Alaska Brown Bear Adventure…Bear Alert

While we go out each day to find bears farther down the bay working the sedge grasses there are bears that come right through camp on a daily basis. As the tide drops, the bears come out into the tidal flats to clam. Or, they may simply pass through munching on the grasses and plants. We have a deal that whoever spots a bear will send out an alert to the rest so we can all enjoy the sight. Over dinner, we could see a mating pair of bears off in the distance clamming so we kept an eye on them. As they worked their way closer, we grabbed our cameras and headed to the beach…


Nikon D3S with AF-S 500mm f4 VR and TC-14E II

The sow kept clamming while the boar kept a close eye on her lying down nearby…


Nikon D3S with AF-S 500mm f4 VR

It was great fun to watch as she would stop, he would lie down, she would move away, he would get up to follow and lie down again. He would appear to doze off but, the minute she moved a short distance away, up he would get to follow. This behaviour continued as they drew closer and closer…


Nikon D3S with AF-S 500mm f4 VR and TC-14E II

She finally reached the beach and headed towards the grasses. We watched while she stopped to urinate in a patch of dirt then moved on. The boar came behind, stopped at the same patch of dirt and proceeded to sniff, dig and roll around in it…


Nikon D3S with AF-S 500mm f4 VR


Nikon D3S with AF-S 500mm f4 VR

The bears continued on their way into the woods and we all bid each other a goodnight as it was getting late (all this happened around 10:00PM). I had no sooner changed into my sweats when I heard crunching on the gravel just outside my cabin and then a knock on my door. When I opened the door there were the same two bears right in front of my cabin munching on the grasses. It’s pretty amazing to be standing on the porch to my cabin photographing head shots of bears…


Nikon D3S with AF-S 500m f4 VR and TC-14E II

As they made their way through camp, I grabbed my camera with a shorter zoom lens in order to capture them as they wandered through the yard totally unconcerned by our presence…


Nikon D3S with AF-S 70-200mm 2.8 VR II


Nikon D3S with AF-S 70-200mm 2.8 VR II

They finally moved off around 11:30PM and I headed back to my cabin to download and review the recent events images. Stay tuned.