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A pair of greater sandhill cranes react to the approach of a bald eagle. The bald eagle is closing in on a sandhill crane colt (juvenile) hidden nearby. Both of the adult sandhill cranes aggressively drive the bald eagle from the area. Photo: Tom Koerner/USFWS. Taken on 5/15/17 and posted on Flickr by the US Fish & Wildlife Service.

Posted May 21, 2017 by henrymowry in Photography

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Be Calm And …   1 comment

Photo taken from the Appalachian Trail in North Carolina by John Donofrio. Tweeted by the US Department of the Interior, 4/7/17.

Posted May 20, 2017 by henrymowry in Photography

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The Rut   Leave a comment

Here’s why they call male bighorn sheep rams. During the mating season or “rut” in November and December, the rams butt heads while sparring for females. The massive impacts can break horns and sends a cracking noise echoing through the mountains. It’s an incredible natural event to witness. Photo from the National Elk Refuge in Wyoming by Adam Jewell. Posted on Tumblr by the US Department of the Interior, 5/18/17.

Posted May 19, 2017 by henrymowry in Photography

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Apostle Island National Lakeshore   2 comments

A National Lakeshore should be picture perfect … just like Wisconsin’s Apostle Island. The sun rises over Lake Superior. Photo by Michael Dewitt. Posted on Tumblr by the US Department of the Interior, 5/18/17.

Posted May 18, 2017 by henrymowry in Photography

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Arizona’s Gila Box   1 comment

Wildflowers carpet the hillside at Gila Box Riparian National Conservation Area. The 23,000-acre area is truly an oasis in the desert with four perennial waterways that are the lifeline for this remarkable place. The Gila River canyon section, known as the Gila Box, is composed of patchy mesquite woodlands, mature cottonwoods, sandy beaches and grand buff-colored cliffs. Bonita Creek – popular for birdwatching, hiking and picnicking – is lined with large cottonwoods, sycamores and willows. Cliff dwellings, historic homesteads, Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep and over 200 species of birds make this year-round watery Arizona spot worth the drive. Photo by Bob Wick. Posted on Tumblr by the US Department of the Interior, 4/5/17.

Posted May 13, 2017 by henrymowry in Photography

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Posted May 10, 2017 by henrymowry in Photography

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Hummingbirds   2 comments

The Aztecs believed that warriors who died in battle would be reincarnated as…hummingbirds? Say what?!? Yep, you read that right. The Aztecs knew something that most modern people don’t: ounce-for-ounce, a tiny bird that weighs less than a nickel may be the fiercest animal on earth. Here’s a simple way to look at it: hummingbirds need a lot of fuel to survive. And we mean a lot. Every day hummingbirds eat about half of their body weigh in sugar. If you’re a 200-pound man, that roughly amounts to you drinking 1,100 cans of Coca-Cola each and every day!

This means that hummers are constantly on the lookout for food – and they get very defensive about their territories – so much so that they’ve been documented chasing away birds much larger than themselves – jays, crows, hawks, even bald eagles! The Aztecs so highly valued the bravery and prowess of the hummingbird that their high priests regularly cut the hearts out of their captured enemies and slaves as a sacrifice to the hummingbird god. Aztec kings wore ceremonial cloaks made entirely from hummingbird skins. It took up to 8,000 skins to make a single cloak! And just think, all you need to lure these war gods to your backyard is a feeder full of sugar water!

Hat tip to Jason Bittel, whose article “Hummingbirds Are Fierce, Deadly Gods of War” in Slate Magazine inspired this post. Check it out for a more in-depth look into these amazing birds: http://slate.me/1MDhNHr.

Tweeted by the US Fish & Wildlife Service, Mountain-Prarie Region, 2/19/17.

Posted May 8, 2017 by henrymowry in Photography

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