By Alyce Collins
AMAZING photographs capture two bears brawling over a tasty fish supper before one snaps up the tasty treat from the icy waters.
Incredible pictures show a 1400-pound male brown bear on the hunt for his next meal, as he dives into the water searching for fish, as his young cubs watch his heroics from afar.
Other shots show the 10 feet tall wild bears wrestling in the freezing waters as the hunt for food appears to take a turn.
The fascinating shots were taken in the Kuril Lake in Kamchatka, Russia by wildlife photographer Roie Galitz (37) from Givaataim, Israel.
“The most important key to good wildlife photography is patience,” said Roie.
“You can wait for hours for just one tiny but crucial moment, and of course you have to be well prepared in order to capture it.
“For these particular images, I set down low in the water for a while, knowing the bear will be hungry and will try to hunt at some point. I located myself to the right of the bear and waited to capture the moment he dove into the water from a low angle.
“Being in the wild can always get dangerous really fast. That is the animal’s home and I’m only a guest there. Before every expedition I research and study their behaviour and I do everything I can to keep them, and myself, safe.
“On the extreme expeditions I’ve done I’ve been fortunate enough to witness and capture rarely seen wild animals in their natural habitats. I’m always looking for new places to explore, the less touched by humans the better.
“I first saw Kamchatka on a National Geographic programme and once I saw those majestic brown bears roaming its rushing rivers I knew I had to visit that wild paradise myself.”
Roie used a Nikon D850 and 500mm F/4 lens on a Gitzo tripod to capture the impressive bear forage from which he was just thirty feet away from.
Kamchatka brown bears are the largest brown bears in Eurasia. Kamchatka bears feed off blueberries, nuts and salmon that they hunt.
Roie is an avid supporter of environmental activism and is a Greenpeace ambassador after having seen the beauty and wonders of wildlife first hand and wanting to respect that.
“My personal goal is to share unique stories about our beautiful wildlife and make people fall in love with it,” added Roie.
“Our plant is amazing and is home to so many incredible creatures. It is changing as we speak so we must protect it and minimise our destructive influence and be more conscious of our actions.”