More Fox!

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Gray fox.

Gray fox love to climb up on rocks, stumps and trees.  Unfortunately, this one has walked right past this stump night after night as he comes in for a drink – that is until last night!  Unfortunately his ears got blocked a little bit, but it is a start!  

Ringtail and skunk

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A ringtail and hooded skunk, Desert Photo Retreat, near Tucson, Arizona.
A ringtail and hooded skunk, Desert Photo Retreat, near Tucson, Arizona.

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.

Hooded Skunk

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Hooded skunk, Desert Photo Retreat, near Tucson, Arizona.
Hooded skunk, Desert Photo Retreat, near Tucson, Arizona.

A hooded skunk.  I added a big log and a little catnip to the water hole – this guy seemed to approve!  Another desert animal with an amazing tail!

Dove

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Morning dove, Desert Photo Retreat, near Tucson, Arizona.
Morning dove, Desert Photo Retreat, near Tucson, Arizona.

My newest blind, my morning location now has a 12 foot by 12 foot reflection table.  I final had a chance to do a little photography there yesterday.

I hope to post more about all the changes I have made here over the last month in the days to come.

Ringtail Photo

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Ringtail Desert Photo Retreat, near Tucson, Arizona.
Ringtail Desert Photo Retreat, near Tucson, Arizona.

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.

Ringtail

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Ringtail cat, Desert Photo Retreat near Tucson, Arizona.
Ringtail cat, Desert Photo Retreat near Tucson, Arizona.

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!