Edward, considering where you´ve been and the images you have shot, it would be a bit difficult to recommend this to you. With your experience, skills, funds and available time, there are many things that would fill my stack I believe.To be able to sit less than one meter from this magnificent animal, with only a netted fens between us, look him in the eye, hear his deep bass roll and smell him, was just fantastic.
70-200 f2.8L IS II @125mm, 1/125s, f2.8, ISO800
Another reason to do the Norway trip, I think a month in the area would work well now I can see a use for the 200-400 & Subjects with Teeth & Attitude, although I'm sure the local Tribes have plenty of both considering they are descendants of the Norsemen.
Lovely set of Images Eldar, must be a Magical Experience (to quote Steve Jobs), to Photograph these animals in the wild though, and as good as these Images are, and they are good, I still feel your earlier Lynx Images are always going to be hard to beat.
Nice to see that 200-400 getting some use though, never would have considered it would be a Scandinavian Landscape type Lens, seems it can be.
But on the other hand, if it is to watch and photograph these very rare cats, which it is very unlikely any of us will see in the wild, it is quite good. The Amur leopard must be shot through a netted fens. That is no problem though, unless the light shines on the fens. Same with the lynx. But with the Amur tigers, snow leopards, pallas cat (I believe that is the English name for it also) and the Persian leopard that comes in June can be shot from a bridge or platform.
Here´s an Amur tiger coming out from the woods
1DX, 200-400 f4L IS 1.4x, 1/200s, f5.0, ISO2500
Very nice pictures Eldar and Eml.
I have taken the trip to the bear park in Flaa twice trying to get a shot of the lynx, but it is very shy, so I have not succeded... The bears, wolves, and foxes on the other hand, are readily available to shoot (without the net, but from a high viewpoint). Speaking about shooting in Zoo's, the most impressive I have ever been to by far, is the one in Re, in Denmark. I'll see if I can dig up the pictures I shot there with my then borrowed 1Dx.