A selection of images from 2012

December

More images from my recent trip to Yellowstone National Park.



Early morning on the Firehole River


 

Antelope Flats


Upper Geyser Basin


 

Silhouettes at Grand Prismatic Spring

 


 

October & November


Images from the Yellowstone trip

 

Dead tree at Minerva Terraces, Mammoth.


 

Early morning at Obsidian Creek




Trees along the Firehole River


 

Old Faithful in a spectacular eruption


 

Grotto Geyser

 

Great Fountain Geyser




Aspens against an approaching storm

 




September

September is the time for our bi-annual trip to Yellowstone and
Grand Teton National Parks - images to follow,
but in the mean time, meet some of the wildlife



A Bull Elk struts his stuff


 

Moose Cow and Calf


 

Bison Cow with calf and Bull in attendance


 



August


 

Chalkhill Blue butterfly, male


 

Chalkhill Blue butterfly, female


 

Paired Chalkhill Blues

 

June
A visit to the mountains of Colorado provided some
excellent photo opportunities of mountain wildlife. 

More images from my Colorado trip by clicking here.

 

Mountain Goat Nanny with kid




A creche of Mountain Goat kids - these youngsters
are probably just about a week old.

An adult Bighorn Sheep

Yellow-bellied Marmot - Marmots live in burrows on the rocky mountain slopes hibernating from September through to May.



May

The weather during early May was very poor - any opportunity
to get out with the camera had to be taken advantage of.

 

A beautiful Avocet feeding in a pool on a cold and misty morning in late May.

 

A Moorhen running on water.

 

Great Crested Grebe with fish.

 

Great Crested Grebe


 

Avocet


 

Reed Bunting


 

April & March

It was hard to tell the difference between March and April -
for the most part the weather was unseasonably cold and very wet.

 

A pair of Greylag Geese get airborne in torrential rain.


 

A rare sunny day and this Goldfinch attracted my attention.


 

February 2012

February has been a strange month - temperatures have varied from -15 to +15.


 

Snow Bunting have been very timid this winter -
I was fortunate to be in the right place at the right time

 

 Knot - quick wash and brush up


 

Knot wing stretching
 

 

A Dunlin probing for food in a muddy pool

 

Turnstone taking off after bathing

  

Brent Geese

The cold spells provided some unique opportunities for photography

 

A Turnstone crosses a snow covered bank searching for food.


 

A Green-winged Teal in winter sunshine on an icy pool

A pair of Knot on a shingle bank


 

Wigeon

 


 

January 2012

 


A Turnstone foraging on a frozen pool




Black-headed Gull on frozen coastal pool




Black-headed Gull hovering




Common Gull