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Young Black Bear

Young Black Bear
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Copyright: Rick Price (Adanac) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2004-07-05
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Canon EOS 300D DIGITAL, Canon 100-400/4.5-5.6L IS
Exposure: f/4.5, 1/160 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-03-24 18:51
Viewed: 3893
Points: 32
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This young Black Bear was captured feeding on dandelions near Cameron Picnic site on the road to Cameron Lake in Waterton Lakes National Park. This is a golden oldie like Bob Shannon.

Black Bear
Ursus americanus
General Description

By Gustave J. Yaki

Like us, most bears are omnivores, consuming both plant and animal matter. In early spring, they eat horsetails (Equisetum spp.), blossoming dandelions, grasses, roots and tubers and any carrion that they encounter. In summer, berries attract them, particularly Canada Buffaloberry, abundant in wooded areas along river valleys and in the foothills. In fact, 90 percent of their diet may be vegetation. They also eat huge numbers of insects, such as larva in rotting logs. In autumn, they feed ravenously on anything edible, putting on a thick layer of fat before going to sleep for five or six months.

They do not hibernate as some winter sleepers do. True hibernators slow down all their vital processes: breathing almost ceases; heart beat slows to only a few per minute; body temperature drops to or below freezing, and it takes them many hours to wake up. The bear sleeps more like us, and can waken almost instantly, as has testified by those who have accidentally broken into a den. Remarkably, although totally inactive, their bones do not weaken, they do not have to go to the bathroom, and a mother bear can give birth to two or three tiny cubs, looking after all their needs for several months without ever awakening.

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-03-24 19:06]

Hi Rick,

He's wonderful! With his mouth open he seeems to be talking to you. Probably saying to back off. Wonderful details of his face and coat. Beautiful colors - the greenery sets him off so well.


I know, but I'll bet a bunch ask themselves the same question if they have never seen or been...why is a bear that looks brown called a black bear.....but as I said..I know and heck...tis a real long story and also some goofs in naturalists a long time ago as well.

Oh great...hey listen here...I am something but I have to admit I do listen to what are now referred to as golden oldie songs...but my notion is different than it was when I was a kid..Not like I am sitting here to listening to Guy Lombardo :-) Oh yeah...Nice image of course or I wouldn't be spending all this time here..and since your a close in person...and since I love these sort of capture...I guess you will assume I will love it Rick..You're quite a guy!
...listening to elevator music on XM radio as I type

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  • waylim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 296 W: 8 N: 489] (1765)
  • [2008-03-24 19:39]

I almost ran over one of this younster when visiting Waterton Lake. I tried to get a photo of it but it went back in the bush, which is good for him. Very lovely image of this young bear. Perfect sharpness and clarity, beautiful and natural environment and colors. Thanks so much. I really enjoyed it.

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2008-03-24 20:38]

Hello Rick

I love your black bear shots.
The fur detail is excellent.
Wonderful focus and sharpness.
The POV is awesome.
Terrific colour saturation.



Hallo Rick
This is indeed a huge but lovely thick furred animal, captured in a lovely pose between the greenery. I always have a feeling that bears are cute, even if it is huge and dangerous. Perhaps, the thought of a cuddly teddy bear is what I always see in my minds eye when I look at these photos. A well taken shot of this beautiful creature. Thanks for sharing and enjoy your day.
Kind regards

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-03-25 4:37]

Ooo Bob didn't take that too well ;-D
Very good shot of this Black Bear!
Must have been very impressive to see it for real!
Great pose with the mouth slightly open.
Sharp and crisp with excellent detail.
Nice light as well.
Great work Rick!

hello Rick

what a great chance you have to meet in shoot in photo
such great wild animals, superb shot that for this kind
of photo in French we say photo prise sur le vif
(i can not do a good translation), excellent POV and framing,
excellent DOF, i love that green vegetation that is doing
great contrast with the bear's colour, great details of the fur, TFS


Awesome shot, Rick!
And yes,as Bob says, I do wonder why a brown bear is called a black bear!But I ain't getting into that, for the simple reason that I wouldn't understand if it were something scientific, if you know what I mean!
You've captured some great details, especially the mask, which is very sharp and detailed!

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-03-25 11:04]

Hello Rick,
How exciting to get a shot of a Black Bear this close! I like his look, he seems to be enjoying the Dandelions. I like the POV too and his fine thick coat.
TFS and regards, Ulla

Hello Rick, can never get enough bear pictures on the site. Fabulous animals. The fur detail is excellent and the "greenery" is well focused throughout the image receding to the background.. Very well done. regards h

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  • demeve Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 586 W: 12 N: 1682] (6165)
  • [2008-03-25 18:09]

Hello Rick,

I'm sorry my friend but I don't have time for a proper critique but I'll take the time to congratulate you for this lovely shot


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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2008-03-26 4:24]

Hi Rick,
i love your Bear shots, you always capture them doing something interesting or least indulging in some sort of endearing behaviour! You know your quarry well, and where and when to find them.
This is a great shot too, really nice lush green setting with fine detail in that slightly bedraggled looking fur. First class.

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2008-03-26 9:15]

Hi Rick,
what a great shot, you got nice an close and captured this cub in a wonderful environment. I bet you kept an eye out for mom!
Very well done, textures and details are wonderful.

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  • NinaM Gold Star Critiquer [C: 773 W: 3 N: 1157] (4077)
  • [2008-03-26 13:10]

This big bear in its environment is so nice to look at. It is such a huge animal and yet you get so close to them, unbelievable. He is "raw", his fur is all dirty and we can tell it's a bear who is living his life fully! Beautiful, great colours in dim light, thank you once more!


Hello Rick,
This is a fine capture of the grazing bear!
Hopefully he won't develop the taste for fresh meat...
The situation is well captured with fine details in the animal, seems like he's just returned from a fishing trip, hehehe!
Pablo -

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-03-30 2:46]

Hi Rick.
True wild nature scene and picture. I hope you stood far from it. Wonderful rich colours and impressive shadows. May be not crisp sharp image but it is a feather of the bear costume : ))). My best regards and kind wishes.

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