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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.

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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.

Now using trees as tripods when out in the field.

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Ultrapod 2I’ve been through so many tripods I finally got smart, so now I’m using the trees as tripods. Bought something called an UltraPod 2, so I am able to get ingenuitive when it comes to having tripods in the woods/forest. If you hit the hotlink it will take you to a site that sells the UltraPod 2.

Notes from the field: Great Horned Owls

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A Great Horned Owl from Golden Gate Park in San Francisco, CA.

A Great Horned Owl from Golden Gate Park in San Francisco, CA.

Female Great Horned Owl.
Every evening between 4:30pm and 5:30pm the male and female Great Horned Owls will rendezvous in a tree near the nest. Before they rendezvous they communicate. The male does not seem to be allowed near the nest when their are babies in it. And right now their are two baby Great Horned Owls in Golden Gate Park. The good news, is, that the Owl nest is not near an area that can be accessible to those who fear the trees and the forest. Or not accessible to tourists and looky-lou’s, so maybe they will get to be truly wild. Their nest is also in the top part of the tree canopy. Not in the lower part of the tree canopy. However they are fair game for the Ravens.

Fires and Protests

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Fire Displaces Mission District Residents

A four alarm fire at 22nd and Mission streets in San Francisco displaces over 50 residents, and claims one life. 20 businesses were also affected by this fire. The Red Cross and San Francisco Human Services are helping the displaced tenants. On Wednesday January 28th approximately 7pm a fire was reported at the building on the North West corner of 22nd and Mission streets in San Francisco. The fire went from a one alarm to a four alarm in less than a half hour. When firefighters arrived on scene they noticed people stuck on a fire escape on the Mission Street side and the 22nd street side. I have attached a photo of the fire escape on the Mission street side that is obstructed by a business below.
Those people were rescued by the fire department. When firefighters arrived they had discovered a person in respiratory failure on the 3rd floor. Firefighters took the person out of the building, but they could not be revived. Five people were injured, including a firefighter, with “mild to moderate injuries.”
Firefighters took an offensive position until the fire was out of control, they were then ordered out. After high pressure water streams were set-up firefighters drenched the building. The defensive battle took all night long, but most of the equipment had left the scene.
At a 9am press conference Fire Chief Joanne Hayes-White said the fire was not completely out. She did not have any estimates on how much water was used to put the fire out, but at 9am this morning there was 4 feet of water in the basement. During the press conference Chief Hayes-White said there were reports from the rescued tenants they did not hear any audible fire alarms, and there were no warnings. Tenants also said several fire escapes were obstructed, and they felt trapped.

There have been several other fires in the Mission neighborhood that have displaced residents, and businesses. The new multi-million dollar condo building called Vida is next door to the building, but it does not appear to have suffered any major damage. It is common knowledge that many residents in San Francisco are being displaced by landlords at alarming levels, while the so-called rich techies move in and pay higher rents.

The air was not monitored for pollutants, but I found it hard to deal with the acrid smoke.

Photos of the devastation can be found here>>>>>>Spot News Events

Abortion Wars on the Streets of SF

Pro-choicer’s confront and protest the presence of the pro-lifers on the streets of San Francisco.
The war over abortion once again hits the streets of San Francisco. Ever since 2005 the religious community has been holding an annual gathering called the Walk for Life. Their message has been the same for the last 10 years. Pro-lifers believe ““Women Deserve Better than Abortion”. Additionally they also believed holding those events in liberal San Francisco packed a bigger punch because people in San Francisco are more apt to “open to new behavior or opinions and willing to discard traditional values.” Meaning San Franciscans believe that NO laws nor religion should govern decisions about their bodies and their health and their welfare. But the pro-lifers come in buses from all over California, and other parts of the West to push their message, which is “Abortions should be banned by law.

Women seek abortions for their own reasons, and some are so desperate or unhealthy they will do what they will have to, to abort. Before abortion was legal some of the processes they used “back-alley”, “backstreet”, or “back-yard” abortion were dangerous and sometimes deadly for both fetus and mother. Unsafe abortions are believed to have caused “approximately 69,000 deaths and millions of injuries annually.” Which is why San Franciscans confront, scream-down, and protest their event. Only a small group of SF’ers, compared to the pro-lifers, get out and protest them, but they still do it every year.

Pics and video can be seen here>>>>>Abortion Wars

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