Peregrine & Mink

I started off this morning at Reifel. On entering the sanctuary I could see there was something roosting in the usual raptor snag.

Peregrine Falcon
Peregrine Falcon

This Peregrine Falcon was scanning the nearby ponds in some nice morning light. I mention the light as there was not much else going and I happened across what was likely the same bird in the same tree on my way out just before noon.

Peregrine Falcon
Peregrine Falcon

This time it was stretching and fanning its wings. Some great action to catch, but as you can see the light is all wrong. The sun is above and behind the Falcon. The other reason for bringing this up was another couple present at the time. He was carrying a tripod and wearing a back-pack with his camera gear inside. While I was catching the action, he was scrambling for his gear.

Peregrine Falcon
Peregrine Falcon

I could hear the mumbling while he was still fumbling with his camera that never made it on to the tripod and the Falcon flew off. The point, or question being, why would you be in a target rich environment with your camera gear packed up? Opportunities like this can be hard to come by and are fleeting moments at best. You have to have your gear ready. Now if only this bird had done that first thing this morning with the nice light.

I then headed home briefly for a bite to eat and then returned to the sanctuary to help out on the trails for the remainder of the afternoon. Not much had changed on the bird front, but while checking the shore birds on the outer ponds a mink scampered out on to the trail, saw me and went back into the bushes. I backed off a little and waited.

Mink
Mink

It was not long before it emerged back on to the trail.

 

Mink
Mink

This time it did not seem to mind my being there,

Mink
Mink

… and actually started sauntering toward me. That was until some other people came along the trail and it disappeared again. It was nice this one was relatively dry and fluffy, not dripping wet or swimming which is how I usually see them.