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What wildlife did you spot tonight?

This is way better than white wall hunting, LOL!

This may be at the heart of my interest in flashlights. Ever since we took trips and traveled down the road, through the night, I have been on the lookout for whatever comes in front of the vehicle headlights. Now that flashlights can mimic and surpass that output, this is just an extension of that spectating, but so much more flexible. For examples:

with an S21A, SST40 (raccoon), one of these two wouldn't wake up for anything, LOL!

S21A, Nichia 219C (horned owl)

C8+, XHP50(?) (skunkus stinkus stripus-stripus)

Wurkkos WK30 , (opossum), one of my most surprising experiences and way better than being charged by javelinas!

Just like the abhorrent idea of using a cell phone flash as a flashlight and cell camera as well, a camera, (it's what I've had over time), I know some of you have real cameras and awesome finds so please share (a photo of) the wildlife you spotted tonight!

Cheers!

p.s.: Album: https://imgur.com/a/kOpmJ58

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Wonderful idea! I hope many respond.

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djmcconn wrote:
Wonderful idea! I hope many respond.

Thank you!

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Tonight? Just Perry, one of the outdoor cats. Haven’t seen his twin brother Luke in quite some time. Sad

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Saw my neighbor does that count ?

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Lightbringer wrote:
Tonight? Just Perry, one of the outdoor cats. Haven't seen his twin brother Luke in quite some time. :(

 

 Hahaha! Good one LB!

 

One might think of feral animals but the idea is to see real WILD life.  Now, I hope you don't come across a bear without a bit of distance between you and it!

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Souichirou wrote:
Saw my neighbor does that count ?

If you live in a colony of meerkats, most definitely! Wink

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Here’s one I encountered the other day. Big Smile

I was using a YLP G180 and a Wurkkos HD20.

https://www.instagram.com/p/CHvNXAeAxzZ/

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Wow, your powerful flashlight is like a deer-magnet…draws them right in to ya.

Maybe grins or some other Austrailian member can spot a drop bear at night,

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Sofirn Q8 (XPL-Hi) lighting one of many frogs that would the litter the walking trail during rain season

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Nice, flightless22! I was walking beside a lake a few months back and was trying to see the little peepers but even with hi CRI and practically being a foot away, they are so well camouflaged!

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... at the lake mentioned earlier:

SP32A v.1, SST40, 5000K (garter snake)

S2+ shorty, SST20, 2700K, 60deg TIR (frog... where???)

 

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F. Premens wrote:
Here's one I encountered the other day. Big Smile I was using a YLP G180 and a Wurkkos HD20.

 

Whoa! We have some white-tail deer with large antler racks that would make me quite nervous if they ran toward me!

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tonight?
well, i will have to wait
a while before i post.

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Well, it's really tell what you see on any night. I hope you see something exciting!

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Nice idea, OP. I never tried taking pictures at night before but will give it a try. 14 inches of snow melted as fast as it came so the critters are walking around again.

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pennzy wrote:
Nice idea, OP. I never tried taking pictures at night before but will give it a try. 14 inches of snow melted as fast as it came so the critters are walking around again.

Good Morning, Pennzy!

For night pictures, I found out 2700K, even on a D4S, doesn't illuminate well enough for my Samsung smartphone. Rather, it's probably the camera sensor. 

True story. I was walking down a rural road and heard the snort of a horse. The mare was about 50' away, with a colt, and being something to share with the kids, I tried to take a photo.  Well, no dice. However, the mare was brown and the colt, black. I thought the camera would pick up something.

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kennybobby wrote:
Wow, your powerful flashlight is like a deer-magnet…draws them right in to ya.

Maybe grins or some other Austrailian member can spot a drop bear at night,
!{width:80%}https://i.imgur.com/Uylwi07.jpg!


LOL, I’d actually never heard of a “drop bear”. You had me going there for a bit, kb. Googled it.

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Eastern Screech Owl last night on my hike.Normally see tons of Deer, Foxes,Racoons ect

Used K60 as lighting!

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Used screen shot to bring in closer.As you can see phone stats at top!

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Cochise334ever, 1st off, Welcome to BLF!

Those are some great snapshots! I am surprised to be able to photograph owls but foxes are some of the most skittish creatures I barely even see!

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Thanks. Sometimes you get lucky.Usually they keep their distance.I also notice sometimes after they run in the woods,a few minutes later I will see them about 75 yards behind me and folowing me.

Edir:I have a flying squirrel on here somwhere.They are the absolute most difficult to get a photo.I got lucky once,and thats all it was..once.It landed on a tree and froze..scared of the light I guess.I have to look for that one.

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Flying squirrel.Only picture I ever got and I have seen dozens and dozens over the years.

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I'm just about 200 miles away from the nearest flying squirrel populations in the States so they are definitely a curiosity for me.

I had at least one experience with a screech owl, recently,  where I used a C8+ to observe it from about 75 meters. The best I thought I could do was get a recording of it but even that proved elusive. 

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I got within 15 to 18 feet from the Owl before it flew away.

I have gotten other pics of Owls before.That is the closest I got and the best picture.

EDIT: I never saw a Bald Eagle until 5 years ago. I have seen them about a Dozen times but never got a good picture .One time was at night.I heard a loud noise ,pointed my torch high up in tree as he flew away.

The last Eagle I saw a few weeks ago, there were Two flying together.Couldn’t get a photo.

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in nyc the only wildlife i saw today was a roach, but it was too quick , it ran under cove base before i could take its picture. now I’m not sure if i should consider roaches a wildlife, seems more like domesticated animals

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alpg88 wrote:
in nyc the only wildlife i saw today was a roach, but it was too quick , it ran under cove base before i could take its picture. now I'm not sure if i should consider roaches a wildlife, seems more like domesticated animals

Lol! Darn squatters.

 

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Cool!

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Saw some raccoons in October. I took this with my phone’s flash iirc because the only light I had on me was my LEP and that would be inhumane.

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