Photo: Sheepish or shy?

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I can’t tell if this grizzly in Kananaskis, Alberta looks like she is sheepish or if she is shy. I’m sure she is just hungry. She was such an entertaining bear to watch last summer.

Read my background in wildlife photography practice, as well!

Photo: Where, where is the party?!

Again, wish I had a better lens for this one. I was zoomed in on grizzly bear #399 and her 3 cubs two years ago in Grand Teton National Park, as they made their way across Willow Flats in search of a better bush to munch on.

If you want to see more photos of #399 and her story, check out my other posts on this fascinating bear:

1. 399 photo

2. 399 photo

3. 399 photo

4. 399 photo

 

Photo: I’m taller than you!

What?! Who’s there?

Curious grizzly bear in Kananaskis, Alberta.

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Black vs Grizzly bear – who is who?

I’ve been lucky enough in the past 3 summers to immerse myself in nature and to do this with an expert in wildlife, my boyfriend.

Since seeing my first bear in 2009, it has been my mission to pick out the difference between a black bear and grizzly bear, as other tourists would often shout out that they have just seen a grizzly bear, when, in fact – it was a black bear.

There are a few key differences to help differentiate between the two:

1. Black bears have a straight snout, while grizzlies have a dished in snout/face profile.

2. Black bears do not have a pronounced shoulder hump, while grizzlies do.

3. Black bears ears stick out more, grizzlies are less pronounced.

4. Black bears have shorter claws, you can definitely see grizzlies light long claws a lot more clearly.

5. Black bears, for the most part are much smaller than grizzlies.

Guess the bear – black or grizzly:

Bear #1

Yellowstone National Park

Bear #2

Yellowstone National Park

Bear #3

Yellowstone National Park

Bear #4

Yellowstone National Park

Bear #5

Waterton, Alberta

Bear #6

Waterton, Alberta

Bear #7

Kananaskis, Alberta

Answers:

#1 – Grizzly #2 – Black Bear #3 – Grizzly #4 – Black Bear #5 – Black Bear #6 – Black Bear #7 – Grizzly

How did you do?

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Photo: Like mom, like cub.

Here we are in Kananaskis, Alberta again. I am slowly editing down my vast volumes of photographs from the summer, and am stuck in a folder labeled ‘Alberta’.

Here is another photo of one of my favorite grizzly mom and cub duo (also here and here). It was a great show, that’s for sure!

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Quote: Green

Green is the prime color of the world, and that from which its loveliness arises.
Pedro Calderon de la Barca 

Peter Lougheed Provincial Park, Kananaskis, Alberta

Sparrow vs Grizzly Bear…who wins?

I don’t know about this fight. I think I will give it to the sparrow. I saw this griz in Yellowstone N.P. on the road between Norris and Mammoth this summer.

Absolutely hilarious action broke out, while trying to learn my new camera. This lil sparrow  (not totally sure the type of bird) came out of nowhere and started attacking this griz, while he was peacefully grazing along the river.

The sparrow successfully moved him away from – a possible nest?…as the griz moved back and over the hills in a sort of defeatist gait.

(I have many more, totally blurry photographs, but they were so terrible because my manual focus was in play, and it was dusk – turning into a pitch black evening). But what a show!

awww no, go away!