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Surprising Discovery

Surprising Discovery
: Rick Price (Adanac) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
: Animals
: 2007-08-24
: Mammals
: Canon 20D, Canon 100-400/4.5-5.6L IS
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/320
More Photo Info: [view]
: 2007-10-03 18:56
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Although the quality of this image is not the greatest, this is a capture I was very happy to make. This is one of two Grey Wolves I was able to photograph very early in the morning at Cypress Hills Provincial Park. These are the first documented wolf sights in the park since 1926, this is the reason for the excitement. Our little park in S.E. Alberta and S.W. Saskatchewan has a very diverse ecosystem with prairie species and mountain species all together in a small area. First we had cougars return about 6 years ago and they have since had a few litters. Now hopefully wolves too have returned. To learn more about this fantastic place go to.


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To bobair: WellAdanac 1 10-03 20:26

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2007-10-03 19:07]

I Rich
Excelent capture I did not know about that species.You Still have an excellent POV and interesting note.DOF and colors are also very good
TFS Michel

Hi Rick,
this is not a bad capture and like my woodpecker shot you just reviewed ,the lighting looks to have been the problem giving you the soft details we see,but for that it really is a good shot and one to be proud of just the same.81 years is a long time since the last sighting of wolves in the area and the fact you show the first photos of them in the area in all that time is something that makes it an important document.My dream shot would be that of an Eskimo Curlew but they may well be extinct no knows for sure but what a shot that would be,also a nice natural shot of a whooping crane would be great as well.Do you have an animal on your top to get list? Tfs. Bob

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2007-10-03 20:44]

Hi Rick,
Exciting indeed. : )
Those sightings are very encouraging.
Maybe, just maybe, these wolves are back to stay.
I have a weak spot for wolves, and this one is a beauty of a specimen.
TFS. : )

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  • pirate Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 797 W: 152 N: 1186] (7474)
  • [2007-10-03 22:59]

Hi Rick
exciting! maybe techniqually not perfect but a great document

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2007-10-03 23:14]

Hi Rick

Amazing capture - well done. Great composition and POV. It must have been a spine-tingling moment to see it.


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  • Bufo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 404 W: 69 N: 951] (4247)
  • [2007-10-03 23:40]

Hi Rick,
i can see te excitement. IT must be a thrill anyhow to see a wolf, but such a long time no see gives it an extra joy. I'm not bothered about the quality, the picture breathes the special occasion.
Regards, Jacob

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2007-10-04 1:24]

Hi Rick,
well if anyone was going to get this unique and important shot, it was going to be you my friend. Well done and congratulations! I don't think the quality is that bad to be honest and the composition and content more than make up for any loss in that area. It genuinely pleases me to hear of the sucess of this much maligned and majestic of North America's natives species. Fingers crossed they don't wander into areas where they are not so welcome so the persecution starts again.
thanks for sharing this,

Congratulations on being the first to document the return of the gray wolf in 81 years. That is a great accomplishment. I would like very much to see the photo of the other wolf too.

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-10-04 9:30]

Hello Rick

What an amazing discovery.The shot is wonderful.The composition is excellent and I like the attentive pose of the wolf.The backround setting is beautiful.TFS


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  • mbasil Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 335 W: 148 N: 745] (3320)
  • [2007-10-04 12:54]

This is a wonderful shot of these shy critters, Rich. It looks like it took almost all of your 400mm to get this close. I think the shot of the grey wolf is very nice, but I think I especially like the way the grasses are lit. You could probably crop out the sky, though, and not lose anything.

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2007-10-04 13:12]

Hi Rob,

Doesn't suprise me at all that you were the one to document this rare sighting. How exciting it must have been to come upon this Wolf. It's a lovely shot showing off this handsome animal. Congratulations.


You've let the cat out of the bag!!!
Cougars too..I didn't realize that. How exciting. An awesome and rare capture Rick of this momentous occasion. He sure looks healthy.
Thanks for sharing a moment in history.

Hi Rick,
Amazing, belle prise, belle composition.

hello Rick

excellent photo of an wild animal that i like,
i like the way the wolf is framed on the image

Merci beaucoup


Hi Rick,
Good description and for your image, the composition, exposition and DOF are weel done. The wolf is very dark, is commun in the prairie?


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  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2007-10-08 2:30]

Hi Rick,

A nice capture of this rare event,I can understand your exitement whe seeing this animal,well captured and tfs this story,


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  • waylim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 296 W: 8 N: 489] (1765)
  • [2008-08-04 21:49]

Technically may not be pefect, but it's perfect in any other way. I actually like the the blur bg and fg, the wolf is fairly sharp with nice details. I like it very much. great composition too.

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