Farm Fields and Wildlife

An unusually warm and sunny September has lured me to local farms to watch and photograph wildlife. I have to share a few of the highlights from recent trips.

Sulphur butterfly on Teasel

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Young buck, blinded by the late afternoon sun, relying instead on his nose and ears to evaluate my presence.

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The difference between an adolescent, yearling buck and a mature, 4 1/2-year-old breeder can’t be fully appreciated until they’re seen in the same frame!

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An adult doe and her fawn. The first of several deer hunting seasons opens on October 1 and the fawns will have lost most/all of their spots by then.

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Three white-tail secrets for beating the survival odds:

1 — stay in the shadows

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2—never let your guard down

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3—-and, when all else fails, run like the wind!

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A hen turkey and her small flock of youngsters foraging on seeds and insects. They have incredible eyesight but lack a deer’s curiosity and tolerance of humans; in other words, they’re unapproachable! This mother hen knew something wasn’t right, but chose not to sound the alarm and run…totally out of character!

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“If we can teach people about wildlife, they will be touched. Share my wildlife with me. Because humans want to save things that they love.”   – Steve Irwin

September sunset

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Photos by NB Hunter. © All Rights Reserved.

 

 

 

 

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8 thoughts on “Farm Fields and Wildlife

    • Thanks. I’m sometimes guilty of taking deer for granted but, prompted by interest from several friends, prioritized the big buck for a month or so. As it turns out, much of the joy was in the fringe benefits, the secondary targets!!!

  1. That’s a poignant quote, Nick. I used to watch Steve’s documentaries, he certainly captured the excitement of reptile interaction. Admire your scenes here – all with their magical touch of light. Your butterfly pics bring much delight Nick. Love them. Guessing that the hunting season adds an element of alertness. Like how you have captured the ‘wind’ in the panning shot.

    • As always, the scope and depth of your comments are greatly appreciated. I admired Steve and his wife for their commitment to wildlife conservation and learned a lot about reptiles from them. On the other hand, I wasn’t a big fan of the risky stunts and dramatization that were necessary to draw a TV audience. Most of the land in my cruising radius is private so access is everything. I was fortunate to have this opportunity for close encounters where the deer density is 40+ per square mile (about twice the optimum carrying capacity). One evening I waited for the large buck to show himself, saw nothing, and started walking back to the truck when it was too dark for a quality image. Turns out, he was 50 meters behind me, on the other side of the hedgerow. He bolted and I panned and shot instinctively…..hence the fuzzy running shot in the post!

      • Thanks for the feedback Nick.
        Yes must admit to prefering a ‘David Attenborough’ type approach to nature documentaries.
        This blogging lark has it’s rewards being able to draw from experiences in different parts of the world and it’s wonderful to have access to firsthand and personal accounts. I rather enjoyed your details here on stalking deer, glad you got the buck ‘shot’ 🙂

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