Roy Mangersnes - David and Goliath

Roy Mangersnes - David and Goliath

At the moment I am on a boat in the north of Svalbard (if not, something went terribly wrong...). Therefore I chose to post this one image from my previous trip up here, when I had the amazing privilege of watching the battle between a Polar Bear and a young Glacious Gull - because it was a battle. The bear caught the bird on the water and chased it to the shore. The bird, on the other hand, was a fighter and bit the large predator in the nose, the eye and on his lip. After a long "fight" the bear gave up and the young gull jumped into the rocks to hide. Eventually he probably died, but he went down kicking.

Location: Spitsbergen, Svalbard, Norway

Posted on 17.07.2012
Photo info - 28.08.2010: NIKON D3S, 700 mm, ISO 1000, f 6.3, 1/1600 sec
Tags: Arctic Glacious Gull Polar Bear Roy Mangersnes Spitsbergen Svalbard wildlife photography
Roy Mangersnes - David and Goliath

Roy Mangersnes - David and Goliath

At the moment I am on a boat in the north of Svalbard (if not, something went terribly wrong...). Therefore I chose to post this one image from my previous trip up here, when I had the amazing privilege of watching the battle between a Polar Bear and a young Glacious Gull - because it was a battle. The bear caught the bird on the water and chased it to the shore. The bird, on the other hand, was a fighter and bit the large predator in the nose, the eye and on his lip. After a long "fight" the bear gave up and the young gull jumped into the rocks to hide. Eventually he probably died, but he went down kicking.

Location: Spitsbergen, Svalbard, Norway

Posted on 17.07.2012
Photo info - 28.08.2010: NIKON D3S, 700 mm, ISO 1000, f 6.3, 1/1600 sec
Tags: Arctic Glacious Gull Polar Bear Roy Mangersnes Spitsbergen Svalbard wildlife photography