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Old 02-03-2019, 06:55 AM
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look at the claws on this little hawk ! He was running back and fourth on the trunk of the car. Owner will think someone keyed the car .
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Old 02-03-2019, 08:00 AM
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These aren't the greatest but yesterday had 2 juvenile eagles come in to harass the pair that live across the creek from me. One of the adults had food that the young ones wanted. I've always wondered if the young ever return to where they were born?
Those are awesome, especially the one flying. If you look closely, you can actually see that bird is a sub-adult. Maybe a 3 or 4 year-old as it's head and tail feathers are already starting to turn white. Even though the rest of its feathers are mottled, it's approaching adulthood and sexual maturity. They seem to get very aggressive at that stage.

I had a friend who was a master falconer (only ones who can own bald and golden eagles are 10 years master falconers) and his bald eagle was a female that was abnormally large and very intimidating, and dangerous. I went to visit him around the time she was also a sub-adult that he would have her tethered to a rope long enough so she can fly the garden area and she had an oak tree stump as her perch. We had to keep our distance much more than usual because she would drop her head and attack if you came within 20 feet or so. Her feet and talons were the size of my hands! I have a few pics on paper, this was before the internet craze but I've never encountered a more aggressive bald eagle than her at that time. Years later when she matured, she was actually calmer.

That pic reminded me of a pterodactyl lol that was flying while my wife and I were kicking it on Miami beach a few years ago. He was catching fish right at shore. I know this is normal for FLA fellas, but for us New England birders, we get really excited when we see this kinda thing.






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look at the claws on this little hawk ! He was running back and fourth on the trunk of the car. Owner will think someone keyed the car .
That's actually pretty incredible that you got to see an adult, female Coopers hawk on a car that close. Those birds are super high-strung, deciduous species that these types of encounters are very rare, especially adults. They're more experienced and know better than to come close to human interaction much more so than immatures. Very cool.
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Not the best pictures, but 1st one had a small bird in my neighbors yard. 2nd one had a seagull in a shopping center parking lot.



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Results of a dead deer I found in the woods. I found this with a obviously fatal wound, pretty much intact. A week or so later, this was it!

Road kill in front of my house...damn shame!

Game camera behind my house on a cold morning!
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Well it was a long shot........ a very long shot. The sometimes illusive Short-eared Owl. #Anahuac Wildlife Refuge


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THIS has got to be submitted in a photo contest somewhere.
At least start a separate thread, "Caption this pic"


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Little guy caught himself in a 5 gallon bucket inside my garage



Big fella was no amused at me taking is picture.

On the east side of Galvaston Bay (close to Port Smith), cowboys were hearding their cattle out of flooded lands....the cows were very curious about this water moccasin. They eventually walked all over it (without stepping on it), the snake had to avoid being trampled.
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Little guy caught himself in a 5 gallon bucket inside my garage



Big fella was no amused at me taking is picture.

On the east side of Galvaston Bay (close to Port Smith), cowboys were hearding their cattle out of flooded lands....the cows were very curious about this water moccasin. They eventually walked all over it (without stepping on it), the snake had to avoid being trampled.
I am convinced those bastards are the devil himself. Surprised cows didn’t kill him.
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I am convinced those bastards are the devil himself. Surprised cows didn’t kill him.
I thought they were going to they way they circled around him. He definitely had to dodge some hooves as they walked on past....



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No way if you’re human I get that close without getting at least struck at.....had family that messed with horses extensively and an old timer told me once that a snake could tell the difference in ground vibration between humans and a horse and that they tried to get out of the way of a horse. Might be some truth to that.
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A couple more blue herons. One feeding on grass shrimp and one in the swamp.







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The big boy in the pond..... an "Alpha-Gator"
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HTV and Mako, your images are so crisp and fine focused!
Maybe I need to shoot shutter priority and or get a faster lens.

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Saw this pic of a kingfisher on on twitter, thought it was pretty cool. Usually you only see them in that millisecond above water before the dive, but not below. And perfect timing, too.


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