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Chipmunk Itch He Can’t Scratch

Chipmunk Itch He Cant Scratch - Watched him chase his tail for a period of time and then finally, hop up on a wooden fence to grab his tail and chop down. You could see wildlife photography print

Chipmunk Itch He Can’t Scratch

Poor little guy has an itch he just couldn’t seem to get to. Watched him chase his tail for a period of time and then finally, hopped up on a wooden fence to grab his tail and chomped down.

Chipmunk Itch He Cant Scratch

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You could see the instant relief in his eyes.

Please Feed Me

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Then he happily went on his way.

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Face Only a Mother Could Love

Turkey Eating Birdseed Wildlife Photography Print

Are turkeys not the ugliest birds you have ever laid eyes on? At least I think so.  It is the face that kills me.  A face only a mother could love. But, they are big, beefy and run pretty funny. The only thing I can say that is pretty, or should I say – pretty special is the way they fan their feathers during mating season, now there is a plus!  That is pure beauty!

 

Turkey Fanning His Feathers

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Nictitating Membrane

What I love about this pic below that it captured the nictitating membrane over her eye.


You didn’t think I was gonna say that pretty face…did you?

Turkey That is Not for You - Wild Turkey Wildlife Photography Print

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When you get up close and personal can you see why I stand by my thoughts that they are ugly?  Yet, I know plenty of peeps that are in love with them, and maybe you are another that does.  Enough about my thoughts.  Get back to the membrane.

Female Turkey

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The membrane is a transparent or translucent third eyelid present in some animals that can be drawn across the eye for protection and to moisten it while maintaining vision.

Gobble Gobble

The term comes from the Latin word nictare, meaning “to blink”. It is often called a third eyelid or haw, and may be referred to in scientific terminology as the plica semilunaris, membrana nictitans, or palpebra tertia.


Turkey in Fall

Unlike the upper and lower eyelids, the nictitating membrane moves horizontally across the eyeball.

Got all that? I captured the third eye 

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Conclusion

Since they have the third eye AND they fan their feathers all pretty during mating season – maybe, I will take back my comment of they have a face only a mother could love.

Turkeys drinking from a fresh rain puddle

Oh, heck no.  Something about their face still just creeps me out.

Until next time friends, take care!

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Night Heron Fishing

Night Heron Fishing Wildlife Photography Print

I don’t sit and stay long in one place. I am a wandering fool.  I capture what is in front of me, or what I happen to run into on my explorations. There is something to be said for enjoying a cup of coffee while sitting at the edge of a pond or lake. Nothing rushed, nor expected.  Just out enjoying the environment and sipping coffee. Perfection.  Bliss.

Trees down along pond area

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Get Comfortable and Watch the Behaviors

I was only sitting for about 5 minutes enjoying my fresh cup of java when I received a visitor.  Again, never really sat and watched the bird. Generally, I’m the snap and go queen.

 


Today, was different. I really sat and watched the night heron for a period of time.  It looked like he was fishing but I wasn’t familiar with the behaviors before his head hit the water.

Night Heron Pacing a Log Wildlife Photography Print

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Study Your Subject to Get Excellent Pics

If you understand your subjects behaviors that is when you get the best photo ops.  You learn to expect the action that you have witnessed a number of times.


See the Pattern and You Know When To Snap

My fishing night heron sent vibrations into the water by slowly opening and closing his beak. Exactly as he is pictured, he would stand still. Except for that he would open and close his mouth in a patterned fashion. It must have been some sort of draw for the fish, to make them curious.

Night Heron Fishing Tactics Wildlife Photography Print

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The heron would walk up and down the log and do his fancy beak work by opening and closing his beak in pattern, repeating it in a few spots along the log.  Then he sat still and quiet.  The only part of his body that moved was his head.  He leaned his head to the left or to the right.  As if he was listening closely.

Night Heron Still and Listening Photography Print

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All of a sudden he would lunge in one quick motion, he would just reach into the water and lift out a fish. It was amazing to watch.  I wanted to claim a few of the yellow perch he consumed for a fishy dinner for my own clan.

 

Night Heron With a Perch Wildlife Photography Print

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After catching four fish, he left me to enjoy my coffee once again. Bottoms up!


Conclusion

Since I didn’t know how a black crowned night heron caught his food I needed to watch and study his actions and patterns.  When you see the pattern or actions, you know when to snap.  Allowing you to capture moments that you might miss because you didn’t know their was a pattern to the process.

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Silver Spotted Skipper

Silver Spotted Skipper Butterfly Wildlife Photography Art Print

The silver spotted skipper is the largest of the skippers and is most commonly found during the months of June, July and August in Wisconsin.

Silver Spotted Skipper

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They enjoy collecting nectar in open fields of flowers.  The skipper is easy to identify.


It has a brown body, with a few white spots and an orangish yellow band through its wing.

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Moose Crossing the Lake

Moose Crossing Lake Wildlife Photography Print

Fooled you. I’m NOT in Wisconsin!  Signs line sections of the main highway running through the upper peninsula of Michigan to watch for moose or “Moose Crossing.”

When I see the signs it just makes me want to go and explore the backcountry and look for them. There are plenty of gravel roads that lead to remote areas and lakes, those are prime spots to find moose.

 

Moose Crossing the Lake

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I spy with my little eye a MOOSE! The moose was resting in the shade munching on grass next to a lake. Such beautiful creatures they are.

 

Close Up In The Tall Tall Grass Moose Resting

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Makes me want to go on additional outings to find and photograph them.

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Gray Fox

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Gray Fox

I was on my way to photograph the sunset along the shores of Green Bay which requires me to head out through the country roads but I didn’t get all that far.  This splendid gray fox was ducking in and out of a few cars on a piece of property.

Gray Fox

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It has been years since I have a gray fox in the wild. Matter of fact, over 30 years.  Never did make it down to the bay for those sunset photographs, I set up and waited for a clear photograph of the fox.  

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Nicolet State Trail Langlade County Wisconsin ATV UTV  trail.  As first timers to the area we only followed the ATV signage for the Nicolet State Trail.  The signage is clearly marked.
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