A Banff Grizzly on the move

A summer's walk - 2014 © Christopher Martin

Canon 5DIII and 300mm lens: 1/1600 second at f/4 on ISO 2000

I spent one morning in Banff on the weekend and came across a male Grizzly Bear (Ursus arctos horribilis) along the Bow Valley Parkway.  He spent some time in one roadside meadow chewing on a everything green he could see.

Stepping across the line - 2014 © Christopher Martin

Canon 5DII and 70-200mm lens at 122mm: 1/250 second at f/4 on ISO 800

Before long, he crossed the road and then headed into the trees leaving a group of vehicles and their occupants behind.  I hoped he was heading towards a larger meadow about a mile east and drove there to wait and see.

2014 © Christopher Martin

Canon 5DIII and 70-200mm lens at 149mm: 1/1000 second at f/4 on ISO 2000

Apparently the dandelions and lush vegetation were calling him and after not too long a wait he strode out of the forest and continued chowing down.  He stayed there for more than an hour, disappearing briefly a couple of times before finally heading deeper into the shadows.

Meadow lunch - 2014 © Christopher Martin

Canon 5DIII and 500mm lens: 1/500 second at f/4 on ISO 1600

Although winter felt slow to leave, the greenery now seems abundant and makes me hopeful this bear and the other animals in the park will enjoy a long summer feast.

In the garden patch - 2014 © Christopher Martin

Canon 5DIII and 500mm lens: 1/1600 second at f/4 on ISO 1000

6 responses

  1. Great photos. As I am terrified of grizzlies, I can only hope your lens was VERY long-range, keeping you far from danger. 🙂 He’s a beauty!

    June 30, 2014 at 2:19 pm

  2. traveled this parkway over and over and stayed on it too……saw a lot of moose. great shot!!!

    June 30, 2014 at 12:07 pm

  3. He is massive -and hungry-a handsome fellow.My favourite is the third.Unencumbered, with the light on him.Great series.

    June 30, 2014 at 7:23 am

  4. great close ups!

    June 30, 2014 at 7:05 am

  5. It’s wonderful to see your bear sequences – heartening to see them still existing in a natural environment.

    June 30, 2014 at 2:45 am

  6. That must have been wonderful. I like the last shot the best.

    June 29, 2014 at 11:17 pm

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