Sunday, September 10, 2017

Born Curious

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This fawn knows something smells  unnatural and quickly zones in on the camera. Unfortunately this is the last sequence from this location. A day later a windstorm blew a tree down between the cameras obscuring their view. It would have been great to see that happen but they weren't triggered by the falling branches. Both cameras were missed in the windfall and will carry on elsewhere. I did leave  in the area since I have had such good luck there over the last 4 months.

After a slow summer of photography this fall will be very busy. I have about 6 weeks of photography at various locations planned for the rest of the year. I'm posting more regularly on Instagram: @dbsnature but will be posting here on an intermittent basis.

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

August Monarchs


 
I spent a few mornings watching monarch butterflies earlier this month. In the past I have always felt the third week of August was peak migration in southern Minnesota. This year it was the end of the first week. I don't know if I just happened to be there or if the change is real. The good news is that I saw more butterflies than I have seen in years.

Saturday, August 26, 2017

Summer Velvet



Another surprise on the camera trap! These cameras have been out in the same location for almost 3 months but the deer are still curious about them. The deer must smell the remnants of my breakfast when I change the SD cards. This is a limited hunting area on public land in the Minnesota River bottom. Hunters might be drooling at the size of these antlers. The color is before light transitions to complete darkness when the camera will use its light at 100% output.

Monday, August 21, 2017

Woodland Coyotes

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Coyotes are the most prolific predators in America. My daughter regularly saw them in Portland residential areas. In Minnesota they are usually seen running for their lives since they are shot on sight in rural areas. These two camera trap clips show them in a more relaxed setting. In the second one you can hear a turkey scolding it.

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Thursday, August 17, 2017

Sedge Wren




 This little guy has a voice that won't quit. After an early morning songfest it stays low, about knee high in the dense prairie, making it hard to find. The monarchs had left and I was in the mood for filming so this was a subject of opportunity. Road noise and farm sounds were at a minimum allowing natural sounds to be recorded.  Recorded with my go to gear for video: Canon C100 with a 100-400 lens.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Portrait Session

Normally I am not a fan of wildlife portraits. So many of them seem static and the subject seems flat. I made an exception last week while watching a young burrowing owl. It seemed to have a character that was changing almost constantly. 





Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Juvenile Burrowing Owl




 
I was on my out of the park and feeling good about getting the bison shots I was looking for when I saw this owl standing on a prairie dog mound. Two hours later, after about 100 still shots and 50 video clips, I headed east.  The shots were taken of the window and a little shaky but still fun to put together and share with you.