Moving away from birds for a moment, this is part way through an encounter with a full-grown male Grizzly Bear in Alberta. I had parked and was heading away from my car to photograph some landscape and this chap, who must have been asleep, rose out of the tall grass. Like many bears he was pretending not to look at me while he checked me out. He then started ambling in my direction, but carefully not looking at me. I was happily shooting away and pulling in the zoom when I realized I had zoomed out to the max - 70mm and he was still easily filling the frame. When I looked past the viewfinder he was probably 30m (100ft) away from me. I know you can't out run a bear and at the time of year late July, they are keen to put on weight and I would make a good lunch.
Luckily I was saved by the arrival of a deer to my left, the bear was distracted and stopped while he checked out his more conventional prey. I moved back to the car with some dispatch and closed and locked the door. When I checked the deer had gone and the bear was ambling back to his original spot...
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