Wildlife Photography from the Midwest USA

Speaking of Which

One early morning I was sitting in my little boat (12′ kayak) waiting for these two Canvasback ducks to swim by. They had to. I was blocking the entrance to the little lagoon where they were grazing and if they didn’t want to fly away, then they’d have to swim right past me.

Something with fur turned tail about eighty feet away and disappeared into the brush…too far away to photograph, too small for a deer, can’t get there from here anyway…doesn’t matter.

So I continued waiting for the two ducks. Canvasbacks? We don’t get those around here; they must be migrators just passing through. I was thinking about how I’d been visiting this wildlife area in Indiana for about seven years now and how it’s probably my favori—-

WHOA! The furry thing emerged into the open and looked directly at me for almost 6 seconds!
A First-time (and only) sighting, super exciting.




4 responses

  1. Beautiful shot and how very lucky you were to have been witness to this challenging stare


    August 13, 2014 at 9:15 am

    • Thanks very much; it was pretty intense, and nobody around for miles to tell about it!


      August 13, 2014 at 12:05 pm

  2. Great picture. Two questions: Is that a wolf? And, what part of Indiana is your favorite? I’m originally from Columbus/Seymour area.


    August 13, 2014 at 5:34 pm

    • I see that Seymour is down in the really interesting part of the State and I must make it down there some tome; I must. This one was in the Salamonie Wildlife Area about 30-40 SW of Fort Wayne. As for what it’s a picture of, I’m not really sure…I did a careful comparison of wolf and coyote (it has to do mostly with ear shape and body size) and find that I just can’t figure it out; and furthermore, it could be a mix of the two!


      August 13, 2014 at 8:28 pm


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