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Black Bears, Sow & Cub - Shenandoah National Park, Virginia


There's nothing more gratifying than watching a tiny bear cub explore its new surroundings after spending its first few months of life in a secluded den.


Wild Horizons personnel that have been in the park filming the emergence of spring Black Bears, will be leaving today. Phase 1 was a huge success! They will return near the end of May for Phase 2.


It is so cool that Shenandoah National Park will be featured in the upcoming Discovery Channel series: WILD PLANET: NORTH AMERICA. Yesterday I saw some of the Black Bear cub footage they have captured while here and it is beyond awesome - no words can describe how incredible it was. I've watched a lot of Black Bear shows and documentaries in my lifetime, but some of the footage they've captured is intimate mother/cub moments that I have never seen before. Totally unbelievable and remarkable footage to say the least!!!


The cameraman, Martyn Colbeck is a true professional in every sense. Working mainly for the BBC's Natural History unit based in Bristol, UK, Martyn has filmed sequences for many of the best known blockbuster series produced by the BBC over the past 15 years, most recently the highly acclaimed LIFE OF MAMMALS. He won an emmy in 2007 for Outstanding Cinematography for Nonfiction Programming for his work with the PLANET EARTH series.


I also saw the trailer for WILD PLANET: NORTH AMERICA plus some other wildlife footage that will be included in it - if you saw PLANET EARTH and think that was spectacular, just wait until you see this series in late 2012!




UPDATE 4/20/2011


UPDATE 4/25/2011


UPDATE 5/30/2011


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Taken on April 28, 2011