Wildlife Encounters

  • @was-dar said in Wildlife Encounters:

    My first call (size, location Seattle/Aug-26-2019) was an immature Cali-Gull.

    I thought I'd set everyone straight about birds back on the ST forum. Y'all get messed up over whether that one feather on the tail or the tip of the wing is light gray... or light brown.

    Waste of time. Bird classification is simple: There are only two kinds of birds. Those that are good to eat, and those that are not. Okay?

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    So put that in yer' pipe and smoke it, eh? Ooh, la, la... smoked goose. 👍

  • @toby said in Wildlife Encounters:

    So put that in yer' pipe and smoke it, eh? Ooh, la, la... smoked goose.

    Goose (roasted, not smoked) is a regular feature on our table. Not cheap, but wonderful.

    And then there are the secondary benefits: loads of goose fat and goose stock. Fry up some potatoes in the goose fat you saved. Or put some cannellini beans in the slow cooker with a bit of garlic and lots of stock you made from the carcass of that goose you roasted.

    So, yeah, geese fall into the "Good to Eat" class of birds.

  • @David-Harris I must confess I have only ever had smoked duck. 🦆

  • @toby said in Wildlife Encounters:

    I must confess I have only ever had smoked duck

    Well, I've tried more than once to smoke a duck, but each time I run into the same damn problem that I hit when trying to smoke a salmon: I cant figure out which end to light.

  • Wiley Coyote


    I happened to have my best camera handy and got a few timely shots from an upstairs window. 📷

    and here I was about ready to go spend the winter to bond with my bro David! Not so much the rest.


  • @toby said in Wildlife Encounters:

    Wiley Coyote

    Coyotes are everywhere, right? If there are people, there are coyotes. And even in some places there are no people (other than short-term visitors) there are coyotes.

    So why aren't there any coyotes here? We have pretty much all the wildland fauna you would expect in a NorthWest mountain region (okay, in BC it's the SouthWest). Bears, deer, lions, etc etc. But no one I have talked to since I moved here has ever seen or heard of a coyote.

    Seems almost unbelievable. Yeah, we are isolated by the fjords of the BC coast, so if you want to visit, you'll have to take two ferries, but what has stopped the coyotes from crossing the mountain passes to get here? The bears made it. The deer made it. The lions made it?

  • Hard Winter.


    Ranchers with rifles.... way down south on the border of the badlands... move along Wily, move along.

    @was-dar Sorry dude. There were already a few bird pics here. I don't have many bird shots. Never fear, when/if things start going to the actual birds I can always fork. We shall see, eh? It is nice to have a menagerie in this thread as well. Makes for an interesting experience. Do we see so much wildlife that we need sub categories? Hmm... We shall see.

  • Desperate Times


    Yeah, I do dig 'yotes. Long as everyone minds their respective places and spaces... Risky move for the 'yote to be out in the open, during daylight hours like that. Glad it didn't get shot. This day, at the least.

  • amazeing osprey shot. one of the coolest things I have seen was a large retail hawk flying alongside my car up a ravine so that I got a good long look at it. he had a live snake in his talons..

  • @NickG Cool. I have some niche raptor niches out back. Redtail, Northern Harriers, a.k.a. Marsh Hawk (wh/I prefer), Kestrel, the occasional Peregrine.

    Hard to catch them on camera, however, because they're always moving when they're doing something interesting and you're pretty much going to want a bit of a lens ... I just have a small travel camera, less than ideally suited for such shots but I'll try and see what I can do.

    Zoom is difficult on these lil' travel puppies. Mid range is fine but lose quick at distances. Even with a steady hand. I'm pretty sure, for e.g., that the coyote shots above were braced by siding of second floor window I was shooting out of. Yep. Like all things the 'lil pupsters do have their limitations. They are convenient and damn handy to have either on or close at hand though.... And you know what the pros say about the best camera.... 👍 📷

  • Hmm.... What Have We Here....


    What is that I hear twitchin' and itchin'.....

  • @toby said in Wildlife Encounters:


    I'll see ya' Deep in the ferns - wild ! & raise with "A Deeper in the woods than is good for a Gnome"


  • And... Pounce...


    Coyote "pouncing" through crust, hunting furry little rodents and such. I watched this critter for quite some while. The sequence of photos captures the routine: listen, creep, prep, pounce. Repeat. Did witness some success but had to work pretty hard at it. Like most things in nature: Ain't no such thing as a free lunch.

    Note: It gets pretty cold here come deep winter and these critters living wild & free, with all that entails, always amaze me.

  • My back yard, an hour ago. Photo ain't great because it was dusk and because there was no way I was getting any closer (or, rather, any farther from my door).


    And yeah, it was bigger than it looks in the photo. As big a black bear as I've ever seen.

  • @David-Harris "How significant!" Makes me glad that we live in the desert, with smaller marauders. We had three Racoons at our front door last night, but I did not get a photo. This one is a few years back, on our porch. Cat and Racoon 021.jpg

  • Hey that goat is pretty cool. Gary Neptune had a photo/poster of one taking a dooker in one of the bathrooms. Not sure it was an original of his own. Here's one this morning when I was taking my daughter to school.

    The light was just right and the dew helped too. It spun it over night. It was from my truck to the front yard tree. Shame I had to drive away. Oh well. Good job little buddy!

    Cheers! S..BhBdYdy+QMOu%VdcZqi+sw.jpg .

  • @NickG , hey there say, nick... wow, THAT is what i'd love to get-- an eagle, osprey, etc... photo... say, but i did get local woodpecker... 🙂 and a flicker... hee hee, and chipmunk... about as 'wild' as it gets here, edge of small city...

    will add them, on here... little by little...

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