Okay, now I'm really behind with uploading On Tuesday I visited Wildpark Knüll, where I haven't been since October 2011. Wolves and Bears are coexisting in the same enclosure there, and while both species were quite stressed for the first few months, it seems to go really well by now.
This photo was taken after the bears were locked up in the evening so both species can get some rest
The wolves there have are morphologically slightly different from most other Eurasian Wolves I've seen so far, and I'm not quite sure why.
I dunno, I think despite the strange title, it sums up what's going on pretty well
Here's a low-ranking male Eurasian wolf from the Wildpark Neuhaus pack climbing a hill in a submissive pose.
I really like how it turned out given that it was taking from a distance of a couple of feet in front of a fence, and with a high ISO setting of 800. The 400mm f/2.8 really works wonders with fencing, especially if used in conjunction with a teleconverter (didn't use one in this shot though, because it was too dark and I couldn't afford to lose any more light).
Here's one of my favorite photos taken last Tuesday at Wildpark Alte Fasanerie in Klein-Auheim, Germany. This arctic wolf yearling is happily gnawing a stick in the tall grass on a very pleasant sunny evening. I love these guys and the wonderful enclosure they have. Certainly one of the best parks to visit for wolf-enthusiasts. I think it shows how happy the wolves are
EXIF data: Camera: Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III Lens: EF400mm f/2.8L IS II USM Exposure: 1/640 sec; f/2,8; ISO 500
Here's another one I had sitting around on my harddisk for three weeks now. The title is "Season's End" because as you can see, the wolves are (were) starting to shed their winter fur.
Although I thought the photo was kinda nice I didn't upload it right away since I thought the saturation of its colors was a little over the top and it looks a bit like a studio shot In fact, given the right light, the 400mm f/2.8 produces really strong colors. I tried desaturating it some but it didn't look quite right and I think it deserves the full vibrance / dynamics.
It was a beautiful evening sun. Since then, we only had a lot of overcast skies and rain This weekend was particularly nasty so far. Thus, I am now submitting the leftovers *g* Today's nice and sunny though!
Male Eurasian Wolf at Wildpark Neuhaus. Yes, a rather unusual and controversial crop... all thanks to the prime lens
Usually I discard photos that are cropped like this one, because they always look like there's something missing. But I thought I'd give it a shot with a very tight crop that makes it a little less obvious - since I liked the posture a lot
Here's another photo from the session at Wildpark Alte Fasanerie near Hanau, Germany.
These are two arctic wolf yearlings, well, playing. The wolf to the right tries to entice the other wolf to play-chase her, and he is about to make it happen
The stalking-like appearance combined with a play-bow like posture is typical for play behavior. The tail is usually waving around too and held in T2 position (in extension to the spine, parallel to the ground) or a bit higher or lower.