Deer Hunt

Critters were out yesterday. I was so into the deer hunt that I missed some good photo opportunities. Did manage to get a few good shots as light was fading.

Spring Photo Shoot at Mayberry

Looped around the perimeter of Mayberry last Saturday. Because our property is permanent marsh, most of the wildlife is just across the drainage canal on the grazing ground.

White-front geese stage at Sherman Island and it looks like they are about ready to head north.

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DSC_0477 white front geese

Not sure why this single spec didn’t take off with his brethren, but he eventually flew off to join them.

DSC_0465 white-front gooseAs I watched some waterfowl, waiting for a good photo opportunity, I heard a splash in the canal next to me. Figuring it was river otters, I paused before turning to look. When I did, it was just in time to see a coyote dog-shaking to get the water off his back.

DSC_0503 coyoteThe coyote was nearly hidden by the tall growth.

DSC_0504 coyote sneakingLola was very excited to be back in her element.

DSC_0487 Lola arrivingA horned owl, rested in a willow tree until Lola scared him off.

DSC_0511 great horned owlA red-tailed hawk took off from the field across the canal.

DSC_0513 red-tailed hawkLola jumped up a rooster.

DSC_0518 roosterRed-wing blackbirds were displaying.

DSC_0521 red-wing blackbirdDSC_0530 goats of Mayberry

The goats of Mayberry were back, cleaning up the vegetation on the levee. Hope they left enough cover for the pheasants to nest.

Spring Days at the Ranch

Drove to the ranch on Friday. Used the pick and shovel to clean the roads and cut back a fallen oak that was blocking the road. Then we glassed for turkeys, but found none. Shot my bow and fixed a problem before it got too dark to shoot. I was glad I had my backup bow, as I had to swich the arrow rest from my backup bow to the one I planned to hunt with. I’m shooting a Q32 with a whiskerbisket. Apparently the rest got bent when I crowed too much stuff into my bow case.

The weather was perfect and everything was gorgeous. I even had three hens walk by within 30 yards, but the gobbler that was with them headed off before it got too me. Maybe it got nervous. Who knows for sure.

I took advantage of the good weather and numerous photo ops to make the most of the trip. Here are some shots of the scenery, wild flowers and wildlife.

ranch-spring-day-018-fiddle-neck Fiddlenecks

ranch-spring-day-024-red-maids-cropped-and-resizedRed maids

ranch-spring-day-036-shooting-stars-cropped-and-resized1Shooting stars were everywhere. 

ranch-spring-day-116-johnny-jump-ups-cropped-and-resizedAs were Johnny jump ups.

ranch-spring-day-076-native-grasses-cropped-and-resizedOn some locations on the ranch, native bunch grasses dominate the hillsides.

ranch-spring-day-063-stink-bells-resizedThe stinkbell is a rare plant. We have at least a few dozen of them. (I cheated on this one – took it the week before but couldn’t resist including it.)

ranch-spring-day-095-macho-fence-lizard-cropped-and-resizedThis fence lizard was quite macho.

ranch-spring-day-106-deer-on-ridge-resizedA doe fed onto the ridge as I headed home.

ranch-spring-day-121-turkey-struts-near-barn-cropped-and-resizedAnd, I spotted my first gobbler of the spring.

ranch-spring-day-129-canvas-back-and-mallards-cropped-and-resizedThe last photo of the days was of this canvas back duck cruzing past a couple mallards sunning on the shore of a roadside pond.

It was a good trip. One of the best aspects of spring turkey hunting is the beauty of spring.