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25 November 2007 @ 08:44 am
Point Reyes  
We went to Point Reyes yesterday afternoon for a quick trip. It was already late in the afternoon and I wasn't expecting to see too much of wildlife activity around there at that time. At the first turnout, I pulled over to pull out my camera from the boot and noticed a small plump bird sitting on a fence. Raptors usually sit out on open perches like that and the size looked good for a Kestrel, or a Merlin! It was rather far away and I really couldn't make out much even with my camera. So, the stalking began and with each zooming car along the highway the chances of getting close to the bird were going away. Thankfully, I did manage to get close enough and guess what? California Quail! I've been looking for these little rascals for a long time and they always show themselves when my camera is packed up or there's no way to get a photograph of them.

As we drove along, I saw something that looked like a medium-sized cat, but looking against the sun meant that I could only see the silhouette and it could have very well been a stone with some shrubs around it. Unfortunately the traffic was so bad, like it usually is on all weekends, that we couldn't stop or turn around to check it out. Point Reyes has a population of non-native deer and there are plans to exterminate them. However, we humans seem to love our laws of Physics, especially the one talking about every action having an equal and opposite reaction and there have been strong protests from animal rights activists against the program. Anyway, the most common deer species around there are the Fallow Deer and I parked in a turn out trying to get some shots at it. I think these deer are used to getting guns pointed at them because when I pulled up my camera, they seemed to dash away in the opposite direction as fast as they could!

The final animal of the trip was a bit of a surprise. You don't get to see them during the daytime but I guess it was out because the winter nights were getting a little too cold. Anyway, I was so close to it that if it had wished to come at me, I'd be wounded badly but he went about his business and I kept that low-profile non-threatening approach which made him go out his business of digging out rodents.

The Fallow Deer. She first saw me and ran up the mountain...

More humans on the road, so jumped off to the other side of the mountain!

She finally realized I was a useless hunter and made some funny faces at me.

A Song Sparrow.

California Quail. This one's a male.

Surprise of the trip: The American Badger. Finally I see one of these which is not a roadkill

Now that I've seen this one for a good ten minutes, I know where they get their reputation of being restless.

debbieanndebbieann on November 25th, 2007 05:27 pm (UTC)
love these - especially the wonderful quail.
Jayseakaredpirk on November 25th, 2007 05:40 pm (UTC)
haha..i like that 2nd shot!

badgers kinda freak me out..dunno why..they are also Wisconsin's state animal (i was born in WI)
Yathinyathin on November 25th, 2007 05:49 pm (UTC)
I did not know it was Wisconsin's state animal, but I know that badgers are protected in three US states: Michigan, Wisconsin and Illinois (and listed as endangered in parts of Cannada)

The thing about them is that though they are small they can be very nasty fighters and take on bigger animals! But I'm so happy that I finally saw one alive and up close. :)
kejnkejn on November 25th, 2007 05:48 pm (UTC)
ooh, cool... yay, badger! and yay, flying deer butt! :)
IdahoSwedeidahoswede on November 25th, 2007 05:58 pm (UTC)
That quail one is awesome and I love the doe chewing her cud, but the first badger photo is my favourite at the moment.
Yathinyathin on November 25th, 2007 08:06 pm (UTC)
Yeah, that innocent look in the first badger picture is just awesome.
Margaretrivendweller on November 25th, 2007 06:52 pm (UTC)
I don't know how you do it, but you continually bring astonishment and pleasure to my day!

Ray and I would b honored if you would visit us here at Rivendell in the Spring to capture some photos of our wild creatures - especially the birds!
Yathinyathin on November 25th, 2007 08:05 pm (UTC)
Oh wow, I'd love to. Thanks. :)
Aragorn, Son of Arathorncode_martial on November 25th, 2007 07:50 pm (UTC)
Really amazing shots, all!
Yathinyathin on November 25th, 2007 08:02 pm (UTC)
It's the lens! ;)
Shyam Manifox2mike on November 25th, 2007 09:11 pm (UTC)
And the dude behind it, but I agree. Lenses help quite a lot :)
Premnath Kudvapremkudva on November 26th, 2007 05:02 am (UTC)
Yes and the dude behind it:-)
ex_neke on November 25th, 2007 09:57 pm (UTC)
The picture of the song sparrow is gorgeous. :)
Yathinyathin on November 26th, 2007 09:41 pm (UTC)
ex_neke on November 28th, 2007 08:31 pm (UTC)
It would, but at the moment I am not able to make any icons because my computer, the one with Photoshop on it, has crashed. I am typing this on Olivers laptop, which has neither Photoshop or apostrophes apparently...
Anush Shettyanushsh on November 26th, 2007 02:06 am (UTC)
Wow.. Loved all the pics :-)
Shivakumar: Bird on the Bazookashivakumar_l on November 26th, 2007 04:15 am (UTC)
The fallow deer - up the hill and the Badger first image are very beautiful.
You seem to be doing more photography and enjoying than what you did here :)
Keep them coming dude :)
Yathinyathin on November 26th, 2007 04:24 am (UTC)
Different kind of wildlife here, but just as exciting. However, I don't have to look over my back or think twice before hiking here. No elephants. :(
Origaoriga on November 26th, 2007 09:34 am (UTC)
Magnificent photos, like them all! :) Thanks!
Arun Pillaiarunpillai on November 26th, 2007 11:19 am (UTC)
>I noticed that a majority of my favorite bird photographs feature birds looking left.

There you go Yatin. You have a California Quail looking right :)
ajat: Fey ...ajat on November 26th, 2007 12:19 pm (UTC)
Hee, you shd make an icon off the 'funny face' one :D
Yathinyathin on November 26th, 2007 09:40 pm (UTC)
I think I just seem to use one icon all the time, but maybe neke would like to make an icon of it! :)
ex_neke on November 28th, 2007 08:32 pm (UTC)
It would, but at the moment I am not able to make any icons because my computer, the one with Photoshop on it, has crashed. I am typing this on Olivers laptop, which has neither Photoshop or apostrophes apparently...

To yathin, sorry for spamming your post.
ex_neke on January 9th, 2008 09:59 pm (UTC)
And finally after the Photoshop crisis and the Christmas frenzy, neke manages to make the icon. ^^

depontideponti on November 26th, 2007 02:56 pm (UTC)
Who's "we"? Do you have a large group of colleagues/friends who share your interest in wildlife?

Enjoyed the photographs very much indeed.
Yathinyathin on November 26th, 2007 09:39 pm (UTC)
Nopes, I don't have a regular group who I go out birding with. I go alone most times, but do get coworkers to travel with me at times.
Praveen Garlapatipraveenkumarg on November 26th, 2007 05:18 pm (UTC)
California Quail. This one's a male.
Loved this fatty :)
mamtanaidumamtanaidu on November 27th, 2007 06:21 pm (UTC)
Fantastic Pics!!