INTRODUCING “BELLA”

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I found this female bear in a area I’ve never seen a bear in before. I also got the feeling that this bear hasn’t seen many people/boats before.It swung around & was very curious about me.As long as I don’t move the bears stay transfixed staring at me. I do have to slow the engine or correct my steering  which means I do have to move.Movement tells them I’m an animal & that scares them away.

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WAVING HELLO!

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It looked like this pup was waving hello to me!

The youngster has her mothers nose!

“YOU STARING AT ME”?

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“NICK”

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This bear has a nick above it’s right eye.From a fight no doubt!

GRUMPY

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The Daredevil always seems to look grumpy but he’s actually a pretty happy go lucky Eagle!

PEGGY & PIGLET

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I made a mistake! I found a cub in this area two days ago.It was a female & seemed to recognize me. I assumed it was Piglet,but it would appear that I presumed too much. These are defiantly Peggy & Piglet! I wish they could of grazed in the sunshine & not the shade! I look forward to seeing them both again!

 

SUNSET POSING

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SUNSET SKIMMING

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THE DAREDEVIL

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SUNSET ECLIPSE

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MAGGIE SHOWING HER SKIRT

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THE COMING & GOING OF JULIETTE!

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LITTLE CUTIE

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I believe that this is an adult female?How do I know that? ….the nose. The reason why that nose is pink is because of scar tissue.The males usually grab the females neck to make her stay put while he mates with her but they also grab the nose as well.The nose is very sensitive! She doesn’t stay still & so the nose is damaged.

COMING BACK IN

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PIGLET?

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I was so happy to see my young furry friend again! She looks like she’s grown & is doing well! Because I didn’t see her mother Peggy anywhere I suspect Piglet denned by herself.Peggy must of given Piglet the boot last fall before going to sleep.I found Piglet on the very same beach I found her last year at this time.They tend to hand around areas they are familiar with when they are young.

UPDATE: Turns out this is not Piglet after all.I found both Peggy & Piglet together last night.So this female cub is new.

TAKING A BREAK

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THE DAREDEVIL DOING HIS THING

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ROMEO’S SUNSET

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ROMEO ARRIVES & IS PROMPTLY TOLD TO GET OUT OF THE WAY!

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Juliette was being a bully to Romeo tonight.Romeo came over to say hi to me just as I was arriving at their rocky throne when Juliette came out of nowhere & forced him to move suddenly! She’s much bigger than he is & does bully him from time to time.Romeo almost always takes her fish when she’s sitting on the nest.

FEATHERED PEEK-A-BOO

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ROMEO TAKES OFF & JULIETTE FOLLOWS

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WATCHING

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CLASSIC DAREDEVIL

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MAGGIE GIRL

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SPLISH SPLASH

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ROMEO’S CLOSE UP

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ROMEO AT REST & PLAY

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EXIT STAGE LEFT

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A DAREDEVIL’S MOON

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With the full moon being on Sunday & today/tomorrow being overcast,this will be the only moon shot I get this time around.

INTRODUCING “VALIANT”

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I found a new bear today! It has a very unique chest marking! A white patch in the shape of a “V”. So I’m calling this bear “Valiant”.

NAP TIME

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These shots are out of order to be honest.These are the first shots I took.When I spotted Valiant he was pretty far back from the waters edge.In order to get closer I had to very quietly beach my boat around the corner & as quietly as I could walk along the shore, peek around the corner. When I did I could see that he had heard me & so was very alert looking around!

He soon settled down to have a afternoon nap.

“VALIANT” TREE POSING

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“VALIANT” HAS MANGE

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Looks like Valiant has some mange on his flank quarters! I think they get rid of that by going into the ocean.The salt kills the parasites!

“VALIANT” PARACHUTED IN?

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I found the strangest thing tonight! I found a parachute!  I found it at the end of Gunner inlet & “Valiant” was right beside it! Maybe he parachuted  in from parts unknown?

I use to parachute myself.When I spotted Valiant in this small bay at the back of Gunner inlet I also spotted some flotsam as well.I was curious what it was & so glassed it with my lens.The first thing that came to mind as to what it was ….was a parachute! I quickly dismissed that idea. I looked up how much a parachute costs these days.They are around $8000. So one would not go leaving their chute laying around or loose it “some how” over the water. It may be a pilots rig that accidentally fell out of a plane?Over the course of time both chutes would of been released & became hopelessly entangled!

Who knows…..maybe it’s the lost lost parachute of D.B.Cooper?

Update: (May 11th) – the chute may of come from this plane crash?

https://www.upi.com/Archives/1999/08/26/US-pilot-killed-in-MiG-21-crash/3619935640000/

Update:(May 17th) – I found out through a friend that two guys (one guy was a parachutist & had his own chute) use to live at the mouth of Gunner inlet on float houses 15 years ago or so.They were growing some pot down at the far end of Gunner.One of the guys stole the whole crop,so the other guy threw the guys chute in the ocean in retaliation.

“I’M KEEPING A EYE ON YOU BUB”

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“VALIANT” OUTSTANDING IN HIS FIELD

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THE WARRIOR

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I went up into Fortune Channel looking for bears tonight.I saw one almost immediately but decided not to photograph it.It was too far from the shore.I like it when they are down by the shore.I was sure I’d find one closer to the shore further along………..but didn’t! I looked all over but couldn’t find a one.”Bugsy” wasn’t even around & to add insult to injury when I went back to find that first bear It was gone.Plus the area was now in shade as well!

So no bears tonight. I came up bearless.

THE DAREDEVIL

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THE “SHARON M”

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MAGGIE

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MAGGIE NEAR & FAR

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SHADES OF SUNSET

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HAULED OUT WITH BEST BUDS

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BUGSY BEING CUTE

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THE DAREDEVIL

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MAGGIE’S SUNSET

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SUNSET DANCING

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SPREAD EAGLE

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HUNTING PARTY

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I came across a pod of California Sea Lions.They were going after a school of anchovies. They were darting in & out of the school.The tiny fish were jumping out of the water to get away!

BUGSY

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A few people have said that “Bugsy” is a huge bear! I know him to be a average bear & wondered why? After looking at the picture more closely I believe I know why! His body is slightly angled.We see his left side sticking out & assume it’s because of such a great girth but in reality it’s only because of being slightly angled.

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