Sunday, April 17, 2005

DOWN RANGE, FORT CARSON

Mule deer are quite a bit larger than their eastern cousins the white tail deer.  Their ears are disproportionately large for their heads but I think it adds to their charm.

Wild turkey are plentiful here in southern Colorado.  This tom, who was running with a small flock of maybe 7 birds, did NOT appreciate my company and jumped off the ledge right behind him with the rest of the birds following.  I didn't know until I came to Colorado that turkeys, as large and as awkward as they are, are actually graceful flyers.

I have been trying for weeks to get a shot of a prairie dog but they just haven't been very cooperative.  Usually all I get is a shot of their little black-tipped tail as it disappears down the burrow.  Today I got lucky as this one waited until I had gotten this shot before sliding down the hole.

Shots I missed today... a roadrunner who was quite a bit faster than I was and a soaring eagle who couldn't be coaxed down from the clouds.  Maybe next time.

7 comments:

mariebm56 said...

wow....NICE!!!
I love the deer!!!

astaryth said...

I so look forward to the alerts from over here... you are getting some great shots... I really like the little prairie dog.
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mkolasa101 said...

If you could run as fast as a roadrunner now that would be a sight to see and a great picture to get.  Eagles in the wild, not an easy task but I know you'll get one.  Thank your for sharing and for the great information on each specie....must say I like that cute Prairie dog too.

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demandnlilchit said...

Mule deer shot looks just like a painting.....Dorn that shot is submission worthy to any wildlife magazine.......google and enter it!!!!! speaking of road runner.....lol I was trying to get a shot of a lonely pheasant............he turned out to be the road runner and I turned into Wile E Coyote trying to get that perfect shot......both of us running through the farmers field (me out of breath of course) and him saying catch me if you can........didn't get any exciting pictures!!! lol

tc01hm said...

Jealous of the turkey shots. All I ever get to see are the tracks, they are so elusive and the brush is so thick.

cw2smom said...

Again Dorn, such awesome shots!  I am envious of the fact you have bountiful natural subjects, right there!  Lucky you!  The turkeys are just beautiful.  I loved the shot of all of them together. Oh, and to see them fly must be incredible.  Thanks for sharing what you see!  Lisa

rbrown6172 said...

love the wildlife photography...thats always been where my heart is...but never shots like these...unless the poor critter was help captive in a zoo or other wildlife preserve.  sigh...
gina

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