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Terry Allen

Terry Allen posts cultural, travel, adventure, editorial and wildlife images from around the world.  Comments and critiques are welcomed.

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Grizzly bear feasting on sedge grass <br />
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Khutze Inlet, Great Bear Rainforest, British Columbia<br />
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Some of you may have been wondering where are the great bears in the Great Bear Rainforest.  Well they are there all right.  This photo is of a 3 year old cub.  The cubs are abandoned to fend for themselves after their 3rd winter so their mothers can breed again.  After their long winter hibernation, all of the bears find their way down to the protein-rich beds of sedge grass in the river estuaries at the heads of inlets such as Khutze Inlet.  This is their main source of nutrition until the berry crops ripen and the salmon find their way back to the rivers.  Check out the large sizes to see the details, including the cropped grass.<br />
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Update: I took all of the bear shots from a zodiac from around 50 ft away, using the water channels that run through the sedge grass meadows at high tide.  It felt quite safe.<br />
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Other photos of the bears, at different distances to show them in their natural environment, can be seen here: <a href="http://goo.gl/HT9PcK">http://goo.gl/HT9PcK</a>

Grizzly bear feasting on sedge grass

Khutze Inlet, Great Bear Rainforest, British Columbia

Some of you may have been wondering where are the great bears in the Great Bear Rainforest. Well they are there all right. This photo is of a 3 year old cub. The cubs are abandoned to fend for themselves after their 3rd winter so their mothers can breed again. After their long winter hibernation, all of the bears find their way down to the protein-rich beds of sedge grass in the river estuaries at the heads of inlets such as Khutze Inlet. This is their main source of nutrition until the berry crops ripen and the salmon find their way back to the rivers. Check out the large sizes to see the details, including the cropped grass.

Update: I took all of the bear shots from a zodiac from around 50 ft away, using the water channels that run through the sedge grass meadows at high tide. It felt quite safe.

Other photos of the bears, at different distances to show them in their natural environment, can be seen here: http://goo.gl/HT9PcK

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Terry Allen

Terry Allen posts wildlife, remote travel and cultural photography from around the world. New galleries are continually being added as she catches up with her huge backlog.

Expeditions featured on my website:
Circumnavigation of Sumatra: Singapore, Malacca, Belewan, Banda Aceh, Belitung, Krui, Lhoksemawe, Nias, Padang, Simelulu Island, Sunda Strait, Karakatoa eruption
Botswana: Okavango Delta, Chobe National Park (elephants, hippos, fish eagles, leopards, water lily, zebra, lilac billed rollers, hornbills & other birds, wart hogs, impala & other antelopes, leopard hyenas, giraffe, monitor lizard, nile crocodile)
Namibia: Naankuse, Sossusvlei, Swakopmund, Etopa Falls (cheetah, lions, leopards, caracal, African wild dogs, zebra, kudu, oryx, springbok, sand dunes, Himba people, Epupa falls, bushmen, quiver trees, python)
South Africa: Sabi Sabi, Magaliesburg (African wild dogs, lions, impala, kudu, hippo, kingfishers, giraffe, vervet monkeys, baboons, white rhino, tiger, boomslang)
Canadian Arctic: Polar bears, Churchill, Hudson's Bay, Seal River, York Factory, Gillam, Nanuk (polar bears, black bears, arctic fox, ptarmigan)
Mediterranean: Sicily, Montenegro, Croatia, Albania, Greece
Budapest, Hungary
Antarctic Penninsula, Sub-Antarctic Islands: Falkland Islands, South Georgia Island, South Orkney Islands, South Shetland Island, Elephant Island, Deception Island (penguins, humpback whales, leopard seals, fur seals & elephant seals, skua, icebergs)
Stratford-on-Avon (swans, old half-timbered buildings, Anne Hathaway cottage, Shakespeare's house, Hall House, Shakespearean actresses)
Israel (Abu Ghosh, Jerusalem, Dead Sea, Masada, Kibbutz, Chagall windows)
Vancouver & vicinity (snowy owls, ducks, herons, bald eagles, Canada geese, dog in snow, Portuguese Water Dog, forest mushrooms)
Myanmar (Burma); Yangon (Rangoon), Bagan, Mandalay, Lake Inle, Pyin Oo Lwin Hill Station
China (Hangzhou)
South Africa (Ngala)
Australia Gold Coast, Papua New Guinea, D'Entrecosteaux Islands, Trobriand Islands, Solomon Islands, Santa Cruz Islands, Vanuatu
British Columbia Coastal Fjords (grizzly bears)
Basel, Switzerland (old city, Basel Munster)
Hawaii (Honolulu, island of Oahu, sea turtles)
British Columbia Chilcotin-Cariboo salmon rivers (wilderness, mountains, bears)
China (pandas, Siberian tigers, ice sculptures)
Sea of Cortez (whales, dolphins, birds, desert islands)
American Southwest (slot canyons, high desert, snow)
Minnesota (wildlife babies)
Mongolia (eagle festival, wild horses, Olgii, UlaanBaatar, Khovd, Kazakh eagle hunters)
Pantanal, Brazil and Foz do Iguacu
Ethnic areas of southern China
North Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia
Northern Japan
Upcoming expeditions:
Newfoundland
Indonesia, Bali, Borneo, Kalamantin
China landscapes
Iceland
Morocco
Kazakhstan