Wildlife

Call Me DudeCall me “Dude”. This bighorn ram never once flinched as I stopped and photographed. Their horns can weigh up to 30 pounds, while the sheep themselves weigh up to 300 pounds. He wasn’t that big, but I stayed in the raft anyway. Image was taken below Ski Jump Rapid, Taos Box.

Wild an Scenic section of the Rio Grande River, New Mexico

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Snow Flight BaldSnow Flight Bald Eagle. The times I Winter in New Mexico, I’m drawn to the migration of the eagles. Photographing these wonderful creatures helps me forget that it’s cold outside.

Rio Grande River, New Mexico

Downy WoodpeckerA backyard buddy. As the smallest North American woodpecker, the Downy can drill cavities in dead trees or limbs that measure as little as 10 cm around. This means that it can live in a wider range of habitat than can larger woodpeckers.

Dixon, New Mexico

Black-crowned Night HeronBlack-crowned Night Heron. The Black-crowned Night-Heron is a patient hunter. It will often stand still and just wait for a frog or other small animals to pass by. The genus name Nycticorax derives from the Greek for “night raven” and refers to the largely nocturnal feeding habits.

Rio Grande Wild and Scenic River, New Mexico

 American BeaverNorth American Beaver. The beaver (genus Castor) is a primarily nocturnal, large, semi aquatic rodent. They are the second largest rodent in the world, after the Capybara of South America. I have the pleasure of watching these cuties quite often busying themselves with their almost constant daily activities. Busy as a beaver I suppose.

Rio Grande River, New Mexico

Hiking the Rio Grande River valley, I find a friend.Saw-Whet Owl. I often explore the banks of the river. On this particular evening I walked upon this little fella, perched in a thicket, not ten feet away.

Rio Grande River, New Mexico

One of the residents of the Rio Grande River Valley. Bighorn Sheep Ram. Reintroduced to the area, these magnificent animals have had a very successful recovery.

Rio Grande del Norte National Monument, New Mexico

On The Fence

On the fence. The Say’s Phoebe (Sayornis saya) is a passerine bird in the tyrant flycatcher family. A familiar sight in the Rio Grande Valley.

La Bolsa, New Mexico

Bull SnakeIsn’t it cute. This snake is also called the gopher snake and the pine snake. It is a constrictor, a snake that kills by squeezing prey until the victim can no longer breathe. The Bull Snake makes a hissing noise – because of this noise, people sometimes mistake it for a rattlesnake.

Taos Box Section of the Rio Grande River, New Mexico

Geese GatheringSpeaker to the delegation. Bosque del Apache is Spanish for “woods of the Apache,” and is rooted in the time when the Spanish observed Apaches routinely camped in the riverside forest. Here, tens of thousands of birds–including sandhill cranes, Arctic geese, and many kinds of ducks–gather each autumn and stay through the winter.

Bosque del Apache, New Mexico

Ever VigilantEver vigilant. There are many references to ravens in legends and literature. Because of its black plumage, croaking call, and diet of carrion, the raven has long been considered a bird of ill omen and of interest to creators of myths and legends.

Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming

Coyote on IceWith the river frozen, this lone coyote was having a difficult time acquiring a drink. After breaking through a few times, he/she licked the ice for a few minutes then moved on. Not sure why it’s tongue didn’t stick.

Wild and Scenic section of the Rio Grande River, New Mexico

On the WingDuring the Winter months, the migration of North America’s Bald Eagle population brings some to the Orilla Verde Recreation Area.

Wild and Scenic section of the Rio Grande River, New Mexico

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