Periar day 2

Yesterday we got up at 5am to go on a jeep safari through periar tiger preserve. No, we did not see tigers, nobody does – it is 1000squar kms and there are only 43 tigers. However, we saw a ton of other stuff, including monkeys, hornbills, kingfishers, herons, monitor lizards. We took a hike through the jungle where our guide pointed out fresh elephant tracks (alas the elephants were nowhere to be seen) and later a boat ride around periar lake.

We were about to abandon our hopes for elephants by this point, but on our way back our amazing jeep driver spotted something waaaay off in a meadow – an elephant! He stopped the jeep and led us through the underbrush to get a good view, and shortly thereafter two more elephants came into view, a mother and baby. It was an amazing way to end the day…

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Somerville Hawk (what kind?)

Patsy saw this hawk in Teele Square the other day, and today on my way home from the supermarket I saw it again – this time I went to get my camera. It is pretty big, and although this was shot near sunset, the hawk itself is pretty much grey/white – not the brown/red I’d expect from a redtail hawk. Is it a redtail? Something else?


Moose and Bison

I’m having some trouble downloading my photos onto my dumb little travel netbook, but here are a few pretty excellent wildlife photos in the meantime. We really lucked out with the moose – there was a female drinking from a pond, and we thought that was amazing (Patsy has been saying for weeks that all she wanted from Yellowstone was to see a moose, and we were beginning to lose hope) but then a bull moose crossed the road in front of us and went over to the same pond, so we were able to get great photos of both of them. Bison, of course, were everywhere, but they are still pretty impressive, and fun to photograph.

We also saw: elk, deer, foxes, coyotes, grizzly bears (a mother and three cubs), osprey, bald eagles and pronghorn. No bighorn sheep, but there’s always next time.

Wildlife!

We spent the weekend in Houston visiting Patsy’s folks, and today they took us to a state park with tons of wildlife. We were hoping to see alligators (which is part of why I have ‘never smile at a crocodile’ stuck in my head (is there anything that rhymes with alligator?)) and we finally found one right at the end of the trail – but we saw TONS of egrets and herons and ibis (not to mention other photographers) and various smaller less interesting birds.

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