Archive for June, 2010



16
Jun
10

White-tailed Deer: Running Female

I didn’t stay near the fawn for very long.  I took a few quick photos and left it by the side of the trail.  I did not want to be the reason why the mother would abandon it.  I went back to the same spot about forty-five minutes later.  The fawn had moved somewhere else, disappearing into more appropriate cover.  Near where it had been stood a big doe.

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We surprised each other.  She had been foraging near some bushes along the left edge of the trail, while watching across the field.  I walked up on her left side.  She saw me and before I could even get a shot she bolted across the field.  I watched her run until she got into the middle of the field, where she stopped.  They always check their back-trail.  She decided she didn’t like my being there, which she displays by pointing her tail backwards and then continued running across the field.

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Nothing runs like a deer.

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15
Jun
10

White-tailed Deer: Fawn

Now that we have the patriotism (propaganda) part taken care of, here’s a picture that I rarely get.  Walking along the grassy trails gives me an advantage.  The deer don’t always here me.  This fawn had curled up in the tall grass about ten feet off the trail.

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At the time I took this picture the fawn would probably be less than two weeks old.  It had laid down in an area where I always see deer sign, but rarely see deer.  They move through here but don’t stop because there just isn’t enough cover for them.  Something this fawn learned last Saturday morning.

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14
Jun
10

Flag Day

Today, in the USA, is Flag Day.  A day set aside to honor the flag.

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IMG_6026a Here’s John Klatt flying the Air National Guard plane at last year’s Airventure Show in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.

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13
Jun
10

Whitetail Deer: Last Year – This Year

Several of the deer at Lake Kegonsa State Park have gotten used to me taking pictures of them.  Last year this doe approached to within ten feet of me and had I been more patient she would have gotten closer.

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This year, while she still remains unafraid, she has remained aloof.  I can tell she’s unafraid because her tail remains down while I take pictures of her.  But she keeps her distance and even seems suspicious of my intentions.

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And I know why.  Take a close look at the picture below.

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She has been nursing, which means her fawn or fawns lay hidden somewhere near.  She stayed near, allowing me to take photos of her, but when a man walking a dog appeared she alerted and bolted.

IMG_5913a I still haven’t seen her fawn or fawns, but she hasn’t panicked with my presence either, so maybe sometime this summer she’ll show them.

10
Jun
10

Canadian Geese: Public Enemy Number One

Another Goose kill has been given the go-ahead.  This time in Delevan, Wisconsin.  I guess people don’t thrill at the sight of wild animals like I. 

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While I watched this formation of Geese headed toward the lake where I patiently waited for the Eagle, I remembered how the city of Madison changed its mind about killing the Geese in Warner Park.

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The local airport wanted the Geese in Warner Park destroyed because they might cause a plane to crash.  The city decided not to destroy the Geese, but more hearings will follow.

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The town of Delavan has scheduled a Goose kill also, but not because of the possibility of Geese causing a plane crash.  These Geese are guilty of something more insidious than the potential crashing of an airplane.  Their guilty of crapping on their precious cars.  As far as Delavan is concerned, I think a picture is worth a thousand words.

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09
Jun
10

Bald Eagles: A Little Closer

Learning from the people who post on the internet helps me decide if what I’m doing is ethical, or even safe.  I wouldn’t want to be the cause of one of these animals being harmed.  The fascination with the Eagles stems from growing up knowing they had nearly passed from existence because of human greed and stupidity.  So when I take pictures of these two Eagles (I know where they live) I try to minimize my contact with them so as to not cause them any undue stress.  While I could stay there for hours and observe their behavior, I try to keep it to less than fifteen to twenty minutes when I’m there.  Yet, even in that fifteen to twenty minutes they still give me an intimate glimpse into their world.

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The Eagle on the left began to stir, so I thought she was about to take off.  Oh well, I had a few pictures so I prepared to watch them fly away.

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But they weren’t going to fly away.

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