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PostPosted: Fri Jul 10, 2009 3:22 am 
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One of my favorites of the year for me so far.... it's rare to catch them out of the den before the eyes are open and to catch it this close with mom in the pic made my day.... just off the road near Regina coming back from the football game yest....

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lookin for beavers... found a muskrat.

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like always great shot wolfsong keep it up


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Visited a location I haven't been to in about 2.5 years this weekend. The last time I was there the prairie dog colony wasn't doing so well... They'd had a run of Sylvatic plague. :( Saw only 5 or 6 intact coteries and a lot of empty burrows. I was really pleased to see that in the past few years the town has exploded and is doing really well. Lots of babies and some expansion. Getting large enough to support some other species again, now too. Might go back with a spotting scope later in the summer to see if I can spot a few mountain plovers or burrowing owl. Got a kick out of this shot. Not a technically great shot, and heavily cropped, but come on! Look at all of them! There were several coteries around with groups of youngsters this big. :D

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Now hopefully these guys stay safe from the jack***es around here that like to shoot them for fun, or the neighboring farm. I get so pissed to hear about farmers "gassing out" prairie dogs on NEIGHBORING LAND. If they're not on your land, THEY'RE NOT A PROBLEM. Just LEAVE THEM ALONE!

Don't get me started... :evil:

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I'm with ya Jax!

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watched this little guy for about 1/2 an hour today... got lots of pics but another branch in the way...

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Finally got the shots of a Muskrat I was looking for... watched this guy while he was happily feeding for about 30 minutes...

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Little wood/field mouse.

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Muskrat...

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PostPosted: Thu Aug 30, 2012 8:21 pm 
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Was watching this muskrat swimming across a pond the other day. Sun was setting behind him so I snapped these 2 shots as he was nearing the point directly between me and the sun... the pics were taken 7 seconds apart with the same camera settings used for both as well as the same PP settings used for both. Good example of how natural sunlight light changes in a short period of time if you or the subject moves to change angles....

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We all do it at times and then kick ourselves in the butt every time it happens...

I got out yesterday for the morning to one of my favorite ponds to watch some goose and duck activity. I crawled out of bed, checked the temp and the forecast and packed up. Looking at my camera case I pondered for a second then decided what the hell I'm shooting ducks and geese and I got a 3km hike one way to get to the pond with no intersting encounters ever on the way to even make me consider carrying a second camera or lens so Im just gonna take 1 camera and my trusty 100-400 lens.

I get the the pond, settle in just watching for some time trying to see whats going on, figure out what may be approachable and what would be a waiste of time, sun angles, and wind direction to set up for landings and takeoffs. This normally takes me about 1 hour durning which time I seldom if ever pic up the camera.

Being at the watching the duck stage which were about 40 meters or so away from me I wasn't paying close attention to the bank near me or at my feet. I happened to glance down for some reason and there were 2 muskrats within 2 feet of my foot swimming to their den which was litterally right under me dragging a branch for their winter food store. The light was perfect, they stopped just outside the den to nuzzle up to each other, they seemed to play for a few seconds, then cut up the small branch so it would fit in their den... all this was happening too close to me to be outside the minimum shooting range of the lens... if I would have moved they would have spooked so all I could do is sit there and curse at myself for not bringing my second body with another lens. For the rest of the morning they came and went but never as a pair so although I did get some really good closeups of individuals I missed 5 minutes at least of prime shooting time watching the intimate going ons of these 2 little guys.

Lesson learned.. at least for the rest of this year...

2 shots that I did manage...

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PostPosted: Sat Sep 15, 2012 9:20 pm 
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2 lovely close up shots. 8)
I guess most of us can't be kitted up & ready for every eventuality, but at least you managed to see & observed them together.

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It seems to be the year of the muskrat for me.. no matter where I go I bump into these little guys. This fellow was happily swimming along when he decided to take a short break and rest his chin on this little branch which was floating along beside him. Lucky for me angles and light pretty well lined up giving me a nice reflection as well...

Although its not a "wow" shot I still really like it... I think...

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Great shot. Love the reflection.

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