A look back at 2012 – in pictures of course 🙂 Happy Holidays and here’s to a grand 2013!
“Lift Off” An adult bald eagle takes flight from a snag near Lake Derby. Rocky Mountain Arsenal NWR, CO. This eagle landed to my south while I was facing north, aniticpating eagles returning to the roost in the evening. We spent a few minutes together before he left for the roost. I guess he was checking me out. Haliaeetus leucocephalus
Students in the Zapata Ranch Sandhill Crane Photo Workshop line up with big glass at Monte Vista National Wildlife Refuge.
I returned to the Gunnison Basin for the fourth stright spring to photograph Gunnison Sage-grouse, one of the most endangered birds in North America, but still not on the Endangered Species List. GuSG’s have been a huge challenge for me and I’ve seen a lot of birds leave the lek before there’s enough light to photograph. Sometimes a golden eagle shows up, or there’s not enough females on the lek to hold male’s attention. Regardless, there’s a story to be told and I think this image helps tell the story well. These birds lek (mate) in a pasture on a ranch in the Gunnison Basin. The rancher moves his cows to another pasture during lekking season, giving the grouse a place to mate from late March into May. It’s an important piece of a complicated puzzle as a wide range of folks work together to save the species.
Three grizzly bears – “Quad Mom” and cubs sniff the air in near darkness. The sow stood before the bears ran full speed for the forest. Ursus arctos horribilis