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Fighting Brown Bears

Fighting Brown Bears
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Copyright: Andy Cole (flagman) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 351 W: 44 N: 607] (2408)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-04-16
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Canon EOS 20D, Canon EF 70-200F/4L + EF 1.4x II, Hoya Super HMC Pro1 67mm Sky1B
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/250 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Zoo animals [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-06-19 9:25
Viewed: 3957
Points: 8
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Two Eurasian Brown Bears play-fighting in their enclosure at Whipsnade wild animal park.
These particular bears hardly ever do anything interesting, so I was lucky to pass them on the way out of the park when they were unusually active. these two were fighting while another one close by was testing the pond with it's toes.

GeneraL notes about the species, from Whipsnade's website:

Scientific name:
Ursus arctos arctos

Animal facts
Truly omnivorous, these bears are opportunistic, taking whatever food they find. Their powerful claws enable them to dig for roots and flush rabbits and rodents out of burrows. Their long snout indicates that smell is an important sense.

Where they live
Scattered in South and Eastern Europe and parts of Asia


What they eat
Berries and nuts, roots, grasses, insects, fish, rodents

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Hi Andy, nice pose of this 2 young guys.
Good action shot with true colors and well managed.

Hi Andy,
Great timing to get this moment.

I was at Whipsnade yesterday, but left without visiting the bears (they're usually asleep when I see them!!)

Good detail, colours and sharpness. exposure and lighting are good. Good POV and composition.

Thanks for posting, have a great week.

Sorry for getting the Lion cubs in first ;) they're a big crowd puller. I was lucky that they were moving around when I was there.

  • Great 
  • Dando Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 637 W: 32 N: 792] (3084)
  • [2006-06-20 7:03]

Hi Andy, nice moment captured. Great composition with good colours and details. I like the motion blur which gives movement to the shot and helps add to the playful mood. Well done and TFS.

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  • sAner Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1455 W: 74 N: 1426] (4750)
  • [2006-06-20 7:19]

Hi Andy,

This is a very nice shot of two great looking bears. The colors are excellent and the exposure is spot on. The sense of motion makes this a very good wildlife shot. My only nit would be the dark eye. Maybe you could have used a fill-flash to get that sprakle in the eye? TFS!


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