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.
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.
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.
We were looking for bucks all last week at Devil’s Garden. We found some, but also a bunch of other animals of interest.
We also came across a lot of cattle and a couple other domestic or feral animals.
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.
Thought Monday might be a good day to catch a salmon, so my friend, Captain Bob, and I headed to the south buoy to see what we could find.
Nobody there so we asked on the radio where everybody was. The response was “head south on 210 and you’ll find the fishermen.”
We did and we did, but we couldn’t catch a fish – not even a hit-and-run.
However I did snap a few photos of some of the whales that we circling us most of the day. That’s all I’ve got.
There were quite a few birds around as well. This gull was a pretty boy.
We also noticed that the area we fished was loaded with sea-birds eating something on the surface of the water. Maybe krill (small fish) – possibly the same thing the whales were after.
The trip back got a bit rough, which made things a bit more interesting. All and all it was a good day. From the reports we got, our experience was consistent with the norm, but a few nice salmon were caught.