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.

Monday, November 20, 2017

Smile for the Camera

This red tail hawk was soaking in the last of the afternoon's warm sun as I pulled up. I watched him for awhile and then he smiled.
Then I asked him to give me a great big smile but it didn't make quite as good a picture.

Technical: Initially I thought this was a ferrigonous hawk but the color on the neck leads my to believe it is a red tail.

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Badlands Morning

The sun was still below  the horizon as the wind was creeping up to the 25 mph range. A couple hours later muted, dull color was the rule. This is the familiar rock formation at Fossil Trail taken from a little different perspective.

Technical: ISO 800, 1.3 seconds, f 11

Friday, November 17, 2017

Badlands Badger

Badgers fascinate me! Last fall I watched one at long range while it hunted with a coyote and I put it on my shot list to get quality footage this year. Shot lists are wish lists that frequently go unfilled but yesterday it worked out better than could be imagined. It started by being stalked by a badger, a little worrisome with only a tripod to hide behind. Later in the morning this guy, different than the first one, was busy fluffing and preening as I watched while kneeling in the dirt. 

Technical: Canon 7D, 600mm + 1.4 telextender, uncropped

Sunday, November 12, 2017

What was that?

I'm a hunter by nature. It's in my genes and every fall I hunt deer, well actually I hunt year round. I haven't killed an animal in at least 15 years but I still head out with a camera when everyone else is in the woods with a gun. Last week I went out looking for deer and came upon this unsuspecting little guy. I'm sure his mother is in the processing plant and he is getting by on instinct.

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Who is a giraffe?

Each of these views tells a different story about giraffes. Do you like the inquisitive giraffe, best buddies, or the video of them satisfying an itch? (View at full screen to clearly see the itch.)

Technical: Adjusted for contrast in Lightroom. Sony a7r2 and canon 100-400 mm lens for all images