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Rick Dreher
(halfturbo) - MLife

Locale: Northernish California
Why you'll never be a wildlife photographer on 03/15/2010 11:38:42 MDT Print View

Insufficient dedication.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/worldnews/article-1253935/Photographer-captures-amazing-images-lions-watering-hole-submerging-months.html

Just sayin'.

Cheers,

Rick

Doug I.
(idester) - MLife

Locale: MidAtlantic
Re: Why you'll never be a wildlife photographer on 03/15/2010 12:18:04 MDT Print View

I would have been happy to be in the water so you wouldn't have noticed how often I peed my pants when the lions came within 20 meters of me!

Jay Wilkerson
(Creachen) - MLife

Locale: East Bay
UL Creatures on 03/29/2010 18:19:38 MDT Print View

Western Pond Turtle
Henry Coe St Park
Grizzly Gulch and Stream
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Geek Squad 101

Travis Leanna
(T.L.) - MLife

Locale: Wisconsin
UL Creatures on 03/29/2010 18:35:15 MDT Print View

Northern Wisconsin
Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest

Look near the waterline.

weasel


porky

Tom Kirchner
(ouzel) - MLife

Locale: Pacific Northwest/Sierra
Re: UL Creatures on 03/29/2010 20:19:08 MDT Print View

"Look near the waterline."

Hard to tell, things are a little blurry, but is that a wolverine?

Jay Wilkerson
(Creachen) - MLife

Locale: East Bay
UL Creatures on 03/29/2010 20:45:51 MDT Print View

065
One very large Coyote in the distance-
Mt. Diablo

Craig W.
(xnomanx) - F - M
Re: UL Creatures on 03/29/2010 20:50:22 MDT Print View

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1

San Gabriel Mountains, Southern CA

Edited by xnomanx on 03/29/2010 20:52:41 MDT.

Travis Leanna
(T.L.) - MLife

Locale: Wisconsin
Re: Re: UL Creatures on 03/29/2010 21:00:01 MDT Print View

Tom,
Yeah, sorry for the bad picture. I think it was some sort of weasel.

Greg Mihalik
(greg23) - M

Locale: Colorado
Re: Re: Re: UL Creatures on 03/29/2010 21:14:53 MDT Print View

Travis,
I don't know the country or it's inhabitants, but if you have "pine martens", I think that one might qualify.

Edited by greg23 on 03/29/2010 21:16:41 MDT.

Travis Leanna
(T.L.) - MLife

Locale: Wisconsin
Pine Marten? on 03/29/2010 21:24:20 MDT Print View

Greg,
You may be right. I don't know enough about the animals to tell, but I did read this on the web:

"Biologists estimated that in 1988 there were about 180 pine martens in Wisconsin. They now estimate (as of 1996) that there are 500-1000 martens in Wisconsin, mostly concentrated in the Nicolet and Chequamegon National Forests."

That photo is right in the Nicolet National Forest, so it may very well be a marten! Anyone else know?

Bob Gross
(--B.G.--) - F

Locale: Silicon Valley
Re: Re: Re: Re: UL Creatures on 03/29/2010 21:28:25 MDT Print View

It's hard to tell for sure, but I think that a pine marten is a good guess. It looks too small to be a wolverine, and too large and fat to be a weasel. Too furry to be a river otter. Possibly a mink or a fisher.

Travis, more research!
--B.G.--

Travis Leanna
(T.L.) - MLife

Locale: Wisconsin
Pine Marten? on 03/29/2010 21:52:18 MDT Print View

I've emailed the Wisconsin DNR with a few photos. Let's hope they can identify it!

Edited by T.L. on 03/30/2010 12:19:27 MDT.

Travis Leanna
(T.L.) - MLife

Locale: Wisconsin
DNR's response--a mink on 03/30/2010 12:20:20 MDT Print View

"While at first glance it looks somewhat like a marten, and the bright sunlight does make it look lighter colored, I think it probably is a mink. The ears looked small for a marten, and I don't see a yellow throat patch on it. The habitat is also more typical for mink, and marten tend to be in more upland situations. But you are near an area with a good population of martens."

Bob Gross
(--B.G.--) - F

Locale: Silicon Valley
Re: DNR's response--a mink on 03/30/2010 12:30:40 MDT Print View

Excellent. Now you have to accept the challenge to get a close-up photo.

BTW, the state agency is very responsive to get an answer to you that quickly. I've sent inquiries that way to states and the feds, and I typically get a zero response about one month later. Budget cuts, you know.

--B.G.--

Travis Leanna
(T.L.) - MLife

Locale: Wisconsin
Re: Re: DNR's response--a mink on 03/30/2010 12:41:47 MDT Print View

I was surprised at the response time as well. I did send a thank-you to them because of that.

Luckily, I have a decent chance of getting some more shots of that animal. That picture was taken from a bridge very near our little cabin, and after watching the animal for a few minutes, I believe its home is in a pile of scrub next to the bridge. I'll have to get a shot where the sun isn't directly in the camera's lens!

Bob Gross
(--B.G.--) - F

Locale: Silicon Valley
Re: Re: Re: DNR's response--a mink on 03/30/2010 13:04:37 MDT Print View

Travis, if you go out there to try to photograph the animal, first of all understand that you might never see it. That gets frustrating to some wildlife photographers. Remember the time of day that you saw it, and that is a good time to try again. Many animals like that have a daily routine. If you think you have converged to a den area, then keep some distance, but construct a blind. The Brits call that a hide. But you will want to sit there unseen until the animal comes along again. Then you will want the longest camera lens that you can afford. The smaller the animal, the longer the lens.
--B.G.--

Jay Wilkerson
(Creachen) - MLife

Locale: East Bay
UL Creatures on 04/16/2010 21:44:11 MDT Print View

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Western Pond Turtle
I need the snow to melt so I can take pictures of High Country Creatures.

Edited by Creachen on 04/16/2010 21:57:47 MDT.

Richard Gless
(rgless) - MLife

Locale: San Francisco Bay Area
UL Creatures on 04/17/2010 00:10:01 MDT Print View

Spider in a Poppy - Henry Coe

spider in poppy

Rog Tallbloke
(tallbloke) - F

Locale: DON'T LOOK DOWN!!
UL Creatures on 04/19/2010 04:47:22 MDT Print View

A bird showing a bit of leg:

crow leg

Rog Tallbloke
(tallbloke) - F

Locale: DON'T LOOK DOWN!!
UL Creatures on 04/23/2010 06:13:07 MDT Print View

gull-ice