American Marten

Unlike human, wildlife always has to be at their peak. They are always being challenged by the environment, by members of their own species for food, territory and for mates. Competition from other species for food and territory and depending on where they fall on the food chain, they always have to be two steps ahead of becoming someone’s meal. Unless they are on the top part of the food chain, they can't over eat and became an easy prey. When it gets dark, the species that stay active, it's even more important to stay healthy. That leads me to this American marten I came across with a damaged left eye that has turned green and is shrinking. Being out there middle of the wilderness, every day it survives with one eye, it's overcoming extreme odds against nature.

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American Marten

If you happen to  surprise a American marten, one of three things can happen. It may just stay there and watch you, run away or it may climb a tree. They are very good climbers and it's a great way to get away from the predators. In this case the marten went up a pine tree. I stayed put as it effortlessly climbed and looked toward me. Once it was certain that I was not coming any closer, it slowly came down and again kept looking toward me. One reaching the ground it then ran away. 

 

Until next moment, 
Amar

American Marten

American Marten

The American marten is active year around, with the tracks I come across on the snow, one would think they would be more often spotted. They are always busy, always curious searching for food. This one was travelling by, when it saw me it climbed up a tree for safety. Once I moved on, it came back down and was on its way.

Until next moment,

Amar

American Marten

American Marten


On February the 4th I'll be going over my 2014 adventures with a slideshow presentation. Sharing some of my favourite pictures from last year and the stories that go along with them. So if you are free that evening, please join us at the birthplace of our national parks, Cave and Basin NHS from 7 to 9pm.

Until next moment, 

Amar

 

 

American Marten

It's pretty easy to find out if there are American Marten in the area in the winter, their tracks are hard to hide in the snow. But coming across one is less likely and getting a half decent picture of them even less. We first saw this marten cross a side road, then I quickly spotted it up a tree. If you give them space, they will provided plenty of photo opportunity as they make their way down to the ground and continue their journey  looking for food.

Until next moment,

Amar

American Marten

The American marten, a North American member of the Mustelidae (the weasel family).  Sometime it's referred to as a pine marten, a name which came about from the slightly different Eurasian species of Martes. The Mustelidae family includes the very small  least weasels to the very large giant otters. The martens are entertaining to watch year around, this one was hanging out on a branch, keeping its eyes on me. More then likely it saw me first and made its way up the tree for safety. As much as I wanted to hang out and watch it, I'm sure it was hoping I would make my way so it could come down the tree and carry on with its business. I moved on.

Until next moment,

Amar