Over the last 15 years I’ve been here in the Rockies these striking migrants usually arrive the first week of March. Two weeks early may be an aberration but birds migrating earlier and earlier is one of the thousands of signs of #ClimateChange impact on our world.
2/14/2017 Nikon D500 200-400mm @ 400mm, f5, 1/2500 ISO 500 #VisitEstesPark #RockyMountainNationalPark #Wildlife
During Thanksgiving many people think of Turkey, but Thanksgiving in Estes Park is thee best time of the year to observe Big Horn Sheep. That week is close to thee peak of the Big Horn Sheep rut, and on special occasions we are lucky enough to see Ewes and Rams in their Rut behavior but sometimes we Rams fight!
Winter Photography in Rocky Mountain National Park requires a bit stronger spirit to wait out the amazing morning light after a storm with cold fingers and toes but the results on good days are so worth it!
Here is the Mummy Range, the peaks you first see when you enter Estes Park from Highway 36 from Boulder basked in soft pink clouds.
Today the baby owls left the nest tree and ventured off to some neighboring trees. With the chicks out and about mom and dad were vigilant. A Raven showed up and was threatened by a bunch of hooting from the female. This shot was during a photo safari with Cindy and Lynne from Boulder. For more info on Estes Park Photo Safaris
This was shot with the Nikon 500mm AF-S II + 1.7 teleconverter is the mother before the raven showed up.
Its been just a super pleasure to watch two separate nests of Great Horned Owls raise chicks this spring. In 5 years I only ever saw a handful of owls, now this year there are two nests! Daily bird watching in its finest form. This shot is of a chick that is only a few weeks from fledging. They are practicing with their wings and doing some exercise as they leave the nest a bit. Mom is always nearby though incase of any trouble. Estes Park Wildlife Tour Info
Yesterday Katlin and Kim headed out on a Photo Safari and the highlight of the trip was hiking up the 1.5 miles to Chasm Falls on Old Fall River Road. The mist was thick near the falls but we were able to take a few great shots. Many other good shots came as well, great water at the Alluvial Fan, the Big Thompson. We then spent time hitting other great locations making some nice landscapes, and ended the day shooting the baby Great Horn Owls. Estes Park Tour Info
Here is Katlin’s shot of Chasm Falls.
On May 30th I took out Rob and Marie Fields on a Photo Safari. Sunrise was very nice, good color on the mountains, then we headed up to Sprague Lake. We were greeted by some new arrivals, elk calves less than a week old. The calves are just being born, and will be over the next few weeks. Estes Park Photo Safari Info
Here is Rob’s photo as they cross the lake backlit.
A few days ago I took out Jason and Billie Jo Dorris for sunrise and sunset over two half day tours. The evening was a good learning time for them but like usual the morning was just wonderful.
We shot Moraine Park with some good sunrise light and the mid morning light was great on Longs. Here’s a shot Jason took. Click for more info on Photo Safaris and other Estes Park Tours.
Yesterday I took out Patty Leek, her husband Len, and their two friends. This was the 4th trip I took Patty on, but the first using my camera gear. Prior it had been all point and shoot training. She said they wanted to see sheep, so right away I took them to see a small flock of 8 Big Horn Sheep Rams. They were very far off, over a quarter mile, but we did get some shots documenting them. The best shots came later as we focused on some Macro photography and flowers. For more information on Photo Safaris or other tours Yellow Wood Guiding offers visit the Yellow Wood Guiding website.
Here is Patty’s Shot of a Hooker’s Easter Daisy. In real life its about the size of a quarter.