Accepting Disappointing Results

A big part of being a wildlife photographer is being willing to accept disappointing results. There is often a tremendous amount of time spent for a very limited time of opportunity. For example about 6 hours was spent yesterday to get a look at the fox pups. The pups finally did come out for about 10 minutes. At the time they came out the light angle was a tough one to handle. A not quite backlit, not quite side light, all of it with harsh shadows. The distance about at the limit of my equipment. A distance I feel one must accept to not interfere with the subjects normal activity.

For me it is all worth it. Learning about fox behavior. There are two female fox that spend time in the den. There are four pups or kits observed so far. Another fox I believe a male can be seen lurking in the shadows of the woods nearby the den. The male may be at the den site when you arrive but quickly departs for the shadow of the wood.

The female adults will often snarl and play fight with each other. Not long afterwards they will both go in the den. The fleas must be hard on the fox as they often pop out and scratch like crazy for a while, take in a little sunshine curled up on a rock then return to the den.

The disappointment a challenge to keep at it and try to do better next time.

I may miss posting for the next few days. Granddaughter Harper will be coming to visit for a few days….

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Today’s Flashback Photo “Prairie Warbler”

 

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4 Responses to Accepting Disappointing Results

  1. Mary S. says:

    Grampy, Your time is well worth it. I see pix in your blog I’d never, ever see otherwise. I’ve seen a live fox ONE time in my life. Today I see not only adult fox(es?) but babies too. A total “who’d’ve thunk!” Animals, birds living their everyday life! What a treasure! Maybe a lot of your time, but definitely NO disappointing results. MCS
    P.S. Love the Flashback Photos. The little Warbler today is wonderful!

    • Grampy says:

      Mary S,
      When I don’t capture it like I see it I get disappointed. That’s ok makes me work harder. Thank You.

  2. I wouldn’t be disappointed in those photos at all, in fact Id be real happy to have gotten them!
    I don’t think people realize how much time and effort can go into just one photo, but I sure do. I’ve gone back sometimes 5 or 6 times to get that perfect shot but it’s never perfect.
    Have fun with Harper!

    • Grampy says:

      New Hampshire Gardener,
      It can really make a difference going back and catching stuff at different stages or another type light. Thank You, will have fun with Harper.

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