"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, February 19, 2017

Even The Birds Have Been Hard To Find

I managed to approach these Canada geese without waking them...



A cooper's hawk was so preoccupied with hunting that it paid me little mind...



I believe these black vultures are the same ones that I posted last week. They were found in the same location at the Catoctin Creek Park...





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Saturday, February 11, 2017

Horned Lark

I found this horned lark on the last day of January. Despite the blowing wind I managed few photos...









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Black Vultures In Love

Many large birds are nesting now including eagles, owls, and vultures.  This pair of black vultures was found at the Catoctin Creek Park...



The male was doing his best to impress his mate...









I could not tell if his efforts were paying off or not...





Black vultures have chosen the smoke house chimney to roost for many years...



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Beaver Love

This is the time of the year when beavers mate. I have taken hundreds of photographs of this beaver family over the years (they mate for life), but I have never witnessed their mating ritual until yesterday.
The family consists of an adult male and female, and a yearling born last summer.  The male was constantly trying to coax the female into position so that he could mount her...









He followed close behind her every move biding his time...



At one point he seemed to be checking out her under carriage to see what the problem might be...



Finally, he made his move...



If he was successful there should be baby beavers in the den in 105 days.  Meanwhile, the young beaver swam aimlessly around...





After a while an adult appeared and it seemed the honeymoon was over...



Just before I left a mink made an appearance...



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Saturday, January 28, 2017

Red Fox Kit


From the "moldy, oldie, photo files" here are some photos of a young red fox I was lucky to find a few years ago...
















When it comes to the "cuteness factor" baby animals are hard to beat.



BEAVER and BIRDS

While checking my favorite local stream recently I spotted a beaver having a late breakfast...





The beaver was eating the bark from the limb just in front of it...





When it had eaten it's fill the beaver headed up-stream to a den...



This area has been home to beaver families for many years.  I am looking forward to seeing young ones in the spring.

On route 15, north of Frederick, this very dark red-tailed hawk was perched on a telephone pole...





For reference, here is a different red-tail hawk taken at the Monocacy Battlefield last week...



A belted kingfisher surveys the water below for a minnow...



This red-shouldered hawk is one of a pair that call our neighborhood "home"...





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Sunday, January 22, 2017

Re-shouldered Hawk With Lunch

I happened upon this red-shouldered hawk just as it spotted prey...




A vole about forty yards away was the main course...



Luckily, the hawk flew to a log a little closer to me to eat...



















Every day, something must die so that another might live.


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