A juvenile Great Basin gophersnake found in the sage-brush steppe near the Yakima River, WA.
It is displaying defensively, including flattening and widening its head and striking.
Observed on the road at night. Conditions were windy and temperatures were high, staying in the 90s until midnight.
A surprising non-native species to find in Lake Washington. This is one of several very large females observed the same year.
I got close enough to compare this ones shell to the length of the paddle blade on my raft. It was around 18+ inches long!!
A family of river otters which lives in this urban wetland area.
I observed them on many occasions, but this was the first time I could get a photo successfully.
Observed in a mixed flock with other sparrows, and juvenile bluebirds.
I suspect this is a juvenile chipping sparrow because of the dark eye-line, strongly forked ends of tail and dark marks on the beak.
Please help with additional ID suggestions.
A juvenile coot observed with about 8-10 others coots and some mallards.
It was very strange to be observing coots and mallards, hear and see red-winged blackbirds singing in such an extremely arid environment. The few feet of water depth in the dam drew these birds in from many miles away!
A northwestern gartersnake observed in this urban wetland area, in a grassy meadow along the trailside.