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Cry For Mother

Cry For Mother
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Copyright: Harry Eggens (Proframe) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 549 W: 183 N: 1069] (4096)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2003-07-03
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Nikon F5, Nikon 500mm AF-S F4.0, Fuji Provia 100F, Nikon L37c UV filter
Exposure: f/5.0, 1/500 seconds
Map: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Open Up ...Part I [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-08-11 7:19
Viewed: 6967
Favorites: 5 [view]
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[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This brown bear cub was crying out loud standing on a small spit at NakNek Lake in Katmai National Park in Alaska. The female was out on to the Lake catching some fish for dinner and within a few seconds this little one missed it's mom and did try to call her back.
While the female did take a look at her cub and watching it closely while out on the Lake, she just let it cry because dinner ofcourse was more important than a crying baby :)

I did use a monopod for this shot.


From www.canadianrockies.net

Grizzly Bear Cubs:

In the middle of winter, grizzly bear cubs are born as their mother remains sluggish and inactive in her long winter’s sleep. In their snow-covered dens, female grizzly bears give birth to between 1 and 4 tiny immature cubs. Newly born cubs have little hair on their bodies and weigh about half a kilogram. The tiny cubs snuggle up against their mother’s warm body and periodically suckle her fat-rich milk.

The cub’s eyes won’t open for another 3 weeks. When they do, the only world they will see and experience for the next few months is the world inside their den. By mid-April to early May, the mother bear and cubs will venture outside their den for the first time. The mother grizzly is still very sluggish at this time while her 3 to 4 kilogram cubs come out of the den like wound up springs suddenly uncoiled. They run and jump on each other, and will sometimes use snowy avalanche chutes as slides. At this stage, the cubs still depend on their mother’s milk for nourishment, which places major energetic demands on her. The bear family may stay near their winter den for the next few weeks and will sometimes sleep inside.

Once they leave the den site, the cubs are seldom more than a few hundred metres from their mother. Even though female bears are very focused mothers, most cubs don’t survive to become adults. A number of factors affect a cubs ability to survive its first few years of life. Other bears, in particular adult males, pose a serious threat to cub survival. Mother grizzly bears will take their cubs to remote areas or places where the habitat is less productive and less likely to attract other bears. In some cases, mother bears will even take refuge in areas of high human activity that are often avoided by large adult males. Unfortunately, this can put the bear family at risk of conflict with humans.

After about 1½ to 4½ years, the surviving cubs of a litter will separate from their mother. Young female bears won’t be ready to reproduce until they are 6 to 7 years of age. Once they are ready, they will only reproduce on average every 4 years. These biological traits, in combination with the low survival rate of cubs, make grizzly bears very susceptible to population decline. Since the initiation of the project, ESGBP researchers have monitored the reproductive rate of study area bears. Since 1993, we have gathered a cumulative total of 85 years of reproductive data in the Bow River watershed. With enough counts, researchers can make estimates of population trends that can be used to gauge the effects of human-caused bear mortality and disturbance over the long term.

Thanks in advance for viewing and comments. Much appreciated.

Best regards, have a nice evening and Sunday.


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hi harry,
a very very cute and beautiful picture !
you've been at the right place, the right moment.
like that wonderful shiny brown/blue colour combination.
a great warm lightning. an excellent framing.
great again,
thank you - carole

Bonjour Harry

Bravo pour cette magnifique photo. Rencontre rare que l'on ne doit pas oublier. Merci pour le partage

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2007-08-11 7:44]

Hi Harry,

Touching picture of this young cub and a perfect caption. You caught the mood perfectly in a wonderful composition. Great pose and I can almost hear her calling. The face and coat are marvelous.


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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2007-08-11 8:05]

Hi Harry. What an excellent shot of the Bear Cub. he looks all wet . very good detail in the fur . with rich colours. a nice POV. very well done TFS. very good notes too Thanks.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-08-11 8:19]

Hello Harry,
This shot really shows the anxiety expressed by this bear cub: not that he is afraid of water if his coat is anything to go by. Technically first class with excellent lighting and composition, once again this is a joy to view.
TFS and best wishes, Ivan

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2007-08-11 8:19]

Hi Harry,
great timing and well seen too, the detail in this young cubs fur is fantastic, as is the composition and exposure...
Very well done as ever.

Hello Harry,
A very cute looking bear in a beautiful composition. You have captured the expression well. It does look anxious to get his mother by his side.The lighting is excellent. I totally agree with Paul about the details in its fur. I think I can almost count them.:)
Truly a wonderful picture and a joy to look at.
A nice Sunday to you too.

Ha Harry,

Wat een lief klein knuffel beertje
Schitterende compo met prachtige(natuurlijke)kleuren en perfecte scherpte
uitstekende POV
je hebt ook hier weer uitstekend scan werk verricht

TFS Thijs

Hi Harry,
Must be wonderful to witness the big bears in their natural setting and their everyday lives and then be able to capture moments like these. Nicely exposed, composed and deatiled focus.

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2007-08-11 10:40]

Hello Very cute and lovely picture. The color mapping is very good. Thanks for sharing. Ganesh

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2007-08-11 11:56]

Too cute for words, Harry.
A perfect composition with beautiful light and fantastic details.
You have really captured this young bear's distress.
It must be amazing to personally witness such scenes in nature.
TFS. : )

Hi Harry, Lovely shot, this picture is wonderfull, I like the blue contrast and I love your composition, a great cheer
many thanks for shared your oustandings pic with us

bonjour Harry

superbe photo avec une bonne luminosité et de beaux détails de la
fourrure de l'ourson, j'aimes le cadrage et aussi j'ai aimé dans tes
notes l'historique de cette image et cette expression de l'ourson

j'aimes beaucoup ta photo



hello harry,
lovely post, the composition is very good, nice point of view, nice colours, good contarst,
tfs & regards

This is great Harry - the off-centre framing works well, giving the bear plenty of space to move or look into.
I like the simplicity of the shot, although I think it would have been even better if you could have included the bear's reflection instead of cropping it with the bottom edge of the frame.
Other than that, excellent work.


Hi Harry
another outsatnding picture with great compo and perfect exposure. Seeing that this is a provia 10F film, I would be interested in knowing how to get such perfect scans, are they home made or profesional?
Tfs and have a nice Weekend

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2007-08-12 0:59]

Hi Harry,
Lovely capture. Light, colors and the pose you captured are very good. Well done and TFS
Best wishes,

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2007-08-12 1:22]

hello Harry,
Every mother-heart would react immediately at the sight of this crying cub. But the mother bear was right, dinner was more important!
Excellent composition, vivid picture.
Bon dimanche Anne

Hi Harry,
Outstanding capture of an interesting occurance. I don't think I would like being so close to a Grizzly, especially one with a crying cub. Excellent color and POV. Detail is fantastic and lighting perfect. Very well done.


Hello Harry,
This is another of your precious capture, something that we don't see often. Alaska seems to offers so many pictures opportunities...

This is a very good POV and composition with sharp details and beautiful color saturation. Your notes are most interesting too. Thanks for sharing this nice and tender picture. Bye,

Hi Harry,
Wonderful portrait with natural colors
great expression by the toddler bear well capture
nice composition, I now you like to give some space at front of the subject, well done, TFS. Best regards/Lawhill

I love a photo that tells a story and this one does. It is amazing how fast those sows can move. I met a photographer who witnessed one crossing a wide river therein Katmai... in three bounds and was coming straight at him before he could even react. She sensed he was a bit close to her baby on shore. Luckily she stopped just short of him. I love your wonderful sharp photo.

Evelynn : )

Bonsoir harry
difficile de choisir dans cette belle galerie
superbe prise de vue de cet ourson bien désemparé en l'abscence de sa mère.Bel instant saisi ,de belles couleurs et un reflet juste comme il faut

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2007-08-12 20:32]

Very good shot Harry. The cub stands out really well against the blue water. Sharp and well exposed. hanks,


This is such an impressive quality for scanning. I do like the way you took time to compose this bear along with the little jut of land he's on. Now what about some shots of the mother doing her fishing?

The great sharp image really captures this little guy's personality and situation. Nice composition to emphasize the cub standing on the last point of land. Well done.


hello Harry
lovely pic, well framed, fine colours and contrast, good shot !

hello harry,

such pictures always tear my heart out!!!!you caaught the right moment!super lightning and great compo!
thanks for sharing anyway...no i'm kidding :-)

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2007-08-13 12:28]

Hi Harry,
A very tender moment captured with sharp details and superb lighting. We all have cried for our mothers when we were small and this is a fabulous illustration of this phenomenon. Excellent POV to portray this scene and very nicely composed. Kudos.

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-08-13 20:20]

Hello Harry

A wonderful shot of this lonely cub.You can see the forlorn very well in the image.Wonderful focus and sharpness.The details are sharp and the colours are vivid.The little point of land gives that extra sense of longing for the mother,as the cub reaches it's proverbial ropes end.Nicely done.TFS


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  • GLEM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 540 W: 87 N: 750] (10)
  • [2007-08-14 0:08]

Hi Harry
lovely picture here with this young Bear alone. Simple but efficient composition, nice colors and details.


Very good image both in terms of photography and theme.
The desperation of the cub is quite obvious in its expression captured effectively in the image.
The little "island" surrounded by water intensifies its sense of loneliness.
Well done and TFS.

bon ben nos amis on tout dit sur cette photo qui est super, netteté, couleurs, tout est bon, bravo, merci du partage, amitiès

Hello Harry,
Very high on the cute scale, I can hear the cub crying for Mom from here :)
Excellent sharp details, POV, DOF, color, exposure and composition. Informative notes and,
Very well done!

Hola Harry,
Otra excepcional captura de gran belleza en su composición, la luz y el color son fantásticos, la expresión captada es genial, Gracias por compartir estas bellezas, saludos
José Ramón

Hi Harry,
this is a great shot with a perfect composition,
the cub really crying after mom,who is far out i the lake, I can hear him. Good sharpness and fine details.
Lovely colours and lighting. And a great scanning job.
Beautiful work.

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2007-08-14 8:35]

Hi Harry

It is a lovely moment. He looks so sad but at least from your note we know his mum is safe and will return. Wonderful framing, sharp details and a touching pose. Beautiful image



Bonsoir Harry
it is always a great pleasure of looking at your photographs
Exceptional quality.
Thank you for this 'nounours'...

Bonjour Harry,superbe shot de cet ourson qui semble un peu perdu.Encore une photo parfaite,bravo.TFS

Hallo Harry,
Een prachtige opname waar het verhaal van het huilende jong bijna voor zich spreekt. Je kunt het echt aan de gehele houding zien dat het jong zielig moet wachten.
De kwaliteit van deze foto is super, erg veel details zichtbaar in de vacht en ondergrond. De mooie ofcenter compositie is heerlijk om naar te kijken. Mooi kleur contrast in het blauwe water en de gele vacht.

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  • Mariol Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 160 W: 15 N: 1654] (8221)
  • [2007-08-14 20:56]

Hi Harry,
Emotional and touching picture of the little cub crying for this mom. Very well captured and done. A classy picture. Good note. Adding to my pref. list. TFS
Regards, Mario

Hi Harry,
A vivid and alive image, the little cub jumps out of the photo as it is well defined. The exposure is really good. I can't say to much else but good photo,

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-08-16 11:26]

Hi, Harry, again.
I am impressed with the quality of the picture, superb composition, bargain colours, crisp sharpness of the image and, of course, expressiveness and touching of the pictured scene. Bravo and TFS.

Hello Harry, this shot is simply lovely!
Is it easy to find a shot bears in Katmai?

Thanks for sharing your experience.

Hello Harry,
Fantastic 'mother'image and she isn't even in the image.
Very good work!

Excelente profundidad y mucha luz. Fotografía muy realista debido a un enfoque preciso de toda la zona. Saludos.

Hello Harry,
Fantastic shot of this little cub, I really like how the definition of the reflection dissipates before it reaches the edge of the screen this is one thing I now keep my eye out for. Very nice. :)

Hi Harry

What a really beautiful shot. The composition is excellent and the details stunning. That little bit of still water with the refelction of the legs just adds that somethign else to the composition. great scan by the way...


Hi Harry
This image of the young grizzly cub is really impressive, catching him as he calls out to his mother. Nothing wrong here, just excellent. Well done.
TFS Janice

Hi Harry!
Wonderfull picture,really great!I like the positioning of the bear very much and the sharpness is brilliant.The good saturated colors of the bear makes an amazing contrast to the background.
I also like the frame and the bear´s little reflection!
Thanks for sharing,

Hi harry amazing shot
very beatifull animal you captured
colours and composition are great
well focused
best regards TOba

Aaawwww!!:) Hi Harry,

Aaawwww! The cute little thing looks so worried!
Great DOF and brilliant composition, amazing sharp details in the fur and everything.

Extremely well done,


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