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Eurasian Brown Bear

Eurasian Brown Bear
Photo Information
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, 1/400 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Zoo animals [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-07-03 11:48
Viewed: 4727
Points: 14
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Another shot that's been wallowing in the archives....I haven't got fed up with it yet, I actually quite like it, I hope you do too.

Taken with Canon 70-200L and 1.4x Extender

Notes on the species:
Eurasian Brown Bear (Ursus Arctos)

Description and Biology:

APPEARANCE: The brown bear is a large animal, usually dark brown in color, though it can vary from a light creamy shade through to black. The long guard hairs over the shoulders and back are often tipped with white which, from a distance, gives a grizzled appearance. The brown bear is characterized by a distinctive hump on the shoulders, a slightly dished profile to the face, and long claws on the front paws.
SIZE: There is considerable variability in the size of brown bears from different populations, depending on the food available. Determining representative weights of specific populations is also difficult as there are seasonal considerations to take into account-for instance, some bears can weigh twice as much in the fall as they might weigh in spring. Adult males may weigh 135 to 390 kilograms (300 to 860 pounds) compared with 95 to 205 kilograms (205 to 455 pounds) for females. At birth, cubs weigh 340 to 680 grams (11 ounces to 1 pound 6 ounces).
REPRODUCTION: Female brown bears reach sexual maturity at four-and-a-half to seven years of age. Males may become sexually mature at a similar age but are probably not large enough to be able to enter the breeding population until they a re eight to ten years old. Mating takes place from early May to the middle of July but implantation does not occur until about October or November. The young are born from about January to March. The litter size ranges from one to four, but two is most common. Cubs remain with their mothers for at least two-and-a-half years, so the most frequently a female can breed is every three years.
SOCIAL SYSTEM: Under most circumstances, brown bears live as lone individuals, except for females accompanied by their cubs. During the breeding season, a male may attend a female for up to two weeks for mating. Brown bears are distributed in overlapping home ranges and male home ranges are larger than those occupied by females.
DIET: Brown bears mainly eat vegetation such as grasses, sedges, bulbs, and roots. They also eat insects such as ants, fish, and small mammals. In some areas they have become significant predators of large hoofed mammals such as Marcopole Sheep, Ibex and Bharal

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To Roynsam: Whipsnadeflagman 1 07-07 05:16
To aido: Saturation and red markflagman 3 07-05 04:13
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  • Fisher Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1540 W: 309 N: 2234] (8915)
  • [2006-07-03 12:07]

Hi Andy,

Well done on this portrait of the Brown Bear.
After reading your note I decided to some searching. The brown bear is so closely related to the Grizzly as with the kodiak/alaskan brown.
Eurasian Brown extends from Norway to Siberian Peninsula and as far south as Greece and Iraq.
On another site, it is believed they may be the same bear, scientists arguements. LOL
Anyhow, nicely captured.

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  • aido Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 1044 W: 156 N: 1218] (4046)
  • [2006-07-03 12:39]
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Hi Andy,
Nice shot of this Bear, excellent detail, I think the colour is a little too saturated but just my opinion. Actually he has a red mark on his fur, on the right side of his head which looks a little odd, too bright for blood, maybe some kind of dye? Anyway, great shot, perfect DoF and nicely framed.

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2006-07-03 14:41]
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Wow this is wonderful, where were you when you took this - I hope you didn't come face to face with him. I have some black bear photos taken in the wild but mine are a bit fuzzy from the shaking hands :-)

Lovely composition and wonderfully sharp

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  • Dando Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 637 W: 32 N: 792] (3084)
  • [2006-07-03 18:00]

Hi Andy,
Excellent portrait. Great sharp details with good exposed colours. Also good lighting and POV. Well done and TFS.

Greta portrait of this bear Andy,
Do you know what the red mark is on his fur?
Good detail, colours and sharpness. exposure and lighting are good. Good POV and composition.

Thanks for posting, have a great week.

Hi Andy

Lovely shot of a wonderful creature.
Where was it taken?


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  • sAner Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1455 W: 74 N: 1426] (4750)
  • [2006-07-15 7:36]

Excellent portrait Andy. I like the colors a lot and unlike the others I don't particularly think the colors are too saturated. I think this boils down to personal taste, right? Anyway, I like the colors! :) Composition is great and details are very sharp. I am still amazed by the quality of your lens. It takes wonderful images. TFS!


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