February 7, 2013

Preoccupied Piggies

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Well, the SDP Editor in Chief has issued an edict to the entire staff.  When visiting Myakka State Park we are to do everything within our photographic powers to capture a picture of a wild boar clearly showing a snout.  I watched this family at a distance for quite awhile (as an owl hooted and a red shouldered hawk cawed nearby -- what ambiance!), but to my dismay the boars wouldn't look up. They were preoccupied snarfing dinner.  They kept their heads very low, grazing away, never lifting their snouts. No matter how much I willed them under my breath, it didn't happen. I shall take this wild boar assignment seriously.  Be prepared to see snouts.  One of these days.  On the bright side, it's very cool to see wild boar wandering around the park oblivious to humans.

10 comments:

cieldequimper said...

A portrait would have been nice but hey, when you aren't in the star system, you don't know!

There are over 300 000 wild boar in France. Way too many...

PerthDailyPhoto said...

It's so very annoying when 'subjects' don't co-operate. Sometimes I must look like a real twit, making funny noises etc trying to get my 'target' to look up...these boars are being a real bore haha! Next time SRQ.

We are: clamco said...

Well, being in a protected park I guess they wouldn't look up because they have no worries about predators.
Funny, in the movies they make wild boar seem so ferocious. Those piggies look anything but!

SFlaGuy said...

Glad you were at a safe distance. Those little piggies can get very nasty very quickly. Or just run away like ghosts which I prefer.

RamblingRound said...

Now that is a dangerous assignment! Cute little piggies have a way of turning into big bad boars.

Kay said...

Well, this is as close as I've knowingly come to seeing a wild boar, so you've achieved a little something there. I've had a similar cat and mouse with our local harrier hawks. They launch when I'm getting just, almost, nearly close enough to capture a shot.

LOLfromPasa said...

I tried clapping my hands to encourage movement (which only worked once). Whistling is better for me and has worked more than once and is not really disruptive. Great photos!!!!

Jack said...

SRQ, on this assignment, use a very long telephoto lens. These guys have an ornery streak.

Genie -- Paris and Beyond said...

Oh, I just read Jack's comment. Do be careful as I do not want you posting a photo of a wild boar's snout from a hospital bed!

I love this park.

Bises,
Genie

LONDONLULU said...

Oh temperamental wildlife, don't they know we only want to show their good side?!:) You caught them doing what they naturally do best, snarfing away and seriously concentrating on the task at hand!