The year 2020 is one a lot of us would likely want to forget. Or, at the least, wave to it goodbye.
From strictly a wildlife photography standpoint, 2020 was a good year for me. I was able to attain my best images ever of ruffed grouse, both in winter habitat and during spring courtship. I could watch a grouse drumming from my house, which helped me determine the best times to enter a blind I had placed within photo range of his drumming log.
I also had exceptional luck photographing a male woodcock performing the “sky dance,” one of nature's most interesting courtship rituals.
Last winter’s deep snow created ideal conditions for a resident mink. The normally elusive animal had a network of tunnels under the snow so I was able to get some really unique images of the sly critter as it peered from the entrances to his frozen subway.
October saw record amounts of snow. It caught many songbirds by surprise. Thus, I was able to attain images of some bird species that are normally somewhere south before the snow flies.
It's a difficult but enjoyable undertaking trying to choose which are my favorites wildlife images from the thousands I take during a given year. Here are four of them.
Happy New Year to all.