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

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  1. Peter said:

    28/05/2013 08:18

    Wow, incredible photo. Both fish looks into the camera, great.

  2. Werner said:

    28/05/2013 09:08

    Great - I love it!!!!

  3. Ingvar Eliasson said:

    28/05/2013 09:38

    This picture is really amazing! River, fresh water, split image, two posing salmons, perfect exposure and - God damn it - a sunset! You're amaizing, Alex! :)

  4. João Petronilho said:

    28/05/2013 13:04

    A fantastic view of the world of salmon. Two males with their "wedding clothes" swimming side by side in the icy and crystal clear waters with a magical sunset. A different image that shows the breeding habitat of these fish in all its splendor.

  5. LK said:

    28/05/2013 18:08

    What a photo!

  6. Knut-Sverre Horn said:

    29/05/2013 10:29

    This is one of my favourite UW photographs ever. Nice to see it again!

  7. Kjetil S said:

    29/05/2013 23:18

    A masterpiece! Amazed at how you did this!

  8. minimodi said:

    23/06/2013 18:40

    amazing! ...just a-mazing.