Friday, March 30, 2012

Idaho Pigmy Rabbit - Mackay, Idaho


I spent a few days in the Lost River Mountains above Mackay, Idaho and was able to get several photos of these cute little rabbits. They are dependent upon Big Sage Brush for their survival and have diminished in number as the sage has been plowed, sprayed and overgrazed.

Monday, March 5, 2012

Snowy Owl - Polson, Montana

This Snowy Owl is trying to land in the top of a Juniper tree. The branches are not heavy enough to support its' weight and it is flapping to maintain balance. I saw seven of these beautiful birds yesterday before leaving for Yellowstone.

Saturday, March 3, 2012

Bohemian Waxwing - Polson, Montana


This Bohemian Waxwing is just taking off. These birds feed on juniper berries here in Montana during the winter. They have a very rapid digestive system..The berries may take less than one half hour to complete their travel through the system.

Friday, March 2, 2012

Snowy Owl - Polson, Montana


I found eight Snowy Owls in Polson today. This is one that I took yesterday. The owls have migrated here from the far north and are in town sitting on rooftops during the day. They must be finding voles or field mice to eat, because they all look healthy.

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Snowy Owl - Polson Montana


I took this photo yesterday. It is not as sharp as I would prefer, but it was the only action shot I got.
Snowy Owls have migrated South throughout North America this winter and no one knows quite why. The owls I have seen the past two days (5) have all looked healthy and  were active and alert.