All In a Days Work

Standing still or making waves every one of  these awe-inspiring brown bears seems to have a different strategy to get a catch at Kurile Lake, a large caldera containing the crater lake located at the southern tip of Kamchatka Peninsula in the Russian wilderness.

The furry fisherman were caught on camera on the isolated peninsula of Kamchatka, more than 4,000 miles from Moscow.

Standing still or making waves every one of these awe-inspiring brown bears seems to have a different strategy to get a catchStanding still or making waves every one of these  awe-inspiring brown bears seems to have a different strategy to get a  catch

The brown bears – which are the largest in Eurasia – take part in one the greatest natural phenomenons on Earth as the hunt the annual spawning run of Pacific salmon. And  for many of the tasty fish it’s a losing battle against the claws and teeth of the huge bears.

Those that don’t meet a grizzly end will die naturally feeding the waters of the lake with nutrients after they have laid their eggs to carry on the species. Kurile Lake is formed from a crater of an extinct volcano and reaches depths of around 1,000ft.

Czech wildlife photographer Petr Slavik, 44,  spent weeks following the bears as they took advantage of the spawning fish filling the lake.

He said: ‘Photographing of big predators is a strong experience anywhere in the world.

Catch of the day: The battle between some 1,400lb grizzly fisherman and the humble salmonCatch of the day: The battle between some 1,400lb  grizzly fisherman and the humble salmon
The pictures were taken at Kurile Lake in the Russian wilderness on the isolated peninsula of Kamchatka, more than 4,000 miles from MoscowThe pictures were taken at Kurile Lake in the Russian  wilderness on the isolated peninsula of Kamchatka, more than 4,000 miles from  Moscow
The brown bears - which are the largest in Eurasia - take part in one the greatest natural phenomenons on Earth as the hunt the annual spawning run of Pacific salmonThe brown bears – which are the largest in Eurasia –  take part in one the greatest natural phenomenons on Earth as the hunt the  annual spawning run of Pacific salmon

‘The shores of the Kurile Lake offer such a concentration of bears that soon enough you will stop counting the bears who will get in front of your camera during a single day.

‘The Kamchatka subspecies of brown bear can reach more than a thousand  pounds.

‘Thanks to millions of salmon which are coming every year to spawn, these giant animals have enough food and it is possible to observe quite often a bear female with three or four  cubs.’

For many of the tasty fish its a losing battle against the claws and teeth of the huge bears
For many of the tasty fish its a losing battle against the claws and teeth of the huge bears
Czech wildlife photographer Petr Slavik, 44, spent weeks following the bears as they took advantage of the spawning fish filling the lakeCzech wildlife photographer Petr Slavik, 44, spent weeks  following the bears as they took advantage of the spawning fish filling the  lake
Petr Slavik, who took the pictures, said: 'Photographing of big predators is a strong experience anywhere in the world.'

Petr said such was bears desire to hunt for the salmon it gave him amazing access.

He said: ‘When you are lying on the lake shore waiting for the right image, you will get in a close contact with these creatures.

‘A bear who is fishing concentrates so deeply on his prey that often he forgets the distance between you and him. When he splashes your camera with water you start to think, how close is too close?’

Majestic: said: Petr said: 'When you are lying on the lake shore waiting for the right image, you will get in a close contact with these creatures.'Majestic: said: Petr said: ‘When you are lying on the  lake shore waiting for the right image, you will get in a close contact with  these creatures.’

Attribution: Leon Watson

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