I had to be in Vicksburg, Mississippi for a few days for work. I was able to get out and explore on my own on Sunday and made it out to the Tensas River National Wildlife Refuge in Louisiana. I didn’t see much — other than a bunch of hummingbirds. The ruby throated hummingbird is the smallest species of hummingbird and the only in the United States that regularly nests east of the Mississippi.
Nikon D800 with Nikkor 200-400mm lens (at 210mm) ISO 400, f/4 at 1/2500th of a second, Nikon SB-900 flash
November is the time of year for baby zebras on the Laikipia Plains of Kenya. It’s also the time of year for the short rains. In this photo I got both.
Nikon D300 with Nikkor 200-400mm lens (at 400mm) ISO 1600, f/4 at 1/500th of a second
This blue footed booby chick kept trying to get its mother to regurgitate dinner. The chick was relentless, constantly pecking at the mother’s throat. The mom kept trying to walk away, but the chick would just follow wherever she went.
Nikon D800 with Nikkor 200-400mm lens (at 200mm) ISO 400, f/8 at 1/2000th of a second
Grand Teton National Park is a great place to view American bison. This cow was nursing her calf beneath the majestic Teton range. Also of note here is her exceptional beard.
Nikon D300 with Nikkor 200-400mm lens (at 400mm) ISO 800, f/4 at 1/800th of a second
I thought that this rather interesting insect warranted three angles. It’s called a dead leaf mantis. There are many species of dead leaf mantises and as the name suggests, they mimic dead leaves. Like yesterday’s bird, this guy was also photographed in the cloud forest of Ecuador. Unlike the bird, I don’t have a dead leaf mantis call to share.