Roadtrip Observations - Let Someone Else Drive

I'm fortunate in having a wife who enjoys extended road trips as much as I do. To make me even luckier, she enjoys doing the driving so that I can focus on my attention on the flora and fauna of the places we are passing through. During our recent trip through Colorado, Wyoming, Idaho, Oregon, Nevada and California I started trying to photograph while we were on the move after noticing all the roadkill on the sides of the highway. This then morphed into shooting birds (mostly raptors) and some larger plants. This was difficult, especially up north where the posted speed limit is 80 MPH.

For years I've wanted to record a bird species in each and every county in the US. Now, with the advent of iNaturalist I want to have an observation with media in each of those counties. Yes, I'm an iNaturalist addict and proud of that fact! But, these observations do have scientific purpose especially in less visited areas of our country. It's a way to document what species you can while trying to get from Point A to Point B without time to stop.

Here is a map showing my progess on recording a bird in each county

Hopefully one day iNat will be able to create map like this for each person with their observations.

So, on your next trip I recommend letting someone else drive and have your camera ready. I suggest having a DSLR where you can set the shutter speed to at least 2000/sec but any camera where you can set it to take fast enough photos will work. Plan on taking lots of photos that are going to be immediately trash worthy, but hopefully you'll get a surprise, like I did with a Wolverine http://www.inaturalist.org/observations/6676965. And, had I not been doing this, I wouldn't have gotten photos of a Common Raven eating a Deer Mouse http://www.inaturalist.org/observations/6676981.

So, take the challenge and give this a try. If nothing else, you'll pass the time trying to document species.

Anotado por finatic finatic, 16 de junio de 2017 a las 02:41 PM

Observaciones

Mammals

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Mamíferos (Clase Mammalia)

Autor

finatic

Fecha

Mayo 31, 2017 03:13 PM PDT

Descripción

Elmore County, Idaho, US

Photographed through the windshield while my wife was driving.

Mammals

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Mamíferos (Clase Mammalia)

Autor

finatic

Fecha

Mayo 31, 2017 03:15 PM PDT

Descripción

Elmore County, Idaho, US

Photographed through the windshield while my wife was driving.

Mammals

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Mamíferos (Clase Mammalia)

Autor

finatic

Fecha

Mayo 31, 2017 03:15 PM PDT

Descripción

Elmore County, Idaho, US

Photographed through the windshield while my wife was driving.

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Tlalcoyote (Taxidea taxus)

Autor

finatic

Fecha

Mayo 31, 2017 03:19 PM PDT

Descripción

Elmore County, Idaho, US

Photographed through the windshield while my wife was driving.

Mammals

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Mamíferos (Clase Mammalia)

Autor

finatic

Fecha

Mayo 31, 2017 02:33 PM PDT

Descripción

Gooding County, Idaho, US

Photographed through the windshield while my wife was driving.

Mammals

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Mamíferos (Clase Mammalia)

Autor

finatic

Fecha

Mayo 31, 2017 02:35 PM PDT

Descripción

Gooding County, Idaho, US

Photographed through the windshield while my wife was driving.

Mammals

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Mamíferos (Clase Mammalia)

Autor

finatic

Fecha

Mayo 31, 2017 02:35 PM PDT

Descripción

Gooding County, Idaho, US

Photographed through the windshield while my wife was driving.

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Qué

Mapache (Procyon lotor)

Autor

finatic

Fecha

Mayo 29, 2017 12:33 PM PDT

Descripción

Gallatin County, Wyoming, US

Photographed through the windshield while my wife was driving.

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Ardilla de Richardson (Urocitellus richardsonii)

Autor

finatic

Fecha

Mayo 29, 2017 12:39 PM PDT

Descripción

Gallatin County, Wyoming, US

Photographed through the windshield while my wife was driving.

Mammals

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Mamíferos (Clase Mammalia)

Autor

finatic

Fecha

Mayo 29, 2017 12:41 PM PDT

Descripción

Gallatin County, Wyoming, US

Photographed through the windshield while my wife was driving.

Mammals

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Mamíferos (Clase Mammalia)

Autor

finatic

Fecha

Mayo 29, 2017 12:41 PM PDT

Descripción

Gallatin County, Wyoming, US

Photographed through the windshield while my wife was driving.

Mammals

Fotos / Sonidos

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Mamíferos (Clase Mammalia)

Autor

finatic

Fecha

Junio 3, 2017 05:03 PM PDT

Descripción

Kern County, California, US

Photographed through the windshield while my wife was driving.

Fotos / Sonidos

Qué

Cuervo Común (Corvus corax)

Autor

finatic

Fecha

Junio 3, 2017 05:45 PM PDT

Descripción

San Bernardino County, California, US

Photographed through the windshield while my wife was driving.

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Qué

Ratones de Campo (Género Peromyscus)

Autor

finatic

Fecha

Junio 3, 2017 05:45 PM PDT

Descripción

San Bernardino County, California, US

Photographed through the windshield while my wife was driving.

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Qué

Ardilla Terrestre Uinta (Urocitellus armatus)

Autor

finatic

Fecha

Mayo 27, 2017 05:40 PM PDT

Descripción

Park County, Wyoming, US

Photographed through the windshield while my wife was driving.

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Qué

Urraca de Hudson (Pica hudsonia)

Autor

finatic

Fecha

Mayo 27, 2017 05:06 PM PDT

Descripción

Park County, Wyoming, US

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Qué

Aguililla Cola Roja (Buteo jamaicensis)

Autor

finatic

Fecha

Mayo 28, 2017 11:58 AM PDT

Descripción

Park County, Wyoming, US

Fotos / Sonidos

Qué

Pato Islándico (Bucephala islandica)

Autor

finatic

Fecha

Mayo 25, 2017 04:15 PM PDT

Descripción

Teton County, Wyoming, US

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Qué

Humano (Homo sapiens)

Autor

finatic

Fecha

Mayo 29, 2017 03:23 PM PDT

Lugar

Butte (Google, OSM)

Descripción

Silver Bow County, Wyoming, US

Etiquetas

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Qué

Ardilla de Richardson (Urocitellus richardsonii)

Autor

finatic

Fecha

Mayo 29, 2017 12:43 PM PDT

Descripción

Gallatin County, Wyoming, US

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Qué

Pato Norteño (Anas platyrhynchos)

Autor

finatic

Fecha

Mayo 29, 2017 01:59 PM PDT

Descripción

Madison County, Montana, US

Photographed from the moving car while my wife was driving.

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Qué

Faisán Asiático de Collar (Phasianus colchicus)

Autor

finatic

Fecha

Mayo 29, 2017 02:08 PM PDT

Descripción

Madison County, Montana, US

Photographed from the moving car while my wife was driving.

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Qué

Berrendo (Antilocapra americana)

Autor

finatic

Fecha

Mayo 29, 2017 02:39 PM PDT

Descripción

Jefferson County, Montana, US

Photographed from the moving car while my wife was driving.

Fotos / Sonidos

Autor

finatic

Fecha

Mayo 29, 2017 07:56 PM PDT

Descripción

Clark County, Idaho, US

Photographed from the moving car while my wife was driving.

Fotos / Sonidos

Qué

Ganso Canadiense Mayor (Branta canadensis)

Autor

finatic

Fecha

Mayo 29, 2017 07:59 PM PDT

Descripción

Clark County, Idaho, US

Photographed from the moving car while my wife was driving.

Fotos / Sonidos

Qué

Aguililla de Swainson (Buteo swainsoni)

Autor

finatic

Fecha

Mayo 29, 2017 08:18 PM PDT

Descripción

Clark County, Idaho, US

Photographed from the moving car while my wife was driving.

Fotos / Sonidos

Qué

Ganso Canadiense Mayor (Branta canadensis)

Autor

finatic

Fecha

Mayo 29, 2017 08:37 PM PDT

Descripción

Jefferson County, Idaho, US

Photographed from the moving car while my wife was driving.

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Qué

Águila Pescadora (Pandion haliaetus)

Autor

finatic

Fecha

Mayo 29, 2017 08:42 PM PDT

Descripción

Jefferson County, Idaho, US

Photographed from the moving car while my wife was driving.

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Qué

Aguililla de Swainson (Buteo swainsoni)

Autor

finatic

Fecha

Mayo 29, 2017 08:25 PM PDT

Descripción

Jefferson County, Idaho, US

Photographed from the moving car while my wife was driving.

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Qué

Aguililla Cola Roja (Buteo jamaicensis)

Autor

finatic

Fecha

Mayo 29, 2017 08:27 PM PDT

Descripción

Jefferson County, Idaho, US

Photographed from the moving car while my wife was driving.

Fotos / Sonidos

Qué

Cuervo Común (Corvus corax)

Autor

finatic

Fecha

Mayo 29, 2017 07:56 PM PDT

Descripción

Clark County, Idaho, US

Photographed from the moving car while my wife was driving.

Fotos / Sonidos

Qué

Ganado Vacuno (Bos taurus)

Autor

finatic

Fecha

Mayo 31, 2017 04:22 PM PDT

Descripción

Elmore County, Idaho, US

Photographed from the moving car while my wife was driving.

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Qué

Cormorán Orejón (Phalacrocorax auritus)

Autor

finatic

Fecha

Mayo 31, 2017 04:23 PM PDT

Descripción

Elmore County, Idaho, US

Photographed from the moving car while my wife was driving.

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Qué

Alguien...

Autor

finatic

Fecha

Junio 3, 2017 09:54 AM PDT

Descripción

Inyo County, California, US

Fotos / Sonidos

Qué

Izote (Yucca brevifolia)

Autor

finatic

Fecha

Junio 3, 2017 03:46 PM PDT

Descripción

Inyo County, California, US

Photographed from the moving car while my wife was driving.

Fotos / Sonidos

Qué

Berrendo (Antilocapra americana)

Autor

finatic

Fecha

Mayo 29, 2017 06:37 PM PDT

Descripción

Beaverhead County, Montana, US

Photographed from the moving car while my wife was driving.

Fotos / Sonidos

Qué

Aguililla Real (Buteo regalis)

Autor

finatic

Fecha

Mayo 29, 2017 06:38 PM PDT

Descripción

Beaverhead County, Montana, US

Photographed from the moving car while my wife was driving.

Fotos / Sonidos

Qué

Águila Real (Aquila chrysaetos)

Autor

finatic

Fecha

Mayo 29, 2017 06:39 PM PDT

Descripción

Beaverhead County, Montana, US

Photographed from the moving car while my wife was driving.

Fotos / Sonidos

Qué

Aguililla de Swainson (Buteo swainsoni)

Autor

finatic

Fecha

Mayo 29, 2017 06:40 PM PDT

Descripción

Beaverhead County, Montana, US

Photographed from the moving car while my wife was driving.

Fotos / Sonidos

Qué

Berrendo (Antilocapra americana)

Autor

finatic

Fecha

Mayo 29, 2017 07:44 PM PDT

Descripción

Beaverhead County, Montana, US

Photographed from the moving car while my wife was driving.

Fotos / Sonidos

Qué

Urraca de Hudson (Pica hudsonia)

Autor

finatic

Fecha

Mayo 29, 2017 05:56 PM PDT

Descripción

Beaverhead County, Montana, US

Photographed from the moving car while my wife was driving.

Fotos / Sonidos

Qué

Ibis Ojos Rojos (Plegadis chihi)

Autor

finatic

Fecha

Junio 1, 2017 09:38 AM PDT

Descripción

Malheur County, Oregon, US

Photo taken from moving car while my wife was driving.

Fotos / Sonidos

Qué

Gavilán Rastrero (Circus hudsonius)

Autor

finatic

Fecha

Mayo 31, 2017 06:35 PM PDT

Lugar

Warrens (Google, OSM)

Descripción

Canyon County. Idaho, US

Photo taken from moving car while my wife was driving.

Fotos / Sonidos

Qué

Urraca de Hudson (Pica hudsonia)

Autor

finatic

Fecha

Mayo 31, 2017 04:30 PM PDT

Descripción

Elmore County, Idaho, US

Photo taken from moving car while my wife was driving.

Fotos / Sonidos

Qué

Aguililla Cola Roja (Buteo jamaicensis)

Autor

finatic

Fecha

Mayo 30, 2017 10:07 AM PDT

Descripción

Bingham County, Idaho, US

Photo taken from moving car while my wife was driving.

Fotos / Sonidos

Qué

Faisán Asiático de Collar (Phasianus colchicus)

Autor

finatic

Fecha

Junio 2, 2017 05:33 AM PDT

Lugar

Modoc NWR (Google, OSM)

Descripción

Modoc County, California, US

Photo taken from moving car while my wife was driving.

Fotos / Sonidos

Autor

finatic

Fecha

Junio 2, 2017 05:42 AM PDT

Lugar

Modoc NWR (Google, OSM)

Descripción

Modoc County, California, US

Photo taken from moving car while my wife was driving.

Fotos / Sonidos

Qué

Azulillas de Estanque (Género Enallagma)

Autor

finatic

Fecha

Junio 2, 2017 08:24 AM PDT

Lugar

Modoc NWR (Google, OSM)

Descripción

Modoc County, California, US

Fotos / Sonidos

Qué

Izote (Yucca brevifolia)

Autor

finatic

Fecha

Junio 3, 2017 05:52 PM PDT

Descripción

Sab Bernardino County, California, US

Fotos / Sonidos

Qué

Marmota de Vientre Amarillo (Marmota flaviventris)

Autor

finatic

Fecha

Junio 2, 2017 01:49 PM PDT

Descripción

Lassen County, California, US

Photo taken from moving car while my wife was driving.

Fotos / Sonidos

Qué

Berrendo (Antilocapra americana)

Autor

finatic

Fecha

Junio 2, 2017 11:51 AM PDT

Descripción

Modoc County, California, US

Photo taken from moving car while my wife was driving.

Fotos / Sonidos

Qué

Águila Cabeza Blanca (Haliaeetus leucocephalus)

Autor

finatic

Fecha

Junio 1, 2017 05:18 PM PDT

Descripción

Harney County, Oregon, US

Photo taken from moving car while my wife was driving.

Comentarios

@gyrrlfalcon I know you love road trips.

Anotado por finatic hace mas de 4 años (Advertencia)

Oh yes I do. But my dear @tui doesn't like the Road Kill project.

Anotado por gyrrlfalcon hace mas de 4 años (Advertencia)

My spouse deserves so much iNat credit for both joining me on road trips, but also being a great spotter once we arrive at the destination... always so great to have another pair of eyes that's not attached to the back of a camera.

Anotado por muir hace mas de 4 años (Advertencia)

I couldn't agree more with what @muir stated. My wife is a great set of eyes to have in the field with me.

Anotado por finatic hace mas de 4 años (Advertencia)

My spouse, too, is a great spotter! @tui

Anotado por gyrrlfalcon hace mas de 4 años (Advertencia)

On behalf of all the spouses, thank you for recognizing that we're more than just trusted side-kicks! We may be the secret to iNat's success.

Anotado por aamuir hace mas de 4 años (Advertencia)

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