Creating art on the big canvas and the small ones too
Elk relax near Lake Pillsbury.
Now he become a great model.
Away they go.
The cororants relaxing.
This Northern Goshawk fledgling was ready to take me on.
A squirrel peeks through the underbrush.
The osprey near the nest took off.
This was the nest in 2011
School of trout.
At first he would get annoyed when I stopped to take his picture.
This brave little fox graciously pose for me.
A pair or Ring Neck duck have take up residence.
Up close and personal.
Our constant guest the American Coot.
This is how it’s done kids.
Goldeneye couple on the river.
Finally, both birds take to the air.
This tom turkey feeds on grass seeds.
Even I have to admit, he is a handsome fellow.
Finally, a baby picture!
The nest tower is still home.
Striking a pose.
Osprey wheeling around
I catch a rufous hummingbird feeding on the indian paintbrush.
The deer herd feeding in the hay field.
The osprey nest was finally empty.
Away they go.
South end of a North bound turkey.
Who is the brightest of them all?
A pair of cormorants in the surf.
Dusky grouse sneaking through the underbrush.
Otter on golden pond.
The other young osprey awkwardly comes in for a landing.
Most of the aerial contest was a game of chase.
Doing some touch up to the nest.
Home sweet utility pole.
Our local otter enjoying a yummy frog breakfast!
Trying to assume a cool position in the tower.
Still has some velvet.
Why a blue bird on a fence? I say “why not!”
He finally allows us to go past.
The osprey have raised many generations.
This is his favorite spot. Every day he spends some time on the powerline watching the field in front of our office.
One parent waits patiently while the other is in the nest.
A chipmunk kept a sharp eye on me from the safety of a tall snag.
Late this morning she arrived. She came one week after he arrived.
I fed them last time!
Doe having a little breakfast.
Just a bit of work and this nest is good to go.
Mary and I watched this Douglas Squirrel chowing down on maple seed.
A mysterious visit sneeks by at sunrise.
This Oregon Junco summers in a high elevation lodgepole pine forest.
Back for a new year at the nest. He scans the horizon for his mate.
I think Big Bird must have been a crane.
A large stick nest like this one may have been built by a raptor.
What’s for lunch? Fish of course.
What a mess!
He spots his target.
Hunting grubs on the burned logs.
In case you were worried you weren’t going to get your osprey fix today, here is one for you.
This one look a little cranky.
Off for more sticks.
Try not to run over any jaywalkin’ gobblers, bad karma!
Which way do we go?
Wait patiently for breakfast.
When it’s time to eat, they tell their parents in no uncertain terms.
His prey is more visable in this picture. It was a bird of some type.
“What did the grouse say.”
Finally, one bird prevailed.
The shock of it!
The Great Blue Heron, also known as “The Fly Up The Creek”.
A male Common Goldeneye visits our pond.
Bald Eagle number two.
Sandhill Crane of Ash Creek Wildlife Area.
I’m not sure they are speaking to each other.
Trying to drive his opponent away, he begins his assault.
This young redtail hawk is feeding on a bird it caught.
Last Friday he was still patiently waiting for his mate.
The big buck spots the sneaky coyotes.
The is nothing more relaxing then a cozy nest.
Wildlife at the drive up window. The praying mantis city dweller.
On the menu today, fish!
The young osprey waits.
The Pipevine Swallowtail
The first osprey has returned to the nest.
A killdeer scouting for a gravelly nesting site.
A beautiful pair of Canada geese.
A great blue heron gets in a bit of morning fishing.
The three amigos.
She brings in a fish to teasing her youngsters into following her.
He continued pressing his rival.
The ubiqutous Douglas squirrel is comfortable living at these high elevations.
Western Bluebird Female
The Northern Pacific Rattlesnake as photographed that day.
A second spike buck was feeding alongside the first.
The two combatants are sizing each other up.
That fish is looking nasty!
Fussing around in the nest.
The osprey probably won’t be too happy with the new residents.
Bald Eagle resting in a pine tree along the Trinity River.
As he swam around the pond the lighting was constantly changing. He turn out to be a very curious and co-operative subject.
I first saw him last week, out back behind the mill.
The Mourning Cloak Butterfly
The osprey returns to the next with a stick.
The building material arrive.
He begins to wear his opponent down.
The young osprey in training.
The morning rendezvous.
This Osprey was behind the sawmill last week. I might be our boy from the nest tower.
He diligently stands guard.
Throw in some dramatic maneuvers.
White Margined Butterfly I think.
The osprey neighbors down the road
A red tail hawk perches on a log deck while on a morning hunt.
So do the black-tail deer.
His Excellecy on parade.
A pair of mallard soon to be nesting.
Apparently, she said she was leaving.
The Golden Eagle
Taking his place at his castle.
A juvenile Bald Eagle
Wild Turkeys, Yum!
This little buck enjoys the cover of an HRA.
I think this parent is taking caring of a little bundle of joy, I think.
Enjoying the sunny morning, the deer placidly graze.
Mandrill at the San Francisco Zoo.
Crane with friends.
One of the remaining osprey keeps watch from a nearby oak tree.
One needs some time for personal grooming.
This is much better than roasting in that steel tower.
This handsome otter was swimming around our log pond at the mill in search of an afternoon snack.
On top of the tower with only an empty nest.
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