06 December 2011

Bald Eagles on Lake Minnetonka



Twelve bald eagles resting in a tree on Lake Minnetonka.
The eagles are hunting and congregating in large numbers on their way south 
in search for open water on the Mississippi River as the lakes freeze.
Abundant fish and a successful recovery program
have contributed to Minnesota having the largest population of bald eagles 
in the lower 48 states, second only in the country to Alaska.

29 July 2011

Balancing Act


Mallard ducklings on a log




Tree frog on a steel cable

20 March 2011

The End of Winter

A few images as the season ends

Coyote

Early morning Frost

Hornet's Nest

19 February 2011

Big Sister Love

The neat saga of bear life in the north woods continues.
As the day are getting longer and the cubs bigger, life is bustling in the den.


Good views of the cubs are now more frequent.
The yearling cub Hope is now playing with her younger siblings

22 January 2011

The Ultimate Bear Pile


There are four bears in this screen shot from a web cam. 
The bear on top (whose face is showing) is exactly one year old today.
She is lying on her mother named Lily.
Underneath this 300lb-plus pile of bear are two cubs born to Lily yesterday.
Because her cubs are less than a pound each with little fur
Lily keeps them protected close to her body and 
occasionally breathing on them to provide warmth.
This amazing perspective via the internet from the north woods of Minnesota



Both bears looking down at the new cubs.
All yearling bears share their first winter with their mothers in a den 
before going off on their own their second year.  
Usually the mother bear has cubs every other year so she is not pregnant 
when sharing a den.  This is an unusual case of a mixed-age litter 
and the first to be recorded on a web cam.
The cubs will not be very visible until they get bigger 
and the weather starts to warm out of the subzero range this time of year.  


For now the cubs can be heard easily when they nurse or cry 
and glimpses of them will happen when Lily cleans them or 
rakes in fresh bedding (photo above).