Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Bucks in Velvet

                                                                                                    Watch in HD with the sound on for the best viewing experience.

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Life as a Moose Calf

Moose are born mostly legs but grow rapidly. Their only job is to follow mom around. However, the life of a moose calf is a harrowing ordeal. Only 20% make it through their first year. If they can make it over that hump, they will likely make it many more. Their most formidable opponent is the winter tick. Capturing pictures of these guys every week, I was able to watch them grow up. Only weeks old in the first set of pictures, they will face many challenges, but they continue to look strong and have good habitat.

I'm always a season behind with camera trapping because I am only able to check most of my cameras every 3 to 6 months. This pictures sequence starts in early June and runs until September.

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Bobcat Rolling in the Flowers

Turn to 1080p HD quality, turn up the volume, and watch in full screen. The video is better with sound and at higher quality. The date an time stamp on the camera is incorrect:

Friday, June 17, 2016

A Little Bit of Everything

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.
 Legs for days. A Snow shoe hare showing off.
 A porcupine sauntering across the snowy crust.

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Eastern Timber rattlesnake Hunt

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

Canadian Lynx in New Hampshire



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?  

Trick question.

       Day in and day out, as the lynx races through thick underbrush searching for a snowshoe hare, it makes no noise. The the trees, almost in awe of such beauty, appear to bow outwardly to tunnel of travel. Massive paws allow this cat to skillfully and silently walk on top of the softest snow.

     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.