Monday, August 18, 2014

Whitetail Deer Camouflage



Natural camouflage makes it hard to spot White-Tailed Deer once they move into heavy brush. They are very cautious about coming out into the open to feed. Always on the alert with their ears and eyes and always watching - they will see and hear you and you may not know they are there. Sometimes the flicking of their white tail catches one's attention. 

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Whitetail Deer Camouflage

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Tree Climbing Fox


Gray Fox climbing a tree in the Backyard several times - and fast climbing too - with the ability to hold onto a vertical tree trunk in this case to eat suet for birds. Foxes are now addicted to suet. Video clearly shows the foxes technique. Very athletic and agile - the gray fox's ability to climb trees is shared only with the Asian Raccoon Dog among all canids. Its strong, hooked claws allow it to scramble up trees to escape many predators such as the domestic dog or the coyote, or to reach tree-bound or arboreal food sources. 

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Gray Fox climbing tree


Saturday, August 16, 2014

Raccoon Knocks Over Trail Camera



A Raccoon becomes fascinated by Bushnell Trail Camera on a game trail and knocks it over. Large bears have passed here without bothering to knock over the camera - don't think the Raccoon had any bad intentions - just curiosity and clumsiness! No damage done.

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Raccoon Knocks Over Trail Camera


Relaxing Nature Meditation - Baby Song Sparrows in Nest


Relax and enjoy watching two Song Sparrow chicks in the nest. If a few minutes of watching these birds is precious, imagine watching them for 12 minutes - they are fascinating. They have grown fast and are close to fledging. One in particular is obsessed with pulling out its baby downy feathers in preparation for leaving the nest.

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Baby Song Sparrows in Nest

Baby Song Sparrows in Nest

Baby Song Sparrows in Nest

Friday, August 15, 2014

Whitetail Deer Galloping in Backyard



White-Tail Deer

A pair of White-Tailed Deer visit my parents backyard in southern Ohio. Two of four yearlings to visit that day - they show off their speed galloping to the safety of cover in dense brush.

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White-Tail Deer

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Wild Turkey Flock Behaviour



Interesting social behaviors of a large flock of Wild Turkeys high in the misty Great Smoky Mountains of North Carolina in mid-July. True wild turkeys can be difficult to film acting naturally as they are quite skittish, especially in flocks. This flock was working the deep forest edge along a large clearing and I don't think they were aware of me or they would have ducked into the forest edge. The flock consists of several family groups with at least four adults and many poults, or young turkeys, some a little older than the others, all hatched earlier in  spring. What is a little unusual about this flock is that there appears to be at least two adult males mixed in with one clearly showing his dominance in the classic fashion. Typically the adult males don't travel with the hens and flocks of young.

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Wild Turkey Flock Behaviour


Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Song Sparrow Babies in Nest



Cute Song Sparrow babies being fed by both parents and interacting with each other in a nest in the Great Smoky Mountains. These are two irresistible characters. Apparently the third egg didn't hatch. It was a challenge getting a clear line of site into the nest hidden in a Norway Spruce tree, but I found a narrow window into their amazing little world!

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Song Sparrow Babies in Nest

Florida Lighting Thunder and Cicada Crescendo !



Violent afternoon Lightning Storm with deafening Thunder in Florida and Cicada's and Blue Jays rise in unison to a deafening crescendo. Is it a coincidence? The Crescendo occurs around the 1:00 mark. Turn up the volume to hear an amazing overload of the sounds of Nature! A bit of trivia - unlike northern Cicadas, in Florida they are active every year.

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thunderstorm lightning and Cicadas in Florida

What Happens in the Backyard at Night ?



Ever wonder what happens in the backyard while people sleep. Here is a fun sample of mammals passing through a backyard in the Great Smoky Mountains captured with a Bushnell night vision trail camera. I think you'll be surprised!
Music - "Swamp Stomp" by Silent Partner from the YouTube Audio Library.

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backyard mammal animals bear

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Brown Thrasher in Florida

Brown Thrasher
Brown Thrasher checking me out while I check it out.  

I taught this great bird to take peanuts from my hand - or did it teach me to give him peanuts? See:

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