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Post Your Own Wildlife Photography

crazyfingers

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Some of the more interesting wildlife I saw on my recent cruise:

Not 100% sure what species this is. This was a beach in Acapulco, if that makes it any easier to identify. I think it's a short billed Dowitcher, but I dunno.
https://drive.google.com/open?id=18YA4T11GknFH71YeVosF_G6Pfqjq_vt3

Masked booby in flight:
https://drive.google.com/open?id=1RiK8aVXVOBt-t9QX7Gt1zUY_fvCg_ogK

Brown booby:
https://drive.google.com/open?id=1K6PnoonVzX8FMeSWkKvQRu6xxoIe0CEl

Anyone know what kind of lizard this is? (Taken on the beach in Aruba.)
https://drive.google.com/open?id=1A2Q58bd9uVoQBXyA4Is5CyOY7Jtma9FO

Did you take that masked booby photo yourself? It's superb.
 

Mediancat

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Good pics, Worldtraveller.


Based on my research, that might be an Aruban whiptail lizard, with its tail probably having been torn off and regenerated.


Rob
 

Loren Pechtel

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One suicidal tarantula: We were a hoard of 16 hikers, we found this guy smack dab on the trail. Since it was probably 40 degrees or so out I doubt he could move fast. He certainly didn't flee our photographic efforts and many shots were taken at quite close range.

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Worldtraveller

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Some of the more interesting wildlife I saw on my recent cruise:

Not 100% sure what species this is. This was a beach in Acapulco, if that makes it any easier to identify. I think it's a short billed Dowitcher, but I dunno.
https://drive.google.com/open?id=18YA4T11GknFH71YeVosF_G6Pfqjq_vt3

Masked booby in flight:
https://drive.google.com/open?id=1RiK8aVXVOBt-t9QX7Gt1zUY_fvCg_ogK

Brown booby:
https://drive.google.com/open?id=1K6PnoonVzX8FMeSWkKvQRu6xxoIe0CEl

Anyone know what kind of lizard this is? (Taken on the beach in Aruba.)
https://drive.google.com/open?id=1A2Q58bd9uVoQBXyA4Is5CyOY7Jtma9FO

Did you take that masked booby photo yourself? It's superb.
Yeah. They make it easy on by gliding right up next to the cruise ship and posing. :) I was probably less than 20 ft from it at that point, and we were on the 8th deck.
 

crazyfingers

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This morning I was out in my back yard and looked up into one of my trees that overhangs the cat enclosure.

Big white blob.

I got my camera and the angle is pretty difficult to get a good shot of the head. I did get a pretty good butt shot.

Later my cats want to to go out into their enclosure to do their morning business so I went out too. My cats are 18 pounds and 24 pounds. It would take a really hungry bird to try for them but I didn't want to take chances.

Finally the bird stretched its wings, did a poop itself that landed just outside the enclosure, and flew off.

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Loren Pechtel

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Some bighorn sheep, right near the road. (The lens was at about 100mm effective, cropped about 50%)
Main road, Valley of Fire State Park, Nevada
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Later the people at the head of the group saw a newborn, but it departed too quickly, I didn't even see it.

And a Chuckwalla, so stealthy that a woman a couple of feet from me asked what I was taking a picture of and didn't even see it when I said "lizard", she only saw it when it moved.
Fall Canyon, Death Valley National Park, California
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Jimmy Higgins

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Not so wild, but when I stopped by here for a project, something looked very off.

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Mediancat

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My first time for a meadowlark as well. Bluebirds, I didn;t see for years, but now i see them on a regular basis.

Rob
 

crazyfingers

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I wish i was in the frame of mind to take bird pictures these days.

I did get a hawk in a tree a couple days ago and will try to post it.
 

Mediancat

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I wish i was in the frame of mind to take bird pictures these days.

I did get a hawk in a tree a couple days ago and will try to post it.

It's my exercise, which we're allowed to do: I walk for 45 minutes or so and take pictures as I go. We're encouraged not to drive far, but I have several places within about 15 minutes that are fine. I avoid crowds.

Rob
 

crazyfingers

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As I mentioned, I haven't been taking a lot of photos recently. I seem to take a lot of photos of sale adds in the grocery flier when the wife sends me out and photos of what's inside the freezer at my mom's now vacant house.

But here is a wild turkey sitting on my wife's car and red tailed hawk in a tree. It looks like the same one I've seen around before.

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crazyfingers

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I'm getting a little sick of them. This morning a turkey was standing on the hood of my Subaru Outback and scratched it while getting off.
 

Tharmas

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Mama humpback whale “teaching” her calf to breach, according to our guide. Or, maybe, just playing together (I don’t know enough about whale behavior to hazard a guess). A lucky shot off the Pacific coast of Costa Rica from a pretty fair distance, then cropped and blown up.

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Mediancat

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Male cardinal minus his crest -- this one, apparently, isn't just molting.

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Northern rough-winged swallow.

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Green heron.

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And a slug.

Rob
 

abaddon

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Chipping Sparrow
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Great Blue Heron resting by an artificial pond near my home
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Great Blue Heron wading in the pond.
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A snail racing across a bike path (and nearly all the way across).
 

Arctish

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I found these two in my watering bucket. I'm pretty sure they're both Transverse lady beetles, Coccinella transversoguttata
 

crazyfingers

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I don't understand why photos don't attach in the same order that I've uploaded them. These are all out of the order that I uploaded so I'll just describe a few things.

Little brown bat - In April. I don't know why it was out on the ground during the day. It doesn't appear to have the white nose disease that's decimating the little brown bat population.

The turkeys are still all over the place. One was on the top of the cat fence (which gives the cats some outside to be in while keeping them from going to far off and keeping them safe from the foxes and coyotes). It flew into the fence and it took a while to chase it over to the door to go out.

The males are still puffing.

Some white tail deer at my parents house.

A cat bird, a frog and a gray squirrel.


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crazyfingers

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SKUNK!

Well, two actually. Young ones. Very cute. I've been seeing skunks in my yard at night. Tonight there were two in my driveway around 10pm. One was by the recycle bin. It stomped it's front feet which is it's "stay back" signal before it turns it's hind side at you. I stayed where I was at the door and kept the flashlight on it. It went away.

The other was behind a trask bin by the side of the house next to the other set of glass doors into the basement. It kept scuffing around while I shined my light. It would not go away.

I went inside and went over to the other glass doors. The insulated double panes made it hard to see but I got one ok photo. It was still there when I came up here to bed. Tomorrow I'll post the photo and get rid of the trash bin. There is no food. Just wood, rubber and other odds and endsi can't recycle waiting to be bagged when i do the trash.
 

crazyfingers

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SKUNK!

Well, two actually. Young ones. Very cute. I've been seeing skunks in my yard at night. Tonight there were two in my driveway around 10pm. One was by the recycle bin. It stomped it's front feet which is it's "stay back" signal before it turns it's hind side at you. I stayed where I was at the door and kept the flashlight on it. It went away.

The other was behind a trask bin by the side of the house next to the other set of glass doors into the basement. It kept scuffing around while I shined my light. It would not go away.

I went inside and went over to the other glass doors. The insulated double panes made it hard to see but I got one ok photo. It was still there when I came up here to bed. Tomorrow I'll post the photo and get rid of the trash bin. There is no food. Just wood, rubber and other odds and endsi can't recycle waiting to be bagged when i do the trash.

SKUNK!

And curious cat.

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crazyfingers

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OK I have a problem. A Skung problem!

A while ago I posted this photo but it's not about the turkey this time. That cat fence and the lattice fencing on the right goes under the porch to the side of the house. It;s a cat fance to keep the cats in.. And on the other side of the porch is the deck. Under the porch is about 2 chords of firewood at least.

At dusk I was out tonight and heard the noise of small animals at the wood lattice fencing. I went out into the cat fence and checked under the porch and there was the skunk inside the fence. I could see recently disturbed dirt. They have dug under the wood lattice and can go in and out. I strongly fear that they have their den inside the fencing under the deck. And of course that's where the cats go and there is a cat flap door under the deck into the basement.

So I have blocked the cat flap of course. But what to do? Tomorrow during daylight I will investigate closer. The skunks should be asleep.

I just went out the porch door onto the deck and looked down into the yard and there was a young skunk in the middle of the yard inside the fence. When it saw me it went under the porch.

CRAP CRAP. I hope not but fear that they have their den inside the fence under the porch. So far I think that it's at least two young ones. I haven't seen any full gown ones around the fence.

CRAP CRAP.

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crazyfingers

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I just realized the young skunks are probably attracted to all of the wild black raspberries right there. So far we have picked and baked 4 pies from those wild berries and they are still growing and berrying. Got to get them all out tomorrow! Tomorrow i may be able to tell if their entrance under the lattice is big enough for an adult skunk. Maybe the den isn't inside the fence!

Oh, and a skunk was in the driveway 10 minutes ago. It went in back of the garage when I shined the flashlight.
 

crazyfingers

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Today my daughter did locate the den. She was looking around under the parch and saw a hole and a young skunk poked it's nose out and my daughter screamed. I got all of the berry bushes out of the cat fence and the side. I read that skunks hate the smell of used cat liter so we spread it around the hole in an oval except for where they go out the lattice into the yard. I also read that skunks will leave a den that is flooded in light so I have set up a flood light that I'll shine on the hole starting after dark when I'd expect that the skunks will be out again. Then I'll also spread more used cat litter at the hole and around the area.

I hope that they relocate on their own.

Wish me luck!
 

4321lynx

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Today my daughter did locate the den. She was looking around under the parch and saw a hole and a young skunk poked it's nose out and my daughter screamed. I got all of the berry bushes out of the cat fence and the side. I read that skunks hate the smell of used cat liter so we spread it around the hole in an oval except for where they go out the lattice into the yard. I also read that skunks will leave a den that is flooded in light so I have set up a flood light that I'll shine on the hole starting after dark when I'd expect that the skunks will be out again. Then I'll also spread more used cat litter at the hole and around the area.

I hope that they relocate on their own.

Wish me luck!

Yeah, good luck.
And have plenty of tomato juice (NOT Ketchup) handy to wash yourself with. It worked like a charm for the smell on two occasions on my big hairy Newfie dog, so should work on you if you get sprayed.
 

crazyfingers

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Today my daughter did locate the den. She was looking around under the parch and saw a hole and a young skunk poked it's nose out and my daughter screamed. I got all of the berry bushes out of the cat fence and the side. I read that skunks hate the smell of used cat liter so we spread it around the hole in an oval except for where they go out the lattice into the yard. I also read that skunks will leave a den that is flooded in light so I have set up a flood light that I'll shine on the hole starting after dark when I'd expect that the skunks will be out again. Then I'll also spread more used cat litter at the hole and around the area.

I hope that they relocate on their own.

Wish me luck!

Yeah, good luck.
And have plenty of tomato juice (NOT Ketchup) handy to wash yourself with. It worked like a charm for the smell on two occasions on my big hairy Newfie dog, so should work on you if you get sprayed.

We'll see. I don't plan to get sprayed. If my plan above doesn't work I plan to put the garden hose down the hole. Not enough that they'd drown but enough that it will fill and stay filled. I don't mind keeping the outside water on slow for a few days and nights.
 

Jimmy Higgins

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Darnedest thing! I’m at a park which is still under the radar last weekend and I see something in a shaded garden. It looks odd, and think maybe it is a small thing of leaves. It starts to move. I’ve never seen a bird like this before. The bill was peculiar as it was long. A bird with a chipmunks coloring. Too shaded and I couldn’t get a photo, but I think it was a smallish King Rail. The thing is, there have only been a couple nesting areas in Ohio, near Toledo, so this bird wouldn’t be local. Were near a swampish area, so it fit the habitat. If I had had my real camera, I could have got a shot.

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crazyfingers

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No sign of the skunks last night. The used cat litter really stinks. They may have left when we weren't watching. Of not. Today before nightfall I'm going to put something down in front of their pathway that will indicate whether or not they have been through. One thing I read is to put down a layer of flower and see if there are tracks in the morning.
 

crazyfingers

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Well the young skunks are using the entire wood piles to stay during the day. One was out in the cat fence tonight and when I shined a flashlight at it it just went under the wood pile. I have not seen any adults.

I think tomorrow or the next day i need to try something new. A radio on all night and I need to get some ammonia and a sprayer to spray as much under and on top of the wood pile as possible. The wood is just too much to move and not with skunks under it!

I'm still keeping the cats in at night and blocking the cat flap.

I guess I need to go to the hardware store for a new sprayer and ammonia.
 

Jimmy Higgins

Contributor
I had skunks under my shed. I needed to rip out the wooden plywood floor because it had had it. So I got the aluminum shed up and off the base and used a pole to rattle the skunks into leaving.

It took probably a half hour plus as they left one by one. Didn’t get sprayed. I removed the plywood and filled the gaps with stone to avoid future guests in the shed.

Long story short, leave them a shelter, they’ll make it a home.
 
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