Outdoors blog: Readers send along great wildlife shots
By: Sam Cook, Duluth News Tribune
Cool critter photos abound today
Readers sent me some excellent animal images today, two from trail cameras and one from a conventional camera. The digital age has really made it possible for people to capture some wonderful images.
This first one came from Sean Hall, a dedicated trail-camera shooter from Cloquet. He calls it "Walking the Plank." Take a look:
Sean Hall of Cloquet captured this image of a black bear at 1:40 p.m. May 9 on a pond near Cloquet. Hall, using a six-megapixel, home-built trail camera, had hoped to capture some images of mallards at the spot. (Sean Hall photo)
Also on Monday, I received the following photo of a northern saw-whet owl from Jim Erickson and his son, Jacob, of Esko.
Northern saw-whet owls are just 8 inches tall. They nest in tree cavities. Their song is rather monotonoous, a series of low whistled tones with no variation in pitch. (Jim and Jacob Erickson photo)
Finally, here's one more from Sean Hall. It was made in the same place where he made the bear photo, with the same camera set-up. It's a barred owl, with a bit of blood on its beak "from its last meal, probably a frog," Hall wrote.
Here it is:
A barred owl peers into the night near Cloquet in this trail-camera photo. A barred owl is the one whose song sounds like "Who cooks for you, who cooks for you-all?" (Sean Hall photo)
Thanks to Hall and the Ericksons for sharing their photos.