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Rarely seen on TN... (wolverine !!!)

Rarely seen on TN...  (wolverine !!!)
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Copyright: Stephan Duchesne (iglootrek) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 92 W: 10 N: 460] (1623)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-12-27
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Canon EOS Digital Rebel, CMOS ISO 400
Exposure: f/11, 1/800 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Birds and Animals in the Snow [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-01-14 23:57
Viewed: 6162
Points: 21
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Wolverine (Gulo gulo)

This is a very rare animal publish on TrekNature. According to my research, it is only the 2nd wolverine published on TN !!!

Wolverines are one of the largest mustelids. They have brownish-black hair with strips of light brown along their sides. Their fur is long and dense and does not retain much water. This makes it very resistant to frost in the cold environment wolverines live in. They have large claws and pads on their feet that help them move over deep snow. Wolverines are shaped vaguely like a large marten and have a heavy build with a large head, small ears, a short tail, and very large, powerful limbs. Wolverines are very strong for their size and have been known to drive bears, cougars, and packs of wolves from their kills. They are generally known as the strongest mammal for their size.

Order : Carnivora

Family : Mustelidae

Diet : Carnivorous , feeding mostly on carrion but also take small or weak animals.

Reproduction : Sexually mature at 1 year. Mating occurs between May and July. The 2-3 young are born between January and April after a delayed implantation (7 months) followed by an active gestation period of 30-40 days, and are weaned after 7-10 weeks.

Longevity : Up to 10 years in the wild and 17 years in captivity.

Predators : No real natural predator, however, they are occasionally taken by gray wolves, pumas and bears.

Status : In Canada, the eastern population is endangered and the western population is of special concern.

This picture was taken at the Zoo of St-Félicien in the superb region of Lac St-Jean in Quebec to get some shots of North American species living in their natural habits. The Zoo is open during the winter and you will get to see in the next days my pictures of the following animals : polar bear, red fox, river otter, wolverine, bighorn sheep, mountain goat, Canada lynx, cougar, coyote, snowy owl and bald eagle.

All pictures taken in the snow on a beautiful clear and sunny sky, but cold day (-15°C or 5°F).

So just stay tune, and enjoy !!!

Nico, Libor, wallhalla15, scottevers7, marhowie, hummingbird24, Athila, Luc has marked this note useful
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  • Nico Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 199 W: 1 N: 335] (1321)
  • [2006-01-15 0:26]

My first pic of wolverine. Thanks. You did well with exposure of dark wolverine against very white snow.

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2006-01-15 1:18]

Congratulations, Stephan. : )
An excellent capture of this rare animal. The POV is fantastic and the details are very sharp. The exposure is perfect, though I imagine it was a challenge to take that dark fur against the shiny white snow.
Great work and TFS. : )
I am really enjoying your series of animals from the Zoo of St-Felicien and can't wait to see more. : )

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  • Fisher Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1540 W: 309 N: 2234] (8915)
  • [2006-01-15 10:02]

Hi Stephan,

Excellent capture and well done on the composition.


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  • Libor Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 164 W: 1 N: 25] (1101)
  • [2006-01-15 10:18]

wauuu nice shot
thanks for great note

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  • hibou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 217 W: 1 N: 331] (1629)
  • [2006-01-15 12:04]

Bonjour Stephan,

merci pour cette superbe photo de carcajou. En captivité, mais supberbe ! Donald L.

Hello Stephan,
congrats for this shot. I can understand that you are proud over this picture. I like it very much. Great sharpness, nice colours and excellent POV. This is a great composition and a great note too. Thanks for posting.

Hi Stephan,
I believe this one is a first! I have not observed a Wolverine here before. You did a great job with this difficult exposure of Black against White colors. Nice sharp detail with beautiful colors. The sunlight does not appear to have been overpowering here. Excellent work!

Your right! Rare indeed even in reality!

Nice capture of this wolverine the exposure has been well chosen showing detail in both dark & light zones. Well done Stephan. :)

Wonderful and interesting photo with note, Stephan.

Details on this guy are sharp,(including those nails...)

Great capture, thank you for sharing.

Great action shot Stephan. Well composed with sharp details and a great POV/pose. Well done.
Thank you!

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  • Athila Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 335 W: 239 N: 493] (1982)
  • [2006-01-17 11:06]

Salut Stephan!

Maintenance je sais d'où vient le nom d'un des principaux personnage de X-Men et en voyant sa patte droite, tout s'explique.
Belle image bien nette avec tout plein de détail dans la neige blance. À mon écran du moins, j'aurais peut-être augmenté un peu le contrast car elle me semble un peu "flat". Mais possible que ce soit une divergence de mon moniteur.
De toute façon c'est une très bonne image qui mérite un grand sourire vert.

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