This was the first glimpse that I had of a wild tiger while in India last year. I was pretty far away and kept hoping for a clearing in the trees to get a decent shot. This was it. The tiger would eventually make its way out of the trees and into the open but I kind of liked the way that it was framed by the characteristic Bandhavgarh National Park environment.
Nikon D300 with Nikkor 200-400mm lens (at 400mm) ISO 1600, f/4 at 1/400th of a second (-1/3 stop ev)
Snowy owls can have pretty comical faces at times. This female was moving her head back and forth, showing me a little attitude before flying off.
Nikon D800 with Nikkor 200-400mm lens (at 400mm) ISO 500, f/4.5 at 1/1000th of a second
Harbor seals can be very curious creatures. I was kayaking late one afternoon in Elkhorn Slough — about a fifteen minute drive north of Monterey — and it seemed that every time I turned around, I’d catch a harbor seal following closely behind. Sometimes the seals would act as if caught and quickly dive under, while other times they would just sit there staring back at me while I aimed the camera and clicked the shutter.
Nikon D300 with Nikkor 200-400mm lens (at 400mm) ISO 400, f/6.3 at 1/640th of a second
This cheetah had been sitting on a fallen tree for a while, scanning the horizon for prey. He jumped down just before I took this shot and headed off with his two brothers to stalk, and then chase, a dazzle of zebras (yes, a group of zebras is, in fact, called a dazzle). If you’re a zebra fan, you’ll be happy to know that the chase was unsuccessful. If you’re a cheetah fan, well, there’s always another day. Cheetah, in fact, have a pretty high success rate, catching their prey about 50% of the time.
Nikon D700 with Nikkor 70-200mm lens (at 200mm) ISO 800, f/4 at 1/500th of a second
This fine looking duck is an American wigeon. The males, or drakes, have a large green patch on the side of the face. The females, or hens, are much less conspicuous and more uniformly brown in color. These guys are also sometimes called baldpates because of the whitish strip across the top of the head. This photo was taken on my recent owl outing at Reifel Bird Sanctuary in British Columbia, Canada.
Nikon D800 with Nikkor 200-400mm lens (at 400mm) ISO 800, f/4 at 1/1000th of a second