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Old Jul 24, 2013, 6:57 PM   #1
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Default Sometimes the Woods Come to You

You don't always have to go to the woods to shoot wildlife. Occasionally, you just look up and it's in your back yard.

This guy wandered into the middle of my back yard, not 25 feet from the patio door through which this shot was taken. My brave watchdog proved his worth by sleeping through the entire incident.

He was quite aware of my presence, and in fact, I was able to get out the back door without spooking him, but he had gotten down into a tree line where I didn't have a great line of sight. I figure he'll be back.

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Old Jul 24, 2013, 8:57 PM   #2
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What great photos Paul! And what a treat to have such an esteemed visitor. Last summer we were awakened by a ruckus in our back yard around 5 am. I looked out the window and was shocked to see a bear tearing up our garden. I had no chance for a photo, however: he took off like a rocket as soon as he saw some motion through the window.
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Old Jul 25, 2013, 1:45 PM   #3
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Paul - Some wonderfully sharp photos, excellent captures of your "wild visitor!"
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I think I would rather have the bear take off than hang around - even if I could get a photograph.

The best we had was a brush tailed possum come down our flue for the wood heater and end up in the fire box. We had to call in a wildlife specialist to get him out.
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Terrific shots, your so lucky Nature shares with you.


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Old Jul 29, 2013, 2:27 PM   #6
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Lovely shots! Love the deer, even if they are hard on yards. He's very good looking.

You can keep your bear, the last time I came into close contact with a bear, he almost totalled our car (Dan couldn't stop in time, he crossed the road right in front of us). The only wildlife I've seen around our house are the usual collection of grey squirrels and the local birds. The grapevine on the front porch has a huge crop of grapes this year and a few are starting to change color. I put up netting (as much as I could), hoping that this year I might actually get a few of the grapes. Normally the birds have this incredible ability to judge when they ripen. One day the vine is covered with just ripening grapes and the next I come home from work and find the grapes completely gone. It does not take them long (don't know if its all local birds or whether they advertise to their friends from out of town. It always seems to happen on a weekday when I'm not at home).
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Wow I can't get that close with my Q and a 300mm, (thats 1650mm equiv.) here in Michigan


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Great shots, don't think something like that will ever wander in my backyard.
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