Sunday, December 21, 2014

Golden eagle, elk and Snowshoe

After the flu and a trip slowed me up for a few days, I went chasing the wildness of Idaho for a couple of mornings.  With a snow/rain mix the opportunities of good pictures were dim.  But the experiences are more important than great pictures.  I had a great time working the wildlife of Camas one more time.

A Downy woodpecker  worked some scrub willows near three Great-horned owls.

The Great-horned owls were always hiding from me, peeking out through all the branches.

It took me a while to find the elk, but after I worked as close as I could, I watched them until two bulls started fighting.

There were 47 bulls in the herd and they finally located me when the breeze changed and my smell got to them.

As I was leaving the elk, a Snowshoe hare flushed out of some sage.

On the way home, I captured this Golden eagle perched on the power pole looking for a hapless rodent along a desert road.

Whether it is sunny, cloudy or even stormy weather, you have to get out is the wilderness to enjoy the wilds - even in Idaho.


Bekkieann said...

Fantastic shots! A good variety of birds and wildlife. I think rather than "even in Idaho", I'd say "especially in Idaho."

Betsy Adams said...

Hello, Hope you are having a wonderful December and will have a blessed Christmas… This is such a joyful time of year for so many—but it’s also the time when others experience a deep loneliness, and struggle during the holidays for many reasons. SO—today I ask you to stop what you are doing for a few minutes and say a prayer for someone you know who might be experiencing a hard time now… OR—better still, send them a card or give them a call. It will mean the world to them.

Wow---that Golden eagle is gorgeous. WOW... Glad you got fairly close to the elk... AND--that 'wabbit' is a 'biggin'... ha

Merry Christmas to you and yours.