Trip Start Sep 07, 2012
Trip End Sep 16, 2012

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Bakers Hole Campground

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Friday, September 14, 2012

Georgetown Lake and Yellowstone synopsis of animals seen in the past 2 weeks.

All animals listed seemed to be in exceptional shape, healthy, and agile…

-         2 Doe Mule Deer – Georgetown Lake

         2 Cow moose & 1 calf – Georgetown Lake

         3 eagles – Georgetown Lake

         1 Badger – Yellowstone

         Countless Elk & Bison – Yellowstone

         2 birds we don't Recognize – Yellowstone

         5 Grizzly Bears – Yellowstone

         5 Wolves – Yellowstone

         5 Coyotes – Yellowstone

         2 Eagles, 1 Adult, 1 Juvenile

         Countless Ducks & Geese

         More Antelope than I can count

Today was another EXCEPTIONAL day….   We ventured back to the bison carcass with the hopes of seeing more bear and wolves…  we were told by one of the rangers that this kill is close to one of the packs of wolves that inhabit the park…  We were told that the wolf we saw today was a 2 year old female, and that her pups aren’t far away….  Had we gotten to the sight earlier in the morning we would have seen 5 grizzly bears working on the carcass with several of the wolf pack members standing by for their turn.   As it was we saw one grizzly bear and two wolves with a juvenile eagle mixed into the bunch…

It’s very amazing the watch the pecking order of the animals and the animals within the group feed…   One sow (grizzly) and 2 yearlings cubs were feeding yesterday when the sow left and the 2 yearlings were feeding when a very large adult (grizzly) approached …  the 2 cubs left as soon as he approached and the two wolves that were feeding and lying within 10 feet of the carcass moved to at least 75 ft away while he dined… later as he moved on, the 2 wolves returned to finish their meal..  We were told that some of the adult wolves can get 20-25 lbs of meat into their stomachs and then later regurgitate it up for the cubs.

Early this a.m. we finally saw our eagle in a lone snag tree over the Madison River… we’ve seen him at least 3 other times but this time we were able to pull off the road, get the scope and camera out and get some great photos…   he was no more than 200 ft away and at 50 power filled the scope..  we watched as he preened himself and had feathers stuck in his bill…  the limb he was on looked to 2 – 3" in diameter and his claws fully wrapped around the limb and overlapped…

While Connie was down closer to the stream for a better photo I noticed a Badger not 50 ft from me looking for breakfast.  I called her back and while we were taking photos of the Badger at least 20 people walked past us to the Eagle… It wasn’t until we pointed him out to the others that they saw him and photographed him…

Today we met a couple from Belgium and while chatting with him, he commented that his dad had been here (Yellowstone) when he was young and told his boy that if he could ever afford it to come to this country and see the park…   He was amazed and commented how great it was that our fore fathers set these parks aside, as there are no other parks like this in the world where people can come to see this kind of country and wild life…

Later we chatted with 2 couples from England, 1 Swiss couple and one from Holland but the couple I most enjoyed was a Turkish man and his wife from South America… I’ve forgotten the country… He works for Los Alamos, in New Mexico as a physicist and has been there for the past 20 years…   I asked if he worked on the secret stuff, and he commented that some of what he did was like that and some was basic research….  I left it at that…   he and his wife were from big cities in their home countries but love New Mexico and the research he’s doing for our government.  His wife had never seen this kind of wild life and she must have spent 30 - 45 min with the spotting scope while her husband and I chatted…  she was both excited and thrilled to see one of the bears tear out chunks of meat and devour it..

This morning I was out getting ready to go and our neighbor came over and asked if we’d seen the moose in our back yard…  I said no, my wife has the drapes drawn in the RV…  he said a cow and calf walked past us, and 10 min later walked back…   we checked the back of the RV and we could see their prints in the dirt not 6-8’ off the trailer so tonight, our final night the game camera is going up and we’ll see what we get in the a.m.
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Juli on

I'm enjoying all your pictures so much! We went to Yellowstone this summer, but didn't come close to seeing all the animals you have seen.

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