My 10 Favorite Wildlife Photos of 2012

About a year ago I posted a blog with my 10 favorite wildlife photos from 2011.  Here are my 10 favorites for 2012.  Most of this year’s photos are from Yellowstone.

Photo of a female red fox with her kits.

Mom and the Kids

Finding and photographing this red fox vixen and her two kits was the best part of my trip to Yellowstone last spring.

Photo of red fox kits at play.

Fox Kits at Play

Baby animals are usually photogenic and these two certainly were.

Photo of pringhorn doe nursing her fawn.

Feeding Time

While on the subject of baby animals, this doe pronghorn kept her two fawns right around the Roosevelt Arch for a week or more.  They stopped a lot of cars.

Photo of a young grizzly bear.

A Grizzly Daydreams

This grizzly bear spent several days in May on the slopes above Yellowstone’s Soda Butte Creek feeding on grass, roots and whatever other vegetative material grizzlies feed on in the spring.

Photo of a grizzly bear.

Sad Looking Young Grizzly

I spent a fair amount of time photographing this bear.  It often looked sad to me.  I think it was a young bear and perhaps it was its first spring without its mother.

Photo of a mountain bluebird on a sage plant.

Mountain Bluebird on Sage

I always see mountain bluebirds in Yellowstone in the spring, but until this past May I’ve never really had any good opportunities to photograph them.  They seem to be constantly on the move.  This May was different.  They hung around.

Photo of a sandhill crane standing in a patch of sage.

A sandhill crane hunts in the sage.

There are always some sandhill cranes in Yellowstone in the nesting season.  They usually tend to be far off though.  You often hear them calling before you even spot them.  I was lucky here.

Photo of a male yellow-headed blackbird singing for a mate.

Love-sick Yellow-headed Blackbird, Yellowstone National Park

I don’t recall  ever having seen a yellow-headed blackbird in Yellowstone before this spring.  This male was singing to attract a mate I assume.  I spotted him while driving the road to the Slough Creek Campground.

Photo of white-crowned sparrow.

White-crowned Sparrow, Point Reyes National Seashore

There are a lot of white-crowned sparrows in Point Reyes National Seashore in the winter.  This male saved what was otherwise an uneventful day.

Coyote, Point Reyes National Seashore
Photo of a coyote staring at the camera.

Coyote Portrait

The coyotes I see in the ranching areas of Point Reyes are pretty wild.   By that I mean they don’t stick around when they see a human.  This individual was different.  He was comfortable with my photographing him.  He may have previously lived in an area with heavy human recreation use.

Point Reyes is my local Yellowstone.  It has a wide variety of wildlife considering where it is located.  No bison or moose, but it has elk and deer.  No wolves or bears, but it has coyotes, bobcats, badgers and one or more mountain lions.  You’ll see elk as easily as in Yellowstone and deer more easily.   You’ll see coyotes as easily as in Yellowstone and bobcats much more easily.

Well, that’s it.  My 10 favorites for 2012.  If you’d like to see my 10 favorites for 2011 click here.

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About Jim Coda

I am a nature photographer living in the San Francisco Bay Area. I specialize in photos of birds, mammals, and landscapes.
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20 Responses to My 10 Favorite Wildlife Photos of 2012

  1. Cathy R says:

    As always, your photographs are breathtaking. Thank you for taking the time to share them with us!

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  3. Steven Sutton says:

    Great top 10!!!
    The only place I’ve seen a mountain lion in the wild was at Pt Reyes a few years back.It was chasing mice/rabbits?on the rolling hills between the dairies.

  4. Wahlman Photography says:

    Great pictures Jim! Thanks for sharing!

  5. Phenomenal set of images! The Bluebird stopped me in my tracks – perfect shot. Congrats!
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  6. John Wall says:

    These are dynamite, Jim. What a great year. I love that sandhill crane so much.

  7. AR Baloch says:

    wow its astounding photography ……cool ..gr8 work 🙂

  8. Charlotte Crackbon says:

    Thanks for sharing your favorites, loved the foxes and always love to see Moms & babies. I was
    parked at the bldg., at Hamilton that Unity church uses, waiting to go to a choir practice and spotted a coyote at edge of parking lot in grass, also a deer frozen still didn’t move, the coyote
    ran off, I think it spotted the deer. That’s my guess. Happy & healthy New Year to you.

  9. Alan says:

    Awesome 10 favorites again this year Jim! The fox and coyote shots are my personal favorites but they are all really fantastic. Looks like that Yellowstone trip really paid off. Maybe we will see you there next year (we are going the first week of June).

  10. Linda S. says:

    THese are fantastic!!

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