More Alaska Bears, Puffins, Otters

More images from our Alaska trip with a few landscapes. The landscapes were on the Kenai Peninsula while the Bears were at Lake Clark across the ¬†Cooke inlet. We were able to get fairly close to the Bears with an experienced guide, which is essential, not only to find the bears but to be able to read their behavior and know how far to position ourselves safely. The welfare of the bears is the highest priority and our time was limited so as not to alter their behavior or interfere with their daily routines. The fact that we were in a coastal grassland habitat made it easier for us to spot bears at a distance and for them to see us well in advance. The problem is that if you surprise them in a forest on a trail with no visibility then they can get defensive or aggressive, especially with cubs. Also if you are in a group of 3 or more people they seldom attack if you stay close together and use common “bear sense”.

cub with stick

cub with stick

Mother with cubs

Mother with cubs

3 cubs

3 cubs

2 year olds play-fighting

2 year olds play-fighting

Horned Puffin

Horned Puffin

Sea Otter portrait

Sea Otter portrait

Tern Lake, Kenai Peninsula

Tern Lake, Kenai Peninsula

Upper Trail Lake near Moose Junction

Upper Trail Lake near Moose Junction

 

 

 

Alaska Bears, Puffins, Sea otters

grizzly cubs play

grizzly cubs play

We traveled to Alaska to photograph Grizzly or Coastal Brown Bears, Puffins, and Sea Otters. I am always trying to expand my vision so Bears were very challenging. The bears were at Lake Clark National Park off the Cook inlet and the otters and Puffins near Seward, Alaska. Although it rained off and on for most of the time there were breaks and the overcast light was actually perfect. I used a Canon 1dx mark ii body and a 300 mm f2.8 lens with a  1.4 extender most of the time and on landscape a 17-40 mm wide angle lens. Usually I was on a tripod but some hand-held shots.

 

"dancing cubs"

“dancing cubs”

3 cubs and mother

3 cubs and mother

 

grizzly cub

grizzly cub

grizzly cub

grizzly cub

Brown Bear mother grazing

Brown Bear mother grazing

Momma Grizzly

Momma Grizzly

Momma Grizzly

Horned Puffin

 

Tufted Puffin

Tufted Puffin

Sea Otter

Sea Otter

Sea Otters

Sea Otters

Coastal Brown Bears

Coastal Brown Bears

3 cubs and mother

bear cub