Bald Eagle

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Immature bald eagle, Lake Clark National Park, Alaska.

Immature bald eagle, Lake Clark National Park, Alaska.

On the first bear trip we had a very cooperative bald eagle!  Cool to seem him so close!  This was with a Canon 100-400 on a full frame 5D IV in aperture priority with +1 exposure compensation.  Slightly cropped.

Scarface

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Large boar, Lake Clark National Park, Alaska.

Large boar, Lake Clark National Park, Alaska.

Lots of people comment about my personal safety or ask about my level of fear when I’m on these bear trips. But, after sitting in a two hour traffic delay on the Seward Highway thanks to a fatality accident, and then reading about more murders in Anchorage only confirms what I often say, and that is statistically, driving that highway, or hanging around humans in the wrong part of town is more dangerous then being around the bears we are photographing. Unfortunately there are exceptions, but I believe the habituated bears with a consistent natural food source that are found in this area are far safer then then the ones I find around my home, or in other parts of the state where food sources are hard to find such as in Denali.

However, no matter how comfortable I am with sows and cubs on the coast – these huge, scarred up, mean looking boars that are usually only around during the breeding season still make me just a bit uncomfortable.

Big Brown Bear Boar

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Brown Bear Boar, Lake Clark National Park, Alaska.

Brown Bear Boar, Lake Clark National Park, Alaska.

Home from my second Alaska Brown Bear Photo Tour!  It was another awesome trip!  It is interesting how two back to back trips can be so different.  This one was marked by the arrival of 3 very large boars.  Usually boars sightings are a bit fleeting, however these guys were often highly visible.  This one is rubbing its back on a tree in the yard at the lodge.  It did stir up the bear activity a bit as one of the sows with cubs spent a good part of each day up in a tree near the lodge.  However, there were lots of bears to be seen – it wasn’t uncommon to see 15 different animals, and at times 10 different bears from just one position.  Not to mention, fox, eagles, otters even puffin – it was a fun trip with another very wonderful group!