Title: Pop goes the weasel
Location & Date: Lake Butte Overlook, Yellowstone National Park | 2015
Camera Set-Up: Nikon D800 w/ 200-400 @ 400mm
Shutter Speed: 1/2000th
If you haven’t heard, Jill is a weasel whisperer. You read that correctly. She has a knack for finding the elusive mustelids and, as a few people learned in 2015, she can also find them on demand. While waiting around for a bear, a friend of ours – who is aware of Jill’s reputation – asked her to find a weasel, something our friend dearly wanted to photograph and something that would more than make up for the bear-less morning we had all endured. Jill turned around and looked down the hillside and proclaimed: “There’s one!” We all assumed she was joking. She wasn’t. And Jill didn’t just find one weasel, but a long-tailed weasel den with at least four kits. We never were able to capture the dream shot of multiple weasels in the same image, but we were able to watch one of the adults (males are known as dogs and females are known as bitches) hunt robins and photograph several kits as they darted to and from the various holes that made up their den site. Jill, if you’re not already aware, has some very special wildlife finding talents.