Category Archives: SHOT FROM THE FILE

Sandhill Cranes – Arrival

Arrival

Arrival

They turn up in the evening in large numbers to roost, and their debut is a visual feast.

At dusk’s arrival, all alight
To pass the interlude of night

~ Poem and Sandhill Cranes capture, Arrival © Jerry L. Ferrara

Eurasian Otter – Spraint

Spraint

Spraint

     Spraint is the term used for the fecal remains of otters and locating sprainting areas [called latrines] is a method of detecting where these spunky critters might be observed.

     Here, a young Eurasian Otter spraints on a bed of kelp near the shore of a Scottish loch.  This sprainting area did not last long, though, for it was “flushed” each time the tide washed in and out.  Luckily the behavior was caught without relying on locating spraint first.

~ Anecdote and Eurasian Otter capture, Spraint © Jerry L. Ferrara

Sandhill Cranes and Coyote – Sanctuary

Sanctuary

Sanctuary

     The sun had recently departed the western heavens vanishing below the uneven boundary of sky and hills as rafts of Sandhill Cranes boisterously blew in from seemingly every direction.  The goal of the gatherers was the shallow water below.  It was their refuge, haven and shelter for the evening.

     As the roost filled, the members of the flock suddenly toned down their cacophonic chatter as a major predator of the Coyote-kind traipsed the edge of the pond.  The canine was the reason for the cranes’ congregation in the water and the water provided sanctuary.

~ Anecdote and Sandhill Cranes and Coyote capture, Sanctuary © Jerry L. Ferrara

Sandhill Cranes – To Dance

To Dance

To Dance

     Leaping into the air, a pair of Sandhill Cranes display one of their characteristic behaviors … dancing.  Sandhill Cranes mate for life and part of their deportment for gluing relationships is to dance.

~ Anecdote and Sandhill Cranes capture, To Dance © Jerry L. Ferrara

River Otter – A Golden Moment

A Golden Moment

A Golden Moment

     The day was winding down.  Shadows were lengthening.  The “golden moment” that photographers look for had arrived.

     My concentration on watching for rafts of Sandhill Cranes blowing overhead was suddenly suspended.  “There’s a River Otter to your left”, she said.  I was momentarily hesitant.  I had just observed and photographed a muskrat minutes earlier near that location.  Taking a quick look, though, revealed that my doubt had been hasty.  My wife and excellent spotter was dead on.  There in the water was a River Otter happily hunting for fish … in fact, with a piscine meal in its maw.  Lesson learned.  The observation led to “A Golden Moment”.

~ Anecdote and River Otter capture, A Golden Moment © Jerry L. Ferrara

Varied Thrush – Surprise Visit

Surprise Visit

Surprise Visit

     It’s been about seven years since we last saw one of these beautiful birds in our yard.  Saturday we had a surprise visit of four Varied Thrush bouncing around the tree limbs over the feeders.  Wasn’t able to get all four in a single frame, but caught this one as it paused briefly during a light flurry of snow.

~ Anecdote and Varied Thrush capture, Surprise Visit © Jerry L. Ferrara

Elephant Seal – Peace

Peace

Peace

     Life in an Elephant Seal rookery is generally a calamitous if not chaotic affair.  But if you look closely, there are moments of peace.  In the frame, a sleeping cow seal nourishes her rapidly growing youngster with a super fat-enriched milky snack.

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

Alaskan Brown Bear – A Ring of Spray

A Ring of Spray

A Ring of Spray

     Raising its massive head from the fish-laden river, the Alaskan Brown Bear took a pause from “snorkeling” … a technique of submerging its nose and face underwater while visually searching for its next meal.  When this bruiser withdrew its waterlogged head, the liquid flowed off in torrents.  Then the bruin roundly shook, sending a ring of spray in all directions.

~ Anecdote and Alaskan Brown Bear capture, A Ring of Spray © Jerry L. Ferrara

Elephant Seals – Battle In Silhouette

Battle In Silhouette

Battle In Silhouette

     A pair of Elephant Seals square off as they battle in silhouette.

~ Anecdote and Elephant Seals capture, Battle In Silhouette © Jerry L. Ferrara

Brown Pelican – Splashing Away

Splashing Away

Splashing Away

    I heard it before I saw it.  Looking down from the cliff above, I spied the author of the rackety sound … a Brown Pelican in a flurry of feathers splashing away while vigorously bathing.

~ Anecdote and Brown Pelican capture, Splashing Away © Jerry L. Ferrara