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Petri Pietiläinen's Image

While on a photography trip to the Norwegian archipelago, Svalbard, Petri had hoped to spot polar bears.

When one was sighted in the distance on a glacier, he switched from the main ship to a smaller rubber boat to get a closer look. The bear was making its way towards a steep cliff and the birds that were nesting there. It tried and failed several routes to reach them, but perseverance, and probably hunger, paid off as it found its way to a barnacle goose nest. Panic ensued as the adults and some of the chicks jumped off the cliff, leaving the bear to feed on what remained.

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    Petri Pietiläinen

    Finland

    Image details

    • Sony a9
    • 100–400mm f4.5–5.6 lens
    • 1/500 sec at f8 (-0.7e/v)
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