Gordon Dietzman -- Worked with endangered species, am a wilderness canoeist, conservation educator, and nature photographer. Noah Ranger.Sign in to follow
Blaise, Thanks for the comment.
Neil, I've been informally studying the difference between photographic documentation and photographic art. Most importantly how does one recognize when conditions begin to change permitting the photographer to move from documentation to art. This photograph was one of my first successful efforts of deliberately bridging that gap. Thank you for your comments; they mean a lot to me.
Ava, I added the photo to the animal architecture mission.
Thanks everyone for the kind comments. Jemma, See the mule deer range map partway down the page at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mule_deer. This map shows the location of various subspecies with the orange color indicating the range occupied by the Rocky Mountain subspecies of Mule Deer.
Thanks everyone for your comments. Jemma, There are lots of different species of deer. For instance, moose, mule deer, blacktail deer, elk are all species of deer and that list doesn't include deer species found on continents other than North America. Columbian black-tailed deer are a subspecies of mule deer, so you have seen mule deer! However, I know what you mean. The more traditional form of mule deer are found east of the coastal ranges. They are on average larger animals than whitetails. Facial markings vary somewhat in both mule deer and whitetails so it is difficult to make too many generalizations. Mule deer tend to be darker and grayer. Whitetails tend to be browner with lighter patches on throat, around the eyes and nose.
When I was there a story kept running through my mind, one written by Loren Eisley about an experience of capturing a kestrel and then releasing it. Here is a link to the story: http://people.tribe.net/8a1666c0-7544-41...
Several people, after being given some training, got to release birds, mostly sharp-shinned but one redtail as well. The thing I noticed about them were their grins. Ear to ear grins. They couldn't stop smiling. It was an adventure to be sure and made an indelible mark on them. Plus seeing those big kettles of birds....fascinating...
This is an annual banding program along the shore of Lake Superior in northeast Duluth. Raptors heading south in the fall get pinched to the west by Lake Superior, which is large enough they prefer not to fly over it. The ridges in this area provide good thermals as well, so it's not unusual to have large numbers of birds flying through this spot to take advantage of thermals and to avoid the lake. One day over a 100,000 broad-winged hawks transited the counting station located here. This makes it an ideal place to mist net raptors and band them. The banding, as one might expect, is used to determine migratory paths, wintering areas, longevity, etc. The birds are captured, banded, details noted, and then released. Usually this occurs over just a few minutes. The group doing this, however, sometimes permits visitors to release the birds for a small fee, which helps fund this mostly volunteer effort.
I think these may be young or female tree swallows. See http://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/tree_... for more information. I'd guess the young would be flying in early August. Point Pelee is a wonderful place. I remember vividly our only visit there. A sharp-shinned hawk came barrelling through the woods as they do and shot right between Deb and myself. Very cool...grin.
It could be Nezara viridula, but an alternative could be a green stink bug (Chinavia hilare), whose range extends further north than N. viridula. Take a look at this page and see what you think: http://bugguide.net/node/view/9058/bgpag....