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PostPosted: Fri Mar 12, 2010 3:19 am 
Those Gators always look like they are Grinning about something Zack.

Great shots WS I have always thought that the Lynx was our prettiest cat. Has the area had a crash in the wild Hare population?


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Yes, this little cute guy is a predator.

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K Lantz wrote:
.Great shots WS I have always thought that the Lynx was our prettiest cat. Has the area had a crash in the wild Hare population?


Regarding their cycle... not up there K... but the rabbit population as a whole has been dropping here for a while now

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Rui.... most adorable mink EVER! :P Great shot.

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Thanks Jaxzwolf.


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PostPosted: Tue Mar 16, 2010 12:55 am 
I know that photographing nests is usually discouraged for fear of causing undue disturbance. Some birds are quite tolerant though; this pair has chosen a tree beside a busy (for this area) highway. The shots are taken from some distance with a 400mm lens and cropped extensively. I park on a small side road that gives a little elevation and lets me shoot over the rooftops of neighboring houses.
I thought this nest was lost when one of the support branches broke during a windstorm several weeks ago. About 80% of the nest came down and though I had noticed meager attempts at rebuilding I had not seen the pair there until today.
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very cool K... you get to watch and record the babies progress if access isnt too hard and the birds dont become too stressed :)

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Great mink Rui!!

God bless big lenses KL :D

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very cool K... you get to watch and record the babies progress if access isnt too hard and the birds dont become too stressed :)

My travels take me past the nest 4 or 5 times a week
I hope all goes well; the nest looks a little precarious without the branch. It created a crotch that helped lock the nest in place. I cursed it for ruining shots last year but I am kind of nervous now that it is gone.


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Portrait of a really big lizard:

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awesome shot zack!

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I gotta go to FLA! :twisted:
Thats cool Zack!!
Are those Waterboatmen on it's lip or some type of parasite?(Black/shiny)

Waterboatmen = small blackshiny bugs that appear to go only in circles atop swampwater.

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Thanks...

I'll have to take a closer look when I get home with the original - I'm not sure what those are on the lip. Could be some form of bug or parasite, or just algae floating in the water.

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Now don’t go out there trying to get us a macro shot of those bugs, looks like you were close enough on that last shot :lol:


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Are those Waterboatmen on it's lip or some type of parasite?(Black/shiny)


OK...closer look and I think the one on his mid-lower lip is likely just a blob of algae. However, farther down the lower lip, near the base of the head, there does appear to be a different looking spot that looks if anything like a beetle in color - though it appears to be holding fast. I'm thinking some kind of ectoparasite - a form of tick maybe. He's got two of them that I can see when I zoom close. None look like waterboatmen though.

Since I was out yesterday at the wetlands again...I have a few more predators to post. Here are a couple more of our favorite big reptiles...this one having a nap:

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And this one resting, ironically with two servings of dinner sitting peacefully (suicidally?) at his tail:
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This predator looks adorable and harmless to us people...but if you were a red-winged blackbird with her nest down in those reeds, this would be akin to godzilla marching through the city. Raccoons love to hunt for eggs:
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This raccoon spotted me, tried to hide, and occasionally would stop and sneak a look through the reeds to see if I was still watching:
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Here's another sneaky little hunter - who will go for eggs, fish, or small birds if opportunity strikes...a Florida banded water snake:
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This tricolor heron scored a fish on a well-timed strike:
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