Wildlife Collection

An assortment of wildlife photography taken within the Midwest and Florida.  Animals range from wolves, fox, and coyotes to small birds visiting feeders and macros of insects.

I’m a hobbyist wildlife photographer that enjoys critters.  






My Fine Feather Friend Keeping Me Company
My Fine Feathered Friend Keeping Me Company
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After my walk today I sat on a bench around the duck pond for 15 minutes, there was a drake common merganser keeping me company.

So Elegant

Even though this duck is called the common merganser, they have an elegance about them. They are such pretty birds.
Even though this duck is called the common merganser, they have an elegance about them. They are such pretty birds.

You Stick Out Like A Sore Thumb

Early spring there isn’t much color, everything is brown with a little green. Bored with the regular walking paths and nature areas I decided to take my neighbor up on his offer and walk their new property of 50 acres.

When you see a large patch of white in an area that has no snow, you have to investigate.  Low and behold – it isn’t snow!  It is Snow White though 🙂

Common Merganser

Hoping this is the last of the ice along my ponds for the season.  The temperatures are in the mid-fifties and the ducks are filtering in steadily.  This hen common merganser is enjoying floating along and between her plunges into the water.  I love her hairdo.

Visitor Between The Waterlogged Branches
Hooded Mergansers are fairly common on small ponds this drake was easy to spot with his sharp black-and-white patterns set off by the rich coloring of his chestnut flanks.
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Hooded Mergansers are fairly common on small ponds this drake was easy to spot with his sharp black-and-white patterns set off by the rich coloring of his chestnut flanks.

Saying Goodbye Until Next Season
They usually hide in a well-hidden location on the ground or low in a shrub or tree. Soon we shall say goodbye to them, until late in autumn.  They only visit for the winter months.

Dark Eyed Junco - They usually nest in a well-hidden location on the ground or low in a shrub or tree.

 

The dark-eyed juncos are still around on April 24th. I think even they are confused by our winter this year in Wisconsin.

Read Dark Eyed Junco Birds at Feeder if you wish to read additional information about the juncos.

Good Foggy Morning To You
Good Foggy Morning to You

Light fog and a sandhill crane flying over the Fox River on The Fox River State Trail, making this the only photo obtained today.  No complaints.

The Sounds of Spring Are In The Air

Wishing I was not standing in the middle of the woods at this moment.  I would have loved the change to get a clear picture of the wealth of blackbirds that returned today.

Wishing I was not standing in the middle of the woods at this moment.  I would have loved the chance to get a clear picture of the wealth of blackbirds that returned today.

Back Up To Normal Temperatures
Crack out the sweatshirts and put away the winter jackets.  Only a week after our last major snowstorm, and Wisconsin is seeing temperatures in the 50’s.  Excellent birding weather.

The Red-winged Blackbirds Are Back in WIsconsin

The Red-winged Blackbirds Are Back in Wisconsin

Tomorrow, I am heading out walk a few trails and visit the Bay Beach Wildlife Sanctuary to see what ducks, birds, and critters I run into.

 

The Rabbits Are Teasing the Dogs
While I waited for the snow to melt, I entertained my dogs and lured in a variety of critters by throwing seed onto the snow drifts on our deck.  Our poor returning birds couldn’t find any worms or bugs and needed the energy to survive.

My dogs watching the rabbits eat bird seed off the snow on our deck

Scouty Rowdy Pumpkin Pie doesn’t mind the rabbits as much as Ms. Ladybug does.  Maybe because Ms. Ladybug thinks that there is only room for one animal nicknamed Bugs in our lives?

 

The Robins Are Not Impressed
The American Robins have been eating from my seed piles but tend to stick around the ice patches along my flower beds that surround the deck.  After I noticed that they didn’t really care for my two beasts slobbering up the windows and watching them eat, I sprinkled seed on the ice patches and they were happy to eat in peace.

Robins are Not Impressed With the Snow



April 11,
2018, First Warbler in Wisconsin

It was a long, hard winter in Wisconsin and Mother Nature gave us her last hurrah, a whopping 24 inches of snow.

April 11 First Warbler - Yellow Rumped Warbler

April 11 First Warbler – Yellow-Rumped Warbler

 


Dark-Eyed Juncos Hanging Around
The Dark Eyed Junco usually forage on the ground, so they quickly made themselves at home next to some pine boughs I cut to take product photography pictures earlier in the week. In winter, Juncos often forage in flocks but I only had 5-6 at a time. They eat mainly insects and seeds.

The Dark Eyed Junco usually forage on the ground. In winter, they often forage in flocks. They eat mainly insects and seeds.


Male Belted King Fischer

Adult Male Belted Kingfisher

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This male Belted Kingfisher was just sitting over one of the little streams on my walk along Bairds Creek.  I sat and watched him for a period of time hoping he was going to come back with a fresh catch.  I think he is a bummed out about this winter weather as I am.

Win Some Lose Some
Adult Male Belted Kngfisher in Flight

No such luck with fishing pictures of the male Belted Kingfisher today, he just flew off after watching him for ten minutes.

Chipping Sparrows

Chipping Sparrow eating Birdseed Off Snow

This chipping sparrow was very happy to find the seed I left out for him.

Chipping Sparrow

He was selectively picking out certain seeds from the snow and had some rather silly mannerisms.

Internal Clock
Internal Clock  The last generation of Monarchs are busy collecting nectar in Wisconsin for their long migration to Mexico

Monarchs are busy collecting nectar for their long migration to Mexico.  From now until October you will see fewer Monarchs in the fields and meadows.  At some point according to an internal clock perhaps, the Monarchs start to migrate.

It wasn’t until the mid-70’s that anyone knew where.  Then, the August 1976 cover story in National Geographic proclaimed they had found out where.  One location the butterflies migrate in 100’s of thousands is Angangueo, Mexico.

When The Sign Says Moose Crossing…?

Moose Crossing the Lake

When visiting Michigan’s Upper Peninsula the moose crossing signs made for a country backroads drive and well, sure; they do have moose.

Get ready for your close up Ms. Moose. At least I think it is a female, I have no idea…really I don’t  Have you ever seen a moose up close and personal?  They are HUGE.  I never knew. Excited, scared, nervous…all at one time, that is me!

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