June 12, 2016

The Bear

When my friend Rick Louie and I set out at 4:00am from Jackson for the two hour drive to Yellowstone National Park in a quest to find and photograph wildlife, I hoped for the best. And, being a city boy, the best I hoped for was bison (and there were plenty of bison). I didn’t expect this; a grizzly bear dining on a fresh kill of elk calf.

We stopped after seeing a number of other cars stopped on the road in Hayden Valley. We asked what why everyone else was stopped. Then we saw the grizzly; across the river, in the shadow of the hill, about a football field away.

Rick and I (along with a couple dozed other people) watched and photographed a drama unfold — A bear having his breakfast. A couple of ravens looking for a handout. Then one of them successfully grabbing a morsel.

We photographed this bear for well over an hour.

After gorging himself and chasing away a couple of ravens, the bear napped.

Technical Notes:
I captured this scene with my Olympus OM-D E-M1 and a rented Zuiko 300mm f/4.0 Pro lens. That gave me the equivalent full frame reach of 600mm. For most of the shots I also used the 1.4 teleconverter, extending the equivalent reach to 840mm.

All images were captured hand-held.

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  1. I hate you! Wish I had been there. Great images. I KNOW you will be going back there again. No doubt. Best, Jim