs. They melt into the surrounding landscape and they were hard to spot in the thumbprint, maybe even so in reality. Do the cubs split the fish?
Oceania (5050) 2014-01-07 11:30
You saw a lot of bears during your Alaska trip. It's so wonderful. The two cubs are extremely adorable.
Yellowstone NP is supposed a bear country. But we didn't have any luck. None of them was to be seen.
PS: If you want to experience real winter, come to the East Coast right now. We are in miserable cold. Jealous spring-like all year round in Southern California!
mkamionka (30913) 2014-01-07 12:39
amazing wild life photo. Capturing a mother with her cubs is probably a bit dangerous. Once in Sequoia NP a little bear run across the road in front of our car. I thing the noise of our car scared it and it jumped in an instant to the tree. I was however afraid that the mother will appear in a second and I took just a quick photo from the car. So you were risking your life to share with us these pics. Fantastic capture with the mama bringing the freshly caught fish and two baby bears waiting for her.
danos (87931) 2014-01-09 7:11
what a charmy and unique smapshot! Great your close up view with the daily life of the black bear to feed with this way her cubs.Reading your informative note i see that you capture the moment from the wildlife Observatory going there by the sea.Excellent presentation.
Didi (57494) 2014-01-09 9:13
Magnificient scene with a very good decisive moment
Interesting reportage of wild life
jcpix (13708) 2014-01-09 16:17
Another superb picture depicting nature in action, this really strikes at the core of existence. Seen throughout all walks of life, a mother caring for her young just hits home regardless of the species. A terrific shot that captures both the imagination and daily events that we can all relate with. Beautifully taken at the precise moment, with detail and purposeful composition. What else is there to say, outstanding once again! :) Have a great day ahead.
SimoAle (646) 2014-01-14 7:14
continua la tua splendida raccolta di immagini una più bella dell'altra, da fare invidia ad ognuno di noi.
Catturare degli scatti così a contatto con la natura deve essere una bella emozione. Sempre ottimi colori e nitidezza ad incorniciare questo spettacolo della natura.
adores (38224) 2014-01-14 16:09
Seems the little ones are going to have lunch:)! A mother is a mother. You got a very good series with the bears, this is a great moment that we don't have the chance to see every day. A very good capture!
emka (80936) 2014-01-15 23:39
hello Way, I think that everyone would like to be a witness of this scene, even without such a spectacular photo. I am so envious. seeing the animals in their natural environment is something wonderful. The cubs are so cute here. fantastic.
Warm regrads Malgo
Gigidusud (16569) 2014-01-28 2:34
Fantastic scene well captured. Incredible quality and great framing. I like a lot!
Thanks for sharing.
ikeharel (58929) 2014-01-28 8:20
Magnificent nature's scene, and wonderful moment taken on photo, Way.
Big mama-bear brought a catch to feed the cubs, still young to learn how to hunt by themselves.
Fine taken from a safe distance, zoom extract.
delpeoples (53419) 2014-02-10 3:08
Awww how cute! Well, not for the poor half-dead fish that's in the mama bear's mouth, but the little cubs are adorability. What an amazing scene you captured. Weren't you afraid that the bears would suddenly prefer Naughty Laotian pretty boys instead of fish, and start chasing? Brave Way! Superb colours, excellent management of the shaded areas and lighted highlights.
I hope your Dad is getting stronger. Give him a big bacio from me.
ChrisJ (100136) 2015-01-24 7:23
Effective tight framing on the black bears with the mother cub showing the ropes to the 2 attentive cubs on how to diy when it comes to catching fish! Good sharpness and a pleasant diffused light. I like the splash of yellow green from the lichens and moss clinging to the boulders. Tfs!