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N 21 B 86 C 2 E Aug 22, 2019 F Aug 22, 2019
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N 18 B 253 C 0 E Jun 8, 2019 F Aug 22, 2019
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The average orca male adult is 26 feet (8 m) long and weighs 8 tons (8,000 kg). Its body is “robust” and its round head has a slight beak. We enjoyed watching it using its paddle-like flippers as it drew itself forward or rolled and lifted them out of the water. Its “blow” was “bushy” and about 10 feet high.

While we only saw this lone male, orcas are highly social. Their pods range in size from 3-40, as they hunt and “play” together. They are referred to as "sea wolves" as their hunting is very efficient and a genuine threat to their prey, such is seals and their young.

As we witnessed, orcas are acrobatic. They, like the humpbacks, will lob-tail, spy-hop, and breach (which we longed to see, but didn’t this time).

The orcas’ dive patterns are variable. They will exhale many blows at short intervals, then will dive 4-10 minutes at a time. Phenomenal!

I used a "process" filter to try to have better contrast in the image here.

Tags:   Roll Play Splash Acrobatic Male Killer Whale Whale Oscinus orca Sea Wolf Flipper Marine Mammal Mammal Animal Water Coastal Tidal Inside Passage Southeast Alaska Alaska Lindblad Expeditions Nat Geo Travel Expedition Travel Adventure Outdoors Outside Nature

N 16 B 343 C 4 E Aug 20, 2019 F Aug 20, 2019
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I was pretty close, using my new 600mm lens, and caught this egret filling the frame, catching a shad. Here, I've cropped it tightly to show the eyes of the predator and the prey.

Tags:   Cherry Creek State ParK Cherry Creek Reservoir Cherry Creek Lake Copyright 2019 - David C Stephens All Rights Reserved DxO PHotoLab nature sanctuary nature urban Bird Sony a9 FE 600mm f/4 GM OSS hand held _DSC1082_DxO_1 egret snowy egret shad fish

N 93 B 614 C 58 E May 24, 2019 F Aug 21, 2019
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Tags:   Blue Grosbeak Grosbeak bird wildlife nature Colorado blue Amy Hudechek Nikon D500 Nikon 600mm f4

N 59 B 897 C 12 E Aug 18, 2019 F Aug 20, 2019
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Tags:   Red-Tailed Hawk Bird Birds of Prey Raptor Bernie Duhamel Sony A-9 Sony FE 100-400mm Front Range GreatPhotographers Team Sony Rocky Mountains Colorado Colorado Wildlife WIldlife


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