Expert wildlife photographers stake out their quarry like a hunter and wait, sometimes for days, for the perfect shot to appear. I am not one of them. But once in a while on a trout stream the wildlife photo opportunities come to me, and when I can I have my camera ready.
I'm breaking my rule about naming locations for this picture, since the context adds much to its meaning. This great blue heron is standing on a slab of river-worn concrete silhouetted against the NY Quickway bridge over the Beaverkill River at Cairn's Pool. Several human fishermen pursue trout from one shore while an avian fisherman pursues them from the other.
A whitetail deer pretends to be a moose, sticking its head underwater to graze on rich aquatic vegetation.
A great blue heron flaunts his contraband spey hackle.
A large mink swims around a trout stream in early spring.
My dad held the canoe in place while I snapped a picture of this immature bald eagle perched in a pine over the river on an August evening. It probably caught more fish than we did.
A black bear cub stares down at me from a large pine near one of my favorite trout streams.
A musk ox grazing near the Sag River in the coastal plain.
Two dear make tracks across a frozen trout stream in the deep snows of early February not far from Lake Superior. I had hoped to sample nymphs in the stream (which later turned out to be quite fertile) but it wasn't open.
A juvenile gyrfalcon.