My featured gallery for October includes a variety of those “lucky” wildlife shots.
A raccoon peers through leaves in Blendon Woods Metro Park, Westerville, Ohio.
The image of the raccoon that leads the gallery is a good example of shooter’s luck.
I was walking through a very dark patch of woods while looking for birds to photograph in Blendon Woods Metro Park outside Columbus, Ohio, when I startled a raccoon that was beside the trail (it startled me, too, because it ran right under my foot). The raccoon climbed a nearby tree, but seemed curious about my camera and me. It kept looking around the tree and between the leaves to see what I was doing. I was able to click off a few frames. (For you photo tech freaks: I’m surprised I was able to get a somewhat sharp image shooting wide open – f/5.6 – at ISO3200 and a very slow 1/50th of a second using the Canon EF 300mm f/2.8L and Canon 2x teleconverter on a monopod. This was before I bought the Canon EF600mm f/4L that I use for wildlife now.)
After a few minutes the raccoon climbed down the tree and walked to within about 10 feet of me, stood on its hind legs, stared at the camera, then moved into the woods.