Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Running Waters, Woody Wildfowl and the Odd Deer or Three: Spring in Oregon!




A early April Day at Lithia Park. The sun was out so off I went to find animal life.

82 comments:

  1. They look like Rhodies Doug...we have them in the woods all over up here especially up in the mountains. I have one growing in my yard that I dug up from in the mountains.

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  2. Gosh that little surfing beaver must have been pretty fast...I guess I missed him!!!!

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  3. very pretty creek...and the water looks nice and clean compared to what my creek looked like.....and thanks for letting us know there was no beaver surfing...I thought my eyesight was going...lol

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  4. Don't run away??? who are they kidding, I'd be running!

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  5. I had one of these in my creek...took pictures of it. They are great looking birds Doug.

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  6. Okay, so the moral here is never go for a walk in your woods unless you take a heron for company. Gotcha.

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  7. Nice bridge with spring blossom, do we know the human?

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  8. I had a black bear in my back yard a couple years ago...and I was out on my back porch trying to get a picture of it....wont try that again unless I grab a fish out of the freezer first to give it if it plans on an attack.

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  9. They are really, really quick...

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  10. I'm assuming you mean of the feathered variety.

    This picture has it all, ducks water, reflections, trees with fresh new leaves. Just lovely.

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  11. Yes, I expected him to fly off but he never did.

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  12. Too quick for me too - world's fastest surfers?

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  13. Great pictures Doug....your area is nice...but then I think all of Oregon is pretty nice...lol

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  14. Any large bird will do, Iri Ani, but a heron will never let you down in a pinch.

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  15. Yes, they can do a job on people's bushes in back yards, but I always feel charmed to see a few on the trails.

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  16. No. I don't thin kthe human was happy I took the picture with him in it but he was in my line of focus and that's just the way it goes in the art world ;-)

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  17. Yeah, I'm a bit worried about bears to be honest. The only one I've seen was at a house back in the woods. The Fish and Wildlife people had just injected it with a tranquilzer. They were going to relocate the bear. Hopefully in Wyoming.

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  18. Oh, of course! This isn't the 80's any more. ;-)

    Thanks by the way.

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  19. Real quick, Iri. Rumor has it the Canadians have a couple on their Olympic Team this year.

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  20. Thanks Marty. Yes, Oregon is a great state.

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  21. ... and a little bird whitewash for good measure.

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  22. Yes, this time of year the water is especially clear because of the runoff. The parks and rec people do a good job on the water as well.

    Yes, the Great Beaver Surfer Hoax is not meant to cause eye strain. ;-)

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  23. Yeah, I noticed that too. Birds must have been angry.

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  24. LMAO!!!
    Your droll humor is just the kind I find excruciatingly funny.

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  25. I assume that means they're not allowed to panhandle, either?
    How about proselytize?

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  26. woops....guess I just dont know my ducks...lol. thought it looked like a male but I can see now the rear feathers arent curled up...lol.

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  27. It's a bit blurry but looks like a harlequin duck.
    Do you have those in Oregon?

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  28. As long as they aren't brazen.

    Proselytizing? You're lucky to see a duck even in church!

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  29. It is a nice one Heidi. We're lucky in this area to have one so well kept up for kids and parents, and wild on its fringes at the same time.

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  30. The best advice I could give is "don't run, fly"!

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  31. I can relate yet this is a decent photo all the same Doug.

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  32. I kid you not the last time I saw one of these was when I was in Montreal - I literally didnt know what kind of bird it was. What I found was the Heron which was just right near the shore was just standing there without making any movements. It was the first that I had seen such a bird as before I never knew what the heck it was.

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  33. Doug you would never catch me going in there!

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  34. They certainly can, from what I have heard here around town is that during spring deer come right into town and eat all the berries off peoples yards. Within the evening I have not had my camera but they walk right through the town - I have never seen where a group of deer are so freelanced within a town.

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  35. You were right up close there Doug!

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  36. Interesting bridge - is there a history to it?

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  37. A great take there Doug. We have yet to turn green up here. This is a very nice capture.

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  38. Oh yeah - a witch should always go for a hike in the woods with her broom! hehe

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  39. For a year or so I used to see a white heron on my way to work in Oakland every morning, standing up by a little stretch of shoreline off the San Francisco Bay . It was my good luck charm.

    I literally hadn't seen one this size in twenty years and it was only a few yards away fromme. Wish I had a a better picture here of him for my friends. That bird really was something!

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  40. Well, truth is Jack the bear that was sighted was several weeks back otherwise I wouldn't have climbed about up there. There haven't been any actual bear attacks in this county in years and years. But I still thought twice about it, sure.

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  41. Yes, they do a lot of damage to trees and such. Still, they are such gentle creatures.

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  42. Yes, I really like this picture. Lucky place to be. There were three of these in a group, a doe and two younger ones.

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  43. It's known in Ashland as "The Old Bridge", Jack, although it has a dedication plague to someone. It was built in 1912--right after the park was was first opened---and survived the major floods of 1974 and the big "New Years flood" of 1997 that took most of the other bridges out.

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  44. Always pays to be prepared, Iri Ani. ;-)

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  45. Thanks again Jack. Hope your area will getting their Spring, too.

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  46. Interesting Doug I've been looking for a pond where you can meet a better class of bird I'll stick this one in me SatNav :-)

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  47. LOL ..Very true Doug here we even have to wait until they go lame before we ever see them in government.

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  48. Yes I saw him and what a show it was, thanks for sharing that magical beaver moment with us Doug, wonderful.

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  49. Nice shot that is...who needs beavers to have a good time?

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  50. I love these blue heron Doug they are one of my favourite water birds.....slpended fowl!

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  51. I encountered one of these creatures at fairly close quarters in Alberta Canada near the town of Jasper as I recall. I was careful not to upset the beast and it loped off into the undergrowth whilst I casually but quite briskly left the scene.

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  52. Reminds me of a vulture in this shot Doug.

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  53. That road would be quite a test for ones suspension system I'd imagine, doesn't look like you get the rented Harley Davidson much above 80 mph on a road like that Doug

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  54. So that tree was 257 years old then Doug.... amazing if only it could tell its story

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  55. I like this deer, actually I like most deer except the ones that don't give you a break - even when you left your hazard warning lights on and was only away for 5 minutes to go the bloody souvenir shop, I mean those sorts of deer should get a life, they belong behind the Iron Curtain or somewhere like that......but I can see this isn't one of those sorts of deer Doug ....what a cute little chap awww.

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  56. This looks dangerous here in a herd of marauding deer Doug, blimey!

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  57. Nice action shot there Doug, did you get him in the end?

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  58. Bloody humans they're worse than beavers for being in the wrong place at the wrong time, anyway I love the blossom Doug and the bridge is a fine looking structure too

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  59. Thanks for this little glimpse into a corner of Oregon where the beavers surf fast while the upper ponds attract a better class of bird, I can't think of a better place to spend the Spring :-)

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  60. LoL...yes, AA, many don't do a damn good thing until they run out of ways to get re-elected

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  61. Thanks. I owe it all to nature and the local city Parks and Recreation gang.

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  62. I thought the polka-dot swimming trunks the flashy rodent wore was a dead giveaway, AA ;-)

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  63. He was quite majestic, AA, as herons are apt to be. Nothing quite like seeing one in the wild.

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  64. I always am drawn to the rapid movements of streams over rocks in narrow channels like this.

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  65. Well done, AA. I hope to make a similar effort if I inadvertently come into the view of a bear.

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  66. lol...Not unless you're a real seasoned moto-cross cyclist, AA.

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  67. Yes, we have quite a few vultures and raptor birds around here. Hawks circle around in the late afternoon skies at times in what looks like an ominous gathering. A vulture was camping on the roof of our house last year. He (or she) was a big one and the sudden flapping of giant wings gave me a start as I went out to retrieve the morning paper.

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  68. Yes, this reminded me of the enormous Redwood trees down along the coast ranges in parks, whose inner circles could reveal hundreds of years of history. Puts a new perspective on time when you stand next to a living thing that was around when the Magna Carta was fresh.

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  69. LOL. Yeah, the deer who choose to turn "copper" on humans and their vehicles--really, I mean REALLY!

    I really hate the older deer who give you a ticket and then say "If you don't like it here,pal, go live in some authoritarian 'deer-state' like Bulgaria where we could really give you a proper pasting..".

    Power does right to their heads, AA, even if they only eat leaves and berries.

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  70. It's a very nice place to be, AA. Thanks.

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