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Black Bear

Black Bear
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Copyright: Denis Mark (dmark11) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 195 W: 9 N: 655] (2633)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2012-06-17
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Canon EOS 60D, 100-400 4.5-5.6L, 77mm UV
Exposure: f/5.0, 1/100 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2013-03-18 20:35
Viewed: 2775
Points: 12
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Biologists tell me that these bears are more dangerous than Grizzlies. Apparantly they are very unpredictable and often have their brains wired just a little diffentley.

The black bear Ursus americanus is one of the most familiar wild animals in North America today. Black bears are members of the family Ursidae, which has representatives throughout most of the northern hemisphere and in some parts of northern South America. Other members of this family that occur in North America are grizzly bears and polar bears. Both of these species are considerably larger than the black bear.

The black bear is a bulky and thickset mammal. Approximately 150 cm long and with a height at the shoulder that varies from 100 to 120 cm, an adult black bear has a moderate-sized head with a rather straight facial profile and a tapered nose with long nostrils. The ears are rounded and the eyes small. The tail is very short and inconspicuous.

A black bear has feet that are well furred on which it can walk, like a human being, with the entire bottom portion of the foot touching the ground. Each foot has five curved claws, which the bear cannot sheathe, or hide. These are very strong and are used for digging and tearing out roots, stumps, and old logs when searching for food.

Because bears are compact, they often appear much heavier than they really are. Adult males weigh about 135 kg, although exceptionally large animals weighing over 290 kg have been recorded. Females are much smaller than males, averaging 70 kg.

The normal colour is black with a brownish muzzle and frequently a white patch below the throat or across the chest. Although black is the most common colour, there are other colour phases, such as brown, dark brown, blond, cinnamon, and blue-black. Albino bears (having white fur and red eyes and noses) also occur, but they are rare. A unique non-albino white phase black bear population occurs on the Kermode islands, off the Pacific coast in British Colombia. The lighter colour phases are more common in the west and in the mountains than in the east. Any of these colour phases may occur in one litter, but generally all cubs in a litter are the same colour as their mother.

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Hi Denis,
I haven't seen you for a long time. Welcome :)
Very good shot. Incredible bear. Nice composition.
Thanks for sharing,

Hello Denis,I rather like the direct eye contact and the sense of prowling that you have managed to capture.
A fascinating shot.

Hi Denis. You were lucky enough to get a bear shot with his head held high. Usually they are grazing with their head down. Great focus. You can feel the bear's stare. You did a good job framing it with all the branches for obstacles. DOF is good and so is the POV. A very scary encounter with a prize photo. Well done! TFS Trevor

Hello Denis

The last time was longtime ago, great shot of
the Black Bear with the frontal POV obtaining
his expressive glance on you, excellent DOF,
great focus, sharpness, and details, TFS



Hey Denis,

Glad you escaped the wrath of this prowling bruin. Nice composition with the dandelions paving the approach of this black beauty. Impressive focus and perfect and low (bear's eye) pov. Well(& dangerously) done.



What a beautiful bear, great compo in that field of green and yellow and our friend to give an excellent contrast!

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