We have two videos today. First, reader Beckie sent a short video of an Atlantic puffin (Fratercula arctica) taking off. These birds seem very awkward in the air, but I guess they do good enough.
Stephen Barnard from Idaho sent a fishing video, which you should enlarge and put in HD on its site. His notes:
I was at Harker’s Island North Carolina in October, flyfishing offshore for false albacore (Euthynnus alletteratus). When they get on a bait ball of glass minnows the action is furious, which I tried to capture in this rough-cut, impromptu video. False albacore (also called little tunny) are a small tuna, and they’re strong and fast. They have a reputation of being inedible in North Carolina, so there’s no commercial fishing, and they’re abundant.
When I asked how he took the underwater shots, he replied:
While hanging off the transom, I reached the camera underwater and blindly recorded several minutes, mindful of several large sharks in the area.
And here’s an old photo of his that I neglected to publish:
This is Lucy visiting the nest long after her young have fledged and left the area.
When I asked him what the magpies were up to, he replied, “They’re just doing what magpies do — looking to steal food.”
This elk herd was bedded down in a field across the creek. I saw them far off from the truck, parked out of sight, left the dogs behind, and sneaked up behind cover. The wind was favorable. This shot is from about 150 yards. They didn’t spook, even though I was standing clearly in the open, and I left them in peace.
This second shot is of the distant mountains directly above the elk.