I love to photograph bears because I love and respect this charismatic animal. I always keep a safe distance and use a telephoto lens but sometimes they chose to come closer like this one. Never approach a bear and never feed a bear.
I love it when wildlife cooperates. This great blue heron landed a few metres only from me, fully aware of my presence, and proceeded to fish in front of my camera. I have several shots of it and one of them could end up in a Canadian nature magazine in the Spring.
Roosevelt elks (Cervus elaphus roosevelti) posing for a family portrait in the wilderness on Vancouver Island #BritishColumbia They're wearing their winter coat for this shot; the colour is lighter than the summer one. They took the time to pose for a few shots in their busy schedule of munching grass and making the next generation.
A Roosevelt elk cow with her calf in the wilderness on #VancouverIsland #BritishColumbia They are part of a big herd that I have been photographing for several years. Elk cows are good mothers; I have seen one feeding three calves at once, some of them were not hers.
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The Roosevelt elks were waiting for me this morning. They were already at my secret spot when I showed up. I wasn't ready so they observed me struggling with the raincover for my telephoto lens. They now know how to put it on, I think one of them even took notes.
I spent about 2 hours with this herd of about 20 cows, yearlings and calves plus the male.
#VancouverIslandWildlife #elk #wildlife #nature #WildlifePhotography
Your daily bear pic. I have actually created a page on my website entirely dedicated to black bears on Vancouver Island. Have a look and let me know what you think!
A black bear stepped on wet sand and then on a log leaving behind two clear sandy paw prints. The one on the left is from a front paw and the other one is from the rear paw. Note that black bears on Vancouver Island are smaller that their cousins on mainland. They are a subspecies: Ursus americanus vancouveri.
This is how I like to see a black bear: in its natural habitat and looking healthy. This bear is fat enough to survive winter and I'm sure it gained a few more kilos since I photographed it a couple of weeks ago on #VancouverIsland #BritishColumbia
It’s been a very long day in “airports and customs” land and I’m not quite home yet. Wishing this was easier and thought of a photo I took this summer.
The fussing with a long slow lens, manual focus to boot, is certainly far less frustrating than the various but of fussing today.
A Western sandpiper (Calidris mauri) forages on the shoreline of #VancouverIsland. To get this image, I anticipated which way the flock of sandpipers was going then I layed down on the ground.
I haven't posted a bear photo in two days 😲 Got distracted by the storm 😁 Tomorrow is day 4 of my private photo workshop and we are hoping to photograph some bears. This photo was taken last week on #VancouverIsland
A Roosevelt elk (Cervus elaphus roosevelti) keeps an eye on its harem on #Vancouver Island The window of opportunity to father the next generation is short and competition between bucks is fierce.
This great blue heron is a skilled fisher that caught a salmon and several eels during the salmon run on Vancouver Island, British Columbia. Patience, precision and rapidity are the keys to its success.
New print now available: https://www.catherinebabault.com/fine-art-prints/the-great-fisher
Least sandpiper, Calidris minutilla, foraging for little crustaceans, insects, and other invertebrates on the shoreline in Vancouver Island. It surprisingly came close to me, perhaps because I was croutched down and still.
I had such a positive response to this close-up photo of a black bear that it is now available in prints on my website if you wish to order a print for yourself or someone who would appreciate it: https://www.catherinebabault.com/fine-art-prints/black-bear
#introduction : I am a professional nature photographer on Vancouver Island, British Columbia. I offer photo tours and workshops to photographers of all levels. I have been published in magazines and I am the author of two photo books. I sell fine art prints too.
Bears are my favourite subjects to photograph.
My website: https://www.catherinebabault.com/
Steller sea lions (Eumetopias jubatus) resting on a small island off Vancouver Island, British Columbia. Photo taken earlier this week during one of my photo tours.
If you'd be interested in booking a photo tour or workshop on Vancouver Island, contact me here: https://www.catherinebabault.com/contact
I find that seals are curious. They often observe me from the shore with their snout just above the water. I often wonder what they think while they're looking at me wandering with my tripod and big camera bag.
I photographed this male purple Martin (Progne subis) a few days ago. We can really see its purple colour in the sunlight. They are nesting at the moment on Vancouver Island, BritishColumbia
Images from my photo book: Vancouver Island Marmot, The World’s Rarest Marmot
‘’Like Babault’s earlier book, this work is a feast for the eyes.’’ - Tom Sandborn, Vancouver Sun
Learn more / order a signed copy here: https://www.catherinebabault.com/book/vancouver-island-marmot
Earlier this week I saw a brown creeper, Certhia americana, building a nest under a piece of raised bark, Vancouver Island, British Columbia.
(Image in portrait format, might need a click)
Vancouver Island marmot pup challenging a yearling to a play fight in the mountains on Vancouver Island, British Columbia.
Excerpt from my photo book: Vancouver Island Marmot, the World's Rarest Marmot
Young Vancouver Island marmots play-fighting in their natural habitat.
This is the only endemic species in British Columbia. This species is listed as endangered. There are less than 300 Vancouver Island marmot living in the mountains on Vancouver Island.