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20090317 441 Pine Marten - SERIES.jpg
17-MAR-2009 Hank v/d Velde

20090317 441 Pine Marten - SERIES.jpg

Algonquin Park

Four images of The Pine Marten - a lucky find.

Two of us went to Algonquin Park, a three hour drive from Ottawa. We hoped to find most, if not all, of the following: Boreal Chickadees, Pine & Evening Grosbeaks, Gray Jays and Three-toed Woodpeckers, all of which had reportedly been sighted there recently. We got there at around 8:30 AM. By noon, we had seen none of the expected birds. It didn't help to be told that " you should have come yesterday, there were all kinds of birds here then." Even at the feeders, all we saw was one Blue Jay and a few B-c Chickadees.

After lunch, we went down a short road to where Gray Jays had been reported. We put out some sunflower seeds along the side of the road, but struck out again as only a few Blue jays and some B-c Chickadees appeared. Then along came a car filled with a family including three little girls. The girls piled out of the car with hands full of bread crumbs. Wouldn't you believe it, within a minute three or four Gray Jays appeared and took the bread from the extended hands. Thus we got some good shots of the Gray Jays (another first for me)

When we had finished with the Jays, we turned back to where we had placed the sunflower seeds and where pleasantly surprised to find this cute little Pine Martin helping itself to a meal. An other first for both of us. The Marten was reluctant to leave its lunch; hence, we were able to get many good shots of it.

We then ran into an elderly couple who told us about a Mink they had seen back along the road a ways. We went to check it out but couldn't find the Mink. Instead we found some Beavers and were able to get some nice shots of them before they noticed us. After that it was time to go home.

So, even though the birds mostly eluded us, we had a good, if somewhat lucky, day.

Nikon D300 ,Nikkor 300mm f/4 ED-IF AF-S
1/3200s f/6.3 at 420.0mm iso320 full exif

other sizes: small medium original
godro21-Apr-2012 00:34
Nice capture and portrait bravo!!!
Dave Hawkins09-Apr-2009 23:19
Stunning captures of a wonderful animal!
have never seen one in the wild!
Ghislaine et Réal Boulet08-Apr-2009 02:15
Wonderful captures.
tammie06-Apr-2009 03:17
Outstanding! I am amazed at what a sweet face they have, but I bet there is nothing sweet about them right?? :) On that last shot it almost looks like he is smiling for you! ~V~
Keith Rankin04-Apr-2009 16:01
two thumbs up, luv it! V
Larry Peterson04-Apr-2009 12:49
Beautiful series Hank. Well done. V
Shelly- VA Beach04-Apr-2009 12:25
Beautiful find!! Great shots - nice replacements for lack of birds!
Jay Levin02-Apr-2009 16:29
Outstanding series, Hank. You got to photograph a beautiful animal. Vote
Liz Bickel02-Apr-2009 07:25
Another fantastic series!!! You had a great day!
Jess. ( Lady.D.)01-Apr-2009 17:47
Super series Hank, well captured, these are hard to capture..
Simon Chandler01-Apr-2009 17:38
Fantastic images. Very lively and cute. v
Marco Valk01-Apr-2009 17:05
Outstanding series, Hank. amazing encounter. gmv
Marjan Schavemaker01-Apr-2009 14:57
Beautiful collection, Hank! V
Carol Breton01-Apr-2009 13:29
I'd say you had a very productive day even if not what you were hoping to see!
These shots of the beautiful Pine Marten are fabulous Hank! ~
Bill McMullen01-Apr-2009 13:12
Outstanding shots of the Pine Marten, Hank. You've got to love unexpected opportunities like that! V.
Julie Tremblay01-Apr-2009 09:47
Nice encounter! Thank you for sharing!
Sofia Solomennikova01-Apr-2009 08:59
Fantastic captures of this gorgeous animal! I like ALL! ÌÌÌ
P.S. Do they climb trees? I guess I saw one looking into my window today, I live on the second floor :)
Tom Torbert01-Apr-2009 04:23
Many days are like this.. You find something completely different than expected.. This little guy is great.. very cute and the images are excellent.. I like the story too... V
lou_rozensteins01-Apr-2009 03:55
Sounds like you had a great day .... these shots are good evidence! All well detailed and show the beautiful little animal in it's natural habitat. Well done. Voted.
January Grey01-Apr-2009 03:35
Great shots of this cute little Marten, Hank. A wonderful photo op! V~
Tom Munson01-Apr-2009 03:35
Outstanding shots, Hank! These guys are hard to find let alone photograph!
Bryan Murahashi01-Apr-2009 03:20
Fabulous captures of this cute little Marten. GMV.
Marcela Mejia Photography01-Apr-2009 02:44
They are so cute ! You captured them so perfecltly !
vatorman01-Apr-2009 02:33
Stunning shots of the marten, gload the day wasn't a right-off. BV!
Guest 01-Apr-2009 02:14
Outstanding images. Great lens.
Willy Alfaro01-Apr-2009 02:08
Amazing sequence, you got it perfectly!! V!
Marc Vermeulen01-Apr-2009 02:02
Great series from this cute pine marten. V
Brad Claypole01-Apr-2009 01:26
Love it when a plan comes together! Nice find and great shots! BV
Jean D01-Apr-2009 01:19
Beautiful series of shots of this Pine Marten, Hank! Beautifully done!
pr_rajan01-Apr-2009 01:08
...lovely captures!~V~
Ted Busby01-Apr-2009 00:03
Absolutely beautiful!

Would have loved to come away with something like this...
an nguyen31-Mar-2009 23:56
Your lucky day turns out a fantastic day and the most glorious images..
Michel Jasmin31-Mar-2009 23:26
Hem is so cute, very well done Hank
Len31-Mar-2009 23:20
Fabulous Capture Hank,a hard to get a shot of animal and these are terrific!! B.V.
Janet Forjan-Freedman31-Mar-2009 23:12
Fantastic captures Hank! Even though you did not find and photograph all the birds you were hoping for you had great luck with the local wildlife!
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