[OM] Critters, for real.

Subject: [OM] Critters, for real.
From: Moose <olymoose@xxxxxxxxx>
Date: Sat, 26 Nov 2011 01:18:10 -0800
The photographic fruits of our month's visit to New England are starting to get 

Herewith a selection of 'real' critters we encountered and I captured. Not all 
still alive, though, I must warn you. 

The pièce de résistance of this collection is the weasel. A first for Carol in 
the wild only my second and the first 
I've caught with camera. Man that thing moved fast, popping out of holes in the 
old stone wall where we first saw it. 
Now for the first time, I understand "pop goes the weasel", 'cause that just 
what its head did in holes in the wall. It 
was actually so close that I had no chance to catch it there, as it was so 
quick and there were so many possible places 
for the next 'pop'.

I didn't even get the zoom all the way out as it hopped away after deciding we 
weren't going to move on, but caught a 
momentary pause as it headed away. From the field guide, I think it may be a 
short tailed weasel, although, as so often 
is the case, pictures and description don't seem definitive.

What's confusing me now is that the critter I saw at Point Reyes some years ago 
had what looked like a black mask around 
its eyes, but nothing like that should be there. I suppose it was either a long 
tailed weasel, and my memory is faulty, 
of someone has transplanted some black footed ferrets. It was carrying a dead 
gopher, so that would fit. Oh well, we saw 
a muskrat there too, another time, well out of its supposed range.

The first two images have a small story. I walked up to the stone balustrade at 
a scenic overlook in Acadia NP. This 
gull was standing there, apparently enjoying the view. I expected it to fly off 
when I approached.  It looked over at 
me, then turned back to the view.

The first of the two flutterbys I believe I posted before when this species was 
being discussed. There were also a few 
monarchs hanging on. I wonder if the got out before the snow storm two weeks 

The monarch shows what kind of sharpness and overall clarity is possible 
handheld with an active insect if one is 
patient and uses careful technique.

Carol is always on the lookout for turtles and frogs when we are near the right 
kind of water.  The second frog just 
looked like a rock to me in the viewfinder, but using my excellent binoculars, 
Carol insisted it was a frog. She was 
right. The folks at the Audubon center said turtles were unlikely at that time 
of year and in that weather. But sure 
enough, Carol found one. Credit perseverance and those binocs again.

The thing I like about a dead bird is the chance to see feather detail one 
never sees on a living one.


Wildlife Moose

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