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.
Bison crossing the Yellowstone River
Date AddedJun 13, 2019
CameraCanon EOS 7D Mark II
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 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 black bear cub stares down at me from a large pine near one of my favorite trout streams.
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 black bear cub shimmies down a tree trunk near one of my favorite trout streams.
A whitetail deer takes a cool drink on a hot August afternoon.
A musk ox grazing near the Sag River in the coastal plain.
Two garter snakes rest on the warm rocks alongside a path through a trout stream gorge.