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White Pelican

December 02, 2021 - The brown pelican is found year-round in Florida. Adult white pelicans are winter visitors to the state. During the summ...
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Eastern Bluebird

November 08, 2021 - We had the good fortune to visit Pawleys Island South Carolina for a couple of months before we had to ruch home and seq...
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Clean Up Crew

November 03, 2021 - Always on the lookout for an easy meal, these birds feed on carrion and help keep our roads clean. They always are on th...
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Fanned Out

November 01, 2021 - These birds are very nomadic and can be found throughout the US. They are commonly found at feeders.
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The Catch

October 29, 2021 - After standing motionless - - that's the both of us -- for quite some time, this egret was rewarded with an unsuspecting...
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Kite in Flight

October 28, 2021 - This raptor is fast and accurate when after its prey. The best way to describe it is as swoop[ing down. talons extended...
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Caracara

October 20, 2021 - The Caracara looks like a hawk, is related to falcons and behaves more like a vulture. It also is very capable of killin...
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Cautious Predator

October 05, 2021 - Checking the area for possible prey or just checking around to ensure that there are no intruders close by. Either way,...
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Feeding Pelicans

September 23, 2021 - The baitfish pods were riding the waves and the pelicans were cruising the tops of the waves and feasting on the bait po...
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Searching

September 22, 2021 - Flying in circles lower and lower until the baitfish are sighted and then the diving begins.
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Juvenile Gull

August 20, 2021 - While there were not a lot of birds out and about during our drive through the Shiawasee National Wildlife Refuge, at le...
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Spotlighted

August 17, 2021 - The original photo was okay from my perspective, but pretty ordinary as the background and composition appeared unintere...
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Adults Only

August 16, 2021 - At the Shiawasee National Wildlife Refuge, where the herring gulls were busy searching for food as usual. Good opportuni...
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Up and Away

August 12, 2021 - The Amur tiger also is endangered. Again I photographed this one in captivity at a preserve. Here are a few facts shoul...
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Exposed but Patient

August 06, 2021 - Not exactly pristine water, but definitely provided good fishing grounds for a variety of birds including this egret....
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Adult & Juvenile

August 04, 2021 - First outing at the Shiawasee National Wildlife Refuge which is home to many bird species. Not the best lighting or back...
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Pine Marten

August 03, 2021 - A pine marten belongs to the weasel family. Size wise it is about the size of your house cat. It is widespread througho...
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Pouncing

August 02, 2021 - If you have been targeted by a leopard, like this amur leopard, you better start praying. This big cat cab run faster th...
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On the Prowl

July 29, 2021 - I was fairly low to the ground and fortunate to have this curious cat approach head on. I also was fortunate that I am m...
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Little Bandit

July 27, 2021 - This young raccoon appeared to be exploring its surrounding, perhaps for the first time. Even though it quickly climbed...
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Taking A Break

July 26, 2021 - After a major windstorm at night, we had several trees come down in our neighborhood. This blue heron, that usually is f...
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Standing Tall

July 23, 2021 - As opposed to the wildlife encounters out in the western parts of the US, this setting is not only closer, but much easi...
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Taking Flight

July 22, 2021 - Just as I stepped outside my home (camera in hand), these wood ducks took off. Fortunately, I was cooridanted that morni...
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Cooling Off

July 19, 2021 - Today the wolves were smarter than we were. They found a nice cool spot in the shallow end of the pond while we stayed o...
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Batter Up

July 16, 2021 - When a 9 foot grizzly picks up a log to play with and decides to play baseball, you begin to realize just how strong the...
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Fly Ball

July 15, 2021 - The cat was beyond nimble and its was beyond quick. Maybe its name should have been "Jack". This was a demonstration of...
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Hey, I'm Lonesome

July 14, 2021 - If you ever have heard the call of the wolf, to its pack, you'll know her your dogs howling originated. For me, this is...
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Which Way Did He Go?

July 05, 2021 - When the sun comes out, the turtles also come out to catch the warmth. Only difference between them and us is they do no...
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Giant Size

July 02, 2021 - I must admit when I first saw this 'gator, I did think it was real because it was absolutely still and because it was th...
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My What Big Teeth

July 01, 2021 - Another 'gator in our path on Blue Cypress Lake. This one must have decided we were getting to close. Don't worry about...
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Waiting for Dinner

June 30, 2021 - My first excursion on an airboat on Blue Cypress Lake just west of Vero Beach Florida to check out the area and the wild...
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Incoming

June 18, 2021 - This great blue heron stands about 4 feet tall when not stalking prey. It is the largest heron in North America with a w...
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Great Blue

June 17, 2021 - Great blue herons are outstanding fishers. You can find them wading through the water or waiting very patiently for thei...
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Border Security

June 16, 2021 - With the nest nearby and the cygnets are in the area, geese are not welcome. In fact, neither are other swans, muskrats...
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Morning Takeoff

June 15, 2021 - When the mute swan lift off with their almost 6 foot wingspread, you can here the wing beats all the way across the lake...
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Mute Swan & Cygnets

June 11, 2021 - These multicolored cygnets that are growing quickly soon will be all white just like the pen - - "MOM".
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The Chase Is On

June 08, 2021 - Anytime geese get too close to the swans' nest or the young cygnets, the male swan (the pen) does not hesitate to announ...
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Keep Your Distance

June 07, 2021 - This is what happens when you get to close to a goose and its goslings. Of course, turnabout is fair play as the geese o...
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Mute Swan & Cygnets

June 04, 2021 - Mom is out showing off the remaining cygnets who certainly have grown since they left the nest. I guess that is what eat...
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Hard to Swallow

June 02, 2021 - When the tide rolls out the fishing gets easier. This pelican was drifting around close to the shoreline having an easy...
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Togetherness

May 26, 2021 - After only 15 days from hatching, the four cygnets that have successfully evaded the predators remain safe and stay clos...
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Battle Is On

May 25, 2021 - Once again, a Canadian goose trues to enter the perimeter of the swan's territory. Given their relative size, the goose...
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Newborns

May 24, 2021 - Mom and the goslings came up out of the lake to check out the feed on the ground that the birds had shared. Then they de...
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New Family

May 22, 2021 - Three new families of geese with their goslings seemed to appear out of nowhere this particular morning. It was surprisi...
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Downy Comforter

May 17, 2021 - After taking a headcount and making sure all 7 cygnets were back at the nest, Mom started to settle them in for the nigh...
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Target Acquired

May 10, 2021 - In yesterday's post, this heron was caught up in the wind stalking fish. Today at the same location, it was calm and its...
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Bad Hair Day

May 07, 2021 - No big surprise here. I'm out with the camera and we have another cold and windy day with possible rain on the horizon....
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Trio of Competitors

May 06, 2021 - The tide was out and the tidal pools held lots of crustaceans and bait fish. The focus of these birds was totally on the...
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"Big Wing"

May 04, 2021 - The formal name of these humpback whales - - Megaptera Novaeangiae -- means translates to "Big Wing of New England". It...
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Megaptera Novaeangliae

May 04, 2021 - Humpback whales can be found in every ocean of the world. Being out in an inflatable boat with these baleen whales avera...
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Constant Activity

April 29, 2021 - Moving on we arrived at the rookery to watch thousands of Atlantic puffins fish and return, fish and return, and on and...
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Getting Down

April 28, 2021 - Photographing whales while out on the water is exhilarating. Out in an inflatable close to the water makes it an amazing...
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Ocean Spray

April 28, 2021 - After looking out at the North Atlantic we got out early in the morning in the hope of photographing humpback whales. On...
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Immovable

April 21, 2021 - I was thinking about naming this swan after the historian, Herodotus. as nothing keeps her from her appointed task of pr...
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The Waiting Game

April 21, 2021 - Our swan couple have settled into the incubation period. She, the pen, spends most of her time sitting on the eggs. Our...
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Finishing Touches

April 20, 2021 - The clutch has been complete for at least 2 weeks. The pen will incubate them for about 5 or 6 weeks before the cygnets...
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The Beat Goes On

April 20, 2021 - The spot they picked has a lot of material around the site. This was one of the main reasons this site was selected as t...
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Protecting Mom

April 19, 2021 - The Canadian geese always seem to "test the water" with the swans. Inevitably there are multiple geese - - sometimes as...
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Curiosity

April 16, 2021 - Daybreak at the lake and a curious doe carefully approaches the nesting swans. The swans immediately went on alert and t...
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Success - The Clutch

April 15, 2021 - "As the egg travels down the tube it gets larger and larger. This is because during its passage (it takes about a day or...
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Finally - Results !!!

April 14, 2021 - "After fertilisation has taken place, the egg travels down the oviduct by muscular contractions, similar to the way that...
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Post Ritual Bathing

April 13, 2021 - This is the last shot I captured through the entire mating ritual. Must admit that I was not sure if this was just like...
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Bathing Ballet

April 13, 2021 - After mating and before returning to their daily routines the swans complete a bathing and preening routine together. Ev...
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The Final Step

April 12, 2021 - After the mating has been completed, the swans l go about their daily business of feeding and defending their territory,...
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An Act of Love

April 10, 2021 - Swans normally are very graceful and beautiful to watch. When you see the mating ritual, grace and beauty take on a whol...
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Creating New Life

April 09, 2021 - The next stage is when the male mounts the female. First he will paddle himself alongside her facing in the opposite dir...
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Strengthening the Bond

April 08, 2021 - My first post showed the early stage of the mating ritual of the swans. This is the next phase where the two swans start...
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The Courtship Begins

April 07, 2021 - Swans going through the mating ritual is a pretty elaborate process and a long ritual primarily because the displays the...
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Side-by-Side

April 07, 2021 - This is the very beginning stage of the elaborate mating ritual of these mute swans. The swans will be close to each ot...
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Private Island

April 06, 2021 - I mentioned in yesterday's blog "Almost There", some of the key requirements for a swan's nest. Here are two other key p...
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Almost There

April 06, 2021 - Almost There Month DD, YYYY • Leave a Comment The finished nest should have the following features: A depressio...
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Material from the Moat

April 05, 2021 - There are several key factors in creating the nest into which the eggs will be hatched and the cygnets born. First, the...
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Working Together

April 03, 2021 - After selecting a spot, the real work of nest building has started by gathering twigs, leaves and other vegetation. When...
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Gathering Materials

April 02, 2021 - Both partners are in the gathering process, Eventually he will start passing materials to her so that the nest can be fo...
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New Beginnings

April 01, 2021 - For 5 years I have been watching the swans return, build their nest on the other side of the lake and give birth to as m...
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Female Redhead

February 21, 2021 - This is one stalwart redhead that came in for a quick landing on our snow covered lake with temperatures just above sing...
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Spooked

February 12, 2021 - These two does had just finished crossing the ice on the lake and came ashore right behind our home. Their ears perked u...
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Focused & Hunting

February 10, 2021 - Right after the deer went on alert, raised their tails and took off running, along came a large coyote on their scent. T...
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Life on Ice

February 09, 2021 - With less human activity in the area, the deer herd has grown and the number of does appearing daily appears to have dou...
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Playtime

December 02, 2020 - At the beginning of this year while in South Carolina, I was fortunate to happen upon several river otters fishing and p...
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Standing Tall

November 30, 2020 - Grizzly bears normally weigh between 300 - 900 pounds which is enormous. When you encounter one in the field, they look...
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Close Encounter

November 23, 2020 - Rarely seen, especially during daylight hours, this mountain lion jumped down from a tree crossing our path as it took o...
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Ready for Action?

November 20, 2020 - The mountain lion is the fourth largest cat in the world. Males tend to be larger averaging around 8 feet from nose to t...
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Double Trouble

November 12, 2020 - These two raccoon kits had a wonderful time peering out at the world from their protective cover in this hollowed out lo...
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Challenging

October 23, 2020 - A male deer is called a buck. The size of the buck depends on many factors, including longevity, his herd's sex composit...
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10 Pointer

October 21, 2020 - Deer are social animals who group together in herds, but only within their own sex. Except for during the breeding phas...
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Brave Bulls - 2

October 01, 2020 - Brave Bulls Another part of our visit to the Domecq family ranch in Cadiz Spain included watching the young bul...
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Brave Bulls -1

September 26, 2020 - Part of our visit to the Domecq family ranch in Cadiz Spain included watching the young bulls brought into a fenced area...
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The Chase Is On

September 09, 2020 - I have the good fortune to live on a small lake in Michigan, and have been able to watch a swan couple raise and protect...
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Andalusians

September 01, 2020 - After crossing the Atlantic our second port of call was Cadiz Spain. Cadiz itself stands on a peninsula jutting out into...
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Hummingbird Moth - 1

August 23, 2020 - Just like the hummingbird, the hummingbird moth’s buzzing and humming sound is created by its rapid wing movement. Th...
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Tiger Bee Fly

August 20, 2020 - I have photographed tigers, bees and flies, but this is a new one for me. Source: Georgia Dept. of Natural Resources...
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Perfect Bond

August 19, 2020 - Butterflies and moths have one thing in common. They have four stages of life - - egg, larva which is the caterpillar st...
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Insect with a History

August 17, 2020 - Here is something that caught me by surprise. “Dragonflies were one of the first insects to occupy earth. Although they...
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Watchful Eye

July 23, 2020 - This mountain lion took the high ground to overlook the approaching photographers. You can see the tension in its muscle...
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Cooling Off

July 05, 2020 - Taken last year on a very hot humid day. I think the wolf was far smarter than I was as it decided to focus on me, but f...
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Mirrored

June 26, 2020 - This black capped heron stood motionless while I approached, and then to my surprise, posed for the photo while keeping...
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Break Dance

June 19, 2020 - There was a bird frenzy at the feeders with lots of seed falling to the ground. This squirrel appearing to be dancing wi...
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Catch My Drift

June 17, 2020 - This female mallard appeared to be having a good time all by herself just bouncing and drifting on the choppy water.
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They're Back

June 14, 2020 - Normal peak fall migration for hummingbirds is from mid-July throughout September. They can fly up to 30 miles per hour.
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Call of the Wild

June 11, 2020 - Visiting a wolf rescue where I was able to get closer to the wolf pack then ever before. Must admit it became a chilling...
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First Outing

May 22, 2020 - I have been watching the swans nesting, and chasing away intruders from the area for quite some time. The other day, I l...
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Muddy

May 11, 2020 - The ibis can be recognized by its long legs and its extremely long, down curved bill. It uses its bill quite effectively...
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Deer Feed ???

April 19, 2020 - I think I have been duped. All along, I though I was buying bird food.
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Over Here

April 14, 2020 - Wandering around looking upward in the trees for new bird species when I felt eyes upon me. Not exactly a new bird, but...
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Awaiting Dinner

April 12, 2020 - Often referred to as “Clowns of the Sea” or “Sea Parrots’, Puffins are fantastic flyers, flapping their wings up to 400...
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Coyote Cluster

April 06, 2020 - Looks like Mom has had enough of the kids for now.
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Roadkill

April 03, 2020 - Doing their job, cleaning up the roads in South Carolina.
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Bluebird of Happiness

March 29, 2020 - The eastern bluebird is among the three bluebirds that belong to the thrush family. It is also known as the American blu...
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Whale's Tail

March 22, 2020 - We set out before sunrise In a Zodiac inflatable boat in the cold waters off the coast of Bonavista Newfoundland looking...
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Close Encounter

March 06, 2020 - We were advised repeatedly to stay together as a group so we appeared to be a very large animal to the leopard. Even tho...
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Lightening Strike

February 29, 2020 - I had just photographed this leopard stalking when it moved so quickly, there was no time to think about the shot or mak...
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Amur Leopard

February 23, 2020 - This is an Amur Leopard, one of the most endangered species in the world. They like to hunt alone and have a tactic t...
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Hard to Swallow

February 17, 2020 - Brown Pelicans are primarily fish-eaters and require up to four pounds of fish a day. They normally feed by diving on t...
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Follow My Lead

February 09, 2020 - It appeared as though the adult brown pelican was trying to teach the juvenile how to fish in shallow water. My best gue...
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Wind Beneath My Paws

December 02, 2019 - Not as commonly seen as Bobcats, and even more rarely seen during the day, this Canadian Lynx was just as surprised to s...
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Eyes on You

November 25, 2019 - Found myself separated from the rest of the group when I felt I was being sized up as a potential meal. If you have seen...
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No Escape

October 21, 2019 - Amur leopards are critically endangered. Estimates are there only are about 70 left in the wild. The leopard is the s...
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Big Bad Wolf

October 18, 2019 - Mama wolf coming over the hill warning us away from her pups. Look in her eyes. Did you get the same message I did? Che...
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Preoccupied Pups

October 14, 2019 - These wolf pups were so cute I wanted to bring them home. Fortunately, sanity overruled emotion and I backed off. In No...
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Pounce

September 26, 2019 - You would be amazed at how far these cats can leap -- 15 feet in the air and about 25 feet horizontally. To find out mor...
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You Coming?

September 23, 2019 - Got to spend a couple of hours with a pack of four wolves. It was hot and humid so the wolves were a bit lethargic. The...
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Side by Side

September 16, 2019 - It was unusually hot and humid -- 90 degrees. The wolves were smarter than we were. After wetting their feet in the lake...
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Growling Grizzly

August 30, 2019 - This about 9 feet tall and not very happy at the moment. To get the whole story go to My Portfolio at https://www.fanar...
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Hungry Eyes

August 14, 2019 - It was early morning and this this red tailed hawk was perched in a tree scouting the ground for breakfast. Fortunately,...
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Not So Wily

June 11, 2019 - Between the coyote and the hawk, the squirrels and birds have scattered and are in hiding today.
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Regal Eagle

May 07, 2019 - I very cautiously approached to try and capture the spirit of this magnificent eagle, and as I did, it's attitude spoke...
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You Following?

April 22, 2019 - Really surprised me to see this coyote exposed during daylight hours, but happy to capture the regal stance.
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Staredown

April 15, 2019 - They are becoming emboldened and don't hesitate to come out during the daytime. Always right next to my pal Mannie as he...
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Swing Time

March 07, 2019 - Winston Churchill introduced the Barbary Apes to the Island of Gibraltar. They now roam freely, they are playful and alw...
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Melanerpes Carolinus

January 10, 2019 - This red bellied adult male woodpecker was checking out the feeders before swooping in to claim its perch among the othe...
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