It Happened Again…I Tried to Go Fishing
After work today I attempted to go ice fishing. You might assume this would be an easy plan to complete, but it wasn’t. Just like last Friday, before I made it to the ice I saw critters. While I was not able to see or photograph river otters today, I was plenty busy with other species.
At one spot alone I was able to photograph three opossums. The little-appreciated marsupials were attracted to the area by food on the ground, presumably placed by well-meaning individuals. I certainly hope the animals don’t get hit by cars or become habituated to unnatural food. That situation will quickly end the goodwill effort.
I don’t know that leaving food for the ‘possums is a good thing, but if it has to be done, the food should be placed further into the timber to protect the hungry, frost-bit critters.
In the small bird category I saw and photographed a male and female northern cardinal and an American tree sparrow. There was a white-throated sparrow present too, but I was not able to photograph it.
Female Northern Cardinal:
Male Northern Cardinal:
American Tree Sparrow:
In the large bird category I photographed a juvenile bald eagle silhouetted against the cloudy/white sky.
Juvenile Bald Eagle in Flight:
The best opportunity for the day was shooting pictures of eleven wild turkeys that also were attracted to the food/bird seed. What unusual faces!
By the way…when I was done shooting pictures, it was time to go home. I never unloaded my ice hut or gear!