Sunday, April 18, 2010

Crossing The Yellowstone


A herd of Bison wade across the Yellowstone River on a misty fall morning.

Friday, April 16, 2010

More Starfish- British Columbia


Here is another photo of the starfish I encountered on the Canadian coastline. This is just one section of the clam bed they were feeding on.

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Secret Places - Starfish, British Columbia


I found this place on a small inlet in British Columbia. There was a large clam bed that became exposed at low tide and there were thousands of starfish left high and dry as they fed on the clams. I was the only person that stopped to take photos and the local natives thought I was strange to be out taking photos of starfish. Some of the native women would sit on the nearby bridge and watch me wander over the clam beds with my camera.
There are some special places that I don't share the location of. This is one of them. A biological supply house could decimate this spot.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Wolves- Family Squabble - Yellowstone National Park


A wolf pack consists of a mother and father and their offspring. After the pups start following on the hunts, the largest wolves eat first. These two adults are arguing over an old Bison kill. Neither wolf was injured and the smaller female was back trying to get her share seconds after I took this photo. The pup lying in front was eating the hide, hair and all. This pup disappeared a week or so later and I think he may have starved to death.
Grizzlies drove this pack of wolves off of this Bison kill ten days before and the wolves didn't find much left to fight over when they returned. Grizzlies were taking the kills away from this pack each time they killed an elk or bison, and they were having a hard time getting enough food.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Circus Bear - Yellowstone National Park


This Grizzly bear is rolling in a Bison wallow. Bears often remind me of large dogs and this is no exception. This bear was making himself all smelly where bison had urinated. I have watched dogs do the same on dead fish and other smelly objects.

Monday, April 12, 2010

Desert Bighorns - Colorado River, Moab,Utah


I like Desert Bighorns. These beautiful animals are often found in beautiful country.
Bighorns are the easiest of all wild animals to approach and photograph. They are very confident of their ability to escape a human on foot and as such are vulnerable to a hunter with a long range rifle. Their color makes them hard to see at times, but their white rumps always give them away if one takes the time to watch.
One on the bighorns in this photo is handicapped by an invasive radio- collar. Present day researchers are enamored with this high-tech approach to studying wildlife and are responsible for the death and harassment of wildlife worldwide in their over-zealous need to know every aspect of these animals lives.

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Pinyon Jay - Colorado River, Moab, Utah


I like jays. They are quick to show up at campsites if they think there is food to be filched.

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Oxbow Bend - Grand Teton National Park


This is a great place to see moose and otters. I don't take a lot of scenics. I leave that to those folks that tote those large format cameras.

Friday, April 9, 2010

Grizzly And Bison - Yellowstone National Park


This young Grizzly is about to find out that he can't rely on reputation when it comes to young Bull Bison. The Bison Bulls were not impressed with this Grizzly and chased after him and seemed to enjoy showing the Grizzly who was the boss.

Thursday, April 8, 2010

New-Born Bison Calf - Yellowstone National Park


This little guy arrived while snow was still on the ground. I saw him a few hours later with two wolves trying to catch him. His mother and one other bison cow kept the wolves at bay until the three of them caught up with the rest of the herd (over a mile from the birthing site) which drove the wolves away. The wolves actually caught hold of the calf on two different occasions, but I saw him nursing his mother after they were back in the main herd, so I think he survived OK.

Cattlemen in wolf country should take a lesson from this. Putting polled or de-horned cattle out on the range is poor policy. Let those cows grow some horns and they will defend themselves from wolves. Domestic sheep and hornless cows have no place on public lands. They require that too many predators be killed to keep public land ranchers in business. If you can't co-exist with the wolves, stay the hell home.

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

The Hunt-Yellowstone Wolf and Elk


Wolves are selective hunters. This wolf is considering attacking this cow elk as it runs along side of her. (Notice the saliva coming from his mouth) In an instant, this wolf and the rest of the pack (Hayden Pack) made a decision to leave this cow alone and go after her large calf, who was running several yards in front of the cow. They eventually caught and killed the calf. The cow was not harmed.

Anti- wolf groups would have you believe that wolves would have killed both the cow and calf and wasted most of the meat. I have observed wolves kill several elk and they always eat as much as they can hold and then return again and again to eat eventually, even the bones and hide..

A large Grizzly Bear took the calf elk away from these wolves before they could eat all of it. Yellowstone wolves eat their kills as fast as they can, because Grizzlies have learned to follow them while they are hunting and take the dead elk away from the wolves.

The next morning, while the Grizzly was on the kill, this frustrated pack of wolves (9 of them) chased a coyote directly at me in the morning darkness and they all ran within 10 yards of me in single file after the coyote. The coyote ran past me on the left and the wolves on the right. It was too dark for a photo, but it was a great experience. I could hear them breathing and could hear the grass being ripped out of the ground by their toe-nails as they ran past me. The coyote dropped the piece of elk hide he was stealing and got away.
I consider this to be my best wolf photo. Please respect my copyright. If you want a print of it, you can order it on my website: http://www.larrythorngren.com/.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Macho B Jaguar - Killed by Researchers in Arizona 2009


Macho B (The only Wild Jaguar in the U.S.) was killed by researchers in Arizona a year ago.
The Arizona Game and Fish Department just (3/2010) fired the technician that trapped him, when they found he and another researcher had cleaned up the female juguar poop they used to bait him into the snare with. They were trying to hide the evidence that they had illegally trapped the jaguar. They claimed to be attempting to snare a cougar or black bear and that the Jaguar was caught accidentally. Strange that they had a specially made GPS radio collar for jaguars with them when the caught Macho B.
Macho B died of kidney failure 10 days after being snared by his front paw, darted and and radio-collared. His snared paw is swollen twice normal size. The taxidermist hired to skin him, found a large draining abcess at the dart wound site. There is a federal investigation looking into this crime.
I took this photo off of the internet, so the quality is not great.
Researchers in Our National Parks (Yellowstone, Grand Teton, Glacier, Denali) use this same type of snare to capture Grizzly Bears to put radio collars on them. I suspect that they injure every animal they capture this way.

Monday, April 5, 2010

Belted Kingfisher - Vancouver Island, British Columbia


The Kingfisher repeatedly landed on this old pier post next to where I was camping. I set up my tripod and waited out of sight and sure enough it returned for a photo.

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Bull Elk - Jasper National Park. Alberta


This huge bull Elk is scratching himself with his newly polished antlers. Male Elk grow a new set of antlers each summer and shed them early in the spring. The antlers are bone-white when the velvet is rubbed off and get their brown color from dirt and tree bark as the bull rubs and polishes them. Shed antlers become white again as the rain and snow wash the dirt and tree sap off.

Saturday, April 3, 2010

Loggerhead Shrike -Las Vegas, Nevada


Shrikes are often called butcher birds becase they impale their prey on thorns or the barbs on a barb wire fence. They are cautious birds and difficult to photograph. This bird was looking for insects and small mice.

Friday, April 2, 2010

Coyote on Wolf-Killed Elk- Ketchum, Idaho


The Phantom Hill Pack killed this elk on the East Fork of the Big Wood River in Idaho last winter. The IDFG chased the wolves away with cracker shells, leaving the elk for the coyotes. This coyote was quick to take advantage of a free meal.

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Busy Pika - Dagger Falls, Idaho


Pikas are known for cutting grass and flowers to store in their haystacks for winter food. This little guy has cut a stem from a wild raspberry to add to his supply.