Excellent photos from UK’s James O’Donoghue. While in the viewing stands on the Glendale River there is always activity if you tire to the bears take time for some eagle action or blue herons. The grizzly bears are constantly leaving partially eaten salmon on the shore, which makes the eagles life much easier while the heron are searching for small trout. This eagle appears to be coming to claim some prey either a fresh salmon on a carcass. If you check the feathers above the talons they are wet making me think that a water catch was missed. In the fall the eagle move from other areas along the British Columbia coast to the river where the is much more food and thus providing or guest with great opportunities for photo like this one.
Beside not being the clearest photo it is interesting because it captures the meting of a mother grizzly with three cubs and a sub-adult male grizzly bear.
Coming from opposite directions it was the young male that was most surprised as the wind was at it’s back and he was not able to smell the mother. The mother had picked up on the males scent earlier and was not concerned. It was the male that retreated to the upper beach and walk around the family before moving along the beach. Most grizzlies go out of their way to avoid a mother with cubs.Visit our Blog