Thursday, May 27, 2010

Druid Wolves on Elk Kill - Yellowstone National Park

The last known member of Yellowstone's Druid wolf pack was killed this week near Butte, Montana when it was observed trying to kill a cow. It was black and may be one of these two wolves. It was radio-collared, infested with mange mites, and starving.

The Druids were plagued with mange and radio collars. When I took this photo, there were 14 adult wolves in the pack and seven of them were collared. Stressing mange-infested wolves by chasing them with helicopters and darting them during the collaring process, has to rank right up there with the killing of Macho B, the jaguar in Arizona, when he was snared and collared last year, as a crime against wildlife.
Shortly after I took this photo, a helicopter flew over the area. The wolves all hid in the sagebrush, obviously very frightened and stressed from hearing the helicopter. This should not happen in Yellowstone.

The Yellowstone Wolf Project has been going on for 16 years and has outlived it's usefulness.
Wolves in Yellowstone have decreased from 174 a few years ago to under 100 this year. This is a classic example of studying animals to death.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Wolf Pup on Log - Yellowstone National Park

This wolf pup is trying to get a better look at me by coming out on this log. Wolves are very agile and I have seen them walking on logs and down timber without falling off.

Friday, May 7, 2010

Golden Eagle With Grouse - Yellowstone National Park

This Golden Eagle has just killed a grouse and is preparing to take it to a secluded place to eat it. The grass and other vegetation is tall enough that the eagle was having a little trouble taking off with his catch.

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Wolf In Snow - Yellowstone National Park

I panned with this wolf and the background is blurry and shows motion. I wish I could say I planned this look and everything came out perfect. Actually, I was using a new camera body and I am lucky that I even got a photo. I had only taken a few photos with this camera when the wolf showed up. I was still learning how to set the ISO.

Monday, May 3, 2010

Wood Duck On Ice - Boise, Idaho

I have moved to my summer residence west of Donnelly Idaho and the snow has finally melted enough to get my trailer hooked up to power. I should have waited a month before I moved up here. It still seems like winter. It is raining right now.
I maintain three Wood Duck nest boxes along Cascade Lake which is 165 paces from where I am posting. There have been two pair of Wood Ducks investigating the nest boxes and I hope another pair shows up so that all three boxes get used this year.