onsdag 13. mars 2019

DEEP WINTER WOLVERINE (JERV)


A magic moment as I witness the wolverines first approach to the carcasse 
D5, 600 4,0, f/4,0, 1/400, ISO 6400

A "Deep Winter Wolverine" has long been a dream of mine !! .... I've had wild fantasies about close encounters, deep winter with frost in the face, warm breath, white snow ... and a bloody carrion .... and I have tried, spent weeks (yes : weeks !!!) in cold winter hides and only had a few "far away sightings". Doing summer-wolverines is not necessarily so difficult if you go to Finland (yes Finland, in barbaric Norway we kill them !!), know the right places and spend enough time, .... but in winter wolverines change their behaviour completely and become shyer and often "unachievable".  

My project in Finland in February & March 2019 was originally about black grouse and owls, which unfortunately failed completely. After 5 days of hard work I did not have a single picture !! "In panic" I improvised 3 days / nights in a hide with possible wolverine ... and it turned out to be a cold experience with (of various reasons) no heating through the nights. In the mornings I had 30 degrees below outside and 15 below inside the hide ... surviving the nights in 2 (improvised) thin summer sleeping bags and eating frozen food!! 
Chilly !!!

I finally got my "Deep Winter Wolverine", and I am so impressed and fascinated over how this relatively small mammal (9 - 25 kg) handles deep snow, frozen food, digging, lifting, climbing with raw power !! In every single movement the animal displays incredible muscles and alethic energy. Amazing animal !!!

Thanks to Eero Kemilä, Ilvo Juntunen & Tapio Lappalainen. 


Wolverines never walk, no matter distance, long or short, they always run 
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Hearing camera sound
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D5, 600 4,0, f/6,3, 1/1250, ISO 360


D5, 600 4,0, f/6,3, 1/1000, ISO 5600


D5, 600 4,0, f/6,3, 1/1000, ISO 5600


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Approaching the carrion
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Hungry wolverine with frozen drool
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Before leaving the carrion the female wolverine always urinates on the food to mark her territory
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Urinating on the food
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"Oversized" paws and strong, sharp claws enables easy climbing
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D5, 600 4,0, f/6,3, 1/1250, ISO 1100


D5, 600 4,0, f/6,3, 1/1250, ISO 900


Later in the morning .... after the sun started "warming up" ... there was still 29,5 degrees below outside and 12,8 degrees below inside !!
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Selfie behind camera position !!
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Bonus : great grey owl
D5, 400 2,8, f/2,8, 1/1250, ISO 32000

søndag 10. februar 2019

NORTHERN FINLAND JANUARY 2019


Frozen taiga landscape. Kuusamo. 
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Northern Finland mid January 2019 ... with short days, arctic twilights and deep cold. Temperatures can drop below 40 degrees (below 50 in 1999 !). Wildlife adaptions to harsh climate is amazing ! For 2 weeks I was a humble visitor to document their everyday challenges. 

All pictures taken in Kuusamo and Utsjoki region. Thanks to Markus Varesvuo, Olli Lamminsalo & Jame Hellander. 



Male black woodpecker / svartspett. Kuusamo.
D5, 400 2,8, f/3,5, 1/2500, ISO 2000  


Male black woodpecker / svartspett. Kuusamo.
D5, 600 4,0, f/4,0, 1/250, ISO 6400 


Male black woodpecker / svartspett. Kuusamo
D5, 400 2,8, f/2,8, 1/400, ISO 4000 


Female grey-headed woodpecker / gråspett. Kuusamo
D5, 600 4,0, f/4,5, 1/800, ISO 3200  


Female grey-headed woodpecker. Kuusamo
D5, 400 2,8, f/2,8, 1/2000, ISO 7200


Female grey-headed woodpecker / gråspett. Kuusamo
D5, 400 2,8, f/2,8, 1/2000, ISO 7200


Dipper / Fossekall. Kuusamo
D5, 600 4,0 + 1,4 converter =850 mm, f/5,6, 1/20, ISO 500, 


Dipper / Fossekall. Kuusamo
D5, 600 4,0 + 1,4 converter = 850 mm, f/8,0, 1/15, ISO 450 


Dipper / Fossekall. Kuusamo. Concentrating for next dive ... in minus 20 degrees !
D5, 600 4,0 + 1,4 converter = 850 mm, f/8,0, 1/15, ISO 640 


Dipper / Fossekall. Resting on a piece of ice. Kuusamo
D5, 600 4,0 + 1,4 converter = 850 mm, f/8,0, 1/20, ISO 900  


Sibirian Tit / Lappmeis : tiny little body that weighs about 10 gr in wintertime and with a max of 10 mm isolation .....  endures temperatures below 40 degrees cold ! Kuusamo
D5, 400 2,8, f/5,6, 1/500, ISO 1400 


Golden eagle / kongeørn. Kuusamo
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Golden eagle / kongeørn. Kuusamo
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Golden eagle / kongeørn. Kuusamo
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Golden eagles / kongeørn .... an old couple. Kuusamo
D5, 400 2,8 + 2,0 converter = 800 mm, f/5,6, 1/500, ISO 4000


Utsjoki high alpine accommodation
D5, 600 4,0, f/6,3, 1/1000, ISO 800


Ptarmigan / fjellrype. Utsjoki
D5, 600 4,0 + 1,4 converter = 850 mm, f/5,6, 1/800, ISO 1100


Ptarmigan / fjellrype. Utsjoki
D5, 600 4,0 + 1,4 converter = 850 mm, f/5,6, 1/800, ISO 4000


English setter Molli .... helping to find ptarmigans. Utsjoki
D5, 600 4,0 + 1,4 converter = 850 mm, f/5,6, 1/800, ISO 1250, 


Early afternoon twilight in arctic January, Utsjoki  
D5, 70-200 / 112 mm, f/5,6, 1/500, ISO 1800


Early moonrise, Utsjoki
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Afternoon arctic twilight and deep cold. Utsjoki. Stich of 5 pictures
D5, 70-200 2,8, f/5,6, 1/500, ISO 1250  


5 hours drive through arctic taiga forest, almost without any sign of houses or human settlements. 
I love Finland ! 
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tirsdag 1. januar 2019

MAASAI MARA CHEETAHS, OCTOBER 2018


Cheetah mother with small cub ..... in gold !
D5, 600 4,0, f/4,0, 1/640, ISO 360

All the pictures are shot in Maasai Mara, Kenya during a 2 weeks stay in October 2018.
Hope you like `em !!

Thanks to Oltepesi Tented Safari Camp ! 


In the blues !! Background colours are far away hills and a fading thunderstorm
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Full stomach !
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Chasing a male thompson gazelle
D5, 600 4,0, f/6,3, 1/2000, ISO 1100


Chasing warthog
D5, 600 4,0 + 1,4 converter = 850 mm, f/6,3, 1/3200, ISO 2000


Chasing zebras
D5, 600 4,0 + 1,4 converter = 850 mm, f/6,3, 1/3200, ISO 4500


Taking down a male impala
D5, 600 4,0 + 1,4 converter = 850 mm, f/8,0, 1/3200, ISO 1800


Running 120 km/h !!
D5, 600 4,0 + 1,4 converter = 850 mm, f/8,0, 1/400, ISO 2000


Hunting wildebeest
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5 male cheetahs taking down a full grown wildebeest
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D5, 600 4,0, f/6,3, 1/2000, ISO 1100


D5, 600 4,0, f/6,3, 1/400, ISO 900


Female cheetah with thompson gazelle in the very first morning sunbeams
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D5, 400 2,8, f/2,8, 1/200, ISO 220


Fresh impale kill
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With impala carcasse
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D5, 600 4,0 + 1,4 converter = 850 mm,  f/5,6, 1/1250, ISO 2500


D5, 600 4,0, f/6,3, 1/2000, ISO 1600


D5, 400 2,8, f/7,1, 1/1250, ISO 100


D5, 400 2,8, f/2,8, 1/320, ISO 2000