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on Feb 9, 2015 in Biological Tips

The New Perch

I’ve been looking at and working on getting new perches for my feeder birds to use. The issue is, most of the feeders are up high to keep them away from bears and I can shoot them out our 2nd story windows. I’ve put up perches in all the easy places so the challenge was on. What I just put up required a patio umbrella stand, 50lbs sand, 18′ pole and the perch. I assembled all these and now have a perch I can place just about any place. Right now, it is far enough away from the window to shoot the D750 / 800mm / TC-14eIII combo (this is a Pine Siskin, about the size of your thumb). Once the 300f4 PF arrives, I’ll move it closer to get the image size I want with that lens. And that’s really the best part about the perch. It can me moved for the desired lens or background...

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on Feb 10, 2011 in Biological Tips, Yellowstone Life

YA Wk1 D3-3

This movie requires Flash Player 9 Then there are the Bison when it’s cold, they just look their best! This lone bull was right next to the road in the soft afternoon light plowing the snow looking for grasses below. The best part of the angle of the bank it was working, it was great for shooting right down and seeing right into the action. With all of that, we had to stop and work him for a while. This movie requires Flash Player 9 I think the biology of these massive creatures is amazing. This bull walked and walked and plowed and plowed for a good 20-30min before after all his work, he found some grass to eat. In winter, the survival game is all about calories in vs calories out. He spent a lot of time looking before finding that one patch of grass. But he is obviously healthy so whatever he is going is working for him. And with a face like that, it’s working for...

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on Jan 28, 2010 in Biological Tips, Wildlife Photography

The Log and the Coyote

Have you done much Coyote photography? If you have and spent time with them in a forested area, you know that if there is a log, a Coyote will most often jump up on it. The problem is at least for me is even though you know that, I don’t always prepare for it. I’m just slow sometimes, the obvious just ain’t obvious. Well, this time I thought about it.

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on Jan 28, 2010 in Biological Tips, Wildlife Photography, Yellowstone Life

So Close….but

There’s this shot I’ve wanted for a long, long, long time. I saw it in my minds eye once, back in the days of film and traipsing around in the Bitteroots. It’s a shot in the perfect light of just a Bighorn ram’s eye and a little bit of its curl. I had the light and had a ram approaching me to where I thought I might get the shot. But no, it wasn’t to happen right this moment.

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on Jan 28, 2010 in Biological Tips, Wildlife Photography, Yellowstone Life

The Wonders of a Howl

“Moose, watch carefully, the pack is trying to cross the road.” We crept down the road and set up under the OP. From less then 100yrd away, over the ridge, a chorus of howls filled the air. Then on the ridge, 642F appeared and then disappeared as it jogged towards the pups. Then from behind us a lone howl bounced off the falling snow and down to us. It was greeted with another chorus from over the ridge. The beauty of the silence of the falling snow then filled with the howls from Blacktail and Lave Creek Packs was one of those great wildlife photography treasures we’ll never forget!

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