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Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge Pics

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Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge Pics
« on: April 02, 2016, 10:25:43 AM »
Instead of starting a new thread each time I go down, I'll just start putting pics here from my trips to WMWR.  Went down for a few days this week.  Did an invasive plant search one morning in the Special Use Area for a species they just added to the list.  I found about 20 Musk Thistle on the Creek that runs into Rush Lake.  I'll go back in a few days and remove them.

The fire crew has been very busy this winter.  This prescribed burn done in February is near the prairie dog town.   The bison are loving it.  That is Mount Lincoln in the background.



Last month while at the Refuge, I was told where there was a pair of Red Shouldered Hawks building a nest. I spent about 2 hours watching it that day, but nothing happened.
This time watching the nest was productive. They are incubating eggs and one of them is constantly on the nest. The trick is to be there when they switch. One time I only had to wait 15 minutes. The next time it was 1 hour and 55 minutes. The incoming hawk, the male in this pic, brings a stick to add to the nest each time.



The female giving me the look as she leaves the nest.


I'll add a few more later.
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Re: Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge Pics
« Reply #1 on: April 02, 2016, 10:52:12 AM »
That's great!

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Re: Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge Pics
« Reply #2 on: April 02, 2016, 12:25:44 PM »
Great pictures!  I'll be looking forward to seeing more!

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Re: Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge Pics
« Reply #3 on: April 06, 2016, 09:10:20 AM »
Very good pics!  This looks like a neat place.  Do you camp/backpack there and if so, how are the campsites?

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Re: Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge Pics
« Reply #4 on: April 07, 2016, 05:34:53 AM »
Thanks Casa Grande and Kinsa!

Very good pics!  This looks like a neat place.  Do you camp/backpack there and if so, how are the campsites?

I spend a lot of time there.  I car camp at Doris Campground.  There are a few nice campsites, my favorites being #26 and #32.  It can get pretty busy when the weather is nice.  I have gotten a backpack permit a few times to camp in the Charons Garden Wilderness Area.     

A few more pics.  I love it when the sun hits a Rio Grande tom just right and they light up like a Christmas tree.



An Elk bull eating the blooms off of a Post Oak.  There was a bachelor group of 5 bulls doing this.   2 of the younger bulls still had last years antlers, the others were growing new ones.

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Re: Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge Pics
« Reply #5 on: April 07, 2016, 09:24:26 AM »
How strictly do they enforce the "no alcohol" policy there?  Other parks have rules like "public display of alcohol is prohibited"   I wonder if you keep it out of sight and in cups if they'd leave you alone?

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Re: Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge Pics
« Reply #6 on: April 07, 2016, 09:39:06 AM »
The Best picture of a wild turkey I have ever seen. Nice!
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Re: Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge Pics
« Reply #7 on: April 07, 2016, 09:51:30 AM »
The Best picture of a wild turkey I have ever seen. Nice!
Very true, it's hard to take a picture of a turkey where they don't blend into the background.

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Re: Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge Pics
« Reply #8 on: April 07, 2016, 02:04:31 PM »
The Best picture of a wild turkey I have ever seen. Nice!

Thanks!

The Best picture of a wild turkey I have ever seen. Nice!
Very true, it's hard to take a picture of a turkey where they don't blend into the background.

Thanks!  Getting the sun at your back helps a lot.

How strictly do they enforce the "no alcohol" policy there?  Other parks have rules like "public display of alcohol is prohibited"   I wonder if you keep it out of sight and in cups if they'd leave you alone?

I know this guy that goes there a lot. My His ice chest always has enough Molson Golden, for medicinal proposes only, to get through the trip. I He was even sipping on one in a mug after a long hot hike when Jamie, the guy that runs the campground, came by and wanted to visit for a bit.  If you are not being obnoxious, overly loud, or publicly making everyone around you aware you are in violation of the law, nothing  will happen. I've He's been doing this routinely since 2009  and nothings come of it.  I know law enforcement will check dumpsters on weekends to see if there might be vast amounts of adult beverages being consumed. He will toss trash in a dumpster on the other side of the campground to make things fun and entertaining.  2 of the law enforcement guys are nice and want you to enjoy your stay.  The other would like nothing better than to find a reason to ticket you or get some sweat on his cuffs.   

This is probably my favorite Rio Grande tom pic.  A lady was staring at a canvas print of it last year at a show and said, "Photographers always make things look better than they really are."  All I did was size it, adjust brightness, contrast, and sharpened it some. I said, "I'm guessing you've never seen a Rio Grande in person or you wouldn't have said such a foolish thing."  Guess I don't have much patience for mean stupid people cause they can't be fixed. Neutered maybe, but not fixed.  ;) 

« Last Edit: April 07, 2016, 02:30:02 PM by ambersdad »
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Re: Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge Pics
« Reply #9 on: April 07, 2016, 03:13:23 PM »
Ha!   Seems like if one keep things on the down-low and is not a drunk, obnoxious camper, all will be fine.  I just wasn't' sure how strict they were, IE asking to look inside your ice chests or smell your 'coffee' mugs etc.   I actually came across a post on another forum where someone complained of one of rangers there being a total ass and handing out tickets and searching and confiscating property.  Sounds like it might be the same ranger you're talking about.  Thanks for sharing your, I mean 'the guy's' insights.  :icon_wink:

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« Reply #10 on: April 07, 2016, 04:49:14 PM »
You'll have to let me know how it went if you go. 
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Re: Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge Pics
« Reply #11 on: July 16, 2016, 09:05:41 AM »
I was finally able to get down to the Refuge the other day.  Didn't have much luck with Black-capped Vireos.  They were not sitting still with young in the nest to feed. But I was able to entice a couple Painted Buntings into camera range.





Having decent gear is nice, but wildlife photography is knowing your subject and getting lucky, and I love getting lucky.
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