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AlohaStation
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From: So FL
Posted: 2014-01-21 08:21 am   Permalink

Can you see it? In the middle of the tree is a nested Bald Eagle. The nest is on top of a tall Cyprus tree (maybe 100' up) at the County Park next to my house. It may look small in the picture but when it takes off, its wingspan is about 6+'.


 
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MadDogMike
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From: The Anvil of the Sun
Posted: 2014-01-21 5:15 pm   Permalink

Nice Tom. One of my goals for this year is to photo-document every bird I can find within a half mile of my house. We are in a major migratory flypath and we get lots of species.

Speaking of birds, I saw something on my way to work the other day. I could see 2 medium sized birds in the road up ahead of me. As I approached in the car it was a pair of mallard ducks, one flew off to the right and the other FLOPPED of to the left - clearly it had a broken wing. It looked like the healthy one was staying with the wounded one - do ducks mate for life?
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lunavideogames
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From: San Diego
Posted: 2014-01-21 9:54 pm   Permalink

Yes they do Mike. My 6th grade teacher told us his story of why he quit hunting. He once shot a duck and the ducks mate flew down to him and put its wing over the dead bird. The ducks mate actually died too, on the spot. He said it was the saddest thing he had ever seen and he put his jacket over them and never hunted again.

 
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VampiressRN
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From: Sun City Lincoln Hills (NorCal)
Posted: 2014-01-21 10:15 pm   Permalink

Just have to share this, saw it on FB and it is hysterical...that is some serious talent there. TURN YOUR SPEAKERS UP>>>>

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=704364939607865&set=vb.166337376743960&type=2&theater

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AlohaStation
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From: So FL
Posted: 2014-02-17 11:37 am   Permalink

Here's a better picture of the Bald Eagle that has set up shop at my local park.


 
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MadDogMike
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From: The Anvil of the Sun
Posted: 2014-02-17 12:52 pm   Permalink

Sweet Tom, with hatchlings!

 
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MadDogMike
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From: The Anvil of the Sun
Posted: 2014-02-18 6:21 pm   Permalink

Found this giant Sphinx Moth trying to break into my house and eat my cat!

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From: Costa Misery
Posted: 2014-02-18 6:28 pm   Permalink

Mike, don't those have a top speed of Mach 2?

 
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lunavideogames
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From: San Diego
Posted: 2014-02-19 7:15 pm   Permalink



I got to see some whales and dolphins over the weekend. The crappy looking water is funnily in Mexico, but I think its just the lighting. The whale was right off the coast of my beach. I can't believe I've never seen one from shore in California. The dolphin was from shore. It is difficult to get pictures of these underwater mammals, as I am sure many of you know.

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MadDogMike
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From: The Anvil of the Sun
Posted: 2014-02-25 08:19 am   Permalink

Not sure what this is? Some sort of bumblebee? We see bumblebees infrequently here but they are always black.

What's up with the giant insects?
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komohana
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From: western australia
Posted: 2014-03-01 10:56 pm   Permalink


Those Bald Eagle shots are awesome!!


I've been reluctant to post any snake stories without pictures and, strictly speaking, still don't have any as the brown snakes,
to which species the gwarda and dugite etc. belong, are generally shy and keep to themselves, unlike the tiger which is much more
aggressive, though not as common in our particular area.

Not wanting to bore anyone with our pets, I'll briefly say that at present we have two cats and the dog.

Jack on the left, mouser/ratter extraordinaire, tolerates the dog.
Rosie on the right is not my favourite in any way, shape or form, but has a strong bond with the dog.




Anyhow, my respect for Rose took a slight turn north about two months ago as I was in the shed and some
movement caught my attention. Looking over, I'll be buggered if she wasn't wrestling a small dugite, throwing
it into the air and biting it etc. I stood there stunned for a moment until the snake took off for shelter.
It went behind a stack of tyres, which I soon moved and could see the snake but wasn't quick enough to take
a photo before it moved behind our morning glory vine. I poked around for almost an hour without seeing it again.
I'd say it was about two feet long, maybe three.

A couple of days after that, the young couple next door said they had one about a foot long in their back room.

Around a week ago our other neighbour, a terrific old bloke, said that on two consecutive days he'd encountered
a large one about seven feet long in his yard. This being about as big as they come.

The land adjoining our back fence has only recently been developed and was essentially virgin bush beforehand.
The bloke that has built a house there is a landscaper and I've been taking keen interest in the work he's been
doing on his property. Yesterday I found the below shed skin that wasn't there the day before.
Measuring about four foot six inches, I'd say the owner was a about five foot and looks to be that of a dugite.










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From: Costa Misery
Posted: 2014-04-20 02:14 am   Permalink

Happy Easter Tiki Central!



 
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tikicoma
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From: wakinekona
Posted: 2014-04-20 4:32 pm   Permalink



Why do they just eat the plants I want and not the ones I don't want!


 
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MadDogMike
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From: The Anvil of the Sun
Posted: 2014-04-28 6:41 pm   Permalink

I took a Zoology class in college that had bird watching as part of it’s curriculum so I have paid attention to birds ever since. I have often thought about photo-documenting the birds of my area but the Imperial Valley is in a major migratory pathway and we have hundreds of bird species here. So I narrowed down the scope of my project by doing the birds I could find in one month (April) in the one square mile around my house. I came up with 35 species photographed and another 3 spotted but not photographed


One square mile with my house in the middle. Grass farmland, a hay compress, a small wetland, and some tumbleweed scrub area.


American Coot. They take off flying by running across the water


Anna’s Hummingbird (female)


Bank Swallow


Black Crowned Night Heron


Black Necked Stilt


Black Phoebe


Blue Winged Teal (not a great picture)


Boat Tailed Grackle


Brewer’s Blackbird


Burrowing Owl, with his burrow mate behind him


Cactus Wren (he wouldn’t come out in the sun for a better pic)


Cattle Egret


pair of Cinnamon Teals


Cliff Swallow


Common Yellowthroat


Desert Great Horned Owl (best pic I could get at night)


Eurasian Collared Dove


European Starling


Gambel’s Quail


Glossy Ibis


Great Egret


House Sparrow


Kildeer


pair of Mallards


Mourning Dove


Northern Mockingbird


Red Tailed Hawk


Red Winged Blackbird


Ring Neck Pheasant – this bird was standing gloriously in the morning sun when I drove past. By the time I stopped and got the camera he was almost gone!


Roadrunner with lizard


Rock Doves or Pigeons


Turkey Vulture


Western Kingbird


Western Meadowlark


Whimbrel


Birds seen but unable to photograph:
American Bittern
Belted Kingfisher
Rufus Crowned Sparrow




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Atomic Tiki Punk
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From: Costa Misery
Posted: 2014-04-28 8:06 pm   Permalink

You cataloged & photographed all these birds yourself Mike?
Well add Scientist & Ornithologist to your "Renaissance Man" resume!


 
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