Saturday, January 12, 2013

Camera Critters #249

A little over a week ago, I heard about some rather rare birds flying around the open fields 15 miles from me.

Wanting to get a photo of the birds, I borrowed my sister’s Jeep (I have no vehicle…only a bicycle) and headed to the area with camera by my side.

As I approached where the birds had been seen only four hours earlier, I watched as a Prairie Falcon patrolled the fields.  Watching closer, I noticed a second falcon also in the area.

I knew immediately that the birds I was after had gone into hiding and my chances of photographing them was almost non-existent.

But then, from the field opposite of where I was looking came sound which drew my attention.  There they were…a herd of Roosevelt Elk crossing the open field and road not more than 200 feet in front of me.

Getting out of the Jeep, I began shooting.

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I may not have seen the birds I wanted to see, but the elk were a wonderful surprise.

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13 comments:

Misty DawnS said...

That is so awesome! What an amazing experience and awesome photos! I love the young'un in the last photo.

eileeninmd said...

Cool sighting of the elk herd. Great shots!

Carol L McKenna said...

Great shot and elks are awesome ~

(A Creative Harbor ~ Carol L McKenna)

Snap said...

Wonderful surprise indeed! A whole herd, too! Happy Critter Day!

TexWisGirl said...

wonderful find!

ladyfi said...

Amazing shots of the elk. What a lovely surprise!

Jidhu Jose said...

excellent catch

Flying Bird

Jane said...

Great captures!

Tree Hugger - Suzan said...

How fantastic to catch this huge herd! Noticed the fence - are they wild or belong to someone? Are they permitted to hunt them??Hope not!! But if they're like our white tail deer here in the southeast--- they need to be hunted!

Gemma Wiseman said...

An incredible, breathtaking sight of this herd! I am amazed how settled (but maybe wary) they appear! And how lucky to get the young one centre stage in the last photo!

Jackie said...

These are beautiful and wonderful shots.

My husband would love to see these. He's a truck driver and always calls me when he sees elk!

Wow..you live in wonderful country. Thanks for sharing this beauty with us!

I hope you have a great week!!

Kerri said...

I would love to see these!

TheChieftess said...

Really nice capture!!! Elk herds are wonderful to watch...