Re: [OM] Critters, for real.

Subject: Re: [OM] Critters, for real.
From: Bob Whitmire <bwhitmire@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Sat, 26 Nov 2011 11:07:44 -0500
Nice set. I think I know that gull. I was getting ready to use him or his kin 
as the close element in a very wide angle shot but I think he detected what I 
was doing and decided to depart, gulls being the tricksters they are.


On Nov 26, 2011, at 4:18 AM, Moose wrote:

> The photographic fruits of our month's visit to New England are starting to 
> get processed.
> Herewith a selection of 'real' critters we encountered and I captured. Not 
> all still alive, though, I must warn you. 
> <http://galleries.moosemystic.net/MooseFoto/index.php?gallery=Travel/NorthEast_2011/Critters/Real>
> The pièce de résistance of this collection is the weasel. A first for Carol 
> in the wild only my second and the first 
> I've caught with camera. Man that thing moved fast, popping out of holes in 
> the old stone wall where we first saw it. 
> Now for the first time, I understand "pop goes the weasel", 'cause that just 
> what its head did in holes in the wall. It 
> was actually so close that I had no chance to catch it there, as it was so 
> quick and there were so many possible places 
> for the next 'pop'.
> I didn't even get the zoom all the way out as it hopped away after deciding 
> we weren't going to move on, but caught a 
> momentary pause as it headed away. From the field guide, I think it may be a 
> short tailed weasel, although, as so often 
> is the case, pictures and description don't seem definitive.
> What's confusing me now is that the critter I saw at Point Reyes some years 
> ago had what looked like a black mask around 
> its eyes, but nothing like that should be there. I suppose it was either a 
> long tailed weasel, and my memory is faulty, 
> of someone has transplanted some black footed ferrets. It was carrying a dead 
> gopher, so that would fit. Oh well, we saw 
> a muskrat there too, another time, well out of its supposed range.
> The first two images have a small story. I walked up to the stone balustrade 
> at a scenic overlook in Acadia NP. This 
> gull was standing there, apparently enjoying the view. I expected it to fly 
> off when I approached.  It looked over at 
> me, then turned back to the view.
> The first of the two flutterbys I believe I posted before when this species 
> was being discussed. There were also a few 
> monarchs hanging on. I wonder if the got out before the snow storm two weeks 
> later.
> The monarch shows what kind of sharpness and overall clarity is possible 
> handheld with an active insect if one is 
> patient and uses careful technique.
> Carol is always on the lookout for turtles and frogs when we are near the 
> right kind of water.  The second frog just 
> looked like a rock to me in the viewfinder, but using my excellent 
> binoculars, Carol insisted it was a frog. She was 
> right. The folks at the Audubon center said turtles were unlikely at that 
> time of year and in that weather. But sure 
> enough, Carol found one. Credit perseverance and those binocs again.
> The thing I like about a dead bird is the chance to see feather detail one 
> never sees on a living one.
> Enjoy!
> Wildlife Moose

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