Category Archives: SHOT FROM THE FILE

Sea Otter – Time To Dine

Time To Dine

Time To Dine

     Some creatures use tools.  The Sea Otter is one of them.  Here, an enterprising otter employs a rock on its stomach to crack open a mussel or clam.  Holding the mollusk in its forepaws, the otter repeatedly slams it against the rock until the prize breaks.  Then it’s time to dine.

~ Anecdote and Sea Otter capture, Time To Dine © Jerry L. Ferrara

Black-tailed Deer – One Single Ephemeral Slice of Time

One Single Ephemeral Slice of Time

One Single Ephemeral Slice of Time

     It was a bit of a frustrating encounter with this buck Black-tailed Deer.  Every time he raised his head, there was either brush in the way or a piece of grass or straw protruding from his mouth.  The light was really nice and I realized it wasn’t going to last forever.  So I kept clicking off shots irrespective of not seeing what I wanted.  Then the opportunity came … one single ephemeral slice of time.  Click!

~ Anecdote and Black-tailed Deer capture, One Single Ephemeral Slice of Time © Jerry L. Ferrara

Elephant Seal – Nearly Crushed

Nearly Crushed

Nearly Crushed

     An amorous bull Elephant Seal attempts to breed with a protesting female.  In the process, a recently-born youngster is nearly crushed.  Luckily this little one survived the episode with no apparent injury.

~ Anecdote and Elephant Seal capture, Nearly Crushed © Jerry L. Ferrara

Golden-crowned Sparrow – Crown of Gold

Crown of Gold

Crown of Gold

     While photographing along the Pacific Coast recently, I came across a flock of Golden-crowned Sparrows.  The members of this lively group were frenetically foraging along a brushy thicket line.  As a gentle rain spat a sporadic spray through the atmosphere, this sparrow showed off its crown of gold.

~ Anecdote and Golden-crowned Sparrow capture, Crown of Gold © Jerry L. Ferrara

Coyote and Black-tailed Deer – Merely Crossing Paths

Merely Crossing Paths

Merely Crossing Paths

     The Black-tailed Deer stood stoically on the hazy hill.  In front of the cervine, a furtive movement made its way below the ridge’s crest … a Coyote absorbed in “mousing”.  The deer and the dog were merely crossing paths … and so was I.  CLICK!

~ Anecdote and Coyote and Black-tailed Deer image, Merely Crossing Paths © Jerry L. Ferrara

Northern Hawk Owl – Tenacious

Tenacious

Tenacious

     Dropping swiftly from its lofty perch, the tenacious Northern Hawk Owl plummeted powerfully toward its furry victim secreted in the dense brush below. Quickly I lowered the front of the lens directing the glass to collect light from the projected direction where the anticipated kill would be made, hoping to nab the raptor with its rodent reward. Nothing! Frantically I withdrew my eye from the camera’s viewfinder to search where the puckish predator had gone, or why it may have changed track. I was blown away by what slammed into my vision. Roughly twenty-five feet away the hawk owl was “kiting” at my eye level, maintaining a stationary position by hovering, mixing lift and drag in a perfectly-delicate balance that held the bird fixed in space. Apparently the owl had lost the location of its target in mid-attack and pulled up. After about a minute of searching, by acting like a Marine Corps Harrier, it abandoned the pursuit. It was breathtaking to be that close to the action and witness the hawk owl as it employed this fascinating hunting technique.

~ Anecdote and Northern Hawk Owl capture, Tenacious © Jerry L. Ferrara

 

Bobcat – The Apex of Concentration

The Apex of Concentration

The Apex of Concentration

     From seemingly out of nowhere the Bobcat magically materialized.  One moment it wasn’t there and in the next instant, it was.  Why the grimalkin had become present was made abundantly clear in the time frame that followed.

     Crouching low, the feline crept with an eerie grace toward the object of its focus … an active pocket gopher mound complete with gopher.  The countenance of the cat was the apex of concentration.

~ Anecdote and Bobcat capture, The Apex of Concentration © Jerry L. Ferrara

Brewer’s Blackbird – Agape

Agape

Agape

     A male Brewer’s Blackbird gives one of its characteristic gurgling calls.  With its mouth agape, the blackbird projects vociferously.

~ Anecdote and Brewer’s Blackbird capture, Agape © Jerry L. Ferrara

Bobcat – On The Hunt For A Great New Year

On The Hunt For A Great New Year

On The Hunt For A Great New Year

     A wild Bobcat stealthily stalks pocket gophers in a coastal chaparral setting.  The pocket gophers never had a chance!  

~ Anecdote and Bobcat capture, On The Hunt For A Great New Year © Jerry L. Ferrara

Red-tailed Hawk – To Bask And Warm

To Bask And Warm

To Bask And Warm

     A Red-tailed Hawk spread its wings and uses the sun to bask and warm.

~ Anecdote and Red-tailed Hawk capture, To Bask And Warm © Jerry L. Ferrara