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Old 01-07-2019, 03:22 PM
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Old 01-07-2019, 03:29 PM
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Old 01-08-2019, 03:52 AM
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Same thing

Almost looks like an overhead camshaft in a sunken car engine!
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It was taken on the wreck of the Kittiwake in Grand Cayman it is gear on the deck not sure for what purpose the ship was a Submarine rescue vessel.
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Old 01-08-2019, 06:21 AM
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A few from the Refuge today...........
A Green Heron on the hustle

A Nutria slithering past the Gators

Red Tail Hawk......

A Happy Gator....


A Mix of of Snowbirds.....










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Old 01-09-2019, 03:56 AM
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Originally Posted by Jecaro View Post
That is an Arrow Crab it is about 2 inches from tip to tip.

The Octopus was very photogenic he posed for me.
How cool.
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Old 01-09-2019, 04:52 AM
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Right around the corner from me. Very cool pictures. You get a really good look at that 1st-year bird's back feathers and how much beautiful coloration that species has. And this is a sub-adult, not even one with its full molt into adult plumage. Tail is still brownish with the usual immature black bands and not that bright, rusty red yet and eyes are still that immature yellow, they haven't developed into that adult, deep chocolate color but still, incredible color patterns. Those orange spots on the back make the other colors so much more interesting. So much barring and patterns to all those feathers it's truly amazing. It also makes you think how powerful yet vulnerable these birds really are. Barely a year old and it already has developed incredible hunting skills because if you think about that particular prey, it's not a field mouse or meadow vole that got surprised and pounced on from the air out in an open grass field. Squirrels are not exactly easy to catch yet this bird seems to have already well honed that hunting skill. Its chances of surviving the winters are much better once it gets past that critical first year.

Good friend of mine is the director of the Blue Hills Trailside Museum in Milton and he traps snowy owls at Logan Airport. For some reason the airport being right on Boston Harbor makes for a perfect, arctic-type habitat for these snowies. They have a plethora of prey to choose from and stay there all winter and then leave to head back to Canada in early spring. So every time he catches a few, he records their info, tags and bands them and puts a transmitter on a couple of them but he's not allowed to release them back at the airport for safety reasons. So he takes them to Duxbury beach and makes a field trip out of it so we get some pretty cool shots of these magnificent, nocturnal raptors just before he releases them. Funny thing is sometimes they stay in Duxbury because of the same habitat, but most of the times they head right back to the airport!



You can see the antenna of the transmitter behind it's head.


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Nice. My son [13 at the time] took those photos from about 10 feet away! The hawk was only a little upset he got that close. I've approach Snowy Owls many times on the marsh when duck hunting. Played "red light" with them........ when they swivel their head away, take a few steps. When they turn back.... freeze. they let you get pretty close that way.
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Three Geese Flying over.....
Anahuac Wildlife Refuge 01/08/19

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those snowys seem to draw a crowd. We had on on west Dennis beach most of last winter and the photo hardware people were armed with probably cost more than my boat!
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those snowys seem to draw a crowd. We had on on west Dennis beach most of last winter and the photo hardware people were armed with probably cost more than my boat!
I know, right! It's amazing when you go to these sanctuaries and see so many birders with not just binoculars and scopes on tripods, but also photographers and their incredible equipment, especially the lenses. You get all these 600-800 even 1000mm lenses with camouflage on them that are 2ft long! I think it's great and all the power to them, of course. That stuff is not cheap.

That area in the pics I posted was actually Salisbury Beach. Every winter there's a few snowies that come down and hang around all winter and help reduce the duck population lol! They are unbelievable hunters. Many years ago we watched one (right at dusk) take out a great blue heron with minimal effort. We also saw a peregrine falcon come in to harass a sleepy snowy and what a bad mistake that was.

Speaking of West Denis and the glorious Cape, were you around back in the mid to late 90's when that male red-footed falcon showed up at Martha's Vineyard? Can't remember what year it was exactly, but what a news that was since that's not exactly a north American bird loool. More like a permanent resident of central Europe with a migrating path to central Africa and back. So when it showed up and was spotted by a well-known birder, people from all over the country and as far as Japan came with their cameras and flooded the island. It was an amazing spectacle. We got out there too late as an adult, female Coopers hawk was also seen hanging out in the area. Everyone suspected that the little falcon met its demise at the talons of the Coops shortly thereafter. Hard to tell for sure if it was a vagrant who flew all the way there with the help of ocean-bound cargo ships or was a fleeing bird from a falconer, but it was quite the event, nonetheless.

Not "the" bird, but you can tell how it gets its name and what a rare, beauty.

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I stole this off FB. Too good not to post.

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I pondered about posting this photo of the Red Tail Hawk, looking all mean and demonic. Truth is, he was just showing where he's positioned on the food chain.....
Anahuac Wildlife Refuge 01/09/19


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I pondered about posting this photo of the Red Tail Hawk, looking all mean and demonic. Truth is, he was just showing where he's positioned on the food chain.....
Anahuac Wildlife Refuge 01/09/19

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