"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


Sunday, November 18, 2018

2018 Deer Rut Follow Up


Since my last blog post I have seen mostly small bucks.  The deer pictured above was taken on a frosty  morning before sunrise.  I think that the larger bucks are staying close to does that are almost ready to breed...



What I have been seeing are smaller bucks, searching for a doe that has not been claimed by an older buck...





There is a spot near our house that allows me to observe deer that are moving and crossing a small stream...





This crossing gets lovely light early in the morning, making it one of my favorite locations...







This buck and two small does were found at the Catoctin Creek Park and Nature Center near Jefferson, MD...





Large buck sightings may increase over the next couple of weeks as the dominant bucks begin searching for unbred does...



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Monday, November 12, 2018

The Rut is On


It's that time of year when the biological urge to reproduce overwhelms the whitetail deer and they are constantly on the move...





One might encounter a deer at any time of the day or night, be especially careful when driving at night...



I found these deer early one morning...





They didn't hang around for very long...



Hunters and photographers who can't sit still often get this view...



This buck was looking for a doe recently...



And finally, a rare four eared doe, well maybe...



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Sunday, October 28, 2018

Fall Birds Close To Home


I can't begin to count the number of times that birds have made a photo outing worthwhile. I am always receptive to wildlife of any type, and many times birds are all that I find.  The green heron (above) was near the Catoctin Creek Nature Center and Park.

I was slowly driving on a rural road when I spotted a barred owl looking for  a meal...



I got as close as I dared and took these images from my vehicle...



Robins are gathering in large flocks and feeding on seasonal fruit.  The robin in the next image has it's eye on the prize, bright red berries...











This young red-tailed hawk was pursuing a small critter in the grass...





I still find the occasional warbler...





This house finch was feasting on tiny seeds...





A kestrel hovers...



Before diving on a potential meal...



Most recently, I found this screech owl snoozing...



The sound of the shutter caused it to peek...



Just as I was leaving, it took a better look to find the source of it's annoyance...



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Sunday, October 21, 2018

Wild Elk in the Wilds of Pennsylvania


I am missing the elk, and the excitement of the annual mating season, in the elk country of Pennsylvania.  For this blog update I will post more images from our trip during late September and early October...



Even though it rained every day, the weather did not dampen the ardor of the elk...


This cow was standing in a meadow that was engulfed in fog...


Each evening this meadow was a gathering place for both cows and bulls...


The bulls attempt to gather as many cows as they can; they are constantly challenged by other bulls for breeding "rights"...


Younger, smaller bulls seldom get to mate...




The young bull shown here was fervently pursuing a cow, but he quickly retreated when an older, dominant bull showed up...


Bulls use licking branches to leave their scent...



Sometimes they end up with sticks and branches in their antlers...


I am always impressed with the ability of the bulls to move through the forest with their large antlers...





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