Tag Archives: Boiling Springs State Park

End of Summer Bird Portfolio

Technically these least sandpiper photos weren’t made in summer, but on May 19th.
Least Sandpiper, Fort Supply Lake
Baby Killdeer, Fort Supply Lake
Killdeer parent keeping a close eye on three little ones on June 11th.
The little killdeer were too young to fly, but could run surprisingly fast.
Barred Owl, Boiling Springs State Park
Barred owl photographed on June 22nd in Boiling Springs State Park.
Yes, this one was made in summer and that isn’t snow but salt! This is a snowy plover. Photographed on salt flats along the Cimarron River on the Selman Ranch, June 23rd.
Least tern along the Cimarron River on the Selman Ranch.
Least tern flying above the Cimarron River salt flats on the Selman Ranch in Harper County, Oklahoma.
These least tern photos were made on the 27th of June.

Northwest Oklahoma Winter Scenes and Wildlife

As winter is coming to a close, here are a few images from this winter and one from last winter.

_IGP7173 Porcupine photographed on 2-7-2011 near Fort Supply Lake.

_IGP0864Wild turkey taken 12-5-2011 in Boiling Springs State Park.

_IGP1014Red-shouldered hawk photographed 1-4-2012 near Salt Plains National Wildlife Refuge.

_IGP1940Nine-banded armadillo found near Fort Supply Lake on 2-1-2012.

_IGP1983aThis and the next three photographs made in Boiling Springs State Park on 2-7-2012.

_IGP1999White-tailed Doe

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Boiling Springs Bucks 2011

White-tailed bucks photographed in Boiling Springs State Park, Oklahoma from November 10 through December 6, 2011.

_IGP0402November 10th, the rut or breeding season is just beginning. Notice this buck doesn’t yet have the swollen neck which bucks have during the rut.

_IGP0417Early morning light adds a beautiful warmth to the color in this image. The frost on the grass in the shaded foreground has not yet melted.

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_IGP0464This one has a nice symmetrical 10-point rack.

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_IGP0569The center of interest

_IGP0683During the rut, bucks are active night and day and get very little rest.

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_IGP0768Ouch! This one has gotten too close to a porcupine. Note the five quills stuck to the left side of his face. Believe it or not, porcupines are not unusual in northwestern Oklahoma.

_IGP0887A light snow has blanketed the park on the morning of December 6, 2011 and the rut is almost over for another year.

Autumn Leaves in Red Rock Canyon and Boiling Springs State Parks

_IGP0352Caddo maple leaves in Red Rock Canyon State Park

_IGP0340American sycamore in Red Rock Canyon State Park

_IGP0329From Rough Horsetail Trail in Red Rock Canyon

_IGP0360Caddo maple leaves in Red Rock Canyon State Park

_IGP0323Autumn leaves floating in a creek along Rough Horsetail Trail in Red Rock Canyon

_IGP0366Eastern cottonwood in Boiling Springs State Park

_IGP0264Virginia creeper in Boiling Springs State Park

_IGP0224Eastern cottonwoods in Boiling Springs State Park

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A New Crop of Whitetails

Boiling Springs State Park is home to a new generation of white-tailed deer each summer. The summer of 2011 has been extremely hot and dry and has affected the condition of some of the deer.  The does especially seem a little more skinny than usual, having an extra or (usually) two extra mouths to feed. They also spend less time in the open and disappear into the shade of the woods sooner as the heat rises earlier than in cooler years.

_IGP9213The fawns’ big ears help to keep them cool by radiating heat from the blood flowing through their ears.

_IGP9373This doe is giving her fawn a licking.

_IGP9316This fawn has it’s ears on the alert.

_IGP9204A doe feeding with her fawns.

_IGP9421Fawns exploring in the early morning light.

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