Monday, June 20, 2016
A the start of June I accompanied a group from Ramblers Worldwide Holidays on a birdwatching tour of Romania. We started in the Carathians, where the highlight was an evening visit to a bear hide. The bears were baited with biscuits, mainly and the first individuals came almost instantaneously. We saw about a dozen individuals, including a mother and two tiny cubs, which I didn't get any photos of.Nearly all the bears were females of various ages plus young bears of indeterminate gender. When a male turned up, he was flirted with by one of the females, leading to a bit of a game of chase through the forest and the rest scarpered.One of the highlights for me was hearing bears roaring in the forest. Awesome racket!A battered older female who visited several times to the clearing. She had a round patch on her right flank and what looks like scarred skin on her left rear leg. Also her left eye looked liek it had been in a scrap...This is the large male which appeared to have started its summer moult. He typically had the horn for femalesFemale Brown BearThe last couple of photos are of a ?year-old bear which was always a tad nervousSmall, scruffy bear, one of the first comersMost of the last few photos are of the battered looking female I mentioned earlierBrown Bears can look remarkably like dogs!
Posted by Mike Weedon at 3:08 PM