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Native Californian, biologist, wildlife conservation consultant, retired Smithsonian scientist, father of two daughters, grandfather of 4 small primates. INTJ. Believes nature is infinitely more interesting than shopping malls. Born 100 years too late.

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Salmon on Butte Creek

Took my old friend Dave Rentz to Butte Creek yesterday, to check up on the salmon.

Three vultures flapped away from a cobble bar as we climbed down the bank. The first Chinooks of the fall run have apparently arrived.

We found no dead fish on the banks, but another vulture glided in under the bridge and landed on the cobbles. It waddled over to the head and backbone of a Chinook and tugged at the dried bones. Pickings will be slim for a few more weeks.

Dave took this picture with his Canon S3IS.

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