Being able to get close enough to photograph a large female brown bear feeding her cub in the Alaskan Wilderness is an amazing experience. The brown bear is one of the largest bear species, and witnessing the tenderness and interaction between the two made the entire trip to Alaska worthwhile.
There are several brown bear subspecies depending on where they live. In addition to the Alaskan brown bears in this photograph, there are Grizzly, European, Syrian, and Kodiak brown bear. From my experiences with the larger Alaskan and British Columbian spirit bears, I find them not aggressive to humans, even when in close proximity to their cubs. For more information on brown bears, there is a great National Geographic article.
Gear: Canon EOS-1D Mark IV, Canon EF600mm f/4L IS USM lens.
Settings: Focal length 600mm; exposure 1/160 sec; f16; ISO 400.
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