Image: Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2009 #5
White Water Fishing.
- Eric Lefranc
- © Eric Lefranc
‘I focused on a young bear in a spot below the falls in Alaska’s Katmai National Park. Neck-high in water, it spent the day pouncing, with varying success. What I like especially about this shot is the intensity in the eyes of the salmon – which escaped.’
Brown bears have a variety of ways to catch salmon from a waterfall. Some wait at the top to catch the fish jumping, others sit at the bottom to catch them before they jump. Older bears simply steal the catch of the youngsters through intimidation.
Nikon D300 + AF-S Nikkor 400mm f2.8 VR lens; 1/1000 sec at f8; ISO 280; Gitzo tripod 5540LS + Wimberley Head.