Shayne McGuire has a deep respect and love for everything living and that is the main reason why she became a wildlife photographer. She spends large parts of the year traveling, even to remote destinations such as Antarctica and Africa. Shayne captures bears, penguins, birds, horses and sometimes her husband. The latter often comes with a funny caption.
When the opportunity presents itself Shayne also shoots landscapes, even from the southernmost parts of the globe where ice and snow reign. It was in Antarctica she shot the stunning image of a super moon.
During her long career as a wildlife photographer Shayne has captured many humorous moments of the animals she portrays – perhaps unwittingly from the animal’s point of view, but they nevertheless put a huge smile on our human faces.
1. Sma.ck.d.own, well, not really. Adelie penguins landing back on the shore, the one on the left botched his landing, causing the one on the right to s.l.ip. It looks like the one on the right h.i.t the other one and k.no.cked him down.
2. “This image was one of the hardest for me to take, because I am hand holding a 600mm Canon lens, and I am laughing so hard, as were the other 2 people standing next to me. This poor mother black bear, had 5 cubs. Yes, 5. She sent them up the tree and sat down and began to look at her p.o.o.r, b.at.tl.e-st.ret.che.d stomach. The man next to me said, “every woman that has had children understands this” – Shayne McGuire said – “…she kept moving the folds of her skin around and looking at her belly.”
3. It takes two to tango. A polar bear cub and a sub-adult started playing and ended up dancing. The image was highly honored in Natures Best, and hung in the Smithson museum as part of their exhibit.
4. Walking with attitude. A bald eagle strutting across the wet beach with a look that said “I’m b.a.d”.
5. Momma brown bear popped up out of the tall grass, checking on another bear moving across the river. All of a sudden, her cub popped up, with a piece of long grass in his mouth. It reminded me of people in the country I grew up with that would pull up a long piece of grass, stick in their mouth and start talking with it hanging out.
6. Not sure if the polar bear was m.o.c.king us, or ….. 😉
7. Two brown bear cubs, watching a showdown between mom and another bear. One brought a snack.
8. Tug of w.a.r, with cattle egret referees.