Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Bird Food

We almost bagged a pheasant on the trail today. Almost....
Laying fresh tracks in the morning's new snow covering a snowmobile track.
Most of the day looked like the previous photo as we found a snowmobile track to lead us deep into the forest. There was about an inch of new snow on the track, so it was laying fresh tracks as we wound our way through the forest - such a serene outing!

The highlight of the day, though, was nearly bagging a pheasant hiding in the snow just off the trail. Below is the video footage of our near miss in catching fresh bird food. The video is in slow motion as the actual event transpired in under 2 seconds and it is much more fun to watch slowed down!
[watch on youtube if no video loads below]

Ok, now for a little captioning on frames from the previous video:
Trotting along as both heads start to peek to the left as something is drawing their attention...

"Whoa - fresh BIRD FOOD!" exclaim astonished Max & Zorro putting on the brakes as the
pheasant pops out of the snow!

"Get the BIRD FOOD!" lunge the hunting pair. The pheasant is hard to see with the tree
in the background, so I have circled it above.

Love the look on Zorro's face...
"Wow, did a bird really just pop out of the snow right here?" asks fascinated Zorro.
"Where'd it go? Where did it go?" asks Max scanning the air for their near miss.

A somewhat steep & peaceful route through the forest today with an action packed 2 seconds of almost bagging a pheasant: 7.8 miles traveled with 1300 feet of elevation climbed and a top speed of 18 MPH.

2015/2016 Season to Date: 40 days on the trails covering 336.4 miles with 35500 feet of elevation climbed.

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