Bears in the Wild

by Rebecca on January 28, 2011

in Animal Pictures,Animal Stories

A dramatic new series of photographs, by Russian photographer Sergey Gorshkov, show the bears fishing for their supper in Kurile Lake in Kamchatka, Russia.

The wildlife enthusiast risked his life swimming just a few feet from the animals at the rural site, which is home to more than 18,000 of them.

Standing to attention: The bear's impressive size and powerful paws are no match for the salmonFish supper: A wild bear is captured hunting for salmon in a lake in Kamchatka, Russia.

 

Gorshkov, who lived in a tent in the woods, spent six years following them as they hunted for salmon, paddled in a lake and walked for miles through forests.

He said: ‘These photographs show a little of what I saw and lived through living side by side with bears.

‘The lake is the largest spawning ground for red salmon in Eurasia and the best place for bears. They come here every year from generation to generation.

‘I went there after seeing a television documentary and became absorbed.

Catch of the day: A wild bear is captured catching a salmon in its mouth in a lake in Kamchatka, RussiaMaking a splash: The bear’s impressive strength and speed is no match for the salmon.

Standing to attention: Kurile Lake in Kamchatka, Russia is home to more than 18,000 bearsStanding to attention: Kurile Lake in Kamchatka, Russia is home to more than 18,000 bears.

 ‘I go to the woods and stay near the bears in a tent – always fighting with severe weather conditions, curious young bears and even with myself.

‘Photographing bears is risky. I have got as close to the bears in the wild as you could in the zoo. ‘It is only now, looking back, that I realise how dangerous it was. Bears have caused more injuries to photographers than lions, tigers, leopards and sharks combined.’ 


Making a splash: Russian photographer Sergey Gorshkov spent six years following the bears, risking his life in an effort to get as close as possible to the animals as they hunted for food

Risky business: Russian photographer Sergey Gorshkov spent six years following the dangerous animals.

Gorshkov, from Moscow, Russia, added: ‘I always follow the work of other photographers who take pictures of bears. ‘I knew that nobody had taken a picture of a bear under water and I had a clear idea in my mind of what I wanted. ‘To achieve my dream I spent hours in the icy water, where some bears saw me as prey – it was scary.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1349767/Catch-day-Dramatic-close-pictures-wild-bears-fishing-survival.html#ixzz1CLIWyi5s

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1349767/Catch-day-Dramatic-close-pictures-wild-bears-fishing-survival.html#ixzz1CLIPecKS


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