Another great Winter wildlife safari today! Highlights included coyotes scavenging, moose browsing, sage grouse flocking and a porcupine roosting. This great-horned owl was serenely perched in a cottonwoood tree turning its head back and forth while studying us. Eventually, we noticed the most remarkable part of this sighting which was a long-tailed weasel clutched in its talons.
Normally its white Winter coat serves as camouflage to prevent such incidents. If you look closely at this image, you can see its leg and tail underneath the owl.
Our feathered predators seem to be finding their rodent meals successfully this year and several raptors have been more regularly seen this winter than in the past.
This great-horned owl sat contently in the soft light of sunset tonight as it scanned the nearby fields for mice or voles.
Once again, our wolf and bear safari was a successful excursion with extraordinary wildlife sightings. We were able to observe three black wolves (part of the Druid Pack) in northern Yellowstone testing bison and interacting with one another.
We saw both grizzly bears as well as black bears during this multi-day expedition but other highlights included the animals that we were able to view and photograph in the above collage. We were able to witness a great-horned owl nest with chicks, a coyote ferociously eating a ground squirrel and a red fox hunting rodents (left to right).