The Photo Of The Month Calendar is a year round gallery of selected nature images and stories with contributions from fellow photographers and friends.
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Captive wildlife can be just as arduous and problematic to photograph as any subject in the wild. Albeit without the dangers of a close encounter with an apex predator like the grey wolf; one of the top exhibits at the New Forest Wildlife Park. Being reluctant to make public appearances, even at feeding time, the wolves there can be as elusive as any in the wild. It took me four visits just to see one, and for a brief moment at that. However, they did make three short showings on the day I managed this portrait of a pack member. It was a freezing-cold afternoon, made all the more difficult by a three hour wait! Perhaps it was the noise of workmen in the neighbouring pen or all the press attention from the spectators that kept them out of sight, but I did manage to get this picture after missing this very pose in the same spot thirty minutes earlier! Wildlife rarely gives you a second chance with a slice of its time, so getting this shot was something I could only have dreamt of until this wolf magically re-appeared where I wanted it to be.