Readers’ wildlife photos

I am running low on photos, so please send in your good ones. Thanks.

We have a few contributors today, the first being Piotr Naskrecki (website here), a naturalist and photographer who’s been working in Gorongosa National Park in Mozambique. He didn’t contribute this; rather, I took it from his Facebook post—with permission.  Photographers’ notes are indented.

This photo of a desert gecko Chondrodactylus angulifer is a single albeit fairly long exposure. I need to try similar night shots in Gorongosa with some of our local species before the rainy season comes and brings clouds at night.

From reader Mark Jones:

A Southern Hawker dragonfly (Aeshna cyanea) flying past.

Three photos from Stephen Barnard in Idaho, which I’ve labeled:

Great horned owl (Bubo virginianus):

Red-tailed hawk (Buteo jamaicensis):

Landscape:

 

21 Comments

  1. Don McCrady
    Posted October 24, 2018 at 7:58 am | Permalink

    Amazing gecko photo! I’ve tried and failed to get wildlife plus milky way shots. This inspires me!

    • Posted October 24, 2018 at 8:01 am | Permalink

      How does one persuade the critter to stay still for long enough?

      • Posted October 24, 2018 at 8:04 am | Permalink

        A good camera -& very fast exposure?

        • Posted October 24, 2018 at 8:06 am | Permalink

          Even with today’s cameras you’ll need an exposure of several seconds to get a Milky Way like that photo.

          • rickflick
            Posted October 24, 2018 at 9:30 am | Permalink

            One approach is to expose first for the night sky, then use flash to pick up the foreground critter. That will avoid blurring if the critter moves.

            • Posted October 24, 2018 at 9:41 am | Permalink

              My approach would be photoshop.

              • rickflick
                Posted October 24, 2018 at 10:11 am | Permalink

                Me too, actually.

            • Posted October 24, 2018 at 1:02 pm | Permalink

              I think this is exactly what he did.

              You can also “paint” light on the subject (with a flashlight/torch or similar); but this deosn’t work well for ones that may move!

              • Posted October 24, 2018 at 4:16 pm | Permalink

                But his comment says it is a single exposure. I don’t believe it’s Photoshopped because I’m sure Piotr would say that if that’s what he did.

            • Posted October 24, 2018 at 1:05 pm | Permalink

              Painted light (tent) and star trails (and a little light pollution). Tasmania.

              Pentax A 20mm f/2.8, Kodachrome 64, f/2.8 and probably 2(3?) hours.

              • rickflick
                Posted October 24, 2018 at 2:01 pm | Permalink

                Worked like a charm.

    • DrBrydon
      Posted October 24, 2018 at 9:26 am | Permalink

      Yes, awesome gecko. Also like the dragonfly (partial to dragonflies).

  2. Merilee
    Posted October 24, 2018 at 9:54 am | Permalink

    Love the landscape!

    • Posted October 24, 2018 at 11:20 am | Permalink

      I think Jerry posted that before, and possibly the other two as well.

      Love the gecko.

    • Mark R.
      Posted October 24, 2018 at 12:24 pm | Permalink

      Yeah, one of those Barnard “Maxfield Parrish” landscapes.

    • Kiwi Dave
      Posted October 24, 2018 at 2:21 pm | Permalink

      Yes, it’s a stunner.

  3. Posted October 24, 2018 at 11:02 am | Permalink

    I am adding, once again, the landscape to my phone photos. Thanks, Stephen! You bring Idaho to my digital life.

  4. Mark R.
    Posted October 24, 2018 at 12:26 pm | Permalink

    The gecko looks like a lonely dragon on some far away planet. Very cool.

  5. Mark Joseph
    Posted October 24, 2018 at 8:25 pm | Permalink

    First picture sent to family members with the caption, “best gecko picture ever”.

    Thanks!

  6. Andrea Kenner
    Posted October 25, 2018 at 5:50 am | Permalink

    These are all gorgeous!

  7. Posted November 2, 2018 at 7:07 pm | Permalink

    The gecko looks like from another planet!


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