Today we have photos taken by Ephriam Heller of various species in various places; they were sent in by Kira Heller. I’m dividing her photos into two batches: bears and non-bears. Today we get Alaskan bears since it’s “Party With Your Bear Day“. Kira’s notes are indented, and you can enlarge the photos by clicking on them. I’ll put up installment #2 (birds and other mammals) soon.
These photos were taken by Ephraim Heller, and I am sharing them with his permission.
Juvenile grizzly bears (Ursus arctos horribilis) wrestling. Alaska.
A forlorn grizzly. Alaska.
Grizzly admiring the birds. Alaska.
Grizzly sow and new cub crossing the river.
Young grizzly cubs, Alaska:
Stopping to smell the fireweed. Alaska.
Different grizzlies have different techniques for catching salmon as they travel upstream to spawn. This one dives from the riverbanks. Alaska. You can see red sockeye salmon in the foreground.
Three cubs wait for a meal while mom is fishing.
Sow and cub. Alaska:
This sow fishes by wading in the river and grabbing the salmon. Not every dive is successful. In this case she missed, but immediately stood up to find another salmon in the river.
Cub waiting on the river bank while mom fishes.
9 thoughts on “Readers’ wildlife photos”
Wow, bears! These are great pix. Thanks!
These are most amazing. It is very hard to photograph grizzlies, and these look like he was fairly close to them. I’m sure the stories behind these are interesting.
I love bears. What great photos of bears!
Love these, Ephriam and Kira! It must have been a huge thrill to observe these magnificent creatures in their natural habitat.
Beautiful beasties! I loved that last one of the cub looking bored waiting for mom to feed him. That photo also has a duck! Couldn’t tell the species.
Gorgeous pictures but had me a bit worried – pictures of bears submitted by someone other than photographer …
Don’t worry. The photos were submitted by my wife at my request.
I missed seeing these great pictures yesterday. I am glad there was a link from today’s set—I love bears.