Coyote in a whiteout – Nikon D300, f6.3, 1/1600, ISO 640, +1.0 EV, Nikkor 200-400mm VR with 1.4x TC at 264mm, natural light, not called in or baited
Much of North America has seen snow, ice, extremely cold temperatures and whiteout conditions the last few days, here in the Sat Lake Valley of Utah it has been snowing since early yesterday morning and it is still coming down. All of the snow we have now reminded me of being on Antelope Island State Park last January and photographing birds and Coyotes in near whiteout conditions. I am fairly certain that conditions on the island this morning will be pretty much the same with plenty of snow on the ground and low light because of heavy clouds overhead.
This Coyote and its mate were hunting for voles when I photographed them in the whiteout and it was so quiet that I could hear the snow crunch as the Coyote moved.
Atypical Mule Deer buck – Nikon D300, f8, 1/1600, ISO 500, Nikkor 200-400mm VR with 1.4x TC at 400mm, natural light
I like this Mule Deer because he isn’t typical instead he is atypical. Some might wonder why he is atypical and it is simply because his antlers are not symmetrical. His right antler is larger and taller than the left. Nature is not perfect but it is perfectly fine the way that it is. He is different, unique and handsome just as he is.
I photographed this buck along with another one on Antelope Island State Park in 2012, I wonder what this buck looks like now.
Female Ruddy Duck – Nikon D300, f6.3, 1/2000, ISO 640, +0.3 EV, Nikkor 200-400mm VR with 1.4x TC at 400mm, natural light
Some times when I open a photo I took I can’t help but laugh for various reasons, in this case when I opened the file the pose of this female Ruddy Duck just “quacked” me up. The duck had been resting on the shelf of ice next to the water and when she stood up she shook her whole body and I just happened to catch her with her bill pointed towards the sky.
Maybe it is just me but I half expect this female Ruddy Duck to burst into song . Or yodel.
Tricolored Heron hunting in the surf of the Gulf of Mexico – D200, handheld, f6.3, 1/1500, ISO 250, Nikkor 80-400mm VR at 400mm, natural light
Waves, warm sand, a camera in hand and a Tricolored Heron. Such simple things but they bring such great pleasure. The Tricolored Heron paid no attention at all to the woman laying in the wet sand with one glassy eye pointed at it as it foraged along the shoreline with waves crashing around it. It was focused entirely on finding prey which allowed me to create a great series of images of it.
Taken at Fort Desoto County Park, Florida in 2008