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2020 - November - Animals

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Rules that are always applicable are as follows:

  1. One photo per answer, and no more than 5 answers per user per contest.
  2. Post only photos taken by yourself/person with you.
  3. All entries should include a line of text with the location, subject, and date (specificity is up to you).
  4. Refrain from posting sensitive/debatable content
  5. Only upvotes count towards winning.

Rules for November are as follows:

  1. Animals - Photos focused on one or more animals
  2. The contest will last the whole month of November and to be clear, we use UTC, just like the site itself.
  3. There is no constraint on when the photo must have been taken.

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  1. Leave a single comment below in the format THEME - ONE SENTENCE DESCRIPTION

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Classic meerkat pose Meerkat on sentry duty, Bioparc Valencia, August 2017. Taken with my Nikon D5300 and 70-300mm AF-S @ 300mm, f/5.6, ISO 800, 1/1600 sec.

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A blue-grey dragonfly on a branch, wings lowered Long skimmer (Orthetrum trinacria), Tancat de la Pipa, July 2017. Taken with my D5300 and 70-300mm AF-S @ 300mm, f/5.6, ISO 800, 1/2000 sec.

A local privately owned nature reserve partnered with a citizen science biodiversity project, inviting any keen nature photographers to visit, shoot anything that moved, and upload the results for identification by experts. The biodiversity highlight for me was seeing a spider which had never before been recorded in the region, but the photographic highlight was this dragonfly.

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Low-key photo of a small deer with large eyes

Kirk's dik-dik (Madoqua kirkii), Bioparc Valencia, February 2017. Taken with my Nikon D5300 and 1100mm f/11 reflex lens at ISO 250 and 1/800 sec.

I like to consider this photo as proof that the "donut" bokeh of a reflex lens doesn't always ruin a photo.

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Brown butterfly with white patches on bracken, framed so that the bracken gives a leading line

Butterfly on bracken, Muckross House (Killarney, Ireland), July 2017. Spotted on one of the paths a moderate way from the main house, shot with my Nikon D5300 and 70-300mm AF-S @ 300mm, f/5.6, ISO 200, 1/125 sec.

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Mountain Goats (Oreamnos americanus)

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Glacier National Park, Montana, August 1974.

I came across these goats on the Garden Wall Trail about halfway from Logan Pass to Swiftcurrent Pass. They let me get close enough to take this picture with a 105 mm lens.

I highly recommend the Garden Wall trail going north from Logan Pass. You hike along just on the west side of the continental divide. In addition to magnificent views to the west, there are always wild animals to see that aren't too bothered by humans hiking along.

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Red Squirrel

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Tamiasciurus hudsonicus, Grand Tetons National Park, 21 June 1985. I was surprised how close this animal let me get. It was quite content to continue eating the pine cone, even when it filled the frame with a 300 mm lens.

I was puzzled by the color, as it's one I don't expect to find in a forest.

The forest was fairly open, so a lot of sunlight was getting down to the understory. Leaves can be many shades of green. Some were in shade and others sunlit. Mush them all together by being way out of focus, and pretty much anything greenish is plausible.

I remember taking this picture, and there was nothing unusual behind the squirrel, and certainly nothing artificial. This was maybe 100 feet from the road, in a patch of trees within a bend of the Snake River.

That said, the color balance was probably off a bit. This was scanned from a Kodachrome slide many years ago. I didn't take a color reference shot at the time, so we'll never really know what the right colors are. I went back just now and tweaked the color balance a little and updated the image above.

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Very cool! What accounts for the green glow of the background? Monica Cellio‭ 22 days ago

@Monica: This was taken with a long lens at short distance, so the background is very out of focus. The background was just more forest with patches of sunlight. Olin Lathrop‭ 22 days ago

Thanks Olin. I was puzzled by the color, as it's one I don't expect to find in a forest. (It kind of makes me think of the aurora borealis.) Monica Cellio‭ 22 days ago

Re your edits: it's a great picture! I was asking for education, not criticizing. Monica Cellio‭ 21 days ago

@Monica: I understand. Since you were wondering, I thought others might too, so I added explanation to the answer. Olin Lathrop‭ 21 days ago

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Crow walking on a tree branch Crow tip-toeing through the trees; Summit Woods, Montreal, QC; 21 June 2020

This fellow and his friends were very vocal about their dislike of me walking through their forest

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A procession of geese

many geese, some ducks

January 2019 in Cambridge MA, in some wetlands surrounded by office buildings, near the Alewife stop on the red line.

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Most of those birds aren't ducks, but Canada Geese (Branta canadensis). You did catch a few mallards over at right. Olin Lathrop‭ 22 days ago

@Olin oh thanks; I'll edit. Monica Cellio‭ 22 days ago

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