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Coyote encounter Golden Gate Park

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On my usual walk, and then I heard what I thought were more people in the bushes, like a rustling of reeds or weeds or bushes, but the noise turned out to be a Coyote flanking me to my left. He was sort of behind me. He was totally watching me. I moved a couple of feet then he moved a couple of feet. I moved closer and then he took off. It is my opinion he followed me for about 100 feet into my walk.

Coyote Golden Gate Park

Owl Pellet’s

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“A pellet, in ornithology, is the mass of undigested parts of a bird’s food that some bird species occasionally regurgitate. The contents of a bird’s pellet depend on its diet, but can include the exoskeletons of insects, indigestible plant matter, bones, fur, feathers, bills, claws, and teeth. In falconry, the pellet is called a casting.”

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More Great Horned Owl stories

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Great Horned Owl chicks will go up to the parent’s and peck at their mouth’s trying to get food. The parent owls will run from them until the two parents mate. The pics are of a Great Horned Owl chick going after the female parent demanding food. The parent owl’s will ignore the chicks until the daily mating ritual is done. The Great Horned Owl chicks are demanding when it comes to food because approximately in a month, the chicks may be on their own. So they need and want the energy.

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Photographing Great Horned Owls mating

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When your out there, in the field, photographing wildlife, there is one act that wildlife photographers go crazy over, and that one act is the mating.
Catching wildlife mating is hard, you must have patience, you must keep one eye on the whole forest while the other eye is looking through the camera lense, you must listen, and you must be prepared every second leading up to the mating. You have to know when their going to mate and you have to know how they mate.
Great Horned Owls mate even after the chicks have been born. They mate daily.
The mating ritual is very cool. The female parent owl perches on a branch that is out in the open, then hoots, and the male will be several trees away, and he hoots back. They hoot about 3-4 times, then in comes the male. The male will approach the female in two stages. The male owl will fly from the tree he was hooting from to another tree, and after a few seconds the male flies up to the female and mounts her. It happens in about 3 seconds. And then the mating is over for the day.
Great Horned Owls Mating

A Rusting Golden Gate Bridge

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Tolls for cars or motorcycles on the Golden Gate Bridge are now $7 for non fast trak holders and $6 for fast trak holders. The Golden Gate Bridge brought in over 100 million dollar in revenue in 2013. Annual monetary figures for 2014 or 2015 have yet to be reported online. It is also believed that at least 100,000 cars use that bridge daily, BUT, yet the Golden Gate Bridge is rusting. That’s right a recent visit to that bridge I noticed plenty of areas that are heavily rusted and seem worn out. Check out the pics below. This link indicates how often the bridge is supposed to be painted. http://goldengatebridge.org/research/factsGGBIntOrngPaint.php

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Great Horned Owl chicks and parent.

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Great Horned Owls. Female parent and two babies/juveniles. I’ve never seen any photos of Great Horned Owls this close before. They may actually be one of a kind’s. They were checking me out today.

Surrounded by Coyotes

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Imagine this; your photographing birds high in the tree’s, suddenly you hear sirens, then suddenly howls, and yelps, and you look around and suddenly realize your also surrounded by Coyotes. They were running circles around me tonight. Never felt scared even though they tried to scare me. So if you click the link you can hear the sounds.

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