Monday, 7 July 2014

Bull Moose, Grizz, Kriders (20140705) What a terrific day in the mountains

Saturday morning is for Grizzlies, was Jamie's note to me on Thursday. I asked if he would like some company, and he said "jump aboard"! Before daylight we had spotted 4 GHO's and a pair of fawns with mom out by the Ranch. Here was our first major critter a nice Bull Moose at 6:53 a.m. I believe that this is the same bull I shot out with the kids a couple of years ago, that was before I stared the blog.
Next up, just a half mile down the road was this nice Ram.
An hour later and we bumped into our second nice bull of the morning. This fella was very accomodating and I will be following up with a supplemental to show you more. Notice how close the hooves are as he walks, it almost looks like they are touching in this shot.
Mid morning we found this Coyote jogging up the middle of the road. Take a look here as it "flies" up the road as all four feet are off the ground at the same time.
11:00 a.m. and Jamie spies his bear. It was terrific as we had him all to our selves for a few minutes. It is a little incongruous that these large carnivores are walking along eating dandelions and clover.
 Of course when you get the chance to see who else is wandering around your neighbourhood upi have to stop and check it out.
Next we spent a little time with some of the little critters. The Goldenmantled Ground Squirrel is always a pleasure to see and shoot.
Another little guy was this Pika. I wish we would have had a little more sun.
And the critters kept getting smaller as this Dragonfly made an appearance.
Then this small butterfly filled in the petite opportunities.
we finished up the day by getting this, my second, Kriders Redtail. This was Jamie's first look at one of these "lighter" redtails.
A super day, and home before 3:00 p.m. What a great day of adventure here in wild Alberta.

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