Photography – Wolves

Stalking Wolf

Who would expect wolves in the New Forest. As much as I love the idea of wolves wild in the UK today, it would have some complications. The New Forest Otter and Owl Sanctuary upgraded to the New Forest Wildlife Park and with it came a pack of wolves from Edinburgh Zoo and by coincidence had been looked after by a friend up there. So it was a lucky short journey to see the wolves he had mentioned with joy on his Facebook account.

I ended up spending alot of time at the wolf pen, after a casual wonder with odd photographs of owls, otters, butterflies, wild boar and various deer. The wolves were not really upto much, just relaxing in the sun.  As time drew closer to feeding they became more active and you could see the interaction of the pack. Once the lumps of meat were tossed over the fence the wolves took their time as the pecking order of alpha and beta came into play. The official hierarchy was still in question and this showed in how the wild animals approached their meal. It was during this time I got the best shots as they circuited the fence line and the hunting instincts revealed itself in their eyes.

You may notice a regular blurred pattern in some of the images, all the shots had to be taken through wire fencing and I was glad of decent zoom lens on the DSLR meaning I could focus past them to almost remove them from the shots.

Stalking Wolf

Stalking

Running Wolf

Running Wolf

Waiting

Waiting

Hunter

Hunter

 

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