It is hard to believe that two weeks have past since I last posted here. I still maintain a heavy shooting schedule on mornings and evenings, but have been involved in other projects in mid-day and evenings, which has made it difficult to keep up with the posting and video editing.
Even though I have spent a lot of time outdoors I took very little photos or video of the fall color this year. Fall color was a bit late in arriving and I held off shooting a lot in hopes that it would intensity, but then a rainy period arrived. When it was over many of the leaves that had bright scarlet and yellow colors such as maple were gone, so we never had a period in which most of the leaves were at their peak and the weather was ideal for capturing them in their glory. In spite of this, I was able to capture a bit of fall color on the evening of October 19th.
|Autumn Stream: Panasonic GH4-LUMIX- 14-140/F4.0-5.8@ 17mm-ISO 200-1/60 Sec. f 10|
|Autumn Color: Panasonic GH4-LUMIX- 14-140/F4.0-5.8@ 17mm/F4.0-5.8 -ISO 200-1/320 Sec. f 10|
Where I usually hang out is not the best spot for seeing bachelor groups in the summer, but it has a good population of does, fawns and young bucks. Buck sightings usually increase dramatically once the pre-rut begins and especially once the full-blown rut gets underway. Some of the bucks only visit once or twice, while others are seen with varying degrees of frequency throughout the rut.
This year the first strange bucks arrived on October 9th and one peered from the edge of the meadow while another checked out the resident doe herd.
|First Strange Buck: Canon 5D MK III-Canon EF600mm f/4L IS -ISO 400-1/200 Sec. f 4.5|
|Buck Checks Out Family Group: Canon 5D MK III-Canon EF600mm f/4L IS -ISO 400-1/400 Sec. f 4.5|
At any rate some of the visiting bucks will be seen only a time or two, while others remain in the general area with some being seen almost every day while others will only swing by once or twice a week looking for hot does. The small three-point buck below is a non-resident buck that abruptly appeared and began spending most of his time with the resident doe herd.
|Young Buck Chasing Does: Canon 5D MK III-Canon EF600mm f/4L IS -ISO 800-1/200 Sec. f 5.0|
|8 Point: Canon 5D MK III-Canon EF600mm f/4L IS -ISO 800-1/200 Sec. f 4.5|
With the full-blown rut getting underway, I should have more and more opportunities to photograph the bucks in the next few weeks, but only time will tell if any impressive ones will appear.
Originally published at Pennsylvania Wildlife Photographer by Willard Hill.