20 Januar, 2010

Tracker M on the job in Québec

Welcome to the world of snow! Today was a day spent by the frozen St-Charles-River. I went exploring, cunning little tracker that I am...
Always keep a sharp eye out for the local fauna! Find their tracks in the snow and follow them, with a keen nose and silent feet.

Look! This track on the right is called "selbstgemachte Skilanglaufloipe". It is an extremely rare track made by a species you hardly EVER see in European frozen river valleys. Point is, there are very few European frozen river valleys. Anyway. As this particular species cleverly dresses in different skins, it is impossible to say which colour it has. Whereas they can vary colourwise, they do only come in one shape. Well, two. Male and female, as is common in the world of animals. Being a responsible and well-seasoned tracker I checked out my surroundings carefully and...
...found this most amAZING track! As all animals are prone to changing their pace in movement from time to time, this is an EXCELLENT example of the fast pace our species demonstrates. Our bird, if we want to call it that, has exceptionally long feet with which it can slide through the snow. Attached to its arms are sticks that it puts into the ground to push itself forwards with even greater speed. I couldn't BELIEVE my eyes when all of a sudden I heard a creaking noise from the river - I had actually spotted one!!!

A black one! Male!!! At the peak of its fertility! It passed me in long swishes without noticing my existence. Happy to have witnessed such rare beauty I went home and wrote this little scientific journal.

Kommentare:

nightingale hat gesagt…

you are such a cutie!!! love love love it! and you!

Alexa hat gesagt…

My little canal here is finally frozen over! Well, to be exact, part of it is, but how wonderful was it to walk during sunset next to kids skating home? I didn't know Berlin could be so winter fantastic.