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on Jan 25, 2018 in Wildlife Photography

It was So Worth the Wait!

Gray Wolf
captured by D5 / 800mm w/TC-1.25e

It was SO worth the wait! All these years of coming to Yellowstone to be intimate with a pack was finally achieved. Sixteen members of the 8 Mile Pack made a kill the night before. The next morning nine were still working on the Bison kill. When we arrived we found them off in the distance with full bellies sleeping it off. There were two options when they woke up while we were there. They would come back and feed a little more or more likely, slip back into their secretive world of the forest disappearing from view. Within 30min of our arrival, they got up and at first, two of the adults walked back into the forest. My heart sunk! There were nine wolves when we arrived, now there were seven. Then they all started to get up, stretch and mill around. I figured that would be it. Then the alpha male made a 180 and walked right towards us and the kill. For the next two hours, I was treated to a lifetime experience I’ve been seeking for decades!

Gray Wolf
captured by D5 / 800mm w/TC-1.25e

We were fortunate to witness so much amazing, total, cool and exciting biology! All this on the edge of a thermal casting steam about the scene. To be honest, I’m at the moment at a loss for words to describe it. Not having gotten through all my images to let them tell the story, I’m going to have to reflect on the spectacular time to better put words to it. In the coach driving back in, all I could come up to describe our time was, epic!

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