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Category Archives: Wildlife Photography

This afternoon I happened to look out the window and notice a doe and fawn in the field. They wandered around for quite a while. It looked like the doe was looking for someplace to stash the fawn. Unfortunately it is early and the grass is the fields is not very high.

 

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These characters have recently shown up at my feeders.

Dark-eyed Junco

American Goldfinch

American Red Squirrel

Pileated Woodpecker

On our recent visits to Crex Meadows we have seen quite a few Canada Geese.

 

We have seen quite a few Bald Eagles at Crex Meadows.

 

On a short hike on the Red Cedar State Trail we noticed some Cedar Waxwings feeding. I didn’t have my camera along so I walked back to the car and got it. They are a beautiful bird.

 

 

 

On our recent visits to Crex Meadows we have seen quite a few Trumpeter Swans.

 

It looks like wildlife is starting to move around a bit more now that the snow is gone. I has quite a few racoon shots this time.

Racoon

There were also quite a few deer photos. This one was looking right into the camera.

White-tailed Deer

White-tailed Deer

The wild turkeys were also on the move.

Wild Turkey

Wild Turkey

This past weekend was the Annual Midwest Crane Count for my area. It was originally scheduled for April 13th but was postponed one week because of a blizzard. Probably a good thing it was because there were not many birds around the day after the blizzard. When we headed out early in the morning we were greeted with a full moon. Our counting area was Gilbert Creek Fishery and Wildlife Area about seven miles west of Menomonie, Wisconsin.

 


The goal was to count Sandhill Cranes. We saw four cranes and heard another pair calling. This tied for the most cranes we have counted during the crane count

 

In addition we counted other birds in the area. The highest count was for Red-winged Blackbirds. We stopped counting at thirty five. All but one of them were male birds. The second photo is of the only female that we saw.

There were a few Buffleheads in the pond and they seemed to be chasing one another around the pond.

 

For the first time since I started counting I found Trumpeter Swans in the area. I noticed them a couple of times this spring so maybe they will stay for the season.

 

There were several Canadian Geese on their nests.

I drove down to Gilbert Creek Wildlife Area to see what was going on. I found a variety of birds on was was a beautiful morning.

Red-winged Blackbird

Sandhill Cranes

Northern Shovelers

Lesser Scaup

It’s the spring doldrums. The weather is nice but there is still lots snow around so I can’t get out to do any yard work. I decided to make another trip up to Crex Meadows on Thursday. My wife decided to come along. It’s always a good idea to have a driver. Turned out to be a good decision because I saw quite a few new birds that have arrived at Crex Meadows. The Sandhill Cranes are back in large numbers. In the first photo the crane is preening itself with mud. The Iron in the mud stains the feathers giving the crane the reddish color. Notice that in the last photos these cranes are still the lighter color.

We also encountered a Great Blue Heron right along the road. Normally they take off when we drive up but this one stood its ground. When it did fly it only few a short distance and stayed along the road. We followed it for about 50 yards as it moved from place to place. It was a great chance to get a variety of poses.

There were a large number of Hooded Mergansers in the meadows. They were a bit shy but I was able to get a few photos.

 

There were more Trumpeter Swans around than there were a couple of weeks ago.

Once again we saw over a dozen Bald Eagles. The first photo shows one near the nest. The mate was sitting on the side of the nest. I don’t think there were any eggs yet.

There were quite a few Canadian Geese around.

We saw a couple of Muskrats. This one was right beside the road and seemed totally oblivious to our presence.

Still quite a bit of ice around the meadows and some of the roads were quite muddy.