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I hope no-one minds that I am also posting this also in Show Birds thread. A while back I mentioned that I do not do wildlife much. That was in the contxt of a very long shot of a Barred Owl. I caught him again this weekend, but was closer and so got a cleaner shot on him. He was sleeping in a tree very close to the edge of my property... my kids nicknamed him Sleepy the Owl.

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I was at my favorite haunt today, Beaver Marsh. I was in search of an owl which I failed to get any shots of. I saw this fella on the way back to my van and it was a great experience. He crossed the beaver pond, then the towpath, and finally the canal. After that he disappeared into the brush. He didn't seem to mind me following him, that or he couldn't figure out what I was, since I was doing my best to stay low and quiet as I moved across the boardwalk. The final shots I grabbed were much closer than when I initially saw him. Had he made me properly, he wouldn't have let me close the ground, I think. Helps he was upwind of me. These are fairly severe crops.

He heard me for sure:
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But continued his casual walk across the pond.
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I lost sight of him near the end of the boardwalk but he popped into view as he crossed the path. I was moving forward after I lost sight of him, but froze and knelt when he popped up. He heard me again, but if you look, he isn't gazing my way.
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He turned and crossed the canal. I used the opportunity to take a few more crouching steps forward, which of course he heard. He paused one last time, and finally looked right at me, before disappearing into the brush where I couldn't follow.
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Awesome Ken, good going! Sorry you didn't find the Screech Owl

30+ yrs ago I was in the Grand Tetons in a snow w/ wind storm. Spotted a group of 5 Coyote young ones - had found the den few days earlier. They crossed a beaver dam. I fell in behind & followed them through numerous adventures for most of a day. The loud wind meant they never even looked my way. It is such a privilege to able to spend time as these creatures struggle to live!

Have learned of a new Gray Fox den w/in 5 mi. of my house - yeah. Have started plotting how to approach this - camo clothing? blind? calls?

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Awesome Ken, good going! Sorry you didn't find the Screech Owl

30+ yrs ago I was in the Grand Tetons in a snow w/ wind storm. Spotted a group of 5 Coyote young ones - had found the den few days earlier. They crossed a beaver dam. I fell in behind & followed them through numerous adventures for most of a day. The loud wind meant they never even looked my way. It is such a privilege to able to spend time as these creatures struggle to live!

Have learned of a new Gray Fox den w/in 5 mi. of my house - yeah. Have started plotting how to approach this - camo clothing? blind? calls?

Do you know how to make a prey distress squeak on the back of your hand?
Wow sounds like a good day! This is my 2nd coyote sighting in the park, and the first time I had a nice look. He and his kin are probably why the small mammals at beaver marsh are so hard to see, LOL.

Nice find on the fox den! I'd start by getting to know the terrain, without ever getting too close to the den. Find high ground you can lay prone and observe from(not flat ground, for circulation sake find an incline of some kind). If there is no high ground, you need to find cover, preferably downwind of the den. Park yourself in the cover 30 minutes before sunrise by creeping in as slowly and quietly as you can, and wait.

I don't have any experience with prey calls. I know they work for hunters. Coyote and fox hunters/trappers swear by rabbit calls. I don't know about doing them on my hand, but the calls are about 10 bucks, and well rated. There are videos on youtube that teach you how to use them convincingly. I've probably heard enough rabbits meet a predatory end in the forest that I could pull it off with a call already. It's a distinctive sound, and not all predators finish their rabbits quickly. If you wanted to try it, start by finding the best cover adjacent backdrop you can funnel them into as they investigate. Place yourself in the cover, and give the call. Wait at least 15 minutes before trying again, as they may stalk stealthily to the area of the "injured rabbit". With a den in range it should work if you do a convincing injured bunny. One of the guys I follow on youtube uses a rabbit call to pull in coyotes for pictures, and it's been on my to try list for a while. Let me know how it goes if you give it a go.
 

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Thanks Ken. So far I know the general area of the den after seeing a fox couple times heading to the same area from different directions & can triangulate from that. Will do just as you suggest for a stakeout but from what I can see of the likely area, there's lots of brush. So finding the exact 6 for the den my be tough.

Besides squeaking, I'll try scratching. Both have been good for bringing some predators in.

Yes hearing something screaming as its being attacked redefines what you think terror sound like. Not something you forget.

BTW, had an "educational" response from a pair of Eagles I was trying to approach while carrying my rig on an extended black monopod & wearing camo. I'm pretty sure the Eagles thought I was carrying a long gun & lit before I got anywhere near them. Going to try some cloth camo wrap for the upper section of the monopod. If that works, will do the same for the tripod.
 

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It's called Alligator Alley for a reason. I'm not sure if you can judge his size from the photos, but he was pretty big.

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This shot is to help get a feel for his size and location.
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Hi guys. I went to Beaver Marsh today to practice my skills with BIF. I actually had a really successful day of practice, and I'm getting way better at nailing a series. Sadly, most of said shots were into the sun, or too far away, and worthless besides being good practice for me.

One of the other forest residents stepped up and decided it was their day for good photos. I visit the marsh several times a week, and yet rarely see more than a fleeting glimpse of a squirrel. You can hear them chattering away at each other in the morning, or sometimes see them playing far off in the distance, but that's it. They are very cautious, living around so many raptors, unlike the fat city squirrels I'm used to. Well, today, someone must have spiked their punch, because I've never seen so much squirrel activity at the marsh. I spotted a dozen close Red Squirrels within 15 minutes of arriving. That's probably more than I've spotted since I've been visiting this location. I posted up near one of the trees they were scurrying over, and settled in. After 10 minutes, they forgot about me, and started moving in my area again. Only one happened to come close enough for some good shots, but boy was he a cutie pie. 5 shots of 2 basic positions here. I couldn't decide which ones I liked better. Dang he's cute, though.

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I'm torn with these two. I love the "pinky" resting as it is in the first one, but the hands to heart pose in the next is priceless.

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Did you just accidentally walk into that bear without it noticing you? Had that happened to me, I would have liked my pictures a lot more than I would have liked the brown streaks in my pants...
 

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