Unfortunately the friendly nature of these gray foxes is often caused by people who may or may not know, not to feed wildlife. NEVER FEED WILDLIFE!!! It not only habituates the animals to humans, but can and does hurt the animals physically (look up angel wing, for ducks, as an example).
Yesterday I spent the day in Point Reyes, CA. I’ve been to Point Reyes a few times, but never really explored much of it. I spent the day hiking new trails, seeing new landscapes, and taking notes of areas I’d like to return to. The sun was setting, and I didn’t take many photos throughout the day, so I decided to take a last drive around, to see if anything was out and about. I then spotted these handsome fellows, to the left and pulled the car over. There were at least ten more elk around, but these guys were in a nice little group so I took advantage of the light, and situation.
This is a cotton tail rabbit. It is not a hare and hares are not rabbits. Here are a few differences between the two. For starters, rabbits live in dens underground, where they give birth to young who need to be taken care of before they can go out on their own. Hares live above ground and rest in the thickets. When a hare is born, it is quickly ready to run around and fend for itself.
These two photos are of Black-crowned night heron’s. The heron above is a mature, adult heron. The photo below is a black-crowned night heron in its juvenile plumage. Quite a difference, as is with birds.
I’ve always been interested in the Horned Lark, (Eremophila alpestris) since I first saw a drawing of it in an old bird field guide. I had my first encounter with one (as seen here) at Joeseph D. Grant County Park in San Jose, CA just two days ago. Surprisingly there were a good number of them hanging out by the trails, and they weren’t terribly shy.
For the past year, I haven’t seen any bobcats. Any! In the past month I have seen, and have been able to get close to six. I came across this little beauty two days ago. Unfortunately, when I got close I was able to see this poor cat has mange. Mange is not a rare occurrence within bay area wildlife and unfortunately, usually ends in death. Mange is caused by mites, which feed off their host, causing the animals hair to fall out, and eventually die. I was able to take a few snaps of this trooper, and quickly let it be on it’s way.