Coming In!

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Gila woodpecker, Desert Photo Retreat near Tucson, Arizona.

A gila woodpecker coming in for a landing.  I was having some fun yesterday with the Olympus Pro Capture mode which allows you to buffer images, and the go back in time for the perfect position.

Gila Woodpecker

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Gila Woodpecker, Desert Photo Retreat, near Tucson, Arizona.
Gila Woodpecker, Desert Photo Retreat, near Tucson, Arizona.

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?

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Bat, Desert Photo Retreat, Arizona.
Bat, Desert Photo Retreat, Arizona.

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!

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.

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.