Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Nature Notes: Grand Canyon

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The Grand Canyon - no photo or film can prepare you for seeing it for real. the vast dimension just don't come across.
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A juvenile Californian Condor (Gymnogyps californianus) gliding over the Canyon. adults have red heads. All wild condors wear a tag with an individual number.
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We were watching the sun rise over the Canyon when a small group of elk (Cervus canadensis) came along, totally not bothered by us. They were only three yards or so away from us. We didn't approach them that close, they came along the path that runs along the canyon and we couldn't move away, not without getting too close to the drop off into the canyon. But the elk ignored us. They had two calves in their group.
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I'm not sure what this is, but they were abundant at the campsite, foraging for food and frequently sitting on a stone or a tree stump to get a better look at their surroundings.
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A pair of Red-Shafted Flickers (Colaptes auratus cafer) foraging on the ground. In the photo below you can see nicely how the bird props itself up with its tail feathers.
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Nature Notes is hosted by Michelle at Rambling Woods

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