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I retired in 2007 and became interested in bird/nature photography. My "home base" is the Ridgefield NWR in Washington state.
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AshleyT, I actually tried to think of the comment in some other context but I did not take into consideration the possibility of micaela2 being a younger person with no negative intent. If that's the case, I apologize for my wrong assumptions and for my reply to the comment. Thanks for your comment, AshleyT.
Thank you, martina1, kimberlycameron12, sofit1, HazelMarley, and Joshua Asel, for the nice comments.
As for micaela2's comment, it's too bad you have nothing better to do than to criticize my photos. Did you make the same comment on all the other 'soft' photos on project noah? Pathetic.
Thanks everyone for the kind words on my shot of the Kestrel! They are amazing birds and this one could very likely be a youngster. In my experience photographing birds, youngsters tend not to be as afraid of humans getting close as are mature birds. I guess their natural 'caution' instinct takes a while to kick in. It's been a couple years since this shot and I have not had a close up opportunity like it since. Thanks, too, to all the folks who have favorited the shot!
There are no fences to keep them in but there are large water boundaries (rivers) around much of the refuge which keeps then contained to an extent. It is possible for them to take an access bridge into nearby neighborhoods. I believe hunting at the refuge is limited to waterfowl. The CWTD was listed as endangered in 1968 but has been delisted in certain local areas ( it has not been delisted at the Ridgefield NWR). So all in all, the animals trans-located to Ridgefield should be fairly well protected from hunting. Good questions!
I am in complete agreement with you all. I have no idea why the tags and transmitter apparatus have to be so large and bulky. It was a surprise to me, too when I first saw the deer. On the other hand, I'm sure the animals get used to it and it didn't seem to bother this deer while I was observing it. Beautiful animals they are! I've had a few comments on Flickr saying that this deer is pregnant.