Tuesday, April 06, 2010

Spring Scouting Camera Photos

Checked my two scouting cameras this morning and quite a few pictures were taken in the past week but only one ‘different’ animal, a Fisher! On one hand disappointing not to get his face side but on the other hand the flash would have created glowing eyes which are not so becoming!

Turkeys are becoming a regular down in the orchard so they took up most of the digital memory cards. Right now the Tom’s are putting on a good show.

I am getting some photo shots of a doe I named Delilah that has an injured or deformed jaw. If it was an injury it just did not heal as this is the 3rd year we have seen her around and it always looks the same. She has no trouble eating and gave birth to a cute little guy last summer. Of late another deer has been seen with these two in photos taken down in the woods. I do give the bucks that we see from year to year names but never bother with the does whereas they are more difficult to tell apart. Delilah is very noticeable and as I said we have watched for three years now.

Cannot forget to mention raccoons are almost always around as well as a bunny or two. Each check is a surprise as one never knows what or even who might have passed in front of the camera.
Days might be gloomy in Maine at present but pictures certainly can warm the heart and bring smiles –
take care and do enjoy! : ) Coppertop

Sunday, April 04, 2010

Turkey Strut Time

We have been experiencing some exception weather in Maine and I have been taking advantage of it and spending about 3 hours each day down in our ‘woods shack’ enjoying the wildlife. Although daylight hours do not bring about as much wildlife as I would love to see, it is such a relaxing get away time. There is nothing like some time in the woods to clear your mind and refresh your soul.

Yesterday the birds and squirrels were not as active as the previous day. Hearing turkey hens off to the side cackling and a pileated woodpecker calling and hammering away gave me hopes that they might show in front of me and present me with the opportunity of a photograph as well as entertainment. So I sat reclined back with feet up, camera in hand, listening, watching and waiting. Sure enough after the first hour and a half into the clearing come two hens scratching the woods floor. Within seconds a male turkey pops out into the clearing strutting his stuff. What  beautiful colors in the sunlight this male shows off.

Below are a few more photos of this handsome male. Photographs just do not do his true colors justice, seeing in person is awesome!

Have you taken time out for yourself today? Please do and enjoy! : ) Coppertop