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Scott Stoness
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On monday, returning on our Queen's Birthday (Canadian Holiday that starts the summer in Alberta), I found some baby bears.

Here are my best shots - they were really really cute and I hated to leave them to go home.

Comments and feedback is appreciated. Scott

1 of 5

First the mother. She is the healthiest mother I have every seen for this early in the season.




1 of 5

  Canon EOS 5D Mark III    EF500mm f/4L IS USM lens    500mm    f/4.0    1/320s    4000 ISO    -0.3 EV  




May 23, 2012 at 01:54 AM
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And now for the cute ones.

4-5 of 5




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  Canon EOS 5D Mark III    EF500mm f/4L IS USM lens    500mm    f/4.0    1/250s    1000 ISO    0.0 EV  






3 of 5

  Canon EOS 5D Mark III    EF500mm f/4L IS USM lens    500mm    f/4.0    1/320s    4000 ISO    -0.3 EV  






4 of 5

  Canon EOS 5D Mark III    EF500mm f/4L IS USM lens    500mm    f/4.5    1/320s    1250 ISO    -0.3 EV  






5 of 5

  Canon EOS 5D Mark III    EF500mm f/4L IS USM lens    500mm    f/8.0    1/250s    2500 ISO    -0.3 EV  




May 23, 2012 at 01:56 AM
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And because I can't count 6 of 5

Did I say that I was happy with the low light capability of the 5diii combined with 500 F4.




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  Canon EOS 5D Mark III    EF500mm f/4L IS USM lens    500mm    f/8.0    1/250s    5000 ISO    -0.3 EV  



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May 23, 2012 at 01:57 AM
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Super cute Scott. I really like #4 with the two babes. Why the very different colour in the two of them?
David



May 23, 2012 at 01:58 AM
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David Leask wrote:
Super cute Scott. I really like #4 with the two babes. Why the very different colour in the two of them?
David


This is the 2nd set of siblings I saw in the same area with cinnamon and black combined. I will have to do some reading to find out if they are from different or same fathers.

Thanks for the feedback. Much appreciated. Scott

[ from the internet:

Bears have delayed implantation. The fertilized egg develops into a small embryo called a blastocyst. After this brief period of development, of the fertilized egg suddenly stops growing and simply floats freely in the uterus for several months.If a sow is in peak condition when she heads into her winter den, the embryo implants in the uterus and begins to develop. If the sow is not in peak condition at the onset of hibernation, her body will reabsorb the embryo.

Male bears will mate with more than one female during breeding season. A female bear,may also mate with a couple of different bears in the same day, making it possible for cubs in a single litter to be fathered by more than one father. ]

Thus it is possible to have two colors just because of gene recessive vs dominant and the probilities of 2 recessive genes matching up or because of different fathers. [I have blue eyes and my father has brown eyes and my mother has blue eyes and brown is dominant - so my dad must have passed only the blue]

Don't ask me to go collect DNA because the mother looks tough.



May 23, 2012 at 02:03 AM
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Nice capture Scott, well done. Dan


May 23, 2012 at 02:37 AM
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very cute cubs - nice shots Scott!

Mark



May 23, 2012 at 02:42 AM
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Way to go Scott - absolutely gorgeous.

Jim



May 23, 2012 at 02:46 AM
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Good stuff Scott - but number 4 is killer. Congrats. All the best, Andrew


May 23, 2012 at 02:57 AM
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You got some real nice, and cute, images Scott. That momma bear looks big. I may have needed a good IS lens to control the shaking if I was there.


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Really cool set Scott... 2, 4, and 5 are just terrific!

Kirk



May 23, 2012 at 03:54 AM
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#4 for me also. The colour variation makes for more interest. I think I would have taken an extended long weekend if I were you!! Don


May 23, 2012 at 04:26 AM
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Dan Heitman: They were good looking bears. But I think I sharpened them too much. Thanks for the feedback. Much appreciated. Scott


321photos: They were very good looking healthy (like me) cubs. Glad you like them. Thanks for the feedback. Much appreciated. Scott


canadajim: They were just south of the ranger station. Thanks for the feedback. Much appreciated. Scott


Andrwe Bazeley: Glad you like them. They were really cute. Thanks for the feedback. Much appreciated. Scott


KCollett: She was really big and healthy. And so were the cubs. Amazing for this early in the spring. Either long or IS makes for courage Thanks for the feedback. Much appreciated. Scott


KirkB: The babies were fantastic to shoot. The brown/black contract was great. Thanks for the feedback. Much appreciated. Scott


DonGut: I wanted to stay but my wife said something about 20 anniversary and children and we drove on. Thanks for the feedback. Much appreciated. Scott



May 23, 2012 at 05:02 AM
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#4 would also be my favorite Scott


May 23, 2012 at 09:28 AM
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A very nice set and super cute Scott. It's 2 and 4 for me ~ Ron


May 23, 2012 at 10:32 AM
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The little brown one seems to be keeping a close eye on you Scott.
Terrific series!

Mike



May 23, 2012 at 10:40 AM
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Kmunroe: Glad you like it. Thanks for the feedback. Much appreciated. Scott


Surfnron: Glad you like them. They were really cute. Thanks for the feedback. Much appreciated. Scott

Mike717: The cinnamon baby kept an eye on me. Glad you liked them. Thanks for the feedback. Much appreciated. Scott



May 23, 2012 at 01:04 PM
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p.1 #18 · p.1 #18 · Baby Black Bears - Kootenay Highway


Truly amazing shots Scott. How close were you ? The little cinnamon one seems to really be watching you

Birdie



May 23, 2012 at 01:16 PM
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p.1 #19 · p.1 #19 · Baby Black Bears - Kootenay Highway


Great shots, I've never seen the cinnamon.
Mark



May 23, 2012 at 04:07 PM
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p.1 #20 · p.1 #20 · Baby Black Bears - Kootenay Highway


Super shots Scott. #4 is my pick. You must have fed these guys all winter, even Mom looks fat and happy.

Rob



May 23, 2012 at 04:41 PM
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