BEWARE A MOTHER BEAR
Mikhail Shatenev, Russia, Finalist, 15–17 Years Old Category / Wildlife Photographer of the Year
Sleep? No chance. Mikhail kept his eyes fixed on the taiga – snow forest – around the hide and bait. As a female Eurasian brown bear wandered by with its cubs a raven edged too close. Powered by a protective instinct the bear roared towards it, the raven fleeing in the nick of time. When bears emerge from hibernation, hungry males will not hesitate to attack small cubs, so females have reason to be easily spooked. The chances of seeing Eurasian brown bears in spring time are mixed. The bears usually wouldn’t leave their denning areas, which are across the border in Russia, until June.
Wildlife Photographer of the Year is developed and produced by the Natural History Museum, London. The exhibition is on at the Auckland War Memorial Museum from Friday until December 3, and is free with museum entry.