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Friday, March 19, 2010 - Bosque Birdwatchers RV Park, San Antonio NM

Gambel's Quail, Bosque Birdwatchers RV Park, San Antonio NM, March 19, 2010
Gambel's Quail, Bosque Birdwatchers RV Park, San Antonio NM, March 19, 2010

It's a setup

The weather turned later but this morning was bright and sunny and warm and I tossed a handful of bird seed out by the fence and sat in my lawn chair soaking up the sun watching and photographing the birds enjoying their meal. It was all a setup but I got some really nice pictures.

Night camp

Site 16 - Bosque Bird Watcher's RV Park, San Antonio NM


As the poet Gary Snyder said so well, "Beyond all this studying and managing and calculating, there's another level to nature. You can go about learning the names of things and doing inventories of trees, bushes, and flowers. But nature often just flits by and is not easily seen in a hard, clear light. Our actual experience of many birds and wildlife is chancy and quick. Wildlife is known as a call, a cough in the dark, a shadow in the shrubs. You can watch a cougar on a wildlife video for hours, but the real cougar shows herself only once or twice in a lifetime. One must be tuned to hints and nuances." After more than thirty years of living in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada and spending a great deal of that time out-of-doors, Snyder has seen the mountain lion on just a few occasions. One of these sightings was most unusual. Gary had been visiting a neighbor and was walking down from the nearby ridge to his home when he observed a cougar sitting near one of the windows of the house. The animal appeared to be listening intently as one of Snyder's stepdaughters practiced the piano.