Check out some of our favorite photos from past National Wildlife photo contests. Each week we'll celebrate nature and wildlife from a different state and this week we're featuring Idaho nature and wildlife!
Nature photographer John Gerlach shot this image of Forster's tern chicks at Idaho's Henrys Lake State Park with a Canon 7D and 500mm lens mounted to a floating blind. The Idaho resident writes, "Adult Forster’s terns are very aggressive near the nest, as it typical of many terns. Therefore, I approached the nest in a floating blind and wore chest waders to push myself along. The floating blind looks like a muskrat condo. By moving very slowly and quietly, the terns never reacted to the blind and me hiding inside it. I like how the early morning sun nicely rims the fluffy tern chicks."
Paul Dawson took this photo of "a stunning meadow with abundant spring wildflowers in Idaho's Sawtooth Mountains" using a Sony NEX-5T camera at f/22.
Wildlife photographer Becky Blankenship was visiting a rural Idaho ranch when she spotted a black bear in a tree. The Utah resident used a Canon 5D with a 400mm lens to capture the moment. Learn more about black bears with Ranger Rick.
Photographer Nathan Fleming writes, "A rare sight to be able to come across a nest from above of the most beautiful creature, and to witness over the months the birth and growth of a baby eagle." The Idaho resident photographed this bald eagle family close to home, using a Canon 7D. Read about some great places to spot this majestic bird.
Wildlife photographer Becky Blankenship also made this image of a brook trout in an Idaho stream. She writes, "I was fishing with some beautiful light. So the next fish I caught I used my underwater Pentax Optio WPi camera to take several shots before releasing it. Fifty images taken, and one turned out well." Read National Wildlife's Return of a Native.
Idaho resident William Drake writes, "There had been a brief March snowstorm and I noticed ermine tracks going into a very small burrow once the storm passed. So I set up my camera and waited. About 20 minutes later, this ermine emerged and stood up to see what was at the other end of the camera." Drake used a Nikon D300 with a 600mm f/8 lens to capture the moment in Camas, Idaho. Read Living Hungry, from National Wildlife.
Photographer Diane Higdem writes, "A friend of mine, who lives in a quiet area, attracts a large number of grosbeaks to his yard. From the beginning of fall through early spring, it gets quite noisy!" The Idaho resident made this image of an evening grosbeak in the backyard habitat using a Canon 50D with a 300mm lens and 1.4x extender. Read National Wildlife's Bird Tales With a Bite.
Oregon resident Kristin Tarnowski took this photo of honey bees in Caldwell, Idaho using a Nikon D7000. Learn how to Be There for Bees, from National Wildlife.
Photographer Diane Higdem made this portrait of a moose in Northern Idaho's Upper Twin Lake using a Canon 50D with a 300mm lens and 1.4x extender. She writes, "I do a lot of my photography from my kayak. Early one morning, I was paddling around in the lily pads that had grown very tall above the surface of the water. I heard one of my friends whisper moose and as I tried to cut through the lilies, and I nearly went over the top of this brute! We were both startled and he quickly headed towards the shore before pausing and turning around to watch me. He held this pose for several minutes!"
Idaho resident Paul Plante writes, "While out taking in the fall color along a small creek in Horseshoe Bend, Idaho I noticed a few wildflowers growing on steep embankment, which had survived the cool fall nights. While setting up my equipment I noticed the wasp, who was not moving very much because of the cold morning. Its bright coloration really stood out against the light colored flowers." Plante used a Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ50 camera. See National Wildlife's photo gallery of Unusual Pollinators.
Tony Attanasio photographed this painted turtle in Boise, Idaho and writes, "the turtle continued to enjoy the sunshine, but pulled back in every time I raised my head for a photo. I finally crawled through the mud and brush to get a photo without disturbing its' sun bath." The Utah resident used an Olympus E510 with a 50-200mm lens. Read National Wildlife's When the Best Offense Is a Good Defense.
Susan Montague photographed a family of pileated woodpeckers on a rural Idaho ranch using a Nikon D300 with a 70-200 f/2.8 lens. The California resident writes, "We heard the birds were making a lot of noise, so we watched the nest in the aspen tree for days waiting for a parent to come and feed the chicks. This one finally did." See a photo gallery of more Backyard Birds.
Idaho resident David Christiansen photographed a porcupine's "early morning sunrise salute" in Camas National Wildlife Refuge with a Canon 6D and 150-500mm lens. Read Prying Into the Life of a Prickly Beast, from National Wildlife.
Nature photographer Karen Dingerson writes, "Photographing hummingbirds is challenging. Getting one in the right light on the right flower and focused, is full of reward when you capture a moment like this one." The Idaho resident used a Canon 20D with a 100-400mm lens to photograph this rufous hummingbird in Priest River, Idaho. Learn how to take sharp images of these fast flights of fancy.
Photographer Rae Costa-Pierson spotted this red fox running through a field mousing in Idaho's Sawtooth Wilderness. The California resident used a Canon Rebel XT with a 100-400mm lens. Read Ranger Rick's Red Foxes.
Nature photographer John Gerlach writes, "Using my floating blind, I was able to move close to several male ruddy ducks that were courting a lone female on Henrys Lake." The Idaho resident used a Canon 7D with a 500mm lens mounted to the blind.
Howard Gerber photographed Indian paintbrush and monkey flowers growing at the Alaska Basin in Idaho's Targhee National Forest, where "the high altitude area with lakes and marshes has abundant wildflowers in August." The Utah resident used a Nikon D200 with a 12-24mm lens on a tripod.
Nature photographer Peggy Hamlen made this portrait of a vesper sparrow perched on a wood fence during a windy day in Island Park, Idaho using a Nikon D80 with a 70-300mm f/5.6 lens.
Evan Curtis writes, "I was acquiring back-country training as an employee of the Montana Conservation Corps when a whitetail deer strolled through our camp near the Selway River" in Idaho's Nez Perce National Forest. The New York resident captured the moment using a Nikon D60 with an 18-55mm lens. Read National Wildlife's Oh Deer!
Idaho resident Paul Plante used a Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ50 camera to photograph this wasp on a blanketflower near Lake Cascade. He writes about this image, "I like the yellow and black colors of both flower and insect, and how harmonious they looked together."
More from the National Wildlife Federation:
NWF Affiliate, Idaho Wildlife Federation
NWF Blogs about Idaho and the Idaho Wildlife Federation
Find a Park: Idaho
National Wildlife Federation's Northern Rockies Regional Center
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