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Birdnest in Fireweed?

Birdnest in Fireweed?
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Copyright: Jay Meeuwig (Shoot_Score) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 445 W: 302 N: 670] (2376)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-06-18
Categories: Mammals, Bushveld
Camera: Fuji Finepix S7000
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): !Loodzwaar, Xit left: 1, 2, 3 ... [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-06-21 0:07
Viewed: 7359
Points: 14
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
... aka National Aboriginal Day

Is this a bird's nest in Fireweed? Well hidden from prying eyes? Evidence of a feast for young birds that have long since left the nest, and merely left a skeleton of a cod behind?

I fear not! This alas, alas, is evidence of the ignorance motorist - hell bent to get to some place in an awful hurry - and the destruction that is left behind as a result of "barreling thru" ...

Many, many roads in Nova Scotia run thru rich natural areas. I.e. right thru the habitat of fourlegged creatures that don't always see the "CAUTION" signs placed by devoted DoT workers!

The result? Mortally wounded creatures that end up dying a slow death next to the motorways.

This "nest", in reality a "Final Resting Place", was a mere six feet from the pavement of the highway that crosses Pennant Brook, near Sambro.

Can you figure out which creature died here?

This shot-spot is less than a stonethrow away from this shot ...

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ThreadThread Starter Messages Updated
To loot: and the ICE is gone. ...Shoot_Score 1 07-02 18:43
To pvs: and the ICE is gone. ...Shoot_Score 1 07-02 18:41
To bobair: and the ICE is gone. ...Shoot_Score 1 07-02 18:40
To SkyF: and the ICE is gone. ...Shoot_Score 1 07-02 18:36
To SkyF: what a big feast that must have been...Shoot_Score 1 06-27 20:33
To Adanac: occasionally hit the odd bird, rabbit or gopherShoot_Score 1 06-22 22:47
To pvs: wanted to post it in the ws, ...Shoot_Score 1 06-21 09:59
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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2007-06-21 2:48]
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Hi Jay

Ah, yes, it's the quills that gave away the identity of this once beautiful animal, but that's all I will say for now. Hopefully some other members will still come around and scratch their heads.

As with all road-kills it is always so unnecessary and a pointless waste of life. The solution is really very simple. If all road users who travel in those areas where animals normally or regularly frequent or where it might be known to be active will only apply a little more caution and pay a bit more attention of what's going on around them then this sort of incident never needs to happen. It is so sad.

Well spotted and captured in this post to remind us all of our responsibilities, to curtail our travelling speed, and to take note of animals small and large. Not just for their safety, but also for the sake of our own safety.

Good work and TFS.

Hi Jay,

Yeah,sometimes you see not so funny things along the road,I have seen many victims here as well,if you drive a bit slower and pay a bit more attention,the hitting chance will reduce a lot but will I suppose never be nill,In the ws I will post a picture I took about a year ago in wintertime when I was out for a walk,I dont know if it were carcases hunting leftovers or maybe a kind of feeding station ,but it did not look/smell that nice,things you want to forget quickly,



  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-06-21 13:56]

Hi Jay.
What an interesting subject and perfect quality of the shot. Amazing colours and lighting. Great POV and DOF. Details and sharpness of the image is simply amazing. My compliments. Superb done. I'll be back.

Hi Jay,
this reminds me somewhat of my unpleasant reality picture in that the subject deals with the death of an innocent creature in this case what appears to be an unfortunate porcupine.We have porcupines here in High River but to date I haven't any pics of them.Your photo has good detail,colour and focus and it gets the reality of it out very well.The one thing that bothers me is it could of been deliberately hit by the motorist as so often happens with gophers here in the High River area,but of coarse we will never know for sure.Thanks for putting up this thought provoking picture as it serves to remind people that care needs to be exercised for the sake of all living things so this doesn't have to happen as much as it does.This week here in Alberta we lost three grizzly bears and that is a real shame as they were hit by locomotives. Bob

Photo Úlogieuse de la rudesse de la nature. Merci du partage.

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2007-06-22 21:27]
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Hi Jay,
Six feet is a long way for this poor porcupine to have dragged itself. Your point is well taken, I drive over 100,000 kms a year and do occasionally hit the odd bird, rabbit or gopher, and I feel terrible everytime and I always insure they do not suffer.

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2007-06-26 15:08]
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Hi Jay,
what a big feast that must have been, amazing what one can find on the side off the road when looking closer that to the next corner.
Well captured, very interesting seeing this resting place .. and now I would not have guessed.

The remains are of a slow moving, tree climbing and bark eating friend of the great outdoors. Just another clue to your photos id.

Cheers :)

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