FRAMES: Photo Challenge #102 Wildlife

DEADLINE EXTENDED! Tuesday, October 25th is the final due date!

Okay after a hiatus of photo challenges and so many people telling me much they liked them and how bummed they are that they have been on hiatus I’ve decided to bring them back sporadically…maybe not one a month maybe one every other month or so.

And well it’s September and September has always been our wildlife challenge month…SO your challenge, if you choose to accept it of course, is to show me your BEST wildlife photo.

There is a wide variety of nature right outside of our doors here in Kitsap. So grab your camera (film, digital or even a simple iPhone) and get outside and show me what you see; be it birds, creatures with fur or those slimy snakes and toads hiding in the mud. Maybe you’ve recently been on a whirlwind vacation to Yellowstone this summer and shot a bazillion photos of bison wandering around doing their bison thing, if so show me the best bison of the bunch.

“Stand-Outs” be published in an upcoming edition of the Kitsap Sun.

Per usual you have a few rules/regulations:

My definition of wildlife is: animals, birds, reptiles, amphibians and/or sea creatures living in a natural, undomesticated state.

That means unless your cockatoo “Carl” has left the comfort of his cage and has joined the ranks of the local cockatoo flock foraging around Lions Park then I don’t want to see Carl’s photo.

***ALSO I AM NOT COUNTING BUG/INSECTS/SPIDERS as “wildlife”.

I always encourage you to shoot the challenge in the time-frame that it is posted, I will accept any photos of wildlife that you have shot in 2016, but they cannot have been entered for any of the other challenges that we have had.

You may send me a maximum of 5 photos for this challenge, so edit your work down to 5 images MAX shutterbugs.

 

Entries may be emailed to mreid@kitsapsun.com

As usual, here are some shots from our archives to get you thinking :
An immature bald eagle is perched on a tree snag along Tracyton Blvd in East Bremerton on Wednesday, June 29, 2016. LARRY STEAGALL / KITSAP SUN
An immature bald eagle is perches on a tree snag along Tracyton Blvd in East Bremerton on Wednesday, June 29, 2016. (LARRY STEAGALL / KITSAP SUN)
A pair of grebes paddle through the reflective waters of the Port Orchard Yacht Club in Port Orchard, Wash. on Thursday, October 22, 2015. (MEEGAN M. REID / KITSAP SUN)A pair of grebes paddle through the reflective waters of the Port Orchard Yacht Club in Port Orchard, Wash. on Thursday, October 22, 2015. (MEEGAN M. REID / KITSAP SUN)
A barred owl perches on a mossy limb while searching for breakfast on Saturday morning near Brownsville. (MEEGAN M. REID / KITSAP SUN)
A barred owl perches on a mossy limb while searching for breakfast on Saturday morning near Brownsville. (MEEGAN M. REID / KITSAP SUN)
An orca calf surfaces behind its family as the pod of swims through Dyes Inlet on Friday, June 12, 2015. (MEEGAN M. REID / KITSAP SUN)
An orca calf surfaces behind its family as the pod of swims through Dyes Inlet on Friday, June 12, 2015. (MEEGAN M. REID / KITSAP SUN)
Seals crowd the dock in Astoria, Oregon. (Meegan M. Reid / Kitsap Sun)
Seals crowd the dock in Astoria, Oregon. (Meegan M. Reid / Kitsap Sun)
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Elk Herd California (Meegan M. Reid)
A kingfisher perches on the wing of an eagle weathervane located on the shore of Crystal Springs Drive NE on Bainbridge Island on Wednesday, February 24, 2016. (MEEGAN M. REID / KITSAP SUN)
A kingfisher perches on the wing of an eagle weathervane located on the shore of Crystal Springs Drive NE on Bainbridge Island on Wednesday, February 24, 2016. (MEEGAN M. REID / KITSAP SUN)
Lynne Weber, wildlife rehabilitation specialist at the West Sound Wildlife Shelter, releases a family of eight opossums into the Bremerton Watershed on Wednesday, June 29, 2016. The opossum siblings were rescued by Weber after their mother was hit by a car on Naval Ave. in April and were cared for by the staff at West Sound Wildlife Shelter until they were old enough to be released back into the wild. (MEEGAN M. REID / KITSAP SUN)
Lynne Weber, wildlife rehabilitation specialist at the West Sound Wildlife Shelter, releases a family of eight opossums into the Bremerton Watershed on Wednesday, June 29, 2016. The opossum siblings were rescued by Weber after their mother was hit by a car on Naval Ave. in April and were cared for by the staff at West Sound Wildlife Shelter until they were old enough to be released back into the wild. (MEEGAN M. REID / KITSAP SUN)
Seals and gulls rest on floats at the Olympic View Marina in Seabeck on Friday, July 29, 2016. A phytoplankton bloom has created turquoise and green hues in the waters of the Hood Canal. (MEEGAN M. REID / KITSAP SUN)
Seals and gulls rest on floats at the Olympic View Marina in Seabeck on Friday, July 29, 2016. A phytoplankton bloom has created turquoise and green hues in the waters of the Hood Canal. (MEEGAN M. REID / KITSAP SUN)
A wharf rat scrambles through the blackberry brambles along the shore near the Port Orchard Marina on Friday, July 10, 2015. (MEEGAN M. REID / KITSAP SUN)
A wharf rat scrambles through the blackberry brambles along the shore near the Port Orchard Marina on Friday, July 10, 2015. (MEEGAN M. REID / KITSAP SUN)
A murder of crows harass a bald eagle as it dines on a duck, on the dock at Illahee State Park on Monday, June 1, 2015. (MEEGAN M. REID / KITSAP SUN)
A murder of crows harass a bald eagle as it dines on a duck, on the dock at Illahee State Park on Monday, June 1, 2015. (MEEGAN M. REID / KITSAP SUN)
A squirrel sits among the blossoms of a tree in Evergreen Rotary Park in Bremerton, Wash. on a rainy Wednesday, March 11, 2015. (MEEGAN M. REID / KITSAP SUN)
A squirrel sits among the blossoms of a tree in Evergreen Rotary Park in Bremerton, Wash. on a rainy Wednesday, March 11, 2015. (MEEGAN M. REID / KITSAP SUN)
A great blue heron carries a twig through the air while building a nest in a rookery above the 76 gas station on Bethel Avenue in Port Orchard, Wash. on Thursday, March 26, 2015. (MEEGAN M. REID / KITSAP SUN)
A great blue heron carries a twig through the air while building a nest in a rookery above the 76 gas station on Bethel Avenue in Port Orchard, Wash. on Thursday, March 26, 2015. (MEEGAN M. REID / KITSAP SUN)

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A juvenile bald eagle takes flight from a tree in Ilahee on a foggy Wednesday morning. (MEEGAN M. REID / KITSAP SUN)
A juvenile bald eagle takes flight from a tree in Ilahee on a foggy Wednesday morning. (MEEGAN M. REID / KITSAP SUN)
A young buck grazes near the Hurricane Ridge Visitors Center on Sunday, June 7, 2015. (MEEGAN M. REID / KITSAP SUN)
A young buck grazes near the Hurricane Ridge Visitors Center on Sunday, June 7, 2015. (MEEGAN M. REID / KITSAP SUN)
A great blue heron snacks on a fish along the shore of the Arness Roadside Park in Kingston on Wednesday August 12, 2015. (MEEGAN M. REID / KITSAP SUN)
A great blue heron snacks on a fish along the shore of the Arness Roadside Park in Kingston on Wednesday August 12, 2015. (MEEGAN M. REID / KITSAP SUN)
A curious harbor seal pup watches as cautious hikers keep their distance by hiking further up the beach as it rests in the sunshine on the shore of the Dungeness Spit, in Sequim, Washington on Sunday, July 27, 2014. Mother seals often leave their pups onshore as they forage for food. (MEEGAN M. REID / KITSAP SUN)
A curious harbor seal pup watches as cautious hikers keep their distance by hiking further up the beach as it rests in the sunshine on the shore of the Dungeness Spit, in Sequim, Washington on Sunday, July 27, 2014. Mother seals often leave their pups onshore as they forage for food. (MEEGAN M. REID / KITSAP SUN)
A pileated woodpecker perches on the railing of a deck near Brownsville on Monday, September 1, 2014. (MEEGAN M. REID / KITSAP SUN)
A pileated woodpecker perches on the railing of a deck near Brownsville on Monday, September 1, 2014. (MEEGAN M. REID / KITSAP SUN)
Ariel Clark, of Portland, Ore. tries to get a seagull to take a Cheeto out of her hand as she rides the Seattle to Bremerton ferry on Thursday, September 4, 2014. (MEEGAN M. REID / KITSAP SUN)
Ariel Clark, of Portland, Ore. tries to get a seagull to take a Cheeto out of her hand as she rides the Seattle to Bremerton ferry on Thursday, September 4, 2014. (MEEGAN M. REID / KITSAP SUN)
A flock of great blue herons feed along the Port Orchard waterfront during low tide on Monday, March 17, 2014. (MEEGAN M. REID / KITSAP SUN)Flock of Herons by Meegan M. Reid
A flock of great blue herons feed along the Port Orchard waterfront during low tide on Monday, March 17, 2014. (MEEGAN M. REID / KITSAP SUN)
A harbor seal basks in the morning sunlight as the fog begins to burn away at the Poulsbo Marina Wednesday, January 22, 2014. (MEEGAN M. REID / KITSAP SUN)
A harbor seal basks in the morning sunlight as the fog begins to burn away at the Poulsbo Marina Wednesday, January 22, 2014. (MEEGAN M. REID / KITSAP SUN)
A bald eagle has a perfect perch to rest with the Olympic Mountains in the background from Beach Drive in Port Orchard on Thursday. LARRY STEAGALL / KITSAP SUN
A bald eagle has a perfect perch to rest with the Olympic Mountains in the background from Beach Drive in Port Orchard on Thursday. LARRY STEAGALL / KITSAP SUN
A young buck wanders through the thick undergrowth near Brownsville on Saturday, May 17, 2014. (MEEGAN M. REID/KITSAP SUN)
A young buck wanders through the thick undergrowth near Brownsville on Saturday, May 17, 2014. (MEEGAN M. REID/KITSAP SUN)
A bald eagle flies over the Manette Bridge at sunset on Wednesday. LARRY STEAGALL / KITSAP SUN
A bald eagle flies over the Manette Bridge at sunset on Wednesday. LARRY STEAGALL / KITSAP SUN

A lone baby raccoon sits in the grass at the future site of the Marvin Williams Youth Recreation & Community Center on Park Ave. in downtown Bremerton on Thursday. The youngster seemed to have gotten separated from its family and was picked up by the West Sound Wildlife Shelter. (MEEGAN M. REID / KITSAP SUN)

A lone baby raccoon sits in the grass at the future site of the Marvin Williams Youth Recreation & Community Center on Park Ave. in downtown Bremerton on Thursday. The youngster seemed to have gotten separated from its family and was picked up by the West Sound Wildlife Shelter. (MEEGAN M. REID / KITSAP SUN)

A barred owl perches on a highway sign near Viking Way and Highway 305 in Poulsbo just before sunrise. (LARRY STEAGALL / KITSAP SUN)

A barred owl perches on a highway sign near Viking Way and Highway 305 in Poulsbo just before sunrise. (LARRY STEAGALL / KITSAP SUN)

A pod of transient orcas visit Liberty Bay on Thursday, July 18, 2013. (MEEGAN M. REID / KITSAP SUN)

A pod of transient orcas visit Liberty Bay on Thursday, July 18, 2013. (MEEGAN M. REID / KITSAP SUN)

A buck deer walks along the Hurricane Hill trail in the Olympic National Park south of Port Angeles, as the morning clouds burn off over the Olympic Mountains. (Larry Steagall / Kitsap Sun)

A buck deer walks along the Hurricane Hill trail in the Olympic National Park south of Port Angeles, as the morning clouds burn off over the Olympic Mountains. (Larry Steagall / Kitsap Sun)

A deer munches on the tall grass at dusk in East Park near the Bremerton YMCA. (LARRY STEAGALL | KITSAP SUN)

A deer munches on the tall grass at dusk in East Park near the Bremerton YMCA. (LARRY STEAGALL | KITSAP SUN)

A sea lion and a trio of cormorants hang out on one of the navigational buoys along Bainbridge Island. (MEEGAN M. REID/KITSAP SUN)

A sea lion and a trio of cormorants hang out on one of the navigational buoys along Bainbridge Island. (MEEGAN M. REID/KITSAP SUN)

An eagle is pestered by a raven in Hansville. (MEEGAN M. REID / KITSAP SUN)

An eagle is pestered by a raven in Hansville. (MEEGAN M. REID / KITSAP SUN)

A small mouse sits in the early morning sunshine in a gravel driveway in Brownsville. MEEGAN M. REID / KITSAP SUN

A small mouse sits in the early morning sunshine in a gravel driveway in Brownsville. MEEGAN M. REID / KITSAP SUN

A finch perches in a budding tree along the shore of Eagle Harbor on Bainbridge Island. (MEEGAN M. REID/KITSAP SUN)

A finch perches in a budding tree along the shore of Eagle Harbor on Bainbridge Island. (MEEGAN M. REID/KITSAP SUN)

A bald eagle looks out over the Strait of Juan de Fuca at the Salt Creek Recreation Area in Port Angeles, Wash. on Saturday, July 13, 2013. (MEEGAN M. REID / KITSAP SUN)

A bald eagle looks out over the Strait of Juan de Fuca at the Salt Creek Recreation Area in Port Angeles, Wash. on Saturday, July 13, 2013. (MEEGAN M. REID / KITSAP SUN)

A coyote stands in a field off Day Rd. on Bainbridge Island Wednesday. LARRY STEAGALL / KITSAP SUN

A coyote stands in a field off Day Rd. on Bainbridge Island Wednesday. LARRY STEAGALL / KITSAP SUN

Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife officers help a black bear escape from a cage in the Central Cascades as their Karelian bear dogs get ready for the chase on June 10. 2011. (LARRY STEAGALL / KITSAP SUN)

Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife officers help a black bear escape from a cage in the Central Cascades as their Karelian bear dogs get ready for the chase on June 10. 2011. (LARRY STEAGALL / KITSAP SUN)


A male osprey returns to a waiting fledgling with a fish in his talons at their nest on top of one of the lights at Gene Lobe Field at the Kitsap County Fairgrounds on Thursday, July 12, 2012. (MEEGAN M. REID / KITSAP SUN)

 

A blue heron is silhouetted against the morning sky as it perches on a piling in the Bremerton Marina. (MEEGAN M. REID / KITSAP SUN)

 

Evergreen Park Squirrel: Meegan M. Reid/Kitsap Sun