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The Opportunistic World

This is the first time I’ve seen a cormorant this far up the Alsea River.  I know he’s here for the food but I wonder if there is a certain type of fish he’s followed up the river?  Chinook are too big even for a cormorant.  Double-crested cormorants are the most plentiful here so that’s probably what he is.

Cormorant
Cormorant

Although I was sad to see this pretty little Kingfisher was dying, I was excited to see one up close.

Belted Kingfisher
Dying Kingfisher

He didn’t suffer very long after I saw him.  I don’t know how long he’d been hurt though.  I didn’t do an autopsy to find out what caused his demise.

Belted Kingfisher
Belted Kingfisher

What a beautiful bird!

brush bunny
Frisky Bunnies

Suspicious and Guilty were chasing each other around this morning.  Maybe we’ll have rabbit for Thanksgiving this year?!   hahaha – just KIDDING!

I’m going to dye them pastel colors and send them to the grandkids for Christmas presents. 🙂

Kingfisher and Brush Rabbit

Since archery season opened last week I haven’t seen 1 elk!

I still see the black-tailed doe with her spotted twins but not as often.  No one is eating the early apples falling from our trees.

So my focus has turned to birds.

Belted Kingfisher in tree
Find the Kingfisher

Hint:  He’s got a black head, white collar and grey back and he is smack-dab in the middle of the photo.

I hear the kingfisher many times during the day.  He chatters as he flies up or down the Alsea River.  He’ll even land in our nearby tree.  But he is SO aware of his surroundings that I cannot sneak out to get a good photo of him.  This photo is when he landed in a tree 40 yards away.  I saw about where he landed and tried to find him in my lens.  I couldn’t see him until I got it onto the computer.  This is a Belted Kingfisher.  They differ from the Ringed Kingfisher in the color of their belly.

I love watching the kingfishers fish.  Sometimes they hover high above the water and then dive straight down into it to catch their prey.  I’ve also seen them dive in at an angle.  But they aren’t like the eagle or osprey; who don’t seem to break stride when they catch.  Kingfishers go under water and seem to struggle under the weight of their wet feathers to fly off again.  I haven’t tried to get an action shot since this one last June.

King Fisher Dive
King Fisher Dive

Another skiddish critter around here is the Brush Rabbit (I prefer Brush Bunny).  The Brush Bunny is an Oregon native and of the cottontail family.  Some people are convinced that the bunnies seen in Tillicum Campground are pygmy rabbits but those only live in the dense sagebrush areas of southeast Oregon. (reference: http://www.dfw.state.or.us/species/docs/rabbit.pdf)

brush bunny
Brush Bunny

Why did the bunny cross the road?

To get to the other side.

Was that joke funny when it was about chickens?  Or was it because I was 6?