A Mix of Species and Another Injured Animal
After finishing work I was able to shoot a few wildlife photos. To have time to get out and look around, to soak in a little bit of warmth, and to have to wear sunglasses was pleasant. My observations varied from wild, wide open spaces species to backyard animals.
Out in the open I photographed a rooster ring-necked pheasant (in harsh light) and an adult bald eagle in a conifer tree.
Rooster Ring-necked Pheasant in Snowy Field:
Adult Bald Eagle in Conifer:
At home I watched as a Cooper’s hawk looked for a meal. The bird was not successful in our yard, but its presence did bring wildlife movement to a standstill until several minutes after the bird left the area. I wish the pictures were better, but all I could do was shoot out a window or the hawk would have promptly left the area and I would have had no images.
Cooper’s Hawk in Conifer:
I put a camera near my feeder and let it record the avian visitors. View the video here:
Late this afternoon I received a call about a muskrat that had been hit by a car. Chances are, today was the first time the animal had ventured far from its winter home and it quickly was hit and injured. I am not sure if it will make survive the trauma. I will be taking the muskrat to Black Hawk Wildlife Rehabilitation Project.