Here are photos of some of the brown bears we observed on the Copper River fishing trip.
Went to the ranch for surveys three times this past week. Came across quite a few good photo opportunities. Here are a few of the best.
This ash-throated flycatcher posed nicely.
This aligator lizard surprised me.
Didn’t see the gosling
Could be a shooter by August
This bull thought he was hiding.
Fence lizards are out.
This garter snake was trying to stay warm on a cool day.
These goblers came a running.
Same bull a day earlier.
Nice dove shot.
Drove to the ranch with a friend yesterday. This horned lark was unafraid.
The sun came out and the bay appeared, backlit by the setting sun.
A gobbler peaked from the tall grass.
A political statement?
Just in from Canada.
Saw our first fawn of the year, but it was too far away for a photo.
Doe and yearling.
Critters are out.
Johnny jump-ups are also known wild pansy or violets.
Wildflowers are blooming.
April is a good time to bring your camera when you’re traveling on ranch road. Don’t be in a hurry.
Checked a bunch of ponds for amphibian eggs yesterday. Here are some photos of what we found. Check the caption and click on the photos to enlarge.
California Red-legged frog eggs mass.
CRF egg mass closer look.
CRF egg mass up close.
In addition to frog eggs, we also found newt eggs.
We even found one fresh batch of California Tiger Salamander eggs.
California tiger salamander eggs. Note the nucleus in this backlit photo.
Had several hundred photos of deer, skunks, turkeys, coyotes, bobcats, red-tails, golden eagles, doves, quail and squirrels.
Here is the best photo so far.
After the sun went down, but while there was still some back-light, this forked horn buck walked in front of my camera.
We were looking for bucks all last week at Devil’s Garden. We found some, but also a bunch of other animals of interest.
Antelope were prevalent near Clear Lake.
One buck crossed the road in front of us.
Saw this bobcat near Badger Well.
Saw this badger near Kellogg Mountain.
Found a spot with a bunch of doves. Not sure why they were there.
This is how one buck chose to react.
Had to check with my hawk expert Joe DiDonato to figure out what type of hawk this is. Swainson’s
Decided this must be a hen sage grouse.
Good light on this redtail.
We also came across a lot of cattle and a couple other domestic or feral animals.
This horse seemed too tame to be wild.
This guard dog took his job seriously.
Saw four bull elk, but they did not stick around for a photo. Three of them were spikes and the other was big, but didn’t see his antlers. Didn’t photograph the cattle, but now I wish I had. Saw lot of tracks – bobcat, deer, elk, coyote, great blue heron, raccoon and observed a few elk rubs.
Coyotes didn’t stay for a photo. Neither did one herd of eight wild horses.
Observed a great horned owl, ospreys and vultures. Don’t recall seeing any eagles.
Heard many bullfog in lakes and streams. Night hawks seemed to be everywhere making the noise they do with their wings when the dive.
Fished a bit in Janes Reservoir. Caught some small bass a crappie.
Plenty of bugs.
Of course I’m leaving a few things out.