Monday, December 11, 2017
Wednesday, November 22, 2017
When we lived in Bellevue, Washington our home backed up to a "Greenbelt" and although not exactly wilderness, did have its share of wildlife. Deer were frequent visitors as were raccoons. I remember once that seven raccoons were on our deck looking in through the sliding glass door.
I suspect this is the most common "sighting" of raccoons -- i.e. backyard. So it is a bit of a surprise when I see them in true wilderness areas.
He is a photo of a raccoon family in a willow tree at Sweetwater Wetlands.
Monday, November 20, 2017
The "Common" Porcupine is actually not very common. In my 25 plus years of hiking in wilderness areas I can't count the number of porcupines I've seen one one hand. Part of this is because they are mostly nocturnal. But they do sleep in trees during the day as this one was near Dry Falls in Central Washington:
Saturday, November 18, 2017
One of my favorite animals to photograph is the Coatimundi.
The first photo gives the idea of how adept Coatis are in going from tree to tree. Coatis can weigh up to 18 pounds (versus about 2 pounds for a squirrel). Yet they move from tree to tree as if they were as light as a feather.
|Coatimundi in the Galiuro Mountains|
|I played hide-n-seek with this Coati for 20 minutes or more|
|Another sleeping Coati|
|Coati in the Chiricahua Mountains|
Thursday, November 16, 2017
Bobcats have few predators, humans being the primary predator. They don't get along well with the Lynx, so their territories don't overlap much. (Bobcat, US - Lynx, Canada). Mountain Lions would also be a predator, but again Bobcats tend to stay at lower elevations to avoid Mountain Lions.
Bobcats, like other cats will scamper up trees if threatened. But primarily they go up trees to sleep or to get a good view of potential prey.
The Bobcat in this photo was sleeping -- though I woke him up with my presence.
|Bobcat in Mesquite Tree|
Tuesday, November 14, 2017
I thought I'd do a fun little series on Animals in Trees. Of course, the most common would be squirrels -- and I include some squirrels at the end.
Bears like trees. They go into trees for two reasons: First, for safety they may scamper up a tree to get out of reach of a potential predator -- humans. But secondly, for food. In the Spring it is fresh easily digestible buds or flowers. In the fall it is berries or pine nuts.
|Cinnamon Black Bear going after pine nuts in Wyoming|
|Young Black Bear learning to climb|
|Young Cinnamon Black Bear trying to impress mom|
|Black Bear in Alberta, Canada going after new buds|
|Black Bear in Ramsey Canyon, Arizona|
Tuesday, November 7, 2017
Note: We would like to welcome Reunion as the 137th country/territory to visit our Blog. Actually part of France, Reunion is east of Madagascar off the eastern coast of Africa.
Christine and I took guests to Buenos Aires National Wildlife Refuge yesterday. We walked the 1 mile loop around Grebe Pond. And while Aguirre Lake was dry, Grebe Pond provided some very nice birding opportunities.
Lots of sparrows and yellow rumped warblers; with a small contingent of ducks and one great egret. But the highlights for the day were a single Snow Goose, a pair of Long Billed Curlews, and a pair of Prairie Merlins.
Oh, and a couple of young White Tailed Deer. Here are my favorite photos of the day:
|Long Billed Curlew|
|White Tailed Deer|