BE­WARE A MOTHER BEAR

Sunday Star-Times - Sunday Magazine - - COVER STORY -

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.

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