Rion Mather wrote:The last one. Is that where you live?
Sorry for not answering this earlier, Rion. (Didn't see it) --- Yes, all of these pictures were taken within 20 miles of Victoria B.C. My land is 65 miles away near Nanaimo but I haven't pursued wildlife there yet. I have a 1.2 km (.7 mile) road which overlooks a river valley. Most of this road is being used as a public hiking area and I will eventually build some viewing blinds and a nature house where visitors can view specimens and photos and view the valley through a telescope.
This is a popular flyway. I've seen groups of hummingbirds, eagles, ravens and other birds as well as elk, mink, alligator lizards and many others. I'll soon submit plans for some of the park amenities.
Excuse the lack of new content. My computer was stolen --- AGAIN. This time it was a virus. It contains hundreds of photos including owls, otters and some sea life. I'll post once things are resolved. I've gotten pretty good at stalking humming birds. No point chasing them. You have to anticipate where they'll be and have focus and shutter speed sorted out in advance. They don't wait around while you fiddle with the settings. Any idiot can catch them at a feeder. I prefer wetlands and gardens with lots of natural food.
The deer began feeding the moment I finished pruning the laurel. Later on, I pruned a plum and they switched to that. The fawns have learned from their mother that a guy on a ladder is no threat. There have been times when I'm up a tree and I see deer in the distance who migrate toward the new food source even while the chainsaw is running. I used a reciprocating saw and loppers here. They seem irritated by the saw, but they don't flee.
When I prune fruittrees, I always tell the customers to leave the waste for a while. Roses and other stuff that deer destroy, are given a reprieve whenever apple, plum or pear are available.
There were otters eating along this well-traveled path. They skittered into the darkness as soon as they saw me coming. The little stream is only about 100 yards from the ocean at this point. They catch fish in the ocean, then swim up the stream and climb a steep bank onto the grass.
This very secluded spot is bright and sunny. A perfect spot for a cold otter to warm up in the sun. The smell is quite strong. Rotten fish mixed with otter poop.
The deer lives in the city. He started feeding on apple leaves before I finished cutting. The cordless chainsaw isn't very loud. He often came to within 20 ft. of me.