Alex Mustard - Salmon On Nest
I know quite a few nature photographers think of them as little more than grizzly bear food, but we should not underestimate salmon, they are amazing fish. Born in mountain rivers, heading to sea to live out their lives in the open ocean before returning thousands of kilometres to across the ocean and up the river of their birth to spawn and die. Spending a week with the spawning salmon certainly gave me huge respect for their efforts. For me it was a constant fight just to stay still against the power of the water and at the end of each day I was completely exhausted. These fish had fought their way up this river and were now competing for mates, digging nests and guarding their eggs. A very impressive species, indeed.
Location: Adams River, Canada
Tags: Adams River, Alex Mustard, British Columbia, canada, Oncorhynchus nerka, reproduction, sockeye salmon