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On The Prowl  by Gary L   Suddath

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Black Bear here was feeding down beside Cades Cove Loop Road., in the Great Smoky Mountain NP. It seemed to be hunting a particular leaf for its salad. Probably about a year and a half old.

Canon 5D Mark II
100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L @ 320mm
Aperture-Priority f/5.6
SS 1/160
ISO 1250
Bogen 3021pro/ Kirk BH-3
Cable Release


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  • wayne51
    wayne51about 4 years ago

    Excellent capture. Wayne

  • Fred Mitchell
    Fred Mitchellabout 4 years ago

    What sort of meat precedes the salad. Bears I do not want to meet so I understand the long focal length. I’d still be in a car.

  • Phillip M. Burrow
    Phillip M. Burrowabout 4 years ago

    Excellent capture!

  • photodug
    photodugabout 4 years ago

    Nice catch Gary!

  • WatscapePhoto
    WatscapePhotoabout 4 years ago

    Well caught, Gary. Excellent shot (If you’ll pardon the expression)

  • WagnonPhotos
    WagnonPhotosabout 4 years ago

    I’m going with you next time, Buddy. You are a bear magnet! Great shots!

  • Trish Threlfall
    Trish Threlfallabout 4 years ago

    wow ,,fantastic capture Gary :))

  • kathy s gillentine
    kathy s gillen...about 4 years ago

    magnificent capture, I didn’t see one bear when I was there, I got my smoky’s newspaper and they said the bear popualtion is up in the park ,which is great news

  • Seth  Weaver
    Seth Weaverabout 4 years ago

    Excellent capture Gary! Your nature shots are always excellent.

  • Dennis Rubin IPA
    Dennis Rubin IPAabout 4 years ago

    great one, Gary, like the eye catchlight, super! added!

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