"A Sand County Almanac"

"THERE ARE SOME WHO CAN LIVE WITHOUT WILD THINGS AND SOME WHO CANNOT."
"FOR US IN THE MINORITY THE OPPORTUNITY TO SEE GEESE IS MORE IMPORTANT THAN TELEVISION.".....Aldo Leopold




"LOOK DEEP INTO NATURE, AND THEN YOU WILL UNDERSTAND EVERYTHING BETTER".....Albert Einstein


Friday, August 26, 2016

A Glimpse of Antler

I am looking forward to seeing some mature whitetail bucks as fall, and the breeding season, approaches.  This buck was at the Monocacy National Battlefield...



A chickadee...



A double-crested cormorant in the Monocacy River...



Young Wood Ducks

I believe these are only two survivors from the wood duck family that hatched this spring...













Wood ducks are among the most beautiful species even when immature.
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Belted Kingfisher

Small streams offer a variety of bird species such as this kingfisher...





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Friday, August 19, 2016

Road Trip Birds

Our road trip through many southern and south-western states to the Rocky Mountains provided an opportunity to photograph birds not normally seen around home.
In Nevada I photographed eurasian collared doves...





Also, in Nevada, were gambel's quail...




In Wyoming I saw two red-naped sapsuckers...





We located a golden eagle nest and saw both adults...




Black-billed magpies were a common site in the Tetons...




The abundance of fish filled streams assured many osprey sightings...



This red-tailed hawk cooperated by flying towards us instead of in the other direction...



In the town of Jackson, Wyoming there were two trumpeter swans with their young...



The next photo is of a swainson's hawk with chicks...



We saw three species of grouse including the greater-sage grouse...



The dusky grouse...



Most frequently seen on this trip, the ruffed grouse...




At sunset the occasional short-eared owl could be seen hunting...



The Snake River held this golden-eye duck...


This great blue heron...


And this white pelican...


In Yellowstone we found a raven's nest...



In the same vicinity we saw our first clark's nutcracker...


There was an uncommonly large number of sandhill cranes to be seen...







Cinnamon teal on the Madison River...




Eared grebes on a small lake...



Yellow-headed blackbird...



I am not certain of the species of the bird in the next photo. I suspect that it may be a warbling vireo...


Next is my first sighting of a black-headed grosbeak...


An immature bald eagle at Jackson Lake...



Hairy woodpecker...



A western bluebird...




Tree swallow...



A northern flicker (red-shafted)...



Western Meadowlark...



American coot...


Ruddy duck...



Swainson's hawk...



The last photo is of a young robin waiting out a July snowstorm...


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