"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


Thursday, May 19, 2016

Grand Teton National Park, 5-19-16, Wolves, Bears, Pine Martin

Tomorrow we will move to a campground at Colter Bay.  That will put us closer to the wildlife action that we enjoy but, from past experience, we know that Internet coverage will be spotty.  For that reason I am combining several days worth of sightings into this post.  Future blog updates will likely become more infrequent as our location changes.

Monday, May 16, was another overcast day with the clouds hanging low and rain predicted for much of the day.  We entered the park through the south entrance and, when we were between South Jenny Lake and String Lake, a group of elk ran across the road just ahead of us.  Pulling to the shoulder we searched the sage brush for the cause of their alarm.  The first wolf was easy to spot where he had abruptly ended his pursuit when we stopped…


Glassing the surrounding area resulted in the discovery of three more wolves.  It was a pleasant surprise to find wolves in this part of the park…


Our search for grizzly bears was nearly fruitless.  Our only success was to find Blondie napping beneath a pine tree…


The next morning she was much more cooperative, digging for roots and insects, and grazing on the fresh grass often within 50 yards of our car…





The close-up photos of Blondie were taken with a Tamron 150-600mm lens at full extension. That, combined with the 1.5x crop factor of the Nikon D7100, provided an effective magnification of 900mm…


Not far from where we saw Blondie napping was a sandhill crane…


Cattleman’s landing is located on the shore of the Snake River and that is where I captured the image of this pelican as it flew overhead.  These interesting birds migrate to the greater Yellowstone region from the Gulf of Mexico each summer…


As we were leaving Cattleman’s Landing I spotted a pine martin, only the second one I have ever seen…



After looking for prey in a cottonwood tree and on the ground, I was surprised to see that it had a large egg that it was apparently taking to its young somewhere nearby…


On a national forest road we found two whitetail deer…


Whitetails are spreading west and out-competing the native mule deer (next image) for dominance…


Mormon Row yielded some pronghorns near the road…


A greater sage grouse crossed the dirt road just ahead of us…


Near the bottom of Signal Mountain this black bear grazed happily near the road…




He was too close to lodging and dining facilities and a ranger soon appeared to “haze” him up the mountain.


Returning to the campground we passed within sight of the Gros Ventre Slide.  The snow on the slide lent itself to some fanciful interpretations.  Cheryl thought it looked like an alien face.  From my perspective it reminded me of the face of Mahatmas Gandhi...



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