After posting yesterday’s post, I made another kayak outing to a nearby, Missouri Conservation Area. While sitting still in a cove, waiting for beavers to return to their lodge, I saw the tall grass growing at the water’s edge moving a lot. As suspected, this juvenile Common Raccoon (Procyon lotor) soon emerged, saw me and gave me a long. once-over:
After a bit of checking me out, he backed into the tall grass, emerging a couple of minutes later on the other side of me. Being a juvenile, I likely was the first human he ever saw (I’ve never seen anyone in the part of this area where I kayak). And it looks like mom taught him well … to be cautious around things you’re not sure of! I had been hoping to catch a mom with some little ones, but all I saw yesterday was 3 individual raccoons.
Photographic Equipment Used:
- Canon 7D body
- Canon EF100mm-400mm, f/4.5 – f/5.6 IS lens, shot at 300mm
- Handheld from the kayak, with IS “On”
- ISO 640
- Aperture f/5.6
- Shutter 1/1,250 sec.