Where To Look For Wildlife:
Plants grow and wildlife reside in areas where their needs are met. The same ducks that you see during
one part of the season will not be found when their flight feathers are shed. They will be found in the high grass in the marshes to protect themselves from predators. All wildlife goes through transitions based on the time of the year and different phases of their lives. So, if you are constantly visiting the same area and you don't see that special wildlife, stop and think about the time of the year. The rule of thumb is to look for wildlife in transition areas that accommodate shelter, water and food. The most abundant areas that support these elements are in the transition areas of waterways, forests and meadows. These areas also attract smaller animals that in turn attract the predators. Wildlife reacts the same way that you would during inclement conditions, hot conditions and cold conditions. Think where you would go, based on the weather at the moment, and you will begin to learn to look in all the right places. It will provide dividends for more wildlife opportunities.
How To Look For Wildlife:
Read the Art of Seeing section for ways to improve the process of your seeing. Using the Art of Seeing, you will also learn how to look for movement in the outdoors. Wildlife always seems to look smaller than what we visualize when we actually see the animal up close. Sometimes, due to videos or pictures in a book, we have a distorted impression of what size the animal actually is. When looking at the field guides, notice the length and the height of an animal to understand the real size of an animal. Visiting a nature center will improve the visualization of wildlife sizes. Note, most wildlife is seen by looking down in brush or bushes... not looking over. When you locate wildlife, you will be extremely fortunate if the whole animal is seen initially.
My Outdoor Eyes Photography Blog|
Question Mark Butterfly On Cape Cod.
I saw this butterfly on my tree but didn’t know what it was. It is quite different with its wings folded up and extended. The Question Mark is a large orange butterfly of about 2 and 1/2 inches with black markings on its fore-wings. I learned that it finds nourishment in tree sap which is … Continue reading Question Mark Butterfly On Cape Cod.
Indian Summer On Cape Cod.
September is one of my favorite months here on Cape Cod. The weather is usually warm as is the water. And… the people are gone so you have the place to yourself! This was one of the last days of summer with the people lazing about in the water and on the beach at Rock … Continue reading Indian Summer On Cape Cod.
The Seals At Coast Guard Beach On Cape Cod.
There were about 50 seals relaxing in the shallow waters off of Coast Guard Beach the other morning. Phil took this photo of me looking at them. It looks like they are only a few feet away. Pretty cool, huh? Look at that guy right in front! Too funny! He looks like he’s laughing!