Friday, October 26, 2012
Thursday, October 25, 2012
I found this adult and juvenile Snow Geese feeding in a previous planted corn field that has been tilled under. It was being watered so both insects and seeds were drawing not just these guys but hundreds of American Crows (one in pic), about a hundred Canada Geese plus 8 Greater White-fronted Geese (first of the season). Snow Geese are rare here as we are right up against the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, away from their usual flyway haunts. SeEtta
Orphaned walruses cared for at Alaska SeaLife Center from anchoragedailynews on Vimeo. According to a news article: “We figure (leaving baby walruses behind) is probably a common situation,” said SeaLife Center President Tara Riemer Jones. “It just happened close to a community this time.” Pacific Walruses, an estimated 200,000 of them, migrate along with the southern edge of pack ice from the Bering Sea to the Chukchi and Beaufort seas as it expands and recedes through the seasons. Shrinking ice means less walrus habitat. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has recommend they be protected under the Endangered Species Act." So the two amazingly cute baby walruses shown in this video, named Pakak and Mitik, were 4 to 6 weeks old when they lost track of their herd and fortunately rescued. They were brought to the Alaska Sea Life Center where this video was taken. Walruses are running out of habitat thanks to Climate Change and many more baby walruses are at risk of being orphaned but most won't survive. SeEtta (click on the work 'Vimeo' in far right bottom corner to view full screen-best view)
Tuesday, October 23, 2012
I spotted this very white hawk in Colorado City, Colorado along the southern front range. As soon as I stopped my car to photograph it, this very wary bird took off flying high then distant. I tried to follow after it in my car but it was far out of sight.
Besides it's bright white plumage, it has distinct dark wrist commas but I cannot see any patagial markings. There is no indication of a belly band. There are narrow black bands on the distal half of it's otherwise white tail. White windows on primaries and legs are feathered all the way to the feet (in white feathers). As white as it is and so minimally marked, I thought it was a Krider's Red-tailed Hawk. Wrong, I have been informed that this is a very pale juvenile Ferruginous Hawk. SeEtta
These are the last 2 photos that were fairly clear, taken at 6:45 and 6:48 pm respectively. It was getting too dark so not as crisp as earlier photos but they show how the conflagration blew up in the winds. SeEtta
These are the next sequence of photos taken from about 6:40 pm to 6:45 pm.
Winds had picked up and flames exploded on what I think is the ridge behind the town of Wetmore. More to come. SeEtta
These are photos I took early this evening of the Wetmore Wildfire from about 5 miles north (and not in the way of firefighting efforts).
Photos are in time sequence from around 6:30 pm to 6:40 pm. Photos taken with very long dslr camera lens outfit (equivalent of 900 mm lens). More to come. SeEtta