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  1. DonBo, good luck on your bow quest, your father raised you well! What a great way to celebrate life by sharing a hunt together.
  2. The Toms are ready to rumble.....
  3. Great pictures by all that have shared thus far! Three of my best or my favorites anyway...
  4. I was out and about wetland areas this weekend and saw lots of waterfowl. Many trumpeter swans, high flying tundra swans, gadwalls, shovelers, a few wood ducks, ring necks, hooded mergansers, , a pair of goldeneyes, and a loon. I also saw many sandhill cranes.
  5. I would agree with the need of hair in the scat. Rethinking this suggests this was maybe a snow shoe hare hideout. I guess what threw me off that idea was the fact there were no hare tracks in the area. I assumed snowshoe hare scat would be rounded pellets like domestic rabbits but perhaps a different diet yields different results. I haven't seen any hare tracks all winter in the area. Maybe the fisher had caught the hare earlier in the season and was now rechecking the spot for another hare taking up residence.
  6. I came across a set of tracks in the snow which I think were fisher tracks. I followed them for a couple hundred yrs and it led me to an opening under some tree roots. Inside the opening was a large pile of scat. Obviously an animal(s) has frequented this location over time. Have any of you trappers out there that seen similar dens? Do the males den? There was a strong musty smell coming from the opening. There was a large pile of elongated light brown pellets about a half inch in length.(see below)
  7. I saw numerous flocks of waterfowl moving around the open backwaters on the river today. There was a leucistic gadwall drake in one flock. A drake widgeon Feeding mixed flock Hooded Mergansers I've seen mallards on rooftops many times the spring, but until today I hadn't seen Canadian geese on rooftops. There was actually a pair on each end of the barn roof. Maybe the crowing roosters attracted them....
  8. Sorry, I Apparently posted the message before I finished adding pictures. There are about 100 trumpeter swans wintering in the open water near Hudson. Four Greylag geese dropped in Saturday morning. They are native to Europe so I'm guessing they escaped or were released by a collector. On Sunday morning there was a mute swan hanging around the trumpeters. The mute swan had a thicker build then the trumpeters. The mute swan's bill was wider. The trumpeters are graceful flyers but often squabble with each other in groups. They are fun to watch!
  9. I checked out the St. Croix along Hudson WI to watch the wintering Trumpeters. There were a couple of surprise visitors:
  10. I got over to the bog over the weekend. I didn't see quite the variety of bids I usually see there but I saw some of my favorites. I was extremely lucky to see three different Great Gray Owls. I saw grouse feeding in trees along the roads in several locations. They have a great little map of the area at the visitor center or at a kiosk in Meadowlands, it was a great help to have one because the bog is a big area.
  11. I got lucky on Sunday morning again just after the snow let up while walking in the park. The crows helped me out twice by mobbing some owls. I just followed the ruckus and got some nice shots when the owls cooperated and held long enough for some pictures. I ended up seeing a Barred Owl and a Great Horned Owl.
  12. Looks like you had great position, for your snow you might try setting your white balance to K and setting it toward the blue range somewhere between 3800-4300 K. Then if you post process in Light Room or Camera Raw you can use the white balance tool and pick and click on the area in the snow that is closest to natural white. Use the slider to adjust the white up or down. That has helped me shooting snow in low light.
  13. Put them in a plastic tub with water for a few days. Get a large flathead screwdriver that you can tap on with a hammer. After a day of soaking, work the hide loose by tapping the screw driver between the hide and bone. Once you tap in , use the screwdriver to leverage the hide off the bone. Use a knife to cut the big loose pieces off. A pliers will help at times. Do what you can each day. Once all the hide is off boil the skull plats and scrape them with a knife to remove the membranes that will attract bugs if just left on the bone..
  14. We had a fresh snow Sunday and the animals were active in the parks....
  15. I tried a new app on my phone to take find an exact location to take a photo of the Super Moon rising. I picked a farm on a hill as my landmark. The app helps you find the location you should be at as the moon rises behind your landmark. It gives the time and GPS location, It worked very well. I used a 400mm lens from a location about 1 km away. You can also use it for shooting the Milky Way.