c2year old male Moose
As it became dusk, we were lucky enough to see 6 Moose! The first showed pretty well in a forest clearing that appeared to be a 2 year old male. My first ever Moose and I was impressed with the size of them. They reminded me of a Cow x Horse hybrid more than anything.
After this, we were even more lucky with seeing a full adult male with huge antlers! The light was going at this point so wasn't able to get a photo.
Finally, we were moving to another site and driving past a field where they were 4 Moose in the same field! Incredible!
The most optimistic target of the night were Wolves, but as it got dark, we found ourselves on a pitch black track, howling at the sky in the hope of something replying. Incredibly, we managed to hear a distant howl of what sounded like an alpha female. We listening to 2 more sets of howls, before deciding we would head off in the direction of the howl.
Getting out the car some 3/4 of a Km down the track, we began howling again and were all amazed by the sound of 6 Wolves at probably 300 meters range producing a stunning noise that I likened to a Whale, rather than the classic TV Wolves, presumably because the pack weren't especially old?
Moving further down the track still, we got out the car, waited for 5 minutes and produced one short howl. This set the 6 off again and we had wolves howling all around us as close of 100 meters!
Listening to this majestic and haunting noise, we suddenly heard a rustle in the grass. We thought it was just our imaginations, until we heard some footsteps on the gravel track followed by a faint dog like inquisitive call. In the pitch black, this was certainly a bit too close for comfort, so we turned on a flash light straight away and there, about 30 feet in front of us were 2 Wolves in full view! One, a slightly larger darker one retreated down the track and out of view almost straight away, but a much paler 2nd Wolf stayed on the track about 25 meters away for 10 seconds allowing us to get amazing views of it before it retreated. I would estimate that it was probably the same size as a Golden Retriever, but due to the summer coat, it was quite a thin looking animal
After this amazing encounter, with adrenaline pumping, we carried on listening to the pack of 6 howl into the night. It was an incredible night and has to go down in my top 5 wildlife encounters of all time and probably the mose incredible noise I've ever heard! A mix of fear, excitement and pure amazement made for a completely memorable experience.