I love to watch the winter ducks on the Alsea River.
What if the Hokey Pokey IS what it’s all about?
This black bear is big enough to reach the low-hanging apples. Well, relatively low. I picked what I could with a 5′ ladder.
Watch this video to see him stand. Maybe I’ll give him a sign to wear that says, “Will dance for apples.”
There is another pile of scat in our driveway that looks way different from the others. See the two kinds below:
Can a bear’s diet change that fast? These were left 2 days apart. Maybe there’s another bear around who is eating something different?
Otters seem to have a fluid motion even when they are on land. These photos were taken in Tidewater just below Blackberry Campground east of Waldport, Oregon. (Sorry if I caught an intimate moment. Sometimes it’s hard to tell.)
Watch the video of them taking a dirt bath. When the 3rd otter comes onto land you can see a little newt scurrying out of the way.
Common Mergansers are voracious eaters. These 4 siblings know just where to find the fish in the Alsea River.
I didn’t see them catching any crawdads but there were plenty of mudcats, or sculpin, being swallowed.
It actually looks like a terrible way to die for a fish.
It takes a while for the duck to get it into the right position to swallow so the fish doesn’t spread its fins.
I keep wanting to lend him my opposable thumbs.
I watched, several times, as one duck would come up under another who had a fish. It looked like they’d try to scare it into dropping it. In this video, though, I think one is trying to grab it from the other. I’m not sure who won but the fish clearly did not. I choose to believe the first duck hung onto his food and got to finish his meal. But I’m an optimist and don’t like thieves…even if they are just siblings at the dinner table.
I’m pretty sure these are some young wood ducks starting to get their colors. The blue feathers and the white around the eye that trails off like eyeliner are especially pretty.
The elk are starting to graze on apples and wild blackberries now. They can reach further than I can.
Why is it that we can’t get a sunflower to grow in fertile soil but if a chipmunk plants it…
Maybe they have magic spit?
I have so much to be thankful for…my awesome husband, children and grandchildren, my parents, siblings, in-laws and friends are at the top of my list!
2nd is the beauty that surrounds me in simplicity and wonder.
and the beauty even feeds me!
I’ve never taken a class. I use auto-focus more than any other setting. I use a Canon SX40 HS with a 35x optical zoom. I’m not here to teach you anything about photography.
I just enjoy wildlife so I want to preserve the moment. And I love the attention to detail that God has in His creations!
I have to admit, though, some kinds of wildlife almost seem like more work than they are worth. I like to catch the unique markings so I can make a good identification. But hummingbirds don’t usually sit still for very long.
If I have enough light and patience, and if luck is on my side, I might capture the little hummer in flight AND in focus! They are SO fast! There were 4 of them fighting over the feeders and flowers this evening.
These are the treasure shots though. The captures I never expect. I’d been intentionally trying to catch the hummer with his tail spread but he just wasn’t cooperating. The spread tail is a threatening or warning position so they are ready to chase when it’s spread. I focused on him as he was sitting on the flower and decided to snap at the next movement I saw. After I took it I thought I’d missed him completely. I love finding these treasures on my laptop after I download photos from my camera.
Happy snapping! 🙂