Many of us have had a rough winter with unusually cold temperatures and heavy snow. But that’s nothing compared to what animals have to deal with in the wild for months on end, year after year. This month’s contest focuses on animals toughing it out in winter weather, where survival can’t be taken for granted.
In the spirit of the theme, animals should be wild only, no captives, and the photo should be obviously taken in winter.
Participating in our monthly contests can help us to become better photographers. We can see and learn from all of the entries as our members showcase their best work each month.
These monthly contests are the preliminary rounds for the Annual Nikonians Photo Contest where you have the opportunity to win attractive prizes and have your images highlighted in the Winners Galleries and published in the eZine.
The top images will be selected by the winner of the previous months challenge and will be included in a poll for members to vote for the winning photo. Please keep in mind that images will be selected based on image quality, subject matter, relevance to the theme, and creativity just to name a few.
I look forward to seeing how you fulfill this challenge!
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#5. "Surviving Winter-Short Eared Owl" In response to Reply # 0
D7100, Sigma 120-300 F2.8 OS, 600mm. F7.1, -0.3 EV, 1/320 ss, braced on truck door window sill. With a temperature of -34C and windchill of -42C at sun up we found this Short Eared Owl. It nestled into the bank and patiently waited for the sun of the day to melt the frost from its face and provide much needed warmth. Larger image available if you click on this one Thanks for looking! Turbo
#6. "Surviving Winter- Short Eared Owl II " In response to Reply # 0
With a temperature of -34C and windchill of -42C at sun up we found this Short Eared Owl. It nestled into the bank and patiently waited for the sun of the day to melt the frost from its face and provide much needed warmth. This second shot is taken 4 hours later @ 11:30 a.m. we found the bird exactly where we had left it, soaking in the sun! D7100, Sigma 120-300 F2.8 OS, ISO 250, F5.6, 1/3200ss, Door window sill used as brace. Large image available for viewing by clicking on image below. Thanks for taking the time to look! Turbo
#22. "Double threat-- Surviving Winter " In response to Reply # 0
Not only have we had the harshest winter in many years these two wild Alberta horses had to survive a government sactioned "cull" of 20% of the herd this January and February. This is the worst condition that I have found these horses in with ribs and hips prominent! These two (of three in this group) were found within range of one of the local ranchers that were "harvesting" wild horses. D7000 ISO 500 1/250 SS Sigma 120-300 F2.8 OS @ 140mm Turbo
SheriB SouthernYork Co, US Nikonian since 11th Sep 2010
Mon 17-Mar-14 11:19 AM
#23. "RE: Double threat-- Surviving Winter " In response to Reply # 22
As a horse person I respectfully disagree with your view of their body condition. It can be harder to judge while in winter coat, but their hips are normal.Necks are full.Toplines a little weak, but protein rich forage will help that come spring. I would even hazzard a guess that the blood bay is in foal, if not also the dark bay. Or they have had access to lots of low quality hay and have hay bellies. They are at 'end of winter' weight, which allows their bodies to handle the lushness of spring greenery without foundering. Sorry for the long winded post. It is just that I deal with obese horses I keep on drylot most of the time, and people think horses are supposed to be fat. These horses, especially being wild,are in great shape for the winter we have had. And as hard as it is to think of the horses being harvested, I would rather that than do like in the US and round them up, then the ones that are not..adopted.. Live the rest of their lives in Holding pens. If the mods feel the need to remove this feel free.
#26. "Ground Blizzard Swan" In response to Reply # 0 Thu 20-Mar-14 03:38 AM by Lunastar
I photographed this pretty, immature trumpeter swan on a snowy river bank as it hunkered down during a ground blizzard featuring 40-50 MPH winds! Nikon D800, Nikkor 200-400 @ 400mm, ISO 800, 1/2000SS, f6.3, Hand held
#27. "Snowy Whitetail Buck................................................................................" In response to Reply # 0
I captured this nice buck as he browsed in a thicket while warding off driving snow pellets in -18 F temps! Notice how the snow piled up on his super efficient heat holding hide. D800, Nikkor 200-400 @ 400mm, 1/400SS, f6.3, ISO 1000, -1/3EV, Monopod
#29. "Wounded Winter Whitetail........................................................................." In response to Reply # 0 Thu 20-Mar-14 03:12 AM by Lunastar
I photographed this gorgeous whitetail buck soon after he had a collision with a car. Notice the right rear leg where the bone is clearly visible. He also lost an entire antler and a long point from the remaining antler as well as various other injuries! Then alll he had to do was forage and survive during the 5th coldest winter on record! Tough deer. BTW, miraculously, he recovered and still roams the woods! D800 in crop mode, 200-400/4 lens @ f8, 1/1000SS, ISO 800, -2/3EV, Monopod
#40. "RE: March Contest - Surviving Winter - "Deer in a Storm"" In response to Reply # 0
I took this photo on the third day of a major storm bringing record snowfall and bitterly cold temperatures. This white-tailed deer came very close to our house to eat the corn I offered. I'm sure she saw me standing at the door with my camera and tripod. Perhaps she was too hungry to care. Nikon D300, Nikon 18-200 lens at 200mm. F16, 1/200, ISO400.
This coyote pair—presumably mates, from the way the one tolerated the other—were scavenging what little meat they could from a dead elk in Rocky Mountain National Park. The alpha is eating while the other waits not so patiently in the background.
D200, Sigma 500mm with 1.4 converter, Gitzo tripod & head, ISO 500, f8 @ 1/180