Baby Owlets – Growing Day After Day

Who knew I’d see my first owlets half way across the country on my Yellowstone Spring Babies trip.

Better yet, the trip offered several days over the course of a week to photograph two Great Horned Owlets and their mom.

And, wow, did they grow quickly!

At times, they were difficult to photograph because they sure know how to hide within the tree branches. Fortunately, spring is a little slower getting to Yellowstone, so the trees weren’t full with leaves yet.

At the beginning of the week, the owlets looked like big cotton balls. You could barely see their faces.

By the end of the week, they were taking shape and looking more like adult Great Horned Owls.

The first day I saw the owlets. They looked like big cotton balls of feather.

Puffballs
Two Great Horned Owlets sleeping in a tree. You can barely see the outline of their little faces.

 

Two days later. Both of the owlets were there, but this owlet was sitting in a spot that offered prime viewing. For the owlet to check me out and for me to see the owlet!

Owlet on Alert
A Great Horned Owlet is alert and looking around as if something scared it. Eventually, the owlet went back to resting.
Whooo Are You?
A Great Horned Owlet looking at the people below its perch.
Falling Asleep
A Great Horned Owlet falling asleep.

 

Five days since the first time I saw them. I could only find one of the owlets. You can see the feathers on their stomach beginning to take shape!

Hiding in Tree Branches
A Great Horned Owlet resting in the sun among bare tree branches.

I’ll be posting more Yellowstone Spring Babies photos, so check back!

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Blending In

At the beginning of our Yellowstone Spring Babies trip, we spent our first night at Mammoth Hotsprings – knowing this would be a great location to see baby elks.

So, the first day in Yellowstone I’m walking around Mammoth Springs looking for baby elk when I hear a Great Horned Owl hooting in a nearby tree.

Many of you know I’ve spent my spring looking for baby owlets to photograph at home with no luck. If a Great Horned Owl is here, there is a chance she may have owlets!

I quickly find the owl sitting in a tree near the Post Office in Mammoth Springs.

The Great Horned Owl certainly blends in with the tree it’s perched on!!

Next blog… Great Horned Owlets!!

Great Horned Owl
This Great Horned Owl blends into the tree trunk behind her, making it difficult to see her.
Half Resting
This Great Horned Owl has one eye on her little owlets as she rests on a tree branch.
Great Horned Owl
A Great Horned Owl sitting on a tree branch near her owlets that are resting in a nearby tree.
Checking on owlets
This Great Horned Owl’s babies were in a nearby tree. In this photo, it looks as if she’s bending over to get a better look at them.

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Bison Calf… Exercising

You’re gonna love this little baby bison, aka “Little Red Dog” as it strengthens its little legs.

If you listen closely to the video, you’ll hear the Yellowstone Association Institute instructor of our class give some details about the little calf’s age. As well as the age of the larger calf nearby.

The little baby bison that is running around its mom is just a few weeks old.

Since baby bison calves are up and walking within 45 minutes after birth in order to keep up with the rest of the herd, getting its little muscles in tiptop shape is a must!

What a cutie!!

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Getting a Nudge from Mom

Baby bison calves are up and walking within 45 minutes after birth in order to keep up with the rest of the herd.

As a result, they tend to be a little stubborn and rebellious as they stretch and flex their legs, hence their nickname “Little Red Dog.”

Here’s a baby bison that was giving its mom a hard time, but mom finally got her Little Red Dog moving with the rest of the herd.

Rebellious
Rebellious: A baby bison is being rebellious with its mom as they butt heads.
Being Stubborn
Being Stubborn: A baby bison is being stubborn with its mom in Lamar Valley, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming.
Butt Nudge
Butt Nudge: Mom finally gives her baby bison a butt nudge.
Fine, I'll Go
Fine, I’ll Go: The Little Red Dog finally gives in and moves along with the rest of the herd.

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Yellowstone Spring Babies

I just returned from the most amazing trip to Yellowstone National Park searching for wildlife spring babies.

And wow, what an amazing trip! Kristin and I saw over 45 different kinds of animals and tons of spring babies from red dogs (bison calves), big horn sheep lambs, owlets and wolf pups… to name a few!

As I sift through all the photos and videos that I’ll be sharing during the next several weeks (okay, maybe months), I thought it would be fitting to begin these Yellowstone Spring Baby blogs through the north entrance of the park through the famous Roosevelt Arch.

And, I want to include two plugs:

  • Yellowstone Association Institute’s Spring Babies instructor Shauna Baron, who shared amazing stories from her more than a decade of experiences with wildlife in Yellowstone. One day included 15 hours of searching for wildlife spring babies!
  • Lilac Cottage in Gardiner, Montana, where we spent the last several days of our trip using our new wildlife learnings to find even more spring babies. What a cozy little cottage tucked away in the middle of town!

Super excited to share Yellowstone spring baby photos with all of you!

Be sure to stop back often over the next several weeks!!

Roosevelt Arch
The Roosevelt Arch at the north entrance to Yellowstone National Park.
The Arch Doorway
The Yellowstone National Park sign can be seen through the Roosevelt Arch doorway.
The Arch
Looking up at the Roosevelt Arch from below.
Golden Arch
The morning sun turns the Roosevelt Arch golden.

TBT – Rescue on the Mighty Mo

Over the years, I’ve had the opportunity to take various types of photographs. The most unique by far, have been the ones I took while working as a reporter/photographer. I took thousands of photographs from people to sports to crime to accident scenes.

During this part of my life, I developed many of my photography skills, although I continue to learn more every day with the changing digital world and travel opportunities I didn’t have when I was younger.

Here is a photograph that I’ve tinkered with (and not very well I might add) to bring it from a picture hanging on my wall to digital. I have yet to discover the best way to convert printed pictures to digital…

Anyway, I hope you enjoy this “shot short” from my past.

Rescue on the Missouri River
During what now has been coined the “Great Flood 1993,” I was working at a daily newspaper in Missouri. One of the local fire departments called me to let me know that floodwaters had isolated a little town along the Missouri River called Wainwright. They were making plans to rescue the town’s residents and would I be interested in going with them. I asked “What time do I need to be ready to go?”

When I arrived, the fire captain met me and introduced me to two U.S. Coast Guard members. They were going to be my crew for this adventure.

So there I sat on a boat, headed into the swiftly moving floodwaters of the Mighty Mo (Missouri River). Had I thought this through a little more, I might not have jumped into the boat as quickly as I did, but there I was.

We had made several failed attempts to get around the levee, which was completely submerged under the fast current. The crew decided to try to go over the levee. The boat ended up getting caught on the levee and the end of the boat that was still “free” was grabbed by the current, placing the boat (and us) in an interesting predicament.

Thankfully, two of the crew quickly grabbed long rods, jammed them into the levee, pushed just enough to lift the boat up off the levee after several tries. I kept telling myself, “at least I am in safe hands” being with a fireman and two coast guard members. After that minor glitch, they ended up scrubbing the “rescue.”

As we headed back to where we entered the river, another team of firefighters had been able to make it to the little town via a land route. Even though I missed getting photographs of the rescue, I definitely felt my experience on the Mighty Mo during the Great Flood of 1993 was definitely more memorable!

7199-Mighty-Mo Website

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Turtle Time

So… how many turtles can fit on a pond log? There’s more than three…

3 Turtles
Three turtles…
4 Turtles
Four turtles…
5 Turtles
Room for one more… Five!

Prickly Pollination

A bumble bee on a very prickly Vietnamese Coriander flower at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum.

Click here to see the prickly details! And, if anyone knows what that clump of yellowish stuff on the side of the bee is, let me know.

#bumblebee #flower

Prickly Pollination

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A Bleeding Heart

During spring Bleeding Heart flowers don’t bloom for long…

Enjoy this spring beauty.

Bleeding heart
A bleeding heart flower.

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Today Is… Prince Day!

Governor Mark Dayton declares June 7 to be Prince Day in Minnesota… how cool is that!

And… the Governor’s proclamation encourages you to wear PURPLE!

Here’s a link to the article.

http://blog.thecurrent.org/2016/06/governor-dayton-declares-june-7-to-be-prince-day-in-minnesota/?WT.mc_id=4c311cfe51e315b22a81cfd483bca624

And from the Star Tribune, 10 song Prince wrote for other singers to celebrate Prince’s birthday, which is today:

http://www.startribune.com/celebrate-prince-s-birthday-with-10-songs-he-gifted-to-other-singers/381866931/

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