Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Brown Bear, Kuhmo, Finland

In mid-May, I was lucky enough to be reinvited to the Boreal Wildlife Centre, near Kuhmo, Finland. Having been there in March and seen little other than snow and a single Siberian Jay, it was like visiting a whole new place in May. With the melting of the snow, the Brown Bears come out of hibernation and the forest was full of birds.

Best of all was the chance to watch and photograph Brown Bears from the hides. I love these animals. Jaane and Kari from the BWC put out salmon and dry dog food to supplement the roadkill Moose which the have previously placed in the open clearing. So, after 6pm the action started, and the smallish bear featured in this video was the first to visit on each of the two nights I was there.

This Brown Bear was one of a pair of siblings (the other being the one with the blond patch near its shoulders), which were perhaps three years old, and regular visitors to the feeding area in mid May.

This video was taken with my new Canon Powershot S95 though my usual digiscoping scope, the Kowa TSN-823 Prominar + 32xW.

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