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 Polar Bear Sleeping July 2012


July 2012

 I have just returned from a three week trip to the wonderful Svalbard archipelago. This remote and pristine environment is without doubt one of the most beautiful places on our planet. This was my third trip to the high Arctic and I have still only seen a small section of this amazing place. I have always visited Svalbard by using a small yacht as I feel this is the best way of experiencing the wonderful wildlife that can be found.  Because of the weather we had to find a safe anchor and so decided to anchor near fast ice which was attracting Seals. We witnessed many spectacular encounters with Bears especially the one of a large Male that caught a seal. My own favourite was the encounter of a young male that totally accepted the Yacht.  The fact that we could anchor in such a small bay was a real bonus because the young male totally accepted the presence of the Yacht and so we could get more intimate images. Usually most of the Polar Bear encounters are of Bears walking away or showing anger so for me this was a real experience. We managed to photograph the Polar Bear sleeping, grooming stretching and when he eventually got up some hunting too.

Canon 1D MK4, 500mm Lens, F8, 1/1600, ISO 400 



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