Sadly there are people who love the game and do hate predators. Those people want to wipe out the predators by any means possible to stop the predators from taking “their” game.
And then there are ethical hunters who will only take what they eat and only hunt using fair chase who know that a natural balance between predators and game is good for the land. That a natural balance is “harmony”.
Too bad that everyone doesn’t get it. Maybe one day they will and hopefully that day will happen before all the predators are gone.
For more information on how man and coyotes can coexist visit Project Coyote.
Fighting Red-tailed Hawk juveniles – Nikon D810, f7.1, 1/2000, ISO 400, Nikkor 500mm VR, natural light, not baited
While photographing a juvenile Red-tailed Hawk that was perched on a post yesterday I could hear an American Kestrel calling above so when my subject looked up and started acting defensive I thought the kestrel was flying in but instead another juvenile red-tailed flew in to fight over the perch. The action came as a surprise and though I wish the light had been a bit better but I still like the interaction between the two young hawks. It is possible that these two juveniles are siblings but it is just as possible that they aren’t so I won’t speculate on that.
The skirmish only lasted a few seconds, the perched bird flew off and the attacking juvenile landed on the ground below the perch and promptly flew off to chase the other juvenile. Their “fight” actually seemed to be less fight and more play.
I wonder if these two juvenile Red-tailed Hawks will hang around for the winter, I sure hope so.
Perched female Broad-tailed Hummingbird – Nikon D810, f6.3, 1/3200, ISO 640, Nikkor 500mm VR with 1.4x TC, natural light, not baited or set up
Photographing hummingbirds in the wild* can be daunting and fast paced, so fast paced that there are times I don’t often have time to properly ID them in the field.
Yesterday while photographing hummingbirds I noticed the plumage on the back of one bird looked different but it wasn’t until I was able to view my images on my computer screen that I realized that bird was a female Broad-tailed Hummingbird which is a photographic lifer for me. I don’t normally count a bird as a “lifer” unless I have photographed it. So I was tickled to find out I had another lifer even though I didn’t ID the bird in the field.
*I don’t photograph hummingbirds at set ups which are elaborate outdoor “studios” that some times have fake backgrounds, feeders with flowers as props in front of or covering the feeders and a multitude of flash units set up. That isn’t my style of photography at all, I want to photograph my subjects in the wild doing what they want to do when they want to do it where they want to do it.