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.
A whitetail deer pretends to be a moose, sticking its head underwater to graze on rich aquatic vegetation.
A Canada goose and gosling poke their heads out of the grass along a trout stream.
A great blue heron does a flyover on a flock of young common mergansers. I wonder how many hundreds of young trout go into the creation of a great blue heron and fifteen mergansers... hmm, where's Dick Cheney when you need him?
Photo by Elena Vayndorf.
A whitetail fawn struggles through strong current to return to its mother. It lost its footing a couple times, and I thought for a moment it was going to wash down to me.
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.
This porcupine seemed to be feeding on the filamentous green algae that had accumulated around the tip of a fallen cedar sweeper on a classic piece of northwoods trout water.
A black bear cub stares down at me from a large pine near one of my favorite trout streams.
A large caribou walks through the bed of a glacial river in Denali National Park.
This is a common sight on the large Catskill rivers in early May, a mother goose guarding her nest. They like to nest on midstream islands where anglers are prone to walk from one fishing spot to another, and they do not back down. This one was hissing at me and I didn't want to get any closer.
Date AddedJun 5, 2007
CameraPENTAX Optio WPi
I found this big snapping turtle crossing the road next to the headwaters of a tiny brook trout stream I've never fished.