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This Black-tailed Prairie Dog seems well prepared for the coming lean times of winter. We observed him/her continuing to build its fat reserves in Badlands National Park where the species occupies habitat of roughly 4,500 acres. That's a whole lot of Prairie Dogs providing a plentiful food source for such predators as cayotes, foxes, badgers and birds of prey.

Tags:   black-tailed prairie dog Cynomys ludovicianus badlands national park south dakota wildlife wildlife of the west Wildlife rodent fat rotund chubby healthy conservation protect the environment protect public lands protect wildlife

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Yesterday's much closer shot of migrating Sandhill Cranes was made from a blind, a day's drive north of where I live, at one of their major staging grounds. By the time they reach southwestern Saskatchewan - most years - they are flying very high. Serious flying. Southbound for the winter.

We lay on our backs watching as wave after wave passed directly overhead. Usually their strange, alien cries alerted us before we actually saw them. We were on a long back country hike and I had not brought a long lens with me, so this image is best viewed LARGE, or the crane silhouettes may be lost against that altocumulus sky.

According to Google, a group of cranes may have several collective nouns; my faves are a "swoop" and a "dance". This dance contains 159 cranes (approximately) and was about the average size. Extrapolating from this, I estimate that 2,000 to 2,500 cranes flew over us that day.

Photographed looking straight up from Grasslands National Park, Saskatchewan (Canada). Don't use this image on websites, blogs, or other media without explicit permission ©2021 James R. Page - all rights reserved.

Tags:   Sandhill Crane Grus canadensis wildlife bird migratory long-legged wading bird flight flying migration dance swoop sky cumulus clouds pattern nature wild prairie Wow! fall southbound Grasslands National Park Saskatchewan Canada copyrighted James R. Page

N 15 B 165 C 2 E Oct 19, 2021 F Oct 19, 2021
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This is a small park in "The Narrows." New Mexico

Tags:   The Narrows Sandstone Bluffs New Mexico

N 35 B 281 C 3 E Oct 18, 2021 F Oct 20, 2021
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A gorgeous male spruce grouse sits ruffled up.

This little guy was a joy to watch and photograph.

Tags:   sprucegrouse grouse nature love lovenature get out there naturephotography natureontario natureswonders naturelovers ontario nature wonderfulnature wildlife wildlife photography wild birds birds birdsontario canon canon 500mm F/4L II 500mmF4II bokeh extremebokeh ontariowildlife ontarioparks

N 13 B 117 C 7 E Oct 13, 2021 F Oct 20, 2021
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One week ago I travelled up to Rivière Rouge and Bourgeois in the rain. Today is sunny and I will revisit these impressive rivers again on my dual sport motorcycle.

Tags:   Motorcycle Motorcycling Bike Suzuki VSTROM BikeRide Ride Rain Fog Autumnal Foliage Autumn Fall RivièreRouge River Waters Waterfall Rapid Backroads DirtRoad Gravel Wet Leaves Leaf Bedrocks G12


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