January 20, 2017
January 16, 2010
This group first came into view at a range of about a half mile. Their eyesight is incredible, and I thought about that when I began to try to stalk them to within camera range, but I wasn’t quite sure about the sharpness of their hearing. The terrain made it fairly easy to keep out of sight until the range had been cut to about a hundred yards at which point I could tell that their ears are also pretty darn good. As I crept quietly through a veritable jungle of wild rose bushes the thorns tugged softly at my jacket, which has a velvety-like surface designed to be quiet in the brush and I could tell that they could hear the soft sounds from the thorns, enough to alert them but not alarm them. I was pleased that I was able to stalk within range for these photos without alarming the birds and even more pleased that I was able to then make an exit leaving them completely undisturbed.
May 14, 2008
Here are a couple of summer residents we ran across the other day while checking out a fishing spot for the opening day of trout season Saturday. Looks as though they are pretty well settled in now.
They picked a safe and very pleasant place to raise their family this year.
Mother nature even did a little decorating for them.
February 6, 2008
Along a lonely stretch of the lower Flathead river yesterday as we returned from a trip to the city we could see these swans on the river. It is the only place around here where I can recall ever seeing swans, and not too often there. They were very wild and I was unable to approach very close to them, so the pictures are not that good, but they are fairly rare around here and for that reason are of considerable interest to me.
My best guess is that they are Tundra swans. Their markings are right, but they seem to be smaller than Tundra swans, which have 5 – 6 foot wingspans. It could be just because of the distance that they appear smaller though. If anyone has a more positive identification, please let me know.