Waldo would approve

Growing up I was intrigued by the Where’s Waldo series. The objective was to find a funny looking guy in a maze of brightly coloured stuff.

My first encounter with a pica was exactly the same. We were walking along a mountain path and heard a squeak. Turning around we saw a large pile of rocks with a million places to hide but no animal.

The squeaks kept coming until finally we saw a pica dart between rocks. We had to be quick. Once we focused on the pica it seemed reasonably obvious but turn away for a second and it was very hard to find again.

Years later, I knew where the pica types hung out. I sat down with my camera and waited. Sure enough a squeak and some motion and I was in business. The longer I sat there, the more predictable the pica became. It would grab some grass, run up to a rock to look over at me (posing really), then disappear behind a nearby rock. It would then reverse the process.

Eventually even I can see a pattern developing and focused on the posing rock. That was a fun afternoon.

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  1. parth893 says:

    Wow So cute & kinda hard working 😀 ❤

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  2. Mark says:

    A mammal I really want to spend some time photographing sometime this Lyle – nice capture.

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  3. saharkarami says:

    Cute!and a great image that deserves both my thumbs, dear friend 🙂

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  4. janina says:

    Such industrious little cuties….this one is an award-winning pic, in my view! Love the detail of the whiskers…..and that cute expression!

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  5. lexi says:

    I’m in love. What a precious photo. Thanks for sharing.

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  6. mariayarri says:

    What a sweet little one ! it´s a great photo and i love it . // Maria

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  7. morgenfuglen says:

    I love this photo!

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    • lylekrahn says:

      Glad you liked it. I think it’s one of my favourites.

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      • morgenfuglen says:

        You have so many beautiful photos. Are you doing it for a living?
        I was surprised to see you liking my stress-post, as it was mostly me whining before an exam. Did you like any of my deer photos? I’m planning to be posting more photos once I get some more spare time 🙂
        Mine are not as professional as yours, but it is still a nice hobby 🙂

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  8. FeyGirl says:

    What a WONDERFUL capture….! I’ve never seen these sweethearts.

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  9. Stephen G. Hipperson says:

    Most excellent.
    I can’t help but notice the little dot of colour just above the whisker to the right – I don’t think it’s a dust spot, and can’t think what it might be, but once your eye grabs it….. be worth spotting that out?

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  10. Stefano says:

    Great photograph, Lyle. Great job.

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  11. theamateurcamera says:

    Absolutely fantastic! Such a wonderful shot, love this! 🙂

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  12. Deb W. Trotter says:

    Posing or daring?! 🙂

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  13. hannele says:

    Great photo, but also story about the life of a nature photographer. It often involves waiting, observing and knowing an area. 🙂

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  14. doraiswamyganesh says:

    Dear Lyle, I thought that I am a very patient person till I started viewing your lovely photographs,which indeed are results of not only tremendous patience but sincere and genuine perseverance,just like the Pica trying to build a comfortable home.Great shot dear friend.Regards, Ganesh.

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    • lylekrahn says:

      Thank you for the kind comments. In this case patience did pay off but I still have much to learn in that area. When I can see the wild animal it’s much easier to be patient.

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  15. westerner54 says:

    I’m slowly learning just how important patience is. Whenever I start to give in to impatience and the temptation to just move somewhere else and see what’s going on “over there” I think about your great photographs and the possible rewards of staying put. So…thanks!

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    • lylekrahn says:

      Well that makes two of us then. I am by nature not very patient and I think I still have much to learn in that area. When I don’t see anything I get restless. I’m glad you like my photos.

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  16. Mandy says:

    You’re too good! Thanks for the post.

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  17. The Earth Beneath My Feet says:

    Super cute! He looks a little like the Dassies you find on Table Mountain.

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  18. Gunta says:

    What a perfect catch! Your extraordinary patience well rewarded.

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  19. Pam says:

    How cute! I have looked for them but never been lucky enough to see them. Great pic!

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