Tagged With "wildlife"

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Re: Alligator, Everglades National Park, Florida

DrFumblefinger ·
This one was a little creepy. He kept following us as we walked along a trail (probably deciding if we were worth the energy of eating)
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Re: Alligator, Everglades National Park, Florida

DrFumblefinger ·
And Little Red Riding Hood said, "My Granny! What sharp teeth you have!"
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Re: Alligator, Everglades National Park, Florida

Former Member ·
It is funny that we tend to think of all animals as "he". Could be a lady gator. You were wise to give him or her your respect and distance. Most wild animals have no interest in two legs, The natural instinct is to hide or run. The exception is when they have been given treats in the past. He or she was probably trolling for tossed treats, not you. If you were the gator, would you rather nibble on salty you or a nice deli sandwich ?
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Re: Alligator, Everglades National Park, Florida

DrFumblefinger ·
To determine the sex of an alligator, you need to flip it on its back and inspect the private regions. Alligators don't like that very much. So I'll just call him 'he". No sexism implied or intended.
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Re: Alligator, Everglades National Park, Florida

Former Member ·
That's okay. I will just toss him or her a sandwich and we can part friends. Originally Posted by DrFumblefinger: To determine the sex of an alligator, you need to flip it on its back and inspect the private regions.
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Re: Alligator, Everglades National Park, Florida

Former Member ·
Maybe alligators liked to have their bellies rubbed. Give it a try ! Kidding ! Kidding ! Kids and grown ups, don't try this !
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Re: Alligator, Everglades National Park, Florida

DrFumblefinger ·
Originally Posted by CICAK: Maybe alligators liked to have their bellies rubbed. Give it a try ! After you -- please!
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Re: African Wild Dogs, Chobe National Park, Botswana

Former Member ·
To me, those animal seem otherworldly. They are not so much similar to domestic dogs as of a world of their own. They appear to be very tough. Here's to hoping that they continue to rock our world.
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Re: African Wild Dogs, Chobe National Park, Botswana

DrFumblefinger ·
Like wolves and coyotes, they need to be tough to survive. But when you watch them, they really seem much like domesticated dogs.
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Re: Celebrating Nature on 7 Continents: Encounters with an Arabian Oryx (Asia Pt 1)

Travel Rob ·
What an adventure! My heart was pounding just reading it!
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Re: Celebrating Nature on 7 Continents: Encounters with an Arabian Oryx (Asia Pt 1)

DrFumblefinger ·
A great adventure, and with great photos! I'm don't know much about the temperament of the Oryx. Gentle creatures? Cocky? Aggressive?
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Re: Celebrating Nature on 7 Continents: Encounters with an Arabian Oryx (Asia Pt 1)

PHeymont ·
Fantastic! (and a bit scary, even on screen...)
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Re: Celebrating Nature on 7 Continents: Encounters with an Arabian Oryx (Asia Pt 1)

Kirsten Hines ·
I think of most antelopes as being docile or at least wary of humans. One of the South African guides at the lodge there confirmed that this is generally true for African oryx, but that he'd been surprised by the aggressiveness of the Arabian oryx. Maybe it has something to do with being brought back from extinction?!
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Re: Return to Etosha, Pt. 2

DrFumblefinger ·
Another great adventure with some terrific animal photography! Thanks very much for these, Professor.
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Re: Gumbo's Pic of the Day, Nov 25, 2013: Bald Eagles, Lake Couer d'Alene

Theodore Behr ·
I love eagles! Beautiful shot.
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Re: Gumbo's Pic of the Day, Nov 25, 2013: Bald Eagles, Lake Couer d'Alene

GarryRF ·
I'm enjoying reading these Blogs ! Very educational. Natural history is so interesting. Thanks DrF. Did you know that during the dry season Alligators dig holes in the river bed. When the river swells in the wet season these holes fill with water. And Fish. The Alligator does not harm them. He goes off to find his food in the river. When the river dries out he is left with holes full of Fish who have taken refuge from the receding water. They are the Alligators "Larder" to get him through...
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Re: Gumbo's Pic of the Day, Nov 25, 2013: Bald Eagles, Lake Couer d'Alene

DrFumblefinger ·
Thanks for the comment, GarryRF. I do love love nature and natural history and often my travels center around seeing these sorts of sights. I did not know that about alligators and the fish. But I can't say I'm surprised. Nature has developed marvelous mechanisms of adaptation that never cease to amaze me. What I am looking forward to, as are others, is your first piece on those great Cuban cars. Not nature, but beauty of a different kind!
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Re: Gumbo's Pic of the Day, Nov 25, 2013: Bald Eagles, Lake Couer d'Alene

Former Member ·
Awesome Eagles !
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Re: Those Beady Eyed Alligators!!

PHeymont ·
Great pictures...I hope telephoto? Wouldn't want to be that close. They're amazingly good at camouflage...I remember a bayou tour in Louisiana a few years ago...we were very surprised when the guide tossed a block of wood into the water near a log...and the log came to life!
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Re: Those Beady Eyed Alligators!!

PortMoresby ·
We need a "Don't Like" button.
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Re: Those Beady Eyed Alligators!!

GarryRF ·
If Gators see you close by, will they come for a closer look ? When Gators have attacked people - is this because folks have stumbled into their territory ?
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Re: Those Beady Eyed Alligators!!

PHeymont ·
I'm reminded of a poem (to give it dignity) by the late Ogden Nash. The Purist I give you now Professor Twist... a conscientious scientist. Trustees exclaimed "He never bungles!" and packed him off to distant jungles. Camped by a tropic riverside, one night he missed his loving bride. She had, the guide informed him later, been eaten by an alligator. Professor Twist could not but smile: You mean, said he, a crocodile!
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Re: Those Beady Eyed Alligators!!

DrFumblefinger ·
Wild gators rarely attack people unless you stumble onto them -- say fall off your bike on top of a gator sunning himself. They are happiest to avoid humans. Problems arising when people feed gators. Then they can become aggressive and associate people with food. If you don't give them any, they might decide to take a bite out of you.. That said, gator attacks are still very rare. And yes, they're great at hiding themselves, Pheymont. You really need to train your eye to see them as they lie...
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Re: A Walk through Florida's Everglades: Big Cypress Bend boardwalk at Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park

Travel Rob ·
What a great walk.I really enjoy the boardwalks that are all over Florida.Really let's you get on top of some interesting things that you don't want to walk through.
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Re: Everglades City, Florida -- where the Mangroves meet the Sea

Dr.Y ·
Karl, this looks like a fun place to have vacation!
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Re: Everglades City, Florida -- where the Mangroves meet the Sea

DrFumblefinger ·
Originally Posted by Dr.Y: Karl, this looks like a fun place to have vacation! It was a lot of fun, DrY! The airboat rides especially were quite thrilling. Believe everyone in your family would enjoy this. We were there in December and had great weather. The weather during summer holidays would be very difficult, very hot, very humid. And lots of mosquitoes.
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Re: Sri Lanka: A Land Like No Other (Part 11). On safari in Yala Park, with a stop in Kirinda

DrFumblefinger ·
Thanks, TravelandNature! And how about that Junglefowl. Looks like a fancy chicken but apparently a wild species.
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Re: A Walk through Florida's Everglades: Big Cypress Bend boardwalk at Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park

PHeymont ·
Looks like a great place for a walk and a learn! You might just be putting Florida on my map...
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Re: Gumbo's Pic of the Day, July 14, 2014: Bats, Botswana

PortMoresby ·
It makes me wonder if I could relax sufficiently to sleep while hanging on with my toes. Or what would happen if I did. Fascinating.
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Re: Gumbo's Pic of the Day, July 14, 2014: Bats, Botswana

DrFumblefinger ·
Originally Posted by PortMoresby: It makes me wonder if I could relax sufficiently to sleep while hanging on with my toes. Or what would happen if I did. Fascinating. I do not recommend you try this, PM. Bats have a reflex that let's them hang on while sleeping. Our poor stubby human toes don't come with this capability.
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Re: Kenya’s Maasai Mara National Reserve

GarryRF ·
Amazing pictures! I always wondered about the accommodation when you go on safari. Not quite living "rough" is it ? Very nice indeed. Recognise myself in that yawning photo ! My kids prefer "Glamping" to Camping. Enjoyed this blog - thanks.
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Re: Kenya’s Maasai Mara National Reserve

Marilyn Jones ·
Thank you! It was a fascinating experience getting so close to the wild animals!! And the camps were so luxurious! Maybe your kids like to camp, but I'll bet you'd love to glamp!!!
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Re: Kruger National Park - South Africa. Pt 2

DrFumblefinger ·
Some great pictures in this batch again, David. Nicely done! I've two particular favorites in this lot, the leopard for its spectacular beauty, and the one of the hyenas -- a brutal portrait of nature.
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Re: Kruger National Park - South Africa. Pt 2

Travel Rob ·
I'm amazed you were able to see let alone photograph all those Wild Animals! The photos are really incredible.
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Re: Kruger National Park - South Africa. Pt 2

Mytraveledroad ·
OMG the pics of wildlife look so amazing. This is somewhere I have added to my bucket list of places to visit.
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Re: Kruger National Park - South Africa. Pt 2

GarryRF ·
Mytraveledroad. You'll need strong nerves to get this close to the animals !
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Re: Kruger National Park - South Africa. Pt 2

DrFumblefinger ·
I would not want to approach a bull elephant in my car, but having done several safaris, the animals all but ignore you in the Range Rover vehicles. Apparently they only see a box on wheels. They do not have the ability to discriminate what's inside the box. But if you step out of the vehicle onto the ground, they will become aware of you and you now are on today's menu. The best travel experiences of my life were the days I've been on safari. It's not cheap, but is most memorable. So...
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Re: Gumbo's Pic of the Day, May 26, 2015: The Resilience of Life

DrFumblefinger ·
Those babies are awfully cute, and I love how mom is gently sheltering and warming them with her wings. I hope you used a telephoto lens to get these photos. Otherwise you might have had a few angry geese chasing you down the path!
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Re: Gumbo's Pic of the Day, June 8, 2015: Elk, Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado

PHeymont ·
That's amazing...I've never seen more than one or two at a time, and now an entire herd!
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Re: Gumbo's Pic of the Day, June 8, 2015: Elk, Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado

DrFumblefinger ·
I've never seen so many elk in one place at one time either, PHeymont. They were everywhere!
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Re: June 27, 2016. The Cormorant and the Eel

Marilyn Jones ·
Wow! What a great series of photos!!
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Re: June 27, 2016. The Cormorant and the Eel

DrFumblefinger ·
It's the first time I'd wish you used video instead of still images! But the drama of the struggle is well captured. Thanks!
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Re: June 27, 2016. The Cormorant and the Eel

GarryRF ·
Reminds me of a few meals I've regretted.
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Re: North America, part 2. Elk Bugling in Colorado

Travel Rob ·
A good sign to see animals adapt like that! I've always been amazed at how we don't appreciate what is near
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Re: North America, part 2. Elk Bugling in Colorado

DangTravelers ·
We just left the area and saw elk in the exact same spot. There were so many of them!
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Re: Glacier National Park, Montana

Mytraveledroad ·
One of my favorite parks so far has been Yosemite. Glacier looks pretty amazing. It will definitely get added to the list of must sees.
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Re: ONE IN A MILLION – THE CAMPAIGN KEEPING RHINOS HORNY!

DrFumblefinger ·
I love rhinos and spotting one in the wild is a very special treat. I've only ever seen 3 wild rhinos, all in the Ngorongoro Crater (where poachers are killed by snipers -- no questions asked). Of the many senseless things happening in the world, their slaughter for just their horn makes about the least sense for me. It's sad that ancient pre-medieval traditions are driving these animals to the point of extinction. This seems like a very worthy cause, Tammy, and it's a small thing for us all...
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Re: The Dempster Highway: a Drive to the Arctic Coast of Canada

PHeymont ·
This is amazing! I'm far too adventureless to attempt a trip like this, but your pictures and descriptions make me wish I were there. And to think, before your piece on Tuktoyaktuk, I had never even thought of the expression "Arctic Coast!"
 
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