This Black Vulture Chick is in the old dilapidated barn where we’ve seen them before. I would hate to step inside a barn at night and hear that noise and not know what was making it. Pictures and video with my iPhone 6 plus other than the first one made on another evening with my Nikon and flash.
It is unreal the amount of time I can kill playing with that Splice app. 😀
When we checked cows this afternoon, there was an obvious new mama with the rest of the herd at the hay rings and it was obvious because the afterbirth was still hanging from her back end. I got out and walked the perimeter of the wooded area where we feed, but she never really paid me any mind, but would continue to bawl and bawl some more.
Since we were in the truck, we headed back home so we could get the Mule and I could get around in the muddy areas easier and find that baby. I was convinced by the way she was acting something had already happened to her calf, she is an experienced mama cow and I couldn’t figure out why she wasn’t going to her calf instead of just bawling for it.
When I made it back to our north pasture, that mama was laying down, still bawling and totally convincing that something was terribly wrong.
I started on down the road to the barn and corral and entered there and headed back west. Thank goodness, the calf popped up in what we call our weaning or bull pen and the reason it wasn’t going to its mama. She was at the cross fence and didn’t know to follow it down to the gate. I eased up, exited and easily caught it by the back leg. However, Ed didn’t return with me cause he gets too cold on the Mule and as it turned out, I really needed him!
I struggled, but I finally got her on the Mule and under my feet and she settled right in like she was an old hand. We crossed two muddy gate areas and headed on down to the ditch. I stopped to engage the 4-wheel-drive and low range and she shifted under my feet and got one of her back legs under the gas pedal.
Now I had to get off to try to rearrange her hoping I could get across the muddy ditch with her on the Mule with me.
No such luck!
She fought to get away from me and slid right on off. I was pretty well spent by that point, but determined I was going to get that baby on the other side of the ditch. It shouldn’t be that hard.
I immediately sank in the deep mud and one of my boots sucked right down into a cow track and I was stuck! I had to let the calf go and after wrestling with the mud and the water I finally got my now waterlogged foot and boot back up out of the mud. And for the record, that dang water was cold!
Finally, and what I should have done once I got to the ditch anyway, I bellowed like a calf several times and that silly mama cow came running.
The video tells the rest of the story.
Forgive my country voice, I was playing with a new iPhone app called Splice and I love it! The videos and pictures are not the greatest, but I will be playing with this app again. Thank you mama for giving me an opportunity. The drama really was not all her fault, I created most of it myself. 🙂
And for my fellow cattle owners, we will check tomorrow and make sure she is cleaned out and if not, will help her.
It was late evening and cloudy when I took these the other day. I was trying to document how the dams on these pools are breaking down, but I’m going to have to do a better job of that with my real camera and better light. These made interesting looking shots anyway.
This pool is on the side of the highway north of Clarksville. I’ve vowed for a while to stop and take pictures. We were out that way this morning for a friend’s funeral service and I knew when I passed by on the way, I would stop on the return trip.
With my iPhone, ProHDR app and Snapseed and shared on Instagram.
It was overcast and such a gloomy afternoon, I knew it would be difficult to take good pictures with my wildlife lens. The Tamron just doesn’t do that well in low light. No matter, we loaded up and took off hunting the country roads and finally found a couple of does and many ducks. These pictures are not the greatest and the ducks were way out there, but it was fun to see several species. I’m fairly certain there were Mallards, Teals, Ring-Necked and one other… see further down the page.
We also saw this beautiful new calf with the most amazing coat of gray hair. He was striking in person!
I’m also sharing a further cropped (crappy) photo of the ducks. See that black headed duck with the white patch on the side of its head? What is that one? I’ve looked at my bird apps and online and since the picture is not that great, I haven’t identified it. I have found ducks with that marking, but I just can’t make a call on it.
And the fall colors were enhanced with my hdr app on my phone and shared on Instagram. It was a decent afternoon considering the low light conditions.