The ringtail coming into the waterhole last night. Such a cute face!
We must have at least 20 of these guys around this year! I would say there nest activities around here the last couple of years have been a success!
Can you find the bat? This was a bit of a lucky photo. Typically to capture bats you need a really fast camera trigger setup and this is usually accomplished by having the shutter open, and having the trigger connected directly to the flashes. Here, since I’m photographing slower moving mammals, I have the trigger connected to the camera. The bat should have been long out of the frame, but it must have circled back or something. Nice surprise!
I know I have commented over the years as to how surprised I am with how many animals will share the water hole at the same time – especially skunks with others. Here is a hooded skunk on his way to the waterhole which is just out of the frame on the right, with a ringtail watching! Crazy. This ringtail is at the spot a placed some catnip.
For this image I used three flashes, one camera right, one camera left, and a I added a third one behind the log for highlights.
On the last full night of 2019, I was able to watch a bobcat, a ringtail and a gray fox! What a treat! Plus, my trail camera captured javelina and two kinds of skunk. So I decided I needed to get my camera trap setup going – I have had a few challenges with the Olympus and battery life, but seem to have it dialed in now. Here is a ringtail from last night.
A ringtail!!! This is our new regular, I think he has a den nearby and seems really curious by us. Such a thrill! These guys are rarely seen. This was handheld as I sat by the campfire with my Olympus E-M1X with a 40-150 f/2.8 lens at 140 and 2.8. ISO 6400 and 1/15 of a second, the in body stabilization continues to amaze me!
This mockingbird was captured recently from our lower blind thanks to the Pro Capture “time machine” mode with my new Olympus.
I have been really busy modifying the photo blinds and getting ready for the season, so I haven’t had time for photography yet – However, I couldn’t resist grabbing a photo of this cute little guy. Our javelina group has two little ones so far this year.