Road Hunting in Winter

I often travel on personal “auto” tours to view and photograph wildlife in winter. More often than not, this is the only practical way to capture wildlife images while minimizing hardship – to photographer and wildlife alike. My loops incorporate secondary roads and parking areas near good wildlife habitat (ideally, a variety of food sources in close proximity to dense evergreen cover; sunny, south-facing slopes are critical winter habitat as well). Specific routes depend on snow depth, time of day, road conditions and so on. Valley farms are the key component of most loops.

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Rough-legged Hawk hunting farm fields (my first photo of this stunning species)

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Mature Eastern Wild Turkey gobbler searching for wild apple drops in a storm

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Wild turkeys foraging for waste grain (corn) during a January thaw (1 of 2)

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Snowy Owl at rest in corn stubble (1 of 2)

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A failed Snowy Owl search – but a landscape memory for the trip home

Photos by NB Hunter (January 4 – 11, 2018). All Rights Reserved.