This months theme, selected by last months winner, slopoki1, is Camouflage.
From Rick, Show wildlife subject that blends in, or hides, using the environment it's in. No captive subjects.
Sample shot from Rick
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In my early birding days (2008), I was making photos of the hard to see juvenile green heron when the black bird flew in. Although our eye is attracted by the black bird, it is the juvenile green heron that is the centerpiece of this photo.
D200 Televue astro telescope, 600mm f/7 with TC 1.4X Sigma manual focussing 1/640 sec f/10 ISO 400
Sorry Folks, uploaded with no info... D7000, 105mm f/2.8g, 1/500, IOS500, f/7.1 The little fellow was nested in a weed having supper. Could hardly see him/her; looked like just another weed. Thanks, Dale
Okay, here are two more photos for the Camo-Theme. The first is the actual "bug" in disguise. The second depicts the "bug" after I spooked her with the lens. In the first image she had already dispatched one of her prey. All I can say is I'm glad these things are not the size of dogs.... Enjoy.
Photo 1. D7000, 24-70mm, f/5, ISO 100, 1/250 sec. Photo 2. D7000, 24-70mm, f/7.1, ISO 100, 1/200 sec.
Sun 01-Sep-13 04:42 AM | edited Sun 01-Sep-13 05:08 AM by scottashley
Ptarmigan are grouse-like birds that live high in the Colorado mountains and in northern latitudes. In summer and autumn their feathers match the rock terrain in which they live, and in winter they turn solid whiteexcept for their black eyes and beaks. Perfect camouflage for their environment! This one's belly and leg feathers have already turned white for the quickly approaching winter snows, and its upper plumage is just beginning to turn.
Marmots live high in the Colorado mountains where their grayish-brown coats match the rock terrain in which they live. This mother and three of her babies blended very well with the rock outcropping in which they'd made their den.
Sun 01-Sep-13 05:00 AM | edited Sun 01-Sep-13 05:07 AM by scottashley
Ptarmigan are grouse-like birds that live at high altitudes and in northern latitudes. In summer and autumn their feathers match the rock terrain in which they live, and in winter they turn solid whiteexcept for their black eyes and beaks. This one's plumage had a strong reddish tinge to match the quickly changing colors of its Alaskan tundra home, and its belly and legs are turning white to match the soon-coming snows.
Although bighorn sheep prefer staying in wide-open spaces, they're surprisingly hard to spot because their grayish-brown fur blends so well with their surroundings. This big ram's white rump even blended in with the patchy snow.
Sun 01-Sep-13 05:09 AM | edited Sun 01-Sep-13 05:10 AM by scottashley
In many trips to Alaska only once have I managed to photograph a lynxthis young male resting up after fruitlessly pursing its main prey, the snowshoe hare. Unfortunately he was well camouflaged in deep brush and very difficult to photograph.