Shawnee Mission Park Early Christmas Morning

It has been tradition for me to walk through Shawnee Mission Park early Christmas Morning. My wife works Christmas day so I head there for some solitude and to be alone with my thoughts and always with the hope of photographing some critters too.

I started my walk before sun-up and was conserned because there was no wind. The racket I was making walking through the leaves could surely be heard a mile away.

My consern seem to be justified when I saw two differnt sets of three deer running way in front of me. Not only were they too far away to photograph but there just wasn’t enough light either. I kept trugging along without seeing a thing, even the birds seem to be evading me. After about a half hour or more, I finally saw this guy in the distance. I slowly moved closer and got this shot.

If you look closely, you’ll see it has already lost one antler. At first, I thought he was alone but suddenly this other one poped his head up right behind him.

As you can see, he is a little bigger and still has both his antlers. Then, this little guy comes running into the picture.

How cool is that? Three bucks hanging out together. These photos are cropped a bit because I couldn’t get too close. They were very jittery and kept moving away. However a short time later, I was able to get a decent shot of the bigger guy.

I always like it when I get to see a mom with her yearling fawn too.

My luck continued to improve as I finially was able to get some shots of a couple of birds in halfway decent light.

I saw a few hawks in the distance but they were too far to get decent shots. As I was about to leave, I saw this one. Now. I normally don’t like to take photos of birds on wires, fences or street lights but I just couldn’t resist. It just looked too cool!

Here’s a close-up, cropped version of the same Red-tailed hawk.

While it’s all puffed out like it must be cold, it really wasn’t cold at all. I would have prefered it to be about 20 degrees colder with snow but hey, sometimes, you just have to enjoy the moment. I know I did anyway.

Well that was my Christmas morning. I hope yours was as good as mine.

Merry Christmas and thanks for stopping by.

Bill

Eagle taking flight at Loess Bluffs

I was at Loess Bluffs from sun up to sun down yesterday and took more than 1000 photos of a variety of animals. I’ll post some of those at a later time. I thought some of you might like to see the sequence of an eagle taking flight so, I decided to post this first.

I had been watching and photographing this young eagle for quite some time. I was hoping it would take flight in a direction where the light was good and still in view. Often, they take flight going away from you and behind the trees.

After about 20 – 30 minutes, it looks at me long and hard as if to say, What are you looking at?

After a while, it looks away. At first, I thought it had seen something of interest on the ground. Then, it does this……

It actually flew to a nest which was not too far away. I’ll post that photo at another time.

You too can get the same type of shots. You just have to wait, be patient and have a bit of luck that the light is right.

I hope you enjoyed these photos. Thanks for stopping by.

Bill

Mom Black Bear & 3 Three Cubs

The following images were taken in The Grand Teton National Park on October 3, 2018. While I took more than 350 images, these are the ones that made the final, final, final cut. While I normally like to post only a couple of images of the same animals, I just couldn’t decide which ones to cut out further. So, you’ll just have to decide which ones you like best. 

You may find it hard to distinguish one cub from another because they look very much the same but all three are posted. 

These first photos are from when I first saw Mother Black Bear. She’s feeding on berries.


Shortly after taking those images, she decided to cross the road.

She must have thought better of it. After all, her three cubs were still on that side of the road. She turned back.

She found another berry bush and started feeding again.

Then, her cubs came into view. Each climbed the surrounding berry bushes looking for their share. There was never a chance to photograph all three of them together. Each was trying to find its own area from which to feed. However, all three are reprsented in the following shots.

Imatating Rudolph with a red leaf
One of my favorites

Below are a couple of images with Mom and one of the cubs.

Another of my favorites

Well, as I mentioned above these are only a few of the more than 350 plus images I took of them. I hope you enjoyed seeing them and found a favorite too.

Thanks for stopping by.

Bill