Gerry van der Walt
Intimidation<br />
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Location: Svalbard, Arctic Circle<br />
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The white world of Svalbard is a true wildenerss and home to the largest land predator in the world, the Polar Bear (Ursus maritimus).  We followed two courting Polar Bears around the pack ice for quite some time as they exhibited incredible mating behaviour which involved play fighting and mutual grooming.  During one of these play fighting sequences the one Bear stood up on it's hind legs and advanced on the other one which made for an image that looks intimidating and aggresive but is actually part of a seldomly seen courting ritual. <br />
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Canon 1D4, Canon 600mm lens, /1250, f/9, ISO 640