|Dad Stands Guard at the Den Entrance|
I figured out quickly that this den was active, and set out a camera trap at mid-day hoping, not only to get shots the following night, but also daytime shots, since these animals often come out and hang around before dark. That worked perfectly here, as dad Kit Fox stood vigil, for 20 minutes, at the opening of his burrow. This was my favorite of a series of shots, a little fill-flash balancing well with the late-afternoon daylight.
Sometimes, happy mistakes were made. I thought I had found a new fox den, and set up my research motion-sensor camera nearby to see who was living there. This is a basic rig which gets a simple b&w image, e.g. god for ID, but producing nothing publishable. In this case it revealed an enormous surprise - a badger! I didn't have time to set up a high-quality camera, but maybe next time...:) I never saw this handsome fellow, but was pleased to know he was there.