Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Candid

This is my contribution to the Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Candid.

I considered the more obvious candid shots of humans before deciding to go in a completely different direction.

An American Red Squirrel on the South Bruce Peninsula. One of the squirrels in the area that are so used to me being around that they ignore me allowing me to take candid portraits as they go about their business.

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Candid

 

An Eastern Chipmunk ignoring the photographer.

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Candid

 

A Racoon that wandered into the yard. It’s more interested in the bird feeders than the photographer.

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Candid

CFFC: Animals

This is my contribution to Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Animals.

After some thought I decided to go with a selection of animals covering a range of sizes, locations and decades.

A wet Racoon that wandered into the yard last summer.

Spiky wet Racoon.

 

A Red Deer stag with his harem at Lyme Park, Cheshire, England in the 1990s.

Red Deer stag and it's harem.

 

A Red Fox in a hay meadow in Cheshire, England in the 1990s.

Hunting Red Fox.

 

A Coyote watching the photographer. Taken in Saskatchewan, Canada in the 1990s.

A Coyote watches the photographer.

 

A young European Rabbit photographed at Brown Moss, Shropshire, England in the 1980s.

Rabbit.

Weekly Prompts Photo Challenge: Comfort

ThIs is my contribution to the Weekly Prompts Photo Challenge: Comfort.

My initial idea was a selection of comfortable looking bird and wildlife subjects. Then I got thinking about some of the close encounters I have had. When birds and wildlife have been comfortable enough to ignore me and carry on doing what they were doing before a photographer pointed a lens at them.

Lying in the yard in Ontario, Canada I was trying to get shots of an uncooperative male Cardinal when this Eastern Chipmunk started posing for the camera.

An Eastern Chipmunk posing for a photo.

I was in the yard photographing Sparrow species one spring when this American Red Squirrel started feeding on seed under the bird feeders. Ontario, Canada.

American Red Squirrel feeding.

I had gone down to the Lake Huron shoreline in Southampton for the sunrise when I found a couple of juvenile Red Knot on the shoreline. I spent some time with them, they fed, bathed, preened and even slept in front of me. Ontario, Canada.

having a nap

I was sitting on a bench at Dominion Lookout on the Lake Huron shoreline in Southampton when this Red Fox came trotting along the shoreline and continued on past me. Ontario, Canada.

Trotting Red Fox.

I was lying in a mix of sand and wildfowl poop photographing American White Pelicans when a small flock of Wilson’s Phalarope landed on the shoreline and proceeded to feed around me. This female posed for a portrait before walking so close to me that the lens couldn’t focus on her. Saskatchewan, Canada.

Female Wilson's Phalarope.

I was in the yard photographing birds when this Racoon appeared and started eyeing up the bird feeders. Ontario, Canada.

Raccoon with spiky wet fur.

I was photographing a plant in a ditch when this male Common Blackbird came over to investigate the strange behaviour of the human. Cheshire, England.

Male European Blackbird.

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Wild

This is my contribution to the Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Wild.

As someone who has been photographing wildlife for years I had difficulty finding a starting point.

So I decided to go with a selection of photos taken when I wasn’t necessarily expecting a wildlife encounter. When I was out for a sunrise or photographing landscapes for example.

A Striped Skunk that appeared while I was looking for spring migrants around Little Quill Lake, Saskatchewan, Canada.

Unexpected encounter.

Sitting on a bench at Dominion Lookout on the Lake Huron shoreline in Southampton, Ontario imagine my surprise when this Red Fox came trotting along the shoreline. I later found out that it was a regular and well known by the locals.

Trotting Red Fox.

Coming home from photographing a sunrise I spotted these two Sandhill Cranes in a field on our side road.

Sandhill Cranes at sunrise.

A Racoon that wandered into the yard one afternoon. I was sitting on the deck having been shooting portraits earlier so had a portrait lens on the camera.

Portrait of a Racoon.

A Sanderling on autumn migration. I had gone down to the Lake Huron shoreline in Southampton, Ontario, Canada for the sunrise and found a small flock of half a dozen Sanderling on the shoreline.

Feeding juvenile Sanderling.

Hands

My contribution to Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge, Hands.

I decided that a sideways look at the challenge was in order and ignored my photos featuring human hands. Instead I decided that the front paws of some mammal species are used in a similar way to human hands.

A Thirteen-lined Ground Squirrel eating whatever it can find in the spring having just emerged from hibernation in Saskatchewan, Canada.

Feeding Ground Squirrel.

An American Red Squirrel using its front paws to eat bird seed under the feeders in Ontario, Canada.

American Red Squirrel feeding.

An Eastern Chipmunk displaying an impressive set of claws in Ontario, Canada.

Checking out the photographer.

A Racoon that wandered into the yard one afternoon eating the dog food in Ontario, Canada. I focused on the animal’s paws.

Hands.

An Eastern Gray Squirrel eating a berry at -30Ā°C in Saskatchewan, Canada. There’s frost on the tips of some of the tail hairs.

Eastern Gray Squirrel with frost on its tail.

A Grey Squirrel eating an Acorn in Cheshire, England. A North American species introduced to the U.K. where it has driven the native Red Squirrel in to small, isolated groups.

Grey Squirrel eating an Acorn.

The Right Paw

My contribution to Cee’s Black and White Photo ChallengeĀ Hands, Feet or Paws.

I thought of a shot of a Racoon that wandered into the yard one afternoon. After getting some shots I started trying for something a little different. So for one of the shots I focused on the animal’s front paw.

I did a monochrome conversion, blurred the background and added a vignette to focus attention on the paw.

The Right Paw.

Where the wild things are, in our yard.

This week’s Cosmic Photo Challenge is Where The Wild Things Are.

As someone who photographs wildlife this should be easy for me. Then I remembered a visitor we had in the yard one afternoon. I was sitting on the deck when a Raccoon came wandering into the yard. I grabbed a camera which happened to have a portrait lens on it for a reason I don’t remember. It turned out to be an ideal lens as the Raccoon ignored me as it checked out what the birds had dropped under the feeders.

After shooting a selection of portraits of the animal I started trying different things. In the shot below I focused on the animals front claws rather than the eyes. I can’t decide if it’s annoyed or amused but it looks wild.

A wild Racoon.