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Jul 30

#unleash Life Lessons

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Edited: Jul 30

 

A polar bear sow (Ursus maritimus) teaches her cub how to forage for food in the kelp. Captured from a helicopter—no window to avoid reflections and glare. Handheld to allow the arms to act as a gimbal and absorb vibrations from the rotor. EF 2.8 70-200mm +2x @ 400mm; f/8 @ 1/750 sec., -1 EV, ISO 100; Evaluative metering; Auto WB

 

Jul 30

Sweet! Amazing that the bears were unfazed by the copter.

Thanks, Ian. Polar bears do not hibernate. Sows dig a den to bear their cubs. Adults, last year's cubs and older, would not have eaten for up to 9 months.They have very little energy at this time of year in and around Churchill where they congregate to wait for the ice to form on Hudson Bay. They are very habituated to humans—tourists in vehicles of all sorts and helicopters also. Dogs get their attention immediately.

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