Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Golden Eagle surprised by a coyote on the Mayfield Loop

In early October we had a casual weekend around town. We weren’t really looking for anything in particular, we just wanted to get out for a bit. Mostly just the usual suspects. First stop was MK Nature Center.

MK 1 MK Nature Center, Ada County. October 5, 2013.

On the main pond we saw several Wood Ducks and Mallards.

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Wood Duck at MK Nature Center, Ada County. October 5, 2013.

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Wood Duck at MK Nature Center, Ada County. October 5, 2013.

The highlight was a fox that was hanging out near the feeder area, just keeping an eye on things. We probably interrupted his hunt, since shortly after we spotted him he ran away.

Fox at MK Nature Center, Ada County. October 5, 2013.

We also took a quick drive out south east of town, stopping first at Black’s Creek Reservoir (not a single bird, but beautiful sunset light), and then heading over to the Mayfield Loop.

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Blacks Creek Reservoir, Ada County. October 6, 2013.

The highlight on the Mayfield Loop was finding a Golden Eagle, and then watching a coyote approach it. They have quite a close encounter, and you can see how it played out in this video:

Golden Eagle on the Mayfield Loop, Elmore County. October 6, 2013.

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Golden Eagle on the Mayfield Loop, Elmore County. October 6, 2013.

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