Friday, June 17, 2016
Plenty of pictures to go around after the latest remote cameras check in Northern NH and Vermont. Two of the cameras had been deployed for over two years. These are just a few.
Remote cameras and bears mix like oil and water. Almost every time a bear shows up, the camera gets "inspected". You can guess what happens next (taken with an IR camera).
A coyote taking a roll in the snow.
A coyote pup inspecting a pole with velcro. The pole provides a reference size and collects fur which can be used for DNA analysis. In a show of force, a bull moose snapped the stick at the base a month after this photo was taken.
A porcupine sauntering across the snowy crust.
Tuesday, February 2, 2016
This summer I traveled to Massachusetts to film an eastern timber rattlesnake hunt for a new BBC wildlife documentary series. The series, "Earth's Greatest Spectacles-Changing Worlds", premiers Friday February 5th at 9pm on BBC Two or BBC iPlayer (USA release TBA). I designed, built, and deployed remote cameras with my assistant Luke Barbour to capture the hunt. The link below features a story, pictures, and a teaser from the shoot. Fair warning: It's a snake and a mouse.
Wednesday, May 13, 2015
If a lynx bounds through 18 inches of fresh power in the woods of northern N.H. and nobody is there, does it still make a noise?
With such a low density of lynx in N.H., I truly enjoy the challenge of trying to photograph them. For me, it is the ultimate test to design the right tools (remote camera systems) and combine those tools with the past experience and knowledge of wildlife to predict why/where an animal will be before it gets there.
When working with remote cameras, in particular long term camera sets, if things can go wrong, they will. Moisture in the camera leads to blurry pictures, batteries die, the cold stops components from working, a curious moose or bear moves/steals/punctures the camera only to be found face down or waterlogged months later, and the list goes on. These photos, taken in the winter of 2013, highlight one such success. One lynx, eight pictures, frozen in time.
Saturday, March 7, 2015
The above video is a series of short clips taken this winter of an animal extremely well adapted to cold New England Winters. Despite average night-time temperatures of -15 F°, this beaver left it's lodge to forage and was never bothered by the cold. Peak activity was from 1-3am and not one clip was recorded during daylight hours. This is a two minute condensed version from 4+ hours of footage during a one week filming period.
Thursday, February 19, 2015
This photo of a weasel was taken at 3:54 am. Weasels are built like a snake, basically just a head and tail. Being long and thin has it's advantages, such as fitting into small holes and spaces to find their favorite prey-mice. It also has its disadvantages...with lots of surface area weasels lose heat quickly and require a fast metabolism to keep warm, which means they are constantly moving, hunting, and searching for calories.
Saturday, December 6, 2014
The video setup was designed to capture large mammals, however I was most amused by the American Woodcock that strolled across the bottom of the screen. There is a certain flamboyance to it's walk as it picked its way through the short grasses on one particularly dark October night. Video is best viewed full screen and by selecting HD 1080 in the bottom right under the settings wheel.