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Sorry I haven't been uploading anything for the past few weeks! I have been very busy with the Lupinity Wolves 2014 calendar, but now it's finally available on Amazon UK and Amazon Germany, with free shipping to most EU countries and everything :D I'll cover the details in a journal later on...

So here's finally a new upload, one of the photos I took 1 1/2 weeks ago at Wildpark Alte Fasanerie. I just love those arctics, they are awesome :-) Despite very hot temperatures, they were following me around, being all playful, and they were taking a dip in the pond once in a while - although they seemed to be much more reluctant to do so than they were one year ago when they were still yearlings...

Here are two of the two-year-olds interacting nicely. The one jumping out of the water was fetching some kind of stick swimming in the pond and was trying to take off with it, getting past the other wolf. But he was being vigilant :D

I had my camera and lens sent in to CPS because they did a recall on the 1DX for irregular greasing of the AF mechanism which could lead to a camera failure... and I discovered they also have a firmware update available for the 400mm f/2.8 II fixing some issues with a jumpy focus drive. I can't say the camera's focus works much better, but now if it gets a focus lock, it focusses more spot-on than it did before - which especially came in handy for this particular shot :-) It's really tack-sharp and there's no visible noise in the whole picture... it loses a lot by shrinking it down though, you should see it in full size :-)
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Arctic wolf (Canis lupus arctos, vlk arkticky) from ZOO brno, Czech republic :D
Here you can see first photos of baby wolf puppies born in 2012 - [link] :love: And a journal with photos of wolf mating: [link]


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INFO ABOUT THE ANIMAL:

Name: Arctic Wolf (Canis lupus arctos)
Location: Canadian Arctic and the northern parts of Greenland
Size: 1.8 m long, 79 cm high weight: 75 kg
Diet: Caribou, musk oxen, Arctic Hares, seals, ptarmigan, lemmings. Arctic wolves eat all their prey, also its bones and fur
Conservation status: common. They still live in the whole of its original range, because local conditions are too extreme for humans.
Interesting facts: mother gives birth to some 2-3 pups in May. Pups are born almost black – as they get older, colour of their fur turns to white. Adults are completely white, even in summer | arctic wolves live in the pack of some 7-10 members. Only alpha male and alpha female mate | arctic wolves have shorter ears and nose than other wolves species. They also have thicker fur, shorter legs | they do not run too fast, their advantage is persistence
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This is one of the photos I have taken last weekend on the one day of snow we had in Germany this winter.
The wolves seemed to enjoy it a lot and it must have been the first time I heard them howl melodically - usually those guys sound more like coyotes.
On the left, you can see the alpha male in the back and the alpha female in front, doing some kind of weird dance while howling. The male was quite obnoxious and was trying to push the female around while she was trying to howl. To the right you have an innocent bystander :D

Hope you like it, I am sloooowly trying to catch up on photos and currently don't like how most of the photos came out. I guess you could call it a photography art block :D
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(Wide load, full view please :D)

I wish you a merry Eastermas! We're at the brink of a white Easter... temperatures are still close to freezing, it was snowing the last two days, but today it's all melting again.
Anyhow, here's a photo taken at Tierpark Sababurg two weeks ago of one of the wolves scent rolling on some carcass.

In "Wolves - Behavior, Ecology and Conservation" (MECH, BOITANI, 2003) Fred H. Harrington describes this behavior as such: "This ritualized behavior involves lowering the head and shoulders onto the substrate, followed by rubbing the chin, cheeks, neck, shoulders, and back on the odorous substance. Natural stimuli for scent rolling, such as rotten carcasses, typically have very strong odors that humans find offensive."

This behavior can be elicited by a variety of strong odors, just as perfume sprayed onto the ground.
It is hard to explain why wolves (and dogs in general) scent roll. Erik Zimen believed it was done to conceal one's own scent with something more pungent. Fox thought it could make oneself more attractive by applying a novel odor, or just familiarizing with novel odors or changes in odors. Some believe it might be a way to bring back a message like "hey, I found a fresh carcass over there" back to the pack.

Whatever the real reason is, they really seem to enjoy the process :D
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Photo taken at Wildpark Alte Fasanerie. An arctic wolf in tall grass :-)
I love the dreamy atmosphere the combination of the low standing sun and the nice bokeh that the 400mm f/2.8 created.

Wow... a DD? :-) Thank you so much, ^IsacGoulart! That came absolutely unexpected!
I am especially happy that it's a photo I am quite fond of myself. Thank you, thank you, thank you! :D

EXIF:
Camera: Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III
Lens: EF400mm f/2.8L IS II USM
Exposure: 1/640 sec; f/2,8; ISO 640
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Happiness is gnawing a stick on a sunny evening :-)

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 :D

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
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And it's time for the weekly submission again :). Yesterday I visited Wildpark Johannismühle south of Berlin...it wasn't a very successful visit. The weather again was very dark and cold, so there aren't that good photos of the visit. Also the european wolves weren't there again.
But the white wolves howled, even if it was too far away for good pictures.

Today it snowed heavily in Berlin and I hope it stays that way until next week - I'll use the weather for a visit at Tierpark and Zoo again. Stay tuned :heart:

Species: Canis lupus lupus
Location: Wildpark Schorfheide
Date: 19.1.2013
Exifs: Nikon D40, 135mm@2,8, ISO-400, 1/800s

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This is Flora, a 10-month old Canadian Grey Wolf from the Northern Lights Wolf Centre in Golden, BC. I took 2,000 pictures and plan on submitting at least 200 of them on DA, but since I'm doing some work for Shelley, (one of the owners of the Centre), they will have to wait, as I'm more focused on getting her images done for her.
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Merry christmas! :-)
I can't decide on a Christmas photo this year, so there are several. Go pick your favorite :D

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