Tuesday, January 31, 2006
Posted by Shutterwi at 20:57
The Glaucous Gull is the nearly white bird in the center. Look at the wings. Note the difference between the Glaucous and the other gulls in this photo.
In the photo above the wing tops can clearly be seen as white.
In the photo below compare the wings of the Glaucous to the gull just to it's right.
Took a road trip to Cornucopia WI today to hopefully find some wildlife to photograph. Fortunately for me Ryan Brady had the same idea and was already there watching a Glaucous Gull sitting in a large flock of other gulls. The somewhat rare Glaucous Gull is nearly white and slightly larger than the other gulls in the flock. While on wing the Glaucous wing tops are clearly white and they do standout. The three photos above do represent the Glaucous and clearly illustrate the differences in appearance. Thanks again to Ryan Brady for his guidance.
Posted by Shutterwi at 18:18
Monday, January 30, 2006
Almost any day in any season there are opportunities to enjoy the beautiful local water front. It's a place where caution must always be practiced. The lapse of caution can bring on absolute moments of terror. See below.
Notice just to the left of the orange flags. That's a roof rack. This car broke through ice over the weekend. Both of the occupants escaped. The talk around town is that one (the driver) owes his life to his buddy who released the drivers seat belt and pull him from the submerged car. Nothing will ruin a good day of ice fishing like a swim. This is a lousy photo but it's as close as I chose to get.
Posted by Shutterwi at 17:52
Saturday, January 28, 2006
January 27, 2006. Fifty two degrees at 16:15 CST. This would be great weather for mid July but January! It just occured to me that I'm using all my potentially great summer photo ops in mid winter. What will I do this summer? Recycle the winter shots.
Posted by Shutterwi at 19:46
Here's a sunset Northern Wisconsin style. These shots are taken at the west end of Chequamegon (pronounced she-warm-again) bay. The light foreground in the shots is snow and ice. Visit Kathleen's blog Rhodian Attic. I love her politics.
Posted by Shutterwi at 10:33
Thursday, January 26, 2006
Skijoring on the bay. This skier and her two dogs (Bart and Robyn) are a common sight on the west end of the bay.
Notice the heat shimmer from the right side (South) on this warm sunny day.
Sightseer or DNR? This plane was flying along the shoreline 100-200 feet off the ice.
Posted by Shutterwi at 13:48
Wednesday, January 25, 2006
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Wednesday, January 18, 2006
This Great Horned Owl was first spotted perched on the ground. Thanks to Joel G. for the original tip. There was some question as to whether it was injured or not. The owl was capable of flying and was photographed in several different locations as it moved short distances from perch to perch. Ryan Brady (a local raptor biologist) and I tried several times to approach it to try and determine if it was in fact injured. After several failed attempts we decided it was best left alone. More details and photos to follow.
01/20/06 UPDATE: Ryan Brady emailed to say that after several additional calls the bird was eventually captured and taken to the Minocqua Rehab Center.
Posted by Shutterwi at 12:09
Tuesday, January 17, 2006
Photo of the Madeline Island ferry making a crossing from Bayfiled WI to Madeline Island. Normally at this time of year all of the open water visible in this photo would be frozen and an ice road would run from Bayfield to the island. This photo was taken from the top of Mt Ashwabay ski hill. For more pictures from the top see the Mt Ashwabay link on this page.
Posted by Shutterwi at 13:24