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Moose Talk

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“What? Do you mind us munching on your devil’s club? There isn’t much else to nibble on around here. Did you notice that ma isn’t taking care of us anymore? She would watch over us since we were born last spring. Yeah, we are the twins and we made it so far together through this strange winter.

December we had a lot of snow, so we did not go up into the mountains, as mom usually does. Instead we did hang around town and chewed through your backyard, you noticed? Then came the rain in January. I hated that. Although we have a pretty thick coat, after a couple of days that rain gets old (and cold). What’s up with that blizzard warning tonight? 60 mph winds, are you kidding me? We’ll stay in the woods, hopefully the trees have shed their snow until then.

I just hope those bears leave us alone. We are not kids anymore, but we gotta keep an eye on those grizzlies. And those wolves, they are just frightening. Haven’t seen any tracks around your house, but at some point we gotta venture out. We like your backyard, except your neighbor’s dogs are just annoying. They should have a Preserve for us, too, just like the one for the eagles.

Well, I guess that’s it for tonight. Enjoy your cozy cabin. Gotta find a place to bed down for tonight. See you around.”

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Devils Club Snack

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Mmmh, delicious. Prickly devils club, or what’s left of it. That’s what this calf is munching on just outside my living room. They clearly know I am there, behind the window. I think, I am more nervous than they are…

A mother and her two calves make the rounds regularly and trim the bushes around the house. This was a week ago, now we have more snow on the ground, which makes it harder for them to move around and find food. On the other hand it is less cold.

They are amazing to watch. I hope they make it through the winter alright.

 

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Eagle of the Day – № 3

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Eagle of the Day – № 2

“If you associate with eagles,
you will learn how to soar to great heights.
If you run with dogs,
you will learn how to bark.”

Ojo Michael E.


Great quote, what do you make out of it?

Today I associated with the eagles. I guided  a couple in the eagle preserve, who came a long way to photograph the eagles. My first question in the morning was “What picture do you want to shoot today?”

“Eagles in flight” was the answer.

So we lined up along the river in an area with few obstructions and the distant mountains as a backdrop. It was a crystal clear day, temperatures in the teens, no wind. Despite being bundled up that means cold feet and fingers, while waiting for the eagles to show up.

Well, we were rewarded with some nice pictures. The above image shows one adult bald eagle crossing the river. How did I do this?

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In your dream

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“Go away!”

“No you go away! This is my fish.”

“I am bigger than you are. Beat it.”

“So what. I am smarter than you are.”

Although I don’t speak Eagle nor Raven, I am sure something like that was exchanged between these two.

The unwritten rule in the bald eagle kingdom is that one eagle feasts on a fish at a time. Other eagles may be lingering around, but they have to await their turn. Interestingly other birds, like ravens, magpies, and seagulls are tolerated to nip at the fish at the same time.

This is the first time that I have observed a shouting match between a raven and an eagle, maybe because it was a juvenile bald eagle, who is still learning, or maybe it was a particular feisty raven?

 

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