Thursday, January 18, 2018

New Year's Babies: Moose

Obviously, you don't find Moose in Arizona except for zoos. Their range is northern US and  Canada.   In their range, it's not unusual to find a cow with a youngster. But they tend to hide their very young so you don't see them that often.

Here are a few of my favorites though:

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Monday, January 15, 2018

New Year's Babies: Javelina

Continuing with wildlife babies we come to the Javelina.

With Javelinas coming around our property frequently, I've been able to get quite a few photos. Here are some of my favorite Javelina Babies:

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Speaking of Owls

I'll get back to the New Year's Babies tomorrow, but for today, and since yesterday was about Owl Babies, I thought I'd mention that we have a Western Screech Owl that's been staying with us for two weeks now. He's a bit shy, and stays in a place that's difficult to get a photograph, but obviously a place where he is well protected. 

Here's the best photo I've gotten so far:

Western Screech Owl

Friday, January 12, 2018

New Year's Babies: Great Horned Owls

Having Great Horned Owls living and nesting across the street from us has provided us with a great many photos. Here are just a few of the Owlets:

Thursday, January 11, 2018

New Year's Babies: Feral (Wild) Burro

Now we come to one of my favorite animals in the wild. I think Feral Burros are one of nature's most beautiful wild animals. Burros were brought to the US from the deserts of Africa in the 1830 -1850 time frame specifically for use in the Southwest by prospectors. Eventually, after mines played out or prospectors died, the Burros were released into the wild. So they have been "native" for 175 years or more.

Here a family of Feral Burros: 

One of my favorite photos of all time.
It's hard to pick my favorites, so here are several other photos:

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

New Year Babies: Elk

In Arizona, Elk are very shy, if not afraid of humans. Typically they run as fast as they can when they see people -- even if already several hundred yards away. However, there are places like Jasper and Banff in Canada, and Yellowstone in the US where Elk pay little attention to humans.

Here in the little village of Mammoth in Yellowstone an Elk is nursing her young:

Elk with Fawn

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

New Year Babies: Coues White Tailed Deer

Continuing with our series on babies in the wild, we come to the Coues White Tailed Deer. 

I took these photos in the Chiricahua Mountains near South Fork of Cave Creek. It was during the monsoons and just after the Monument Fire. The animals that survived the fire were disoriented and displaced by all of the flooding and lack of food (vegetation). Normally, babies would stay hidden deep in the woods for at least four weeks after birth. Here two young Coues White Tailed fawns were crossing the road with their mom. At first (from a distance) I thought they were Jackrabbits. Then I realized they were too small to be Jackrabbits. It wasn't until I got much closer I realized they were deer. I showed my photos to a Park Ranger who had been in the Chiricahua's for many years and had never seen a fawn that small. 

Just for a perspective, this baby is about to go under a guard rail that is only 10 inches high.

Looking back at me


Baby with Mom

Sunday, January 7, 2018

New Year Babies: Bobcat

The New Year brings new life and new hope. So why not a series on Wildlife "Babies"?

And talk about cute, bobcat kittens, whether shy or inquisitive, bring a special joy to your heart and for Nature.

Bobcat Mom with Kitten

Notice a second kitten hiding behind the cooler on the roof of our house

Saturday, January 6, 2018

New Year Babies: Black Bear

The New Year brings new life and new hope. So why not a series on Wildlife "Babies"?

Black Bear Cubs are just about the cutest babies in the wild:

Mother with her very young cubs in Alberta, Canada

Black Bear Cub in Yellowstone National Park

Friday, January 5, 2018

New Year Babies: Bison

NOTE: As I was checking the list of visitors to our blog, we have had visitors from 6 of the 7 continents today, missing only ... Antarctica. From North America: US and Canada; From South America: Brazil; From Europe: France, Portugal, and Ukraine; From Africa: Kenya; From Asia:  United Arab Emirates, Indonesia; and Australia. And that's just so far today. Think someone from Antarctica will join us today?

On to our daily post:

The New Year brings new life and new hope. So why not a series on Wildlife "Babies"?

One of the joys of Yellowstone National Park is being able to get up close and personal with wildlife, here, Bison:

Bison Calf

Mother nursing her Calf

Thursday, January 4, 2018

New Year Babies: Rocky Mountain Bighorn Sheep

The New Year brings new life and new hope. So why not a series on Wildlife "Babies"?

Rocky Mountain Bighorn Sheep Ewe, nursing her lamb:

Bighorn Sheep

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

New Year Babies: Broad Billed Hummingbird

The New Year brings new life and new hope. So why not a series on Wildlife "Babies"?

Here a Broad Billed Hummingbird fledgling just out of its nest, again here at The Azure Gate B&B:

Broad Billed Hummingbird Fledgling

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

New Year Babies: Anna's Hummingbird

The New Year brings new life and new hope. So why not a series on Wildlife "Babies"?

Starting with Anna's Hummingbird chicks in their nest here at The Azure Gate B&B:

Mom sitting on her nest

Two young chicks waiting for mom's return