Category Archives: mammals

Disparate defences

  I think that I am on safe ground to suggest that prey prefer not to be eaten. Yesterday I watched two prey animals which had adopted rather different methods of defending against predators. They were a mountain goat and … Continue reading

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Fishing grizzlies

  Three smallish grizzly bears were fishing in a stream. I suspect that these bears were cubs freshly on their own as they had yet to develop the prominent shoulder hump of adult grizzlies. This grizzly appears to be looking … Continue reading

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Chipmunk

  Today I photographed two different mammals, which was somewhat unusual as most days I don’t see any wild mammals. Below is the first seen, and the smaller of the two. The next posting will be of the more dramatic … Continue reading

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Otters reappear

  I was delighted to see a half-dozen featureless grey ghosts visit a dilapidated dock in the faint light well before dawn. They constituted a family of otters.  In recent times, I had been wondering about local otters for I … Continue reading

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Hare’s ears

  Wildlife websites assure us that one of the many differences between rabbits and hares is that hares have much longer ears. Usually unmentioned is that this difference vanishes at our northern latitudes.  The snowshoe hare is present across mainland … Continue reading

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July goulash

  This is a collection of images from this July that did not have postings of their own. The idiom, snake in the grass, implies treachery. In reality, our garter snake is harmless. This Cedar Waxwing seemed intent on expressing … Continue reading

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Gibson errors

  We drove to Gibson Lake. Gibson Lake is one of the many satellite alpine lakes that hang over Kootenay Lake. On the way there, I was asked two questions: Might we see Indian Paintbrush? Might we see a Hoary … Continue reading

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Ground squirrel pups

  Having shown some less-than-cute baby animals, it struck me as appropriate to show some societally more acceptable babies. The first things I ran across were some pups of Columbian Ground Squirrels. Columbian Ground Squirrels are usually found in fields … Continue reading

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May goulash

  This is a largish collection of images from May, none of which has had a posting of its own. The House Finch is a colourful western bird that has now spread across the continent. The Killdeer arrives from the … Continue reading

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Grazing grizzlies

  The grizzly bear has a fearsome reputation as a predator. It is earned: the bear is strong and combative. But, while it is a carnivore, most of its time is spent eating plants, often just grazing.  A grizzly sow … Continue reading

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