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European Brown Bear (Cubs + Mum)

Ursus arctos

Description:

This family of Brown bears were seen between 12 midnight and 2am in the light of the Arctic summer where it has 24 hour daylight during the months of May to early August. As seen on these photos the colour of the Brown Bears fur can vary between a very light brown to almost Black.

Habitat:

Seen from the Hide of the Martinselkonen wilds centre in the middle of the Taiga forest, Suomussalmi on the Russian border. This is a dense Pine and spruce forest where the bears find most of their food including berries and fish.


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26 Comments (1–25)

doreen.chambers.14
doreen.chambers.14 5 years ago

Just love them. Doreen

Debbie Stewart
Debbie Stewart 5 years ago

Haha yeah it is a bit fairy tale ish Staccy, Thanks

staccyh
staccyh 5 years ago

Such a cool photo! Reminds me of Goldilocks :)

Debbie Stewart
Debbie Stewart 5 years ago

hey waxr6r, you have to be very quiet and patient and sometimes just sit and see what comes past you, you will be amazed at what turns up if it thinks there is no-one there :-)

waxr6r
waxr6r 5 years ago

How do u guys find all of these animals? The only one I can find are squirrels and my dog! :p

Debbie Stewart
Debbie Stewart 5 years ago

Thanks again Madalena :-)

mendes.madalena
mendes.madalena 5 years ago

what a beautiful spotting!

Debbie Stewart
Debbie Stewart 5 years ago

I thought you appreciate the difficulty of that Pedro haha ;-) I still have loads to upload but have to compress the images first.

PedroNicolau
PedroNicolau 5 years ago

Hahaha that's even more impressive! What a fantastic trip it must have been.

Debbie Stewart
Debbie Stewart 5 years ago

Thanks Pedro, this incredibly is the middle of the night on low ISO!!

PedroNicolau
PedroNicolau 5 years ago

Wow, incredible spotting.

Debbie Stewart
Debbie Stewart 5 years ago

Its a lovely place in either summer or winter but be warned that winter temperatures go down to -40 degrees c!! There are only about 10 people a day allowed to go so early booking is advisable and I believe the best month to go in is July :-)

The MnMs
The MnMs 5 years ago

Many thanks! I will keep it. My mother is this year on holidays in the very North of Finland and Norway so it got me thinking that I should do the same some time soon :-) I will keep your link for future reference :-)

Debbie Stewart
Debbie Stewart 5 years ago

Here is the link for Martinselkonen Marta and for anyone else who would love to see wild bears close up:
http://www.martinselkonen.fi/index.php?i...

Debbie Stewart
Debbie Stewart 5 years ago

Hvala Jopy :-) Thank you very much outside girl!

outsidegirl0
outsidegirl0 5 years ago

very cool series

Jopy
Jopy 5 years ago

wow, very lovely family :) great photo, Debbie :D

Debbie Stewart
Debbie Stewart 5 years ago

Thank you Joshua, and Marta it is a wonderful place and I can let you have the link for the lodge if you would like it forwarding it is really beautiful and there is plenty to see! I still have a lot to upload but I am having to resize all my photos to fit on here.

Debbie Stewart
Debbie Stewart 5 years ago

Thanks for the wow landmark expert!!

The MnMs
The MnMs 5 years ago

This is wonderful! I have to visit this place some time in the future!

Josh Asel
Josh Asel 5 years ago

No way! Great spotting :)

Caleb Steindel
Caleb Steindel 5 years ago

wow!

Debbie Stewart
Debbie Stewart 5 years ago

Also if you look at the cub standing on 2 feet you can see the white triangle opatch on its shoulder thats visible on the separate posting of the male, which according to the local ranger this indicates they are likely to be his offspring.

Debbie Stewart
Debbie Stewart 5 years ago

Thank you very much Nuwan, bayucca, Ashley and J, we saw 30 different individuals over two nights all with different markings. The 24 hour daylight is very surreal!

bayucca
bayucca 5 years ago

Wonderful!

Suomussalmi, Itä-Suomi, Finland

Lat: 64.88, Long: 28.91

Spotted on Jul 18, 2013
Submitted on Jul 29, 2013

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