“Nest Life”

© Teklanika Photography 2011
© Teklanika Photography 2011

A male osprey, busy collecting building materials, rejoins his mate at their nest. The background is a calm lake reflecting the surrounding forest.

“Nest Life”
Arapaho National Forest, Colorado
Sony A200
Sony 75-300mm lens @ 300mm
1/500 sec @ f5.6
iso 400
© Teklanika Photography 2011

April 19 – 26, 2011

*Disclaimer: The following images involve natural predation and may not be appropriate for everyone.

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February 4 – 14, 2011

Winter is in full swing, and mostly due to the blanket of snow, wildlife viewing has improved greatly. Coyotes, whitetail and mule deer, and bald and golden eagles have been seen daily. The contrast between dark fur and bright snow makes it difficult for properly exposed mammal photos, every day in the field is a learning experience. Avian photography, on the other hand, has been getting a little easier. The eagles and hawks are plentiful, and I finally feel like the time spent practicing bird-in-flight shots with the thousands of Canada geese that spend their Winter in the area is paying off.

January 27 – February 3, 2011

Some new, some old…

December 23, 2010 – January 3, 2011

Some older shots that I’ve finally gotten around to processing, as well as a couple new ones from the last couple of weeks…

December 21, 2010 – Winter Solstice Lunar Eclipse

The eclipse of December 2010 was the first total lunar eclipse in almost three years, since the February 2008 lunar eclipse. It is the second of two lunar eclipses that occurred in 2010. The eclipse was the first total lunar eclipse to occur on the day of the Northern Winter Solstice since 1638.

December 1, 2010 – More Old & New Shots

Finally finished culling unwanted photos from the hard drive, here’s the last batch of shots that were overlooked for one reason or another the first time around…

November 24, 2010 – More Old & New Shots

Still working on cleaning up the old hard drive, here’s another batch of shots that were overlooked the first time around.

November 14, 2010 – Old & New Shots

In an effort to conserve disk space and clean up my hard drive, I’ve been going through my files and deleting unwanted shots. I came across a couple of decent shots that, for one reason or another, I’d overlooked.

October 14 – 19, 2010

“Our remnants of wilderness will yield bigger values to the nation’s character and health than they will to its pocketbook, and to destroy them will be to admit that the latter are the only values that interest us.”
– Aldo Leopold

October 6 – 13, 2010

“Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature’s peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop off like autumn leaves.” – John Muir

September 29 – October 5, 2010

The elk rut is beginning to slowly wind down, bugles are losing intensity and serious fights between the big males are happening less frequently. I’ve witnessed some excellent mating season drama this year – madness, serenity, ferocity, compassion, weakness, strength, refusal, acceptance, frustration, satisfaction, rage, glee, defeat and victory. Soon the mule deer bucks here in Colorado will begin sparring and rounding up the does and fawns, and the long-awaited deer rut will begin. All of the osprey have left their summer homes, migrating south to spend the winter in Texas and Mexico. Still few sightings and no shots of the elusive pine marten, maybe they will be easier to track and photograph in the late fall and winter (fingers crossed)…

September 20 – 22, 2010

“As Autumn approaches, elk descend from the high country to montane meadows for the annual breeding season. Within the gathering herds, the larger antlered males, weighing up to 1100 pounds and standing five feet at the shoulder, move nervously among the bands of smaller females.

In this season of excitement, bull elk compete with one another for the right to breed with a herd of females. Prime bulls, eight to nine years old, stand the best chance of mating. While competition is high among bulls it includes little fighting, since fighting causes injury and depletes energy. Instead, mature bulls compete for cows by displaying their antlers, necks and bodies. They emit strong, musky odors and bugle. With little rest or food during the mating season, bulls enter the winter highly susceptible to the hardships of the coming months.

Bull elk signal the season of mating with a crescendo of deep, resonant tones that rise rapidly to a high-pitched squeal before dropping to a series of grunts. It is this call, or bugle, that gives rise to the term “rut” for the mating season. Rut is derived from the Latin word meaning roar.

The eerie call, echoing through the autumn nights, serves to intimidate rival males and may act as a physical release for tensions of the season. Cows and younger bulls may also bugle, but they are unable to match the strength or range of the older bulls’ calls.”

– National Park Service