Monday, October 31, 2011

Lamar Canyon Wolf Pack - Yellowstone National Park

Three member of Yellowstone's Lamar Canyon Pack are seen on the bank of Soda Butte Creek, as they pause from a bout of play time. The wolves entertained watchers for over an hour while they chased each other up and down the creek bank and through the grass and sage.
Wolves and bears seem to be avoiding roadside areas this year which makes photographing them very difficult. I think the Yellowstone staff has been shooting cracker shells at them whenever they approach roadways.

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Canyon Pack Wolf Chasing Ravens - Yellowstone National Park

I took this photo a few days ago. Some wolves seem to be very tolerant of ravens, while other wolves always chase them away from a kill.

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Lamar Canyon Pack Wolves - Yellowstone National Park

The Lamar Canyon Pack pups are playing on the bank of Soda Butte Creek in Yellowstone National Park.
The pack killed an elk last night and had consumed all of it when I arrived this morning. The pups and yearlings played on the bank for over an hour. I was at least 300 yards away and had a difficult time getting good photos at that distance. I enjoyed watching the play.
Wolves and dogs play in exactly the same manner. I grew up with farm dogs and I recognized all of the behavior and displays from observing our dogs as a child. All of the hoopla about "Wolf Research " is pretty phony. Anyone who has raised dogs knows most of what there is to know about wolves..
The wolf pup on the right is approaching an adult wolf and is displaying the exact submissive, ears back, tail down pose  that a domestic dog pup would use when approaching an adult dog. I am sure that the Yellowstone Wolf Study Team has about ten latin terms to describe this commonly seen behavior.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Canyon Pack Alpha Female Howling - Yellowstone National Park

The Alpha Female of Yellowstone's Canyon Wolf Pack howls with seven of her packmates, who are howling nearby in the trees. The pack has just finished eating an elk they killed during the night. I took this photo yesterday morning.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Yellowstone Wolf With Elk Remains

A member of Yellowstone's Canyon Wolf Pack pulls on the remains of an elk that the pack killed during the night. There are eight wolves in the Canyon Pack and I was able to observe all of them today. The kill was at least 200 yards from my position, so I didn't get any closeups of the wolves. I will return in the morning just in case they are closer than they were today.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

World's Most Dangerous Raven - Yellowstone National Park

I was photographing this Raven when it decided to put on this display for me. I have never seen a Raven pose this way before. It did this display five times and I caught every pose. Maybe it knew it was sitting on this sign and just decided to look tough.
The display was not directed at me. I was some distance away in my truck and used a 500mm lens.

Friday, October 14, 2011

Flying Fox - Yellowstone National Park

I took this photo yesterday near Fishing Bridge in Yellowstone. This Red Fox was hunting mice and I caught him as he leaped at the sound of a mouse in the grass.

Canon 60D, 500 mm Canon Lens.