Long-tailed weasel

In summer, long-tailed weasels are a rich chocolatey brown color with a yellowish chest and belly.

Every now and then I get an opportunity to work with a species that I don’t have much hands-on experience with. These are often rare or endangered species or a species that is difficult to access and lives in areas that makes it hard to get close to.

Years ago, I traveled across the U.S. to photograph and report on 10 endangered species. I spent time in Florida with the endangered Indian manatee, roamed the prairies of South Dakota for the elusive black-footed ferret which was once thought to be extinct. I captured images of the magnificent California condor on the rim of the Grand Canyon — and the list goes on. It was a great assignment.

Stan Tekiela is an author/naturalist and wildlife photographer who travels the U.S. to study and photograph wildlife. He can be followed on facebook.com, twitter.com and Instagram.com. He can be contacted via his web page at naturesmart.com.