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PostPosted: Wed Dec 19, 2012 1:02 am 
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Wow, really nice one, I really liked it :D

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PostPosted: Wed Dec 19, 2012 2:21 am 
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Very nice pic! Porcupines are not known for being easy... How far away were you for this picture?


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PostPosted: Wed Dec 19, 2012 5:21 pm 
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Around 5 meters.. 7 to 10 meters about seems to be their comfort zone in the winter and if you take your time approaching them. Any closer and they will usually reposition themselves with their butt towards you and tail ready to swing at you. The reason I managed to get a bit closer without him repositioning is because he was about 4 meters up in a bush with small branches so he knew I couldn't get up there to follow him.

I actually got another pic of him a few seconds later when it was cloudy and if you zoom right in to its eye you can easily see my reflection in it. I didnt post it cause it was cloudy then though and the pic wasnt the greatest.

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PostPosted: Tue Dec 25, 2012 12:42 am 
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Although the sun never really popped through today we did have a very high and light cloud cover so I thought I would go out on the day before christmas and see what I could see. My porcupine friend is still making his home in the area I left him so I stopped by to say hi. Although we started with the circle dance again he did settle down and let me get a few shots over about 45 minutes.

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PostPosted: Tue Dec 25, 2012 1:15 pm 
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Very nice pictures - an early Christmas present. I haven't been out for days. The closest I've been to wildlife this week was when I saw 2 foxes crossing the road in front of a car. Thanks for posting!


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PostPosted: Tue Dec 25, 2012 3:37 pm 
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Amazing shots Wolfsong! I love the close up on the last one, how close were you from the porcupine?

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PostPosted: Tue Dec 25, 2012 10:58 pm 
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for the last shot I was within 4 meters. porcupines move about as fast as sloths do in south america so there is never an issue getting close to them. if they are in a bush or a tree like this one was I you can litterally walk up to them within inches and they wont move. If they are on the ground you can walk right up to them as well... but if you block their path they will turn their butt towards you and start backing up into you till you move or until they can wack you with their tail and then you will move for sure. Same thing when they are in a tree.. they wont go anywhere but when you get within their comfort zone they will turn their back to you and if you get too close they will swipe you with their tail. Getting close is never an issue with them... the problem is them turning their back to you if threatened and that isnt really a great photo angle :D

Im itching to get out more but we just keep getting more and more snow and we rarely see the sun these days. Now many of you may be used to a lot of clouds and rain or snow in the winter but here in the middle of the prairies we are used to a lot of sun. Saskatoon, the city nearest me has the most amount of sunshine per year in canada and gets the third most in all of north america so we arent used to all this cloud and snow. I'll brave the 40+ below temps.. just give me a bit of sun :twisted:

I have been watching this guy for a while now and have him figured out pretty well. He is usually feeding every day between 1pm and 5pm... outside of those times I rarely see him. I found his den a bit ago and followed all his trails leading away from it. He never seems to wonder more than 100 meters away from the den. There are also several coyote tracks in the area and at least 2 signs of a scuffle. Judging by the look of his tail area and the lack of and number of broken quills he has defiantely had a few encounters with something this winter which explains why his is so defencive as well. Im just hoping he doesnt have too many more runins with other things or he will relocate his den. I'd love to have 3 or 4 more photo ops with him when sunny to get that perfect porcupine shot. I now know what I am looking for in that shot its just a matter of him cooperating which I should be able to nail within a few visits on sunny days.

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PostPosted: Wed Dec 26, 2012 2:47 am 
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Interesting.... at least I'll know how to handle a porcupine encounter now ;)

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PostPosted: Mon Dec 31, 2012 5:04 pm 
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Well it was supposed to be cloudy yesterday so I thought I would sleep in and wouldnt you know it when I woke up at 11am it was a beautiful clear day. Seeing it was too late to go look for deer, coyotes and most other animals I decided to go visit my new friend the porcupine... it was a balmy -14C afterall. When I approached I didnt see him right away but I took the walk anyways to his area and there he was on the ground. Not the ideal position I want him in for the shot I have visualized as for that I want him in a tree a little more than 2 meters off the ground. None-the-less the sun was out and he seemed more cooperative so I stuck around for an hour or so snapping a few shots...

here is how I found him on this day...

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What I absolutely love about this next shot is that I caught the sun at just the right angle to create the star effect in the eye...

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when doing closeups I find it hard on smaller animals to get feet and face in focus and it is something I go for a lot as I feel the claws/feet add a lot to a facial shot when the composition allows for it... angles are what its all about and this time he cooperated...

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I like this pic as it is one of the few headon shots where he looks totally at ease...

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This last pic for me is as much about the shadow between his face and the white snow to the right which adds just enough contrast at just the right arch to keep his hair obvious and then fade into pure white with the branches in the snow to the right as it is about him...

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Hopefully the next time I see him he is up in a tree so I can get the shot I am looking for and leave him be :)

I also just realised I havent shot any birds in quite some time... hopefully the snowy owls arrive soon....

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PostPosted: Mon Dec 31, 2012 7:47 pm 
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Amazing shots, I loved the second one, good job! :D
It's nice to see that he's still hanging around there so you can shoot some pictures of him :)

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PostPosted: Sun Feb 03, 2013 12:37 am 
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Went for a drive to the Beach, Sandy Point http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sandy_Point,_Victoria, there was no one Windsurfing. We even missed out on the Blo karts, they were all packing up.
But did come across an Echidna, managed to sneak up on this one. Not really a rodent or squirrel, more like a predator, if you are an ant that is. Its an egg laying Mammal, like the Platypus.

used the pop up flash on the first, one, the sun was really bright.
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 03, 2013 3:22 am 
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Love the first one Max, I've yet to see one in the wild.

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PostPosted: Wed Feb 06, 2013 2:55 am 
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Great shots maxjj! I wonder, why does he have what I believe are thorns (I don't know if they're called like that) on his back?

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PostPosted: Tue Mar 05, 2013 5:36 pm 
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Well I was making some B&W experimenting and I came up with this, any critique or comment is encouraged. Thanks :)

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PostPosted: Fri Mar 08, 2013 6:41 pm 
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I like the photo looks like he's an inquisitive little animal. I prefer the colour photo myself but that's just my opinion as I like the different colours on the squirrel.

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