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I think I mentioned in a previous post that these guys (this is a gal actually) have a Jacobs gland that allows them to taste the air and I suppose that this brings them a second dimension to their incredible ability to smell. As with many of my polar bear shots, she is at the shoreline of the great Hudson Bay, waiting for freeze-up. This is one of the few times one gets to see these bears since the Southern Hudson Bay population tends to congregate in the area just South of the mouth of the Churchill River -- the river dumps fresh water into the bay which very slightly lowers the salinity and combined with the prevailing northeasterly wind, this tends to form sea ice in this area first. And once the sea ice has formed and is able to support the weight of a bear (4-5 days of -10C or colder and a good strong NE wind) then it is off to the races for the bears. And it is terribly difficult to follow them out onto the ice -- it is often too broken up from tidal action for a snow machine to travel and the once on the ice and hunting the bears disperse in their mad dash for ringed seal and especially ringed seal pups .

Check out my blog, which is just getting started, because I post various tips on wildlife photography there along with other interesting stuff -- www.tecshots.com/blog.

And if you have Facebook, check out www.facebook.com/tecshots and give me a like.

Other sites that you might find of interest -- my general wildlife site, which is www.tecshots.com and the site about the book that I am preparing to publish, which is www.onemanspolarbear.com.

Love to hear your comments about any of the sites.

Cheers, Andrew




  NIKON D3    300mm    f/5.6    1/1000s    400 ISO    +0.7 EV  




Apr 28, 2012 at 03:27 PM
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p.1 #2 · p.1 #2 · Tasting the Air


Great shot Andrew. The blog looks good too - saved to favourites now
David



Apr 28, 2012 at 05:58 PM
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Beautiful shot. Love the blog , too.
Out of curiosity , what is in the background?

Thanks
Birdie



Apr 28, 2012 at 06:05 PM
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Hi David, Hi Roberta -- thanks for the comments and thanks also for checking out my blog. If you like my facebook page, the blog posts come to there and so you don't have to manually check it. And Birdie, the background is the as-yet unfrozen Hudson Bay. Cheers, Andrew


Apr 28, 2012 at 07:50 PM
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It looks like another animal in the background?



Apr 28, 2012 at 07:59 PM
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Nah -- just rocks. Cheers, Andrew


Apr 28, 2012 at 08:08 PM
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Amazing shot! Wow, 300mm - that seems like that would be scary close


Apr 28, 2012 at 08:52 PM
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All your stuff is excellent Andrew ~ Ron


Apr 28, 2012 at 11:27 PM
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Hi Ashley -- not really close with a 300. Besides, I was close enough to the Suburban that I would have won that race, if you you get what I mean. Cheers, Andrew


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Hi Ron -- thanks as always for the comments. Cheers, Andrew


Apr 29, 2012 at 12:33 AM
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great shot Andrew


Apr 29, 2012 at 12:46 AM
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Neat shot. The rock looks like a beaver to me!


Apr 29, 2012 at 03:01 AM
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Hey Kenny & John -- great to hear from you guys and thanks for the comments. Cheers, Andrew


Apr 29, 2012 at 04:53 AM
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I really like this one Andrew. The cropping supports the image well.


Apr 29, 2012 at 02:31 PM
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You must have a deal with the sun god! You always get great light. Nicely composed. I'll check that blog also. Don


Apr 29, 2012 at 04:46 PM
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nice shot Andrew
nice composition
Hai



Apr 30, 2012 at 02:34 AM
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I love the glow of the Bear Andrew.

Morris



Apr 30, 2012 at 02:43 AM
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p.1 #18 · p.1 #18 · Tasting the Air


Hi Ken, Don, Hai, Morris -- thanks for the comments. Don -- the sun is never doing what I want either -- seems that whenever the sun is good the animals all lie down and go to sleep. Cheers, Andrew


Apr 30, 2012 at 04:47 AM





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