Yellowstone and Zion August 2010

9:58 a.m. on October 15, 2010 (EDT)
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Backcountry near blacktail plateau between Mammoth and Tower Falls which was where our pickup was. Its roughly a 12 mile hike from the western part of the plateau to tower falls. A little east and south is Mt. Washburn directly east is Tower falls

Small stream and waterfall, for august the water was still pretty cold but it was nice to wash my face with

abot an hour in we spotted some bison fighting in the distance, this time of year is the beginning of their rut.

The top of Blacktail Plateau looking east towards Tower Falls the eastern rim of the calderra is in the distance

The highlight of this trip was coming across 2 big bull moose laying down in the grass, when we spotted them we were only about 15' away which to me was too damn close, but they acted like they didnt even care we were there. We sat and watched them for about 30 min. hopeing they would stand up so we could get a full body shot. Its so amazing being in the middle of nowhere and stumbling upon such a majestic "goofy" animal

This was supposed to be under the next moose, this is looking down at the river, just south of the river and up stream lies tower falls, it was starting to get fairly late around 4:30 or 5:00 and we still had about 3 miles to go but it wasnt going to be a bad hike as we were able to hike along the river and up hill to the paved road into tower junction.

Just simply amazing!!!!!!

Looking over at Tower Falls

A little black and white photo. Simply the best trip to yellowstone and a great way to start it off.

Day #2: By the time we made it to the north part of Hayden Valley where we got dropped off at it was already 9:00am but not 10 minutes after we hit the trail we jumped up a few young deer laying in the tall weeds. Hayden Valley is pretty much directly south of here down the hillside to the left

Not for sure what kind of bird this was but it was really pretty and making a heck of a lot of noise, he must not have been to happy to have spotted us.

A little later on we spotted this guy. Just a huge huge animal. Right after we seen him we passed a couple that said they spotted a wolf just a little further south maybe a 15 minute hike, figured it was probably part of the Canyon pack we were very excited to see one!

Thinking this is what our German friends thought might have been a "wolf"

Starting to get pretty late now and another one of these birds was just screaming at the top of his lungs, must've had some babys in the nest or something.

Spotted this little fella off on the edge of the trees as the sun was starting to go down.

And as we were sitting on the edge of the road waiting for our ride we kept hearing him but we never seen him, so when my dad showed up we made him wait with us and about 10 minutes later here he came out of the woods strutting his stuff. So Freaking amazing!!!!!!!!!!!

So we were out there 4 days hiked a total 0f 19 miles in 2 days seen a lot of wildlife on and off the trail. No bears no wolves in the backcountry. But we did spot this guy from the road in Hayden Valley the next morning, the ranger told us this was the Beta Male "junior alpha male" of the canyon pack

And a few minutes later here came daddy. This is the Alpha male of the Canyon pack which marks Hayden Valley as his territory and there den is on the eastern edge of Hayden Valley, This year they added 6-12 new pups to the litter which will keep the Canyon pack as the largest pack which resides in the greater yellowstone ecosystem since the druids were pretty much wiped out!

My dad and my shuttle at the upper falls

10:16 a.m. on October 15, 2010 (EDT)
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The bird's are Ospreys. Nice trip report! I lived in Jackson Hole for 30 summers and saw quite a few of them, they nest along the Snake River and Flat Creek, they are also referred to as Fishing Eagles as they are often seen diving for trout.

11:03 a.m. on October 15, 2010 (EDT)
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Thanks for the input, i had seen some other ospreys at the grand canyon of the yellowstone but were so far away i couldnt tell exactly what they looked like. I will post my zion pics when i get some more time. we drove through Jackson hole on the way down to zion, beautiful place!!!!!!!!! didnt do any hiking but i would love to in the near future i hear there are some amazing trails

11:10 a.m. on October 15, 2010 (EDT)
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Yes, and JH is surrounded by many mountain ranges to hike. The Wyoming Range to the south, the Gros Ventre/Wind River to the east, the Absaroka's to the north and the Tetons to the west.

10:56 p.m. on November 25, 2010 (EST)
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We get osprey in the winter at Lake Skinner in SoCal.  It's a blast watching them hunt the fish in the morning on the lake.

11:21 a.m. on November 26, 2010 (EST)
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This is an Osprey that I photographed along Middle Flat Creek in the Gros Ventre Wilderness in Jackson Hole in 2008. It was diving for a fish too, but the water was behind some tree's and I could not get a shot. By the time I had gone to where I could see the bird again it was too far away to take a picture, but I watched it thru my binoculars eating a fish it had caught. I like the two shots above where the Pspreys head is just visable above its wings. I just panned it and hoped for the best.

5:39 p.m. on December 2, 2010 (EST)
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12:40 a.m. on December 3, 2010 (EST)
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Wonderful photos of the bird in flight.  Osprey I have seen in the east and in Yosemite have been grey,(sea gull color) not that brown, golden, color.  

Zoom in on the 3rd photo:

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