Sunday, May 20, 2012

Photos from the field

Through my adventures photos are taken that never seem to make it into specific fish posts. So much of my fishing goes unseen or heard. Even though these pictures may not be ready for prime time fishing posts, I have found a way to fit them in an excerpt called “Photos from the field.”

Chasing Turtles

Turtles are something that I see on almost every summer trip to the lake. To find them you want to go to lakes with log or rock structure where they can sun themselves with little intrusion. For this one I used a little zoom action to get the shot.

Pond Leviathan

Ok, so maybe I could have gotten a better shot of this enormous snapper moving through a shallow pond. Some of these snapping turtles get very large. Spotting them is not easy and for me it is absolutely a case of the right place at the right time. Moving very slowly along the shoreline keeping eyes open for fish as well as things that might take a chunk out of my leg. 

Pooping Fox

One day while cruising through an area of suburbia I spot a yellow dog with no leash nosing around someone’s yard. Upon closer inspection I see that this is a fox (Vulpes vulpes). Moments later it leaves its lasting mark and moves on with the landowner shouting from the front porch.

No egret

Here is a shot of a white-faced ibis. Not sure why they call it a white faced ibis and it took me a few minutes to dial this one in using my National Geographic field guide. I find bird and pant identification much easier using book references as opposed to the internet most of the time.

A little conservation goes a long ways

Here is an example of something that I have asked for quite a bit from various urban fishery managers. The message of proper fish handling, catch and release along with species identification can go a long ways in regards to helping the sport. A conservation mentality blossoms from this type of education. Many people that fish the urban scene often do not know the type of fish they are catching and why catch and release helps maintain the population of fish overall.

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Good luck and good fishing.


TexWisGirl said...

the pooping fox made me laugh! always like these photo dump posts! :)

Howard Levett said...

fun photos, especially the fox. Thanks Matt!

Shoreman said...

Here's a couple of comments. My sister had a chunk out of her leg by a snapping turtle. I had a pile of fox poop the size of a snow disc from the 5 living in my wood pile a couple years ago. Nothing funny there. When the dead animals that the foxes collected started attracting the Turkey Vultures, it was time for them to leave. I still get a pile of fox poop on the driveway every now and then.


Blake Hamilton said...

great post, got my week started with a smile :)