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Author:  JustJoe [ Mon Feb 18, 2013 5:40 pm ]
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Probably going to be a lot of moose photos but the reason I started this thread is I finally got a photo, and video of a Pileated Woodpecker. I don't know if it's just me but they seem to be shy. I see them all the time, flying off after I spook them. This one today was only interested in the business at hand.

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fDcjrZZCZEo

I'll start with this guy and post more if the thread takes off. :)

Author:  OG Rob [ Mon Feb 18, 2013 6:13 pm ]
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Boy that guy got to have one hell of a headache by the end of the day.

Cool video Joe!

Author:  Cracky [ Mon Feb 18, 2013 6:47 pm ]
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My kids and I saw this mink while hiking along the Ipswich River. He was more than happy to pose for us.

I'm sorry, but I have no idea how to load images to this post...

https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B6u0eWo ... sp=sharing

Author:  madmattd [ Mon Feb 18, 2013 8:51 pm ]
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Do gray jays count? :D

I was stalked by a pair for about 3/4 mile Saturday on Garfield. No joke. Every time I stopped on the final push from the upper switchback to the summit, 2 of them landed in nearby trees. They finally stopped following after I summitted, guess they decided I wasn't going to feed them :D

I've got some pics somewhere...

Author:  JustJoe [ Mon Feb 18, 2013 8:56 pm ]
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madmattd wrote:
Do gray jays count? :D



Of coarse. By far my most photographed wildlife while hiking.

Anything that walks, fly's, crawls, or slithers. :D

Author:  KellyK [ Mon Feb 18, 2013 10:31 pm ]
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Sorry for those of you who have seen these before...and sorry for the not-so-great quality

Boreal Owl off Dicey's Mill Trail
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Pine Marten near the Mt. Avalon Spur Trail
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Bighorn Sheep in Yellowstone
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Short Horned Lizard in Bryce Canyon
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Yellow Bellied Marmot in Yosemite
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Author:  JustJoe [ Tue Feb 19, 2013 6:25 am ]
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Still jealous of that Pine Marten. And since Matt brought it up.

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Author:  Cracky [ Tue Feb 19, 2013 6:50 am ]
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Kelly- That Pine Marten is really cool. How did you ever see it?

Also, scratch the mink shot! My mistake. I saw that paddling, not hiking. The kids and I saw a ferret a few days later and I didn't get a shot. My mistake. :?

Author:  krpayer [ Tue Feb 19, 2013 7:21 am ]
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Well, since no one's posted one yet :wink:
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Author:  JustJoe [ Tue Feb 19, 2013 7:47 am ]
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Cracky wrote:

Also, scratch the mink shot! My mistake. I saw that paddling, not hiking. The kids and I saw a ferret a few days later and I didn't get a shot. My mistake. :?


I checked with the judges and they said while paddling is O.K. :wink: They're even willing to include the backyard photos. Can't be your dog or cat though. :P

Author:  Cracky [ Tue Feb 19, 2013 7:58 am ]
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Oh boy! If paddling shots are allowed, how about this one from out in British Columbia? I interned out there in college back in 2000. I took this pic with (are you sitting down?) an old 35mm camera.

https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B6u0eWo ... sp=sharing

Author:  Cracky [ Tue Feb 19, 2013 8:39 am ]
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Hey, I finally learned how to post pics! Hopefully this works...

This shot of a flying swan was from a hike around Lake Attitash with my kids.

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And this is the pic from my paddling link from above...

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Author:  CraigB [ Tue Feb 19, 2013 9:23 am ]
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Nice pics, folks. I enjoy seeing the wildlife!
I will have to dig through some photos later. The only ones I have lately are fuzzy... no-zoom... camera phone pics.
Of which, here are a couple from this past November while paddling the Pemi River.
We were very lucky. Had the opportunity to see two bear swim across the river (about a mile apart and headed same direction) and two others on the bank (one was feeding on the grasses and the other came down just long enough to get a drink of water.
I've never even seen a bear in this spot before, so seeing four different ones in one day was crazy.

This one fed along the shore for a few hundred yards and never noticed us drifting along-side.
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This one was about a half mile downstream. I missed the photo ops when it was in the water... and then when it was rubbing its back on that downed down! Couldn't get a pic with my phone til we got a bit closer.
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I didn't get a pic of the second one we saw swim the river. We paddled downstream to try to catch up with it, but when it hit the shore, it was gone. Found lots of tracks, so a popular crossing.

This last pic is of a little one that came down off the hill just long enough to get a drink and then it went running back into the bushes.
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The biggest one was maybe 200-250 pounds and the small one was 70 pounds tops. Was very fun to see.

Author:  KellyK [ Tue Feb 19, 2013 9:28 am ]
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Cracky wrote:
Kelly- That Pine Marten is really cool. How did you ever see it?


It actually ran for a little while on the ground before climbing the tree. I"m not that eagle-eyed. The owl, likewise, swooped down in front of us before perching up on a branch pretty far away.

I'm jealous of the bear and moose photos. Have only seen a moose on the trail standing still once (once running away) and she was too far away for a good photo. Ditto for the very large coyote who was watching the moose at the same time we were. And still haven't seen a bear apart from across a valley in Yellowstone. We basically saw a black lump on a tree that moved over time....and the photo that I took is pretty much of that lump.

Author:  CraigB [ Tue Feb 19, 2013 9:43 am ]
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Ok... I quickly found a few with an actual camera...

This first one is probably my favorite wildlife photo I've ever taken. A young bull elk in PA. We had seen quite a few in Elk County when we took a drive. This one was just feeding on the side of a hiking trail as we came around the corner. It was the county below where we saw all the other elk, so we were surprised to see this one. He was not bothered by us at all. Must have had his picture taken many times...
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And this is a slightly piebald doe (you can see the white blazing on her nose) about twenty miles south of the elk (same trip) in one of the state park areas. There were lots of old fire roads to hike but not much for trails in the area. Still fun.
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These next ones were while bushwacking through the Belknaps a couple years ago. I came upon a winter deer yard. As long as I moved slow, the deer and turkeys didn't seem to mind my presence. I snapped a few photos and got out of there.
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This doe even became quite inquisitive and snuck up behind this tree to peek at me. LoL.
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That was fun. But I decided to leave before I spooked them and caused them to run into the deeper snow outside the areas they had trails packed down.

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