I had far more wildlife diversity this year as I learn more about how and where to find Wisconsin’s wildlife. Whitetail deer are prevalent and easy to find. So easy, in fact, I saw one on the way home from work one morning about three to four blocks from where I live. Right in the middle of town! Shooting Wisconsin’s elk has become an annual trip and then there’s Necedah National Wildlife Refuge. Close enough to where I live so I can photograph there almost any time.
Because of this years draught the water levels have dropped significantly, so we had fewer appearances from eagles and ospreys this passed weekend, but the sheer numbers and types of birds still there left plenty of opportunities to shoot.
I had been going over to Necedah on Thursdays or Friday mornings, but this passed weekend I went over on Saturday. I noted an increase in the numbers of people moving in and around the refuge. Couples with children who didn’t have the patience required to see anything and of course the official state tourists from Illinois. A couple from Iowa who travel all over the United States trying to get a look at the whooping cranes. They stayed for awhile but left just before a pair of whooping cranes flew in. I also met a newly Americanized kiwi. A photographer from New Zealand who had just became a naturalized citizen. I hope all these folks got a chance to see and photograph what they were looking for.