Solstice and full moon. Outside -10. At home I did put warm clothes on and took cameras along. Tea and pastry also. To be honest, my only wolf experience so far has been 300m far from the road and a single glimpse. And it was 15 + a ago. Basically I know nothing about these animals or their behavior.
A feeder for wild boars in an old farm plot, where some pieces of bone and skin are on the ground, which consequently offers wolves something to come here. In the evenings some photos from trail camera still come, but I have never seen / enjoyed them.
Just in case I placed tripod with camera in the middle of the field - remote controlled. I climbed to the tower to enjoy the silence.There was still some light in the forest, though cloudy. I made the first cup of tea. In the distance, the dog was barking, some of the trains running by and some explosions from the military polygon. But they were all quiet, rare and far away. My feet were in my sleeping bag, hands were sheepskin gloves. Good and warm was. Since wolves have always come after a six, then there was a couple of hours to be quiet :) Right now there was a world cup men's pursuit of biathlon - I warmly recommend others to watch my favorite sport on the screen. One eye still looked at the forest. Younger Bö did it again. Half past four i closed TV / phone. Silence.
17.30 - 100m away, the black shadow runs straight towards my camera. It stops, listens, and disappears. A wolf. Only a total of 15 seconds, but The wolf, and essentially my first. Was it all?
After five minutes, however, two shadows ran out and searched for something under the snow. If there was no snow, I wouldn't have seen them at all. On the snow the silhouettes were beautifully visible. I heard how bones cracked. Otherwise, they were completely silent.
Camera with tripod was something new and something to be careful for them. They never went closer then 10m. They even came toward me and between me and camera - once a wolf was only 30m from me. I saw ears and hairs on back. Nice, strong animal. Only a full moon was behind clouds.
First two hours i was completely still. Just breathing. They are really, really cautious animals. At the end, when the greater excitement was worn off, I took the camera to the lap and just decided to try how they behave on the click of the shutter. It was not possible to make a picture worthy photo of it anyhow. Finally it came from the shade of spruce and stopped. Click. Nothing. Click, click, click and immediately it was ready ready to run to the forest. I made another 4-5 frames - it made him stop. Was curious and listened. Something new for him. Then it disappeared to forest . In total they were 2.5 hours in front of me. Thank you