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Two weeks ago I visited the photohides of Boreal Wildlife Centre in easter Finland for two nights. I hoped to see wolves and I did during the first night, but not in the second. There were several brown bears and took some nice pics of those as well.
The animals were nearby hides mainly from 9pm till 3am. There was still some light at 11pm, when I took pics at ISO 25600

http://www.karpalo.net/kuvat/viiksimo2011/1.jpg


http://www.karpalo.net/kuvat/viiksimo2011/3.jpg


http://www.karpalo.net/kuvat/viiksimo2011/4.jpg


http://www.karpalo.net/kuvat/viiksimo2011/5.jpg


http://www.karpalo.net/kuvat/viiksimo2011/6.jpg


http://www.karpalo.net/kuvat/viiksimo2011/7.jpg


http://www.karpalo.net/kuvat/viiksimo2011/8.jpg


http://www.karpalo.net/kuvat/viiksimo2011/9.jpg


http://www.karpalo.net/kuvat/viiksimo2011/11.jpg


http://www.karpalo.net/kuvat/viiksimo2011/12.jpg


http://www.karpalo.net/kuvat/viiksimo2011/15.jpg


http://www.karpalo.net/kuvat/viiksimo2011/18.jpg


http://www.karpalo.net/kuvat/viiksimo2011/19.jpg


http://www.karpalo.net/kuvat/viiksimo2011/20.jpg


http://www.karpalo.net/kuvat/viiksimo2011/21.jpg


http://www.karpalo.net/kuvat/viiksimo2011/22.jpg


http://www.karpalo.net/kuvat/viiksimo2011/24.jpg



Heikki



Aug 14, 2011 at 08:03 AM
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p.1 #2 · p.1 #2 · Wolves & brown bears


Nice sequence Heikki. Despite the low light you did exceptionally well. Are the animals wild or in captivity?
Alan



Aug 14, 2011 at 08:20 AM
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p.1 #3 · p.1 #3 · Wolves & brown bears


There are few things in life as awesome as watching two Bears in the wild tear it up. Nothing like a quick reminder that we are not always on the top of the food chain. Nice shots.

Dave



Aug 14, 2011 at 08:30 AM
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p.1 #4 · p.1 #4 · Wolves & brown bears


These are a treat to see, love seeing the Bears mix it up

Tom



Aug 14, 2011 at 09:35 AM
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p.1 #5 · p.1 #5 · Wolves & brown bears


Thank you!
The animals are fully wild and visit the area while they are looking for the "treats" left for them. The company (http://www.viiksimo.fi/) providing these photohides for rent are feeding animal with tiny amounts of fish-left-overs and dog feed. Wild animals then seem to remember and learn to visit the area as part of they evening & night activity.

There were several photohides of different size and places. Here's our neighbour hide, at 9:24pm. Photo taken with a 24mm lens...

http://www.karpalo.net/kuvat/viiksimo2011/25.jpg


The long "pipe" is to ventilate, take the human-odor away from hide.


Heikki



Aug 14, 2011 at 10:46 AM
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p.1 #6 · p.1 #6 · Wolves & brown bears


Nicely done Heikki. I love the interactive shots between the wolves and bears ~ Ron


Aug 14, 2011 at 11:30 AM
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p.1 #7 · p.1 #7 · Wolves & brown bears


Super shots Heikki. I love the interaction in #4
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Aug 14, 2011 at 12:02 PM
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p.1 #8 · p.1 #8 · Wolves & brown bears


Heikki
I really like the story that these images tell as a collection. I have worked many wildlife stations in the past and know the type of patience it takes to see and photograph wildlife from a blind. Your images speak to me because they say something about the place and the life of these animals.

nice work!
regards, bruce



Aug 14, 2011 at 12:56 PM
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p.1 #9 · p.1 #9 · Wolves & brown bears


What a great hide! Those bears and wolves would make me a bit nervous but I bet it must be a thrill to see them come into view

Great series of shots and the low light treats these images very nicely IMO. You captured a great feel in these and nice coloring. Very cool to see these, thanks!

Karl



Aug 14, 2011 at 01:13 PM
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p.1 #10 · p.1 #10 · Wolves & brown bears


Karl Witt wrote:
What a great hide! Those bears and wolves would make me a bit nervous but I bet it must be a thrill to see them come into view

Great series of shots and the low light treats these images very nicely IMO. You captured a great feel in these and nice coloring. Very cool to see these, thanks!

Karl




Thank you!
There were many moments that I didn't take any pics, just looked at the beautiful animals nearby.

Heikki



Aug 14, 2011 at 01:58 PM
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p.1 #11 · p.1 #11 · Wolves & brown bears


Pretty darn cool, if you ask me. Nice series of photos of two animals I have never seen in the wild let alone photograph them in one shot!
Eric



Aug 14, 2011 at 03:49 PM
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p.1 #12 · p.1 #12 · Wolves & brown bears


Super shots. Good to see you staying up 24/7 to get these shots in the land of the midnight sun! Thanks for posting.
Al



Aug 14, 2011 at 04:21 PM
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p.1 #13 · p.1 #13 · Wolves & brown bears


sweet set Heikki.. your interaction images are superb


Aug 14, 2011 at 05:17 PM
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p.1 #14 · p.1 #14 · Wolves & brown bears


Excelllent series Heikki. I especially enjoyed the wolf and bear interaction and bear/bear encounters as well. Too many great shots to pick favs.


Aug 14, 2011 at 05:27 PM
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p.1 #15 · p.1 #15 · Wolves & brown bears


Herb Houghton wrote:
Excelllent series Heikki. I especially enjoyed the wolf and bear interaction and bear/bear encounters as well. Too many great shots to pick favs.

+1
Hai



Aug 14, 2011 at 08:31 PM
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p.1 #16 · p.1 #16 · Wolves & brown bears


great shots, though i'm not sure if i agree with the baiting and ultimate habituation of these animals.


Aug 15, 2011 at 09:01 AM
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p.1 #17 · p.1 #17 · Wolves & brown bears


Thank you all of you!

The interaction between wolfs and bears was something extra and made my heart really beat
Looked like the wolfs were really co-operating fluently, so not the first time in chasing bears.

Here's some more pics of the action:

http://www.karpalo.net/kuvat/viiksimo2011/26.jpg


http://www.karpalo.net/kuvat/viiksimo2011/27.jpg


http://www.karpalo.net/kuvat/viiksimo2011/28.jpg


http://www.karpalo.net/kuvat/viiksimo2011/29.jpg


http://www.karpalo.net/kuvat/viiksimo2011/30.jpg


http://www.karpalo.net/kuvat/viiksimo2011/31.jpg



Heikki



Aug 15, 2011 at 12:03 PM
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p.1 #18 · p.1 #18 · Wolves & brown bears


Fantastic images of these animals! Great sequences showing animal behavior most of us will never witness first hand. Excellent set.


Aug 15, 2011 at 08:39 PM
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p.1 #19 · p.1 #19 · Wolves & brown bears


Thank you!


Aug 16, 2011 at 09:44 PM
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p.1 #20 · p.1 #20 · Wolves & brown bears


WOW! I have to agree with everyone else. Love the interaction both among and between the two species. Again, it looks so beautiful up there!


Aug 17, 2011 at 08:03 AM
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