The last few safaris have been absolutely phenomenal with excellent sightings and interesting behaviors observed. This black wolf was seen in Grand Teton National Park along with a gray-colored wolf nearby and was one of many great animals seen.
Other sightings included moose browsing on cottonwood trees, a young golden eagle attacking bighorn sheep, mountain goats navigating steep cliffs, and a porcupine perched in a tree.
In the evergreen forests of North America the chattering of a red squirrel is a frequent presence to any outing. Our squirrels are active year-round, but have shown increased enthusiasm in the past couple weeks as Spring quickly approaches. Interesting sightings lately have included a porcupine, mountain goats and my first sighting of a 2010 butterfly (likely a Milbert’s tortoiseshell).
Every wildlife safari offers both expected and surprising sightings. Today we were fortunate to watch a golden eagle perched near a group of rocky mountain bighorn sheep. After scowling at us for 20 minutes, this enormous predator flew off demonstrating its impressive agility and majestic presence. After sightings of coyote, elk, moose and mule deer we traveled to an area where a porcupine has been spending time.
This porcupine appears to be young and very cooperative for observation and photography. These medium-sized rodents have a very low reproductive rate which is compensated with a low mortality rate, since very few predators are willing to risk confrontation with their thousands of specialized quills.