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Published January 06, 2013, 12:00 AM

Photo gallery: Michael Furtman's wildlife photos


A fox leaps to pounce on a vole it has heard beneath the snow. Michael Furtman took this photo along the St. Louis River waterfront. “He grew to accept me following him,” Furtman said. “I have the entire sequence from when he cocked his head, listening to the vole beneath the snow, to the tensing up, to the pounce and finally coming out of the deep snow with the vole.” (Photo by Michael Furtman)

  • A fox leaps to pounce on a vole it has heard beneath the snow. Michael Furtman took this photo along the St. Louis River waterfront. “He grew to accept me following him,” Furtman said. “I have the entire sequence from when he cocked his head, listening to the vole beneath the snow, to the tensing up, to the pounce and finally coming out of the deep snow with the vole.” (Photo by Michael Furtman)
  • Furtman photographed this pair of mallards in December, as they dropped into a pond in east Duluth kept open by springs.  (Photo by Michael Furtman)
  • Furtman was checking a pond near his Hunters Park home, looking for migrating ducks, when he spotted this mink on the bank, hunting frogs. “He would catch a frog, stash it in a stump, and head back to the water,” Furtman said. “While he was underwater, I hustled over to his cache and waited for him to come back out.”  (Photo by Michael Furtman)
  • Furtman came upon this pine marten while he was photographing warblers along Amity Creek in east Duluth in 2009. “I hunkered down and waited,” Furtman said. “He spotted me and climbed a tree… I took this shot as he peered down on me.”  (Photo by Michael Furtman)
  • “This beautiful buck showed up in my Hunters Park neighborhood,” Furtman said, “obviously in rut and following a doe. Because he was so interested in her, he let me follow him through the woods and get several nice portraits.”  (Photo by Michael Furtman)
  • Furtman made this photo in March 2008 after following a “cloud” of waxwings through residential streets in the Woodland neighborhood. This one was eating the berry of a buckthorn tree.  (Photo by Michael Furtman)
  • Furtman first heard the song of this chestnut-sided warbler. “It took me a while to locate him,” Furtman said. “Once I did, he continued to announce to the world that this was his territory.”  (Photo by Michael Furtman)
  • A yellow warbler sings in the bushes of Minnesota Point in this May 2012 photo. (Photo by Michael Furtman)
  • Furtman photographed this long-eared owl as it sat in a pine tree in Duluth’s Woodland neighborhood. (Photo by Michael Furtman)
  • Michael Furtman typically uses long telephoto lenses to capture photos of wildlife in the city of Duluth. (Photo by Michael Furtman)