Monday, November 24, 2008

Great Blue Heron

This is a young Great Blue Heron standing on a branch of a tree that blew over into a creek.  I was in this area to get photographs of swimming ducks so this heron was a bonus.  I watched for quite awhile to see if he might catch something to eat but he never did.

Monday, November 17, 2008

Feeding mallard

An interesting shot of a drake mallard duck.  His rear end tips up as he dips his head below the surface to feed on the bottom.  I was lying on my stomach in a creek bed to get this shot at water level. Very uncomfortable.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Whitetail deer - 8

This 8 pt. whitetail deer buck was looking for does during the rut by cruising the edge of dark woods.  The sunny grass in the left side foreground was about the same color as the buck so I converted all but the buck to b & w to make him more prominent in the photo.

Monday, November 10, 2008

Whitetail deer - 7

Here is another photograph of the buck with massive antlers.  There are some openings in the canopy that allow sunlight to filter through but the buck was staying mostly in the shade.  I need more light for the 100-400mm f5.6 so I am impatiently waiting for the rest of the leaves to drop.  But by then the rut may be over and the bucks harder to find.

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Whitetail deer - 6

This is probably the dominant buck in the neighborhood!  Possibly 14 points on his rack.  Hard to tell for sure but I got a few other photos at different angles and when I enlarge them on the computer I can see them fairly well.

The rut is in full swing and this buck was looking for does.