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Re: Wolves' wild boar hunting

Subject: Re: Wolves' wild boar hunting
From: "Kevin Colver" kjcolver
Date: Sun Sep 18, 2011 9:52 pm ((PDT))
This has to be one of the most dramatic nature audio scenes I've heard.
Thank you for sharing.
Kevin Colver

On Sep 17, 2011, at 6:04 PM, NordicNature wrote:

> Hi!
> Sorry for the long text and my (not so good) english=85
> I hope that you will read it though. :)
> I was out photographing/recording.
> It was late, but the full moon helped lighting up my surroundings.
> I had the recorder in rec/pause and my headphones on, so all sounds
> around me was amplified like I usually have. Since I was trying to
> photograph animals I had my camouflage clothes on. I rarely use a
> hide.
> Suddenly I heard that the ducks, lapwings and other birds to the
> left of me flew up in the air worried about something. I looked in
> that direction with my binocular and then I saw two wolves coming in
> my direction. They were about 200m from me. The female (smaller) was
> about 50m ahead of the male. She stopped when she was about 40m from
> me a little to the left. She probably "sensed" that I was there...
> She sat down and looked around.
> The male wolf came straight at me since he was to the right of the
> female from my view. He stopped at about 30m from me. He stared at
> me or in my direction for 5 minutes... I was leaning to the left in
> a not so comfort position so I said to myself, please go now... my
> back hurts, but he didn't. Instead, he lay down in the grass... and
> he continued starring at me (or my not camouflaged mic). I was
> completely still and after a few minutes he started to look around
> instead. The female passed him and lay down further away to the
> right of me. After 10-15 minutes he joined her. They changed
> positions a few times and seemed to be in no hurry.
> Then the female started to target a red deer bull. She crawled on
> her stomach closer and closer. The male followed about 30m behind
> her. She got closer and closer and when she had about 50m left to
> the red deer she got in to full attack. The male wolf followed and
> they both attacked the red deer bull. The deer defended himself
> really well with his big horns. He attacked the wolves so they had
> to back off a few times. The wolves continued their attack from two
> directions for a while, but then they gave up and lay down in the
> grass. After a while they tried again, but the deer still defended
> himself really well. He didn't make the mistake to try and run. They
> gave up again and the walked away to the edge of the field and lay
> down just inside the forrest. After about 20 minutes I heard a
> familiar sound. Wild boar heard was incoming...
> Here my posted recording at soundcloud starts, since there was just
> breathing sounds and sounds when wolves and deer move in the grass
> previously, so not much to listen to.
> 0.00
> The wild boars where coming from the right and straight at the red
> deer bull in front of me, that still was in the same position close
> to the wolves. I looked at the wolves and they backed of into the
> forrest to avoid being seen by the wild boars and also to get into a
> high speed when they enter the field to attack the wild boars.
> 0.06
> wild boars
> 0.10
> Red deer bull
> 0.54
> Steps from wild boar getting closer to me and the deer
> 1.00
> wolves are attacking the wild boars in full speed and the wolves
> breath can be heard
> 1.02
> chaos when the wild boars meets the wolves and also the deer gets in
> the middle of it. They run around in a circle in front of me a
> couple of times
> 1.17
> They start to run away to the right of me.
> 1.26
> The red deer gets out of the mess and runs into the forrest. The
> hunt continues to the right of me
> 1.54
> I turn the mic to the right, pointing it in the direction of the
> wild boar heard and wolves, so I made a cut to remove this sound.
> From now on I make some sounds because the mic is really close to my
> face and i'm half sitting, half lying in an awkward position leaning
> on my right arm with the binocular in my left hand. The action made
> me forget about the recording as well...
> 2.01
> the wolves is trying to separate one wild boar from the heard
> 2.15
> Now they got one wild boar alone and he tries to get away from them
> 2.43
> wolves are attacking from two sides
> no more comments until the end. Use your imagination.
> 6.22
> The end of the life for the wild boar=85
> I hope that you don't think that it is distasteful to publish this
> recording=85 it's the way of nature, to eat or be eaten=85
> You can choose not to listen.
> The sounds affects me anyway and probably a few of the ones that
> listen.
> You can find the recording at my soundloud account,
> It's name is "Wolves' wild boar hunting"
> Note:
> We have around 200-250 wolves in sweden. Elk is their most common
> prey, often up to 95%.
> Red deer is one of the largest deer species. It's smaller but often
> "smarter" than the swedish Elk. It goes to counter attack against
> the wolves, and they don't like that. The Elk tries to run, and it's
> probably the reason that the wolves here in Sweden have almost 50%
> success in killing Elk.
> /H=E5kan

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