"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


Wednesday, December 7, 2016

MID-WEEK RAPTOR ROUND UP

In this post I am sharing some raptors that I found Monday and today.  First is a coopers hawk that was in a neighbor's yard...



Later in the day, on Monday, I came across an unusually cooperative juvenile red-tailed hawk at a parking lot near our house...







Today, I again found the same hawk at the parking lot.  It is so accepting of humans nearby that I have to wonder if it was raised by a falconer and released recently?


  













Butchered deer remains thrown out along a rural road attracted black vultures to a feast...








Thanks for visiting, be well and come back soon.

Friday, December 2, 2016

NEMESIS NO LONGER

Finding a northern flicker in decent light, that was willing to cooperate, has long been an elusive quest. Today my persistence was rewarded...







The next photo could be captioned "me and my shadow"...





A few days ago I found this pileated woodpecker chipping away at an already well pecked tree...



Golden-crowned kinglets are tiny things that rarely hold still for photographs...



This crow is feasting on a road killed deer...



A great blue heron stalks prey...





This sleepy domestic duck didn't even open an eye...



A red-tailed hawk keeps an eye on the ground, watching for prey...



The recent spell of cold weather must have motivated this beaver to add some weeds to his underground nest...







I hope you have a warm "nest" for the winter, too.

Thanks for visiting, be well and come back soon.

Monday, November 21, 2016

DEER RUT IN THE EVENING

Last week I posted some photos taken during the morning "golden hour" when the first light of the sun illuminates the scene.  All of the images in this post were taken in the evening, after the sun has dipped below the horizon.  They serve to document the activity of the deer but are far from the detailed, colorful images shown last week...







This young buck is testing the air, hoping to catch the scent of a doe approaching estrus...


Suddenly a larger buck strolls into the picture; no doubt dashing the chances for the young buck to breed...





The larger buck makes a scrape and urinates in it...









For most of us, taking a photograph of wildlife is a matter of opportunity and we seldom get to choose the type of light that is available.  Be grateful when fortune grants you an opportunity during the "golden hour".

WOOD DUCK ANTICS

No matter how many wood duck photos I take, I can rarely resist these colorful little characters...









A gust of wind can wreak havoc on a duck's crest...







Thanks for looking. I hope I am not overloading you with too many images of wood ducks.

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