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Photos are in order of date taken, so newest are always at the ends of the albums.

Cindy Donegan
 
Bison

All bison were photographed at Lester's Bison Farm, a 160 acre farm in Salem, Wisconsin. I had some harsh lighting to deal with this day but really enjoyed seeing the little ones. I hope to get back in the winter with some snow on the ground and steamy breaths escaping around their heads.

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Cindy Donegan
 
Common Snapping Turtle

We found this huge Snapping Turtle at Bong Rec Area in Wisconsin. It's shell was approximately 18" end to end. I kept my distance taking photos which was really good since I later read that their neck can reach half the distance of their shell. As long as I didn't approach too close it seemed happy to stay sunning itself and it ambled back into the wetland shortly after I returned to my car. I loved the moss growing on the shell and all the wonderful textures on this great old turtle.

Album was created 4 years 5 months ago and modified 4 years 5 months ago
Cindy Donegan
 
North American Elk

I was thrilled to see elk and get some photos during a visit to Great Smoky Mountain National Park.

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Cindy Donegan
 
Animals - Bit of This and That
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Cindy Donegan
 
Deer

We've really enjoyed coming across these beautiful white-tailed deer while out hiking in Illinois and Wisconsin.

Album was created 7 years 10 months ago and modified 7 years 2 months ago
Cindy Donegan
 
Deer 2011 through 2014
Album was created 6 years 9 months ago and modified 3 years 5 months ago
Cindy Donegan
 
Red Fox Den 1 (2009)

I'm extremely excited about having the opportunity to observe a pair of Red Foxes and their five kits. It's awesome to watch them interact and play. The male is keeping the female and kits well fed with regularly meal deliveries such as voles, squirrel and woodchuck. The kits quickly take the catch into the den and then come out and play with Dad for a bit.
Unfortunately, within a week of photographing the foxes, they moved on. The kits were old enough for the adult female to leave the den to hunt and she relocated the family. As the weather warmed up there were many dog walkers quite close to the den hidden among lakeshore rocks and boulders.

Album was created 8 years 9 months ago and modified 8 years 8 months ago
Cindy Donegan
 
Red Fox Den 2 (2010)

APRIL 2010 - New photos from a different fox den! The den is under lakeside boulders and we're hoping to be able to spot the fox in the future. So far we've just got a quick look at the kits. Hopefully we'll see them again and add more photos. The male is bushy and beautiful:)
MAY 2010 : We spotted the male delivering dinner again and this time the kits are coming out of the den. The male definitely looks a bit ragged with several reasons attributing to it. He hunts fairly far from the den and has been delivering food several times a day for many weeks. It's also been 4-5 weeks since the last photos and he is shedding the heavy winter coat. The kits are beautiful and appear to be quite active and healthy.
JUNE 2010: We've been able to see the kits several times this month and it's great to be able to see them grow. The parents aren't around much and the kits are ranging farther from then den as they learn to hunt.
JULY 2010: It's been about five weeks since the last photos and the kits have changed dramatically. They've thinned out with their growth spurt and are very long limbed and lean as they mature. Though some of the photos look like serious fighting it appeared to be friendly with no injury.

Album was created 7 years 5 months ago and modified 7 years 5 months ago
Cindy Donegan
 
Reptiles and Amphibians
Album was created 7 years 9 months ago and modified 3 years ago