Lilac-breasted roller in a roadside acacia bush in Tarangire National Park, Tanzania. Nikon D500. Nikkor 200-500-mm f/5.6-ƒ/11. 500mm (750mm DX). 1/350 sec. ISO1600.
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This little gray squirrel thinks it’s well hidden in a Virginia pine. Photo made Feb. 27, 2019. Nikon D750. Nikkor 200-500mm f/5.6 lens. ƒ/5.6, 500mm, 1/250 sec., ISO800.
An intimidating tom turkey fans open his tail and struts to protect his hens and chicks. Photo made Feb. 28, 2019. Nikon D750. Sigma DG 70-300mm f/4.0-5.6 lens. ƒ/5.6, 300mm, 1/250 sec., ISO800.
Little Miss Muddy Muzzle: Our cairn terriers are working terriers. They dig constantly outdoors to keep our home safe from voles and other woodland critters. (“Terrier” means “earth dog.”) Consequently, they often wear the badge of mud on their muzzles, as Brunhilde is doing here. Photo made Feb. 20, 2019. Nikon D500, AF-S DX Micro Nikkor 40mm f/2.8G, ƒ/3, 40mm (DX 60mm), 1/30th sec., ISO 1600.
Here we go again! One month to spring and another round of snow and ice. But at least for now there’s a gorgeous white blanket in our woods. Photo made Feb. 20, 2019. Nikon D500, Sigma 18-35mm F1.8 DC HSM, ƒ/8, 18mm (DX 27mm), 1/125th sec., ISO200.
Playing it safe: Our terriers went after it yesterday, so my little squirrel friend is keeping its distance today. It’ll be back up on the deck eventually, scrounging for seeds. The temptation is too great. Nikon D500, Tamron 150-600mm f/5-6.3 lens, VR on, ƒ/8, 600mm (900mm DX), 1/250th sec., 800 ISO.
Squirrel! We’ve given up on bird feeders for now. Bears tear them down, and squirrels raid them, too. Now we just spread seed out on a bench on the deck, and for the most part squirrels get it. Picture made Feb. 14, 2019, through a living room window. Nikon D500, Taamron 150-600mm f/5-6.3 lens, ƒ/11, 260mm (DX 390mm), 1/125th sec., ISO 800.