Archive for September, 2013

30
Sep
13

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Taking pictures of large animals doesn’t require getting very close to them.  Had this shot been a Whitetail Deer, it wouldn’t have turned out very well, but, because the Elk are so much larger, it turned out well enough.

20
Sep
13

On the Road

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19
Sep
13

And There Were Deer

I saw lots of wildlife while on vacation.  There were lots of Turkeys, Turkey Vultures, Otters, Geese, Elk, various birds, and there were Deer.

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Deer feeding.

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Deer along the road.

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Deer in fields and I’m sure you get the point.

18
Sep
13

Male Pileated Woodpecker

Midmorning on Saturday, my first full day at Day Lake, there rose a commotion.   I heard a bird screeching through the trees.  It flew directly over my camp.  When it flew over I realized I’d been hearing a Pileated Woodpecker.  It landed on a pine tree across the road from my camp, so I grabbed my camera and took some shots.

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I tried to get closer, but he flew away.  I took a short hike into the woods where he had flown out of, hoping to see the female, but only found a human hiking along the trail.

17
Sep
13

Day Lake

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16
Sep
13

Broad-winged Hawk

I took photos of several Hawks while on vacation.  This broad-winged Hawk hung around long enough to let me get a few good photos before flying away.

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He looked directly at me while I photographed and then flew away.

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The next day when I returned to my campsite, from another unsuccessful attempt at finding Elk, he escorted me into my campsite.

15
Sep
13

Highway 77

US Highway 77 runs through Clam Lake, Wisconsin.  For sixteen miles from east of Clam Lake to a point west of Clam Lake is the center of the Elk range.  The Elk were reintroduced to Wisconsin in 1995.  Since then the herd has grown from 25 animals to about two hundred.  Wolf and bear predation, along with collisions with cars have been the leading causes in keeping the herd size low.  Elk crossing signs all along US 77 flash whenever the Elk are within a mile of the elk crossing signs.  Most people go through this area slowly hoping to see the Elk, and some do not.  The Elk do cross the highway, like the one pictured below.

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One of the yellow Elk crossing signs can be seen in the far left background just passed the no passing sign.




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