Saturday, January 13, 2018

Mule Deer Action

Visiting Badlands National Park to watch the mule deer rut is becoming a yearly event. Most of the behavior is bucks chasing does but occasionally things get real interesting. After watching a small herd for quite awhile I noticed the does had their attention directed to something behind the butte. Eventually I saw what the were watching. The following minute of action took place over about an hour in real time.

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Slow Motion at the Feeder

It was a cold, dark day with lots of brown birds at the feeder, a perfect time to play with slow motion.  Black and white was used to reflect the mood. Only the birds seemed to have energy in the weather.

Technical: The video is slowed to 1/4 normal speed with occasional reduction to 10% of normal speed.

Monday, January 1, 2018

I made it through 2017!

It was a fantastic year with more travel and adventure than I ever dreamed possible, and a few good shots along the way. I'm shooting almost all video and during 3 months I did not shoot any stills. Consequently the blog postings are less frequent to allow for video production. Isolated video clips are put on Instagram @dbsnature. I have several plans for 2018 including a volunteer assignment to shoot Gunnison sage grouse, I hope it comes through. The Badlands are winning me over for prairie wildlife and a couple trips are planned. I hope all of your plans and dreams come true in 2018!

Friday, December 22, 2017

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Wolf Morning

I just returned from Yellowstone after 10 days volunteering for the Park and teaching with Angela for Yellowstone Forever. One of my most memorable mornings was watching and listening to the Mollie Pack howl. A magic moment seen by only about a dozen other Park visitors.

Technical: Unfortunately the focus is soft and not archival quality. Lesson: Images and clips do not have to be perfect to be magical.

Saturday, December 2, 2017

One Morning, Two Badgers

I wanted to see a badger and on this morning in the Badlands National Park I was lucky to see two in widely separated locations. I had watched this one go to bed in a prairie dog burrow the day before so it was only a matter of time before he woke up and I found him hunting. The second one was hunting with a coyote. the coyote split and it continued hunting allowing me to stalk within range and get some nice tight footage. As you can see in the first half of the video the badger was intensely curious but did not run until it got downwind of me.

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Partners in the Hunt

I saw a similar pair hunting last year and had to get a photo. Most of the time they are separated by several feet and only visible on opposite edges of the frame. I watched two pairs in prairie dog towns and was lucky to get these guys close together. Maybe next time I'll get an actual prairie dog hunt. Finding a pair is also a good way to find the badger that is much more camouflaged than the coyote. Coyote and badgers hunting together is well documented and beneficial to each. From what I have read when one gets a meal the other does not attempt to steal it from the other.