When I left us in yesterday’s blog, I had checked into the hotel, met the horses in the corral. Then, I checked in on Facebook and posted a few pictures before getting ready to head back out for the late afternoon/evening drive.
First stop was the Wishing Well, where I saw these White Suckers spawning. They were very busy.
I was heading back north and pulled back into Grayling Lake. It never hurts to keep checking the same placed – because you never know.
There actually wasn’t anything exciting there, so I took basically the same pictures, but at a different time of the day with different cloud cover.
This bear sighting was quite a distance from the road, but I just kept snapping away. I did see some cubs, but they didn’t make it into any of my pictures, and it seems a bit different to have two adult bears together here. The cubs didn’t appear often and didn’t stay in view very long as they raced back under cover.
Then – north of Moon Lake was a Moose, who wasn’t interested in having her photo taken.
This White-tailed Deer was quite cooperative and kept her pose while I zoomed in a bit between pictures. Of course, it is possible that she thought I hadn’t seen her – but I did talk to her and thank her for posing.
These 2 White-tailed Deer were together and they each posed for individual photos.
Common Mergansers at the Wishing Well Road area.
Red-necked Grebe in the same area as the Mergansers.
Time for a 2nd visit with this Bear. She was a little further out from the bush at the beginning, but after a few minutes she disappeared again.
I kept driving north and then south and ended up back with this bear again, and this time was different. She lay down, looking into the bush and then I heard sounds of running. I saw little black balls of fur run up a tree inside the bush but couldn’t get a picture. Then they came out.
After Mom & the cubs disappeared back into the bush, I left again to check out the sunset at Spruces and I was just in time.
Back onto the road the the Momma Bear was in her spot, with the cubs hidden again and I didn’t stay long. A very short distance down the road, I met this bear. This was the only usable picture I could get since the sun was down now and any movement caused blur. I didn’t see any cubs, but I know they can be easily and quickly hidden.
Another short distance down the road but on the opposite side was another Momma Bear with 3 cubs. One cub is very visible, another cub is the black spot in between the 2 and I don’t know where the 3rd one is.
While I was watching, a motorcycle drove past and suddenly 3 cubs were running for the bushes, with Momma behind them.
What an exciting evening! I then headed back to my room as I expected to be up early the next morning.
To be continued . . . .
3 thoughts on “June Trip to Riding Mountain National Park – part 4”
How wonderful, would have loved to have seen the bears, we tried to see some when we were in the USA, but kept missing them, beautiful photos 🙂
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It was amazing to see so many of them along with their adorable cubs. I have been in the park and not seen any, but this time I was at the right place at the right time.
Those cubs are gorgeous. There is one photo you captured them all which is particularly lovely Mavis.
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