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Studies in Godwit

Every so often, I get a request for 'derivative works' permission -- usually from a wildlife artist who wants to use a photo as the foundation for a painting or print. I particularly love it when the work is used to benefit an animal cause ... like this painting of a Brown Pelican I photographed in San Francisco. Artist Dan Kent created an ink and watercolor version as part of a wildlife benefit during the [...]

2012-10-04T23:38:53+00:00October 4th, 2012|Birds, Ecology, Pollution, Uncategorized, Wildlife Rescue|5 Comments

Bird Rescue, Fishing Gear & Existential Inquiries

This post is (or will be) a rambling confluence of a few different stories. Back in June, I posted about a Brown Pelican I saw flying over Bolsa Chica at dusk. I photographed the bird in silhouette as it trailed a triple-hook fishing lure from its pouch. I obviously have no way of knowing what will happen to the pelican I saw in that flyover, but in my Facebook feed today, I saw [...]

2012-10-01T18:54:31+00:00October 1st, 2012|Birds, Hunting, Pollution, Uncategorized, Wildlife Rescue|3 Comments

A Closer Look … for Birds in Trouble

This post contains one image of a long-deceased gull, just FYI. You'd think I would have learned my lesson last year, with the dead gull I found wrapped around a deterrent wire on a nearby warehouse ... or the gulls we untangled last fall from a fish-pen net. But, in fairness, this location was difficult to see from any common vantage point in the neighborhood. It wasn't until I was out the other day, photographing [...]

The Turkeys I’ve [Almost] Known

This post is a tribute to the wild turkeys who walk among us. Every year, Hugh and I Adopt a Turkey from Farm Sanctuary. And every year, I try to somehow commemorate the awesomeness of the wild turkeys I've been privileged to be among and photograph. The timing of this new episode from Nature on PBS was perfect for this post: My Life as a Turkey. Thanks to an FB friend for the [...]

2011-11-18T19:45:04+00:00November 18th, 2011|Uncategorized, Wildlife Rescue|0 Comments

Derelict Nets & Entangled Birds

Note: All gulls pictured in this post, and other trapped birds were freed from the netting. Follow Up on 10/21/11: I phoned today and learned that an official went out to this net, confirmed what we saw in terms of bird entanglement, and holes in the net have apparently been fixed as a temporary measure, although I'm anxious to check up on the gulls myself. I was told the Westport seafood company responsible for these [...]

2011-10-19T13:48:29+00:00October 19th, 2011|Ecology, Hunting, Issues, Pollution, Uncategorized, Wildlife Rescue|7 Comments

The One I Couldn’t Help

It was one of those precious sunny days in the midst of Seattle downpours. A Flickr friend of mine told me about a tugboat race on Elliott Bay, so I thought I’d walk the Terminal 91 bike path to the water. The “path” is an industrial slog — a cement slough leading to Puget Sound, and a courtesy cut-through from the Port of Seattle — dividing sections of private Port land and railroad assets. Burlington [...]

2011-05-16T21:37:38+00:00May 16th, 2011|Pollution, Uncategorized, Wildlife Rescue|3 Comments

Watch for Towhees, Flying Low

Spotted Towhees were the elusive ground foragers I never saw enough of in the Bay Area. I'd catch a glimpse as they scuttled under the scrub. Or, occasionally, snapped a photo of one heralding the morning light in the thickets of Tilden Park. My best Spotted Towhee sighting was the trusting bird who let me photograph an afternoon bath up in the Berkeley hills. In the Seattle neighborhood Hugh and I now call home, the [...]

2011-01-17T13:36:52+00:00January 17th, 2011|Uncategorized, Wildlife Rescue|1 Comment

The Crow Who Changed My Life

My thanks to Lyanda Lynn Haupt for the book that reminded me to honor my original inspiration: the crow. It's because of a crow that I became who I am. My mother arrived home one day with a juvenile crow in a box. I was just a kid, fourteen or so. Mom was dropping my younger brother at school, when across the playing field, she saw two dogs nearly ripping the poor fledgling in two. [...]

2010-12-13T15:55:32+00:00December 13th, 2010|Uncategorized, Wildlife Rescue|7 Comments

Lancelot-Guinevere: The Case of the Castle Pigeon

Lancelot (no, Guinevere) -- lost himself (no, herself) -- along the coast of Scotland, where Picts and Druids and Earls and Scots laid claim to the medieval stones of her landing. Just north of these stones lie the crags and cliffs that offer sanctuary for pelagic birds, the calls of whom may have drawn her to seek some good fortune at this spot. Blue band on her leg, humbled by fatigue and flight, she wandered [...]

2010-07-20T17:29:23+00:00July 20th, 2010|Uncategorized, Wildlife Rescue|3 Comments

Noah the Pigeon

When you work in any facet of animal rescue, you hear stories. Often, the worst stories -- one-act plays with bad endings. You wonder why on earth this storyteller decided you were the person who needed to hear it. I've learned that if an anecdote opens with, "Have I got a raccoon story for you . . . " it won't be pretty. That's why a tale like Noah's was such a welcome [...]

2010-03-01T23:45:28+00:00March 1st, 2010|Uncategorized, Wildlife Rescue|3 Comments

Baby Booties For Birds

Last night, Hugh and I put baby booties on sea birds. Actually, baby socks made into bird booties. There were grebes and murres in our section of the hospital. More than 400 ailing seabirds were driven by van and flown by a Coast Guard C-130 to IBRRC in Fairfield, California. The birds came from Washington and Oregon where they'd landed on beaches, sick and dying, covered in algae slime. Local centers up north were overflowing. [...]

2009-10-30T21:43:05+00:00October 30th, 2009|Birds, Uncategorized, Wildlife Rescue|1 Comment

When to “Rescue” Baby Cottontails

It's the end of nesting season for many animals, but cottontails breed year-round. Cottontail babies are often rescued mistakenly. It's important to assess the situation before you take the babies anywhere. Cottontail mothers leave their offspring for most of the day, feeding them only in the morning and at night. Like fawns and fledgling birds, the babies have not been abandoned in these cases.

2009-09-26T16:00:43+00:00September 26th, 2009|Mammals, Uncategorized, Wildlife Rescue|1 Comment

Learning From a Racing Pigeon

I think the pigeon people are trying to tell me something. Late last year, I took a rambunctious fledgling pigeon to a nearby hospital. In April, I drove two [very] baby pigeons to the same hospital. I'm always snapping pigeon photos even when other photographers sweep their lenses right over the pigeon landscape. Rock Pigeons at the Bay Bridge - ©ingridtaylar So, it shouldn't have surprised me when Chauncey came along. She's a [...]

2009-08-28T16:34:55+00:00August 28th, 2009|Uncategorized, Wildlife Rescue|2 Comments

Things to Know (and Love) About a Japanese Quail

He was misidentified but not forgotten -- this lone Japanese Quail who fluttered his way into a wildlife hospital and then, into our hands and hearts. We gave him an appropriately Japanese name: "Mikiko" which, loosely translated, means "child of the tree." A fellow volunteer pointed out that he is not, in fact, a child of the tree -- "he's a quail, Ingrid." I know. But I couldn't find a name meaning "child of the [...]

2009-08-06T17:18:34+00:00August 6th, 2009|Domestic Animals, Uncategorized, Wildlife Rescue|5 Comments

The Case of the Misidentified Quail

He handed over the box: "A rescued quail." We volunteer at a wildlife hospital, so a safe assumption might be California Quail. But this bird clearly wasn't. Their markings are distinct and easy once you know them. "It's a Japanese Quail," was the official proclamation. Not only is a Japanese Quail not a native of California, he is, for the most part, a domesticated bird in the United States -- raised for eggs or [...]

2019-03-09T23:00:25+00:00August 2nd, 2009|Domestic Animals, Uncategorized, Wildlife Rescue|0 Comments