I was photographing Gray foxes yesterday, and decided to explore new areas to find different foxes. I didn’t find any other foxes, but came upon three skunks. I have never had the opportunity to photograph skunks before, so it was a a pleasant, and exciting experience. Mephitis mephitis, Palo Alto, CA
Last week I spent the day in Point Reyes, CA, and what a good day it was! I saw a coyote, plenty of cormorants, hawks, and tule elk. It’s always nice to get far away from home on a weekday, to refresh your brain. Hope you all enjoy the photos!
A few weeks ago a buddy and I went down to Big Sur. It’s the first time I have ever been there, and I must say, it is quite beautiful!
Even though the scenery was spectacular, the elements were agains us on our camping trip. First of all we made the horrible decision to go during Labor Day without a camp reservation. We ended up driving up some random mountain until we found a place to put our tents down. Then I realized I had grabbed my tents wind cover instead of my actual tent, so it was sleeping on dirt for me. The next morning we woke early and wanted to get night scape shot’s of McWay Falls, but clouds prevented any such shots. The forecast said clear, but that was not the case. Then my buddy’s camera started acting up and we were both exhausted, so we decided to call it.
Not all trips are as planned, but I guess you gotta have the bad to enjoy the good? But, then again, a “bad” trip to Big Sur, isn’t so bad after all.
This photo is of a vixen gray fox and her kit. her pup is on the left and has been named midget for his small size. The vixen is called cute. I have been watching these foxes very closely for the past month, documenting them through photographs, and video.
These two foxes are part of a five year ongoing study, by the man who named these foxes; Bill Leikam. I recently met Bill, and have learned a great deal in the moments I have spent, speaking with him about gray foxes. I will have plenty more photos and hopefully some video soon, for your viewing pleasure. Hope you enoy!
Here is a link to Bill’s blog, about the gray foxes and other urban wildlife in the San Francisco, Bay Area.
This is the last photo I have from the raptors, while working over the sumer, at CuriOdyssey. This is Tesla. When tesla was wild, she would come right up to people looking for food handouts. If anyone has come across a truly wild American Kestrel, they would know this behavior is very odd. American Kestrels are one of the most shy falcons, I have ever come across.
Being habituated to people, Tesla was no longer fit to be in the wild. When a wild animal is habituated to people, it poses a threat for both the animal, and the people they interact with. Tesla now lives behind the scenes at CuriOdyssey, and play a very important role as an animal ambassador.
All of the educational animals at CuriOdyssey live behind the scenes, and only come out when they are being presented, to teach the public about their species and the importance of animals, in our environment. This helps reduce the stress in these animals.
This is Solo. She is another animal ambassador at CuriOdyssey. Solo’s right wing has been severely damaged, so she is unable to fly. She lives comfortably among the other raptors, behind the scenes at CuriOdyssey.
I must apologize for not posting in so long. Over the summer I had the amazing opportunity to work at CuriOdyssey, at Coyote Point, in San Mateo, CA. I worked there as a camp leader, teaching children about animals, local ecology, photography, and natural science.
CuriOdyssey is a museum located in San Mateo, CA, devoted to teaching kids about science, and California ecology. The museum has tons of fun, hands on science exhibits, an outside area exhibiting live, native, California animals, such as, bobcats, Channel Island fox, racoons, yellow billed magpies, roadrunners, California river otters, and much more.
Now that my Leadership role is done at CuriOdyssey, I have been fortunate enough to continue playing a role at the museum. I am now a volunteer photographer, and will have some of my photos in their Northern Hall exhibit area, in January 2015.
If you are ever in the California Bay Area, CuriOdyssey is a place you should definitely put on your list, as a place to visit.
All the animals exhibited at CuriOdyssey are either disabled or have been habituated to humans, therefore cannot be released back into the wild.
Pictured above is Trudy. Trudy is a Western Screech Owl(Megascops kennicottii). She was born without a right eye and now lives at CuriOdyssey as an animal ambassador, used to teach kids and adults about her species, and the important role animals play in our eco ystem