Tagged With "wildlife"

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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: 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: 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: 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: 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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Re: The Dempster Highway: a Drive to the Arctic Coast of Canada

DrFumblefinger ·
It sounds like a great adventure! Thanks for sharing it with us. This road trip has been on my bucket list for some time, but sounds like it's worth delaying until the road to Tuk is completed. I've heard fall is a nice time to go. Not only is the tundra vividly colored, but there are no mosquitos (frozen to death by evening frost). Know any downsides to this, Tom?
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Re: The Dempster Highway: a Drive to the Arctic Coast of Canada

Travel Luver ·
An amazing place!
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Re: The Dempster Highway: a Drive to the Arctic Coast of Canada

My Thatched Hut ·
Originally Posted by DrFumblefinger: It sounds like a great adventure! Thanks for sharing it with us. This road trip has been on my bucket list for some time, but sounds like it's worth delaying until the road to Tuk is completed. I've heard fall is a nice time to go. Not only is the tundra vividly colored, but there are no mosquitos (frozen to death by evening frost). Know any downsides to this, Tom? Yes, I would wait until the road is finished. I had to fly from Inuvik to Tuk and return by...
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Re: A fall visit to Highwood Pass and hike in the alpine meadow of Ptarmigan Cirque

DrFumblefinger ·
Thanks for your note, Garry. I also prefer loop hiking trails. This particular place would be great to hike in the spring (which comes late this high up) because of its large numbers of wildflowers. The only time I was up here during that season the trail was closed because a grizzly bear was hovering over a carcass. But the fall colours are also lovely. And get out there and hike before you can't. Would love for you to share a hike from the Liverpool region with all of us.
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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: A fall visit to Highwood Pass and hike in the alpine meadow of Ptarmigan Cirque

GarryRF ·
Looks like a great hike DrF. I have taken a liking to the circular trail that keeps offering new vistas rather than the "there and back" routes. 6k sounds just right for a lazy day stroll in the sun. And so much to see too ! I'm looking forward to all these trails when I retire ! But I'm always aware of the old adage "The mind is willing - but the flesh is weak" So I'll keep training - ready to rumble !
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Re: Gumbo's Pic of the Day, January 26, 2015: Breakfast on the Okavango Delta

Mac ·
What an excellent trip to have taken! Another unforgettable experience to add to your collection. Breakfast looks good too :-)
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Re: Gumbo's Pic of the Day, January 26, 2015: Breakfast on the Okavango Delta

DrFumblefinger ·
Breakfast was great, Mac, but you can't beat the view! Fortunately no large carnivores found us while we were enjoying this break.
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Re: Gumbo's Pic of the Day, January 26, 2015: Breakfast on the Okavango Delta

Pam Petersen ·
Ahhh...now I am hungry....Thanks, as always, for sharing Dr.Anders. It makes my day even more "ducky"! Miss you!
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Re: Gumbo's Pic of the Day, January 26, 2015: Breakfast on the Okavango Delta

DrFumblefinger ·
Originally Posted by Pam Petersen: Ahhh...now I am hungry....Thanks, as always, for sharing Dr.Anders. It makes my day even more "ducky"! Miss you! So nice to hear from you, "Ducky"! It was a special trip. You likely recognize the Oscar in one of the photos, digging in. Miss you and the gang in Spokane as well, but life in Calgary is nice and the nearby Rockies incredible!
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Re: Gumbo's Pic of the Day, January 26, 2015: Breakfast on the Okavango Delta

DrFumblefinger ·
Originally Posted by DrFumblefinger: Originally Posted by Pam Petersen: Ahhh...now I am hungry....Thanks, as always, for sharing Dr.Anders. It makes my day even more "ducky"! Miss you! So nice to hear from you, "Ducky"(our fond nickname for Pam)! It was a special trip. You likely recognize Oscar in one of the photos, digging in. Miss you and the gang in Spokane as well, but life in Calgary is nice and the nearby Rockies incredible!
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Re: A visit to Waterton National Park

DrFumblefinger ·
I love the pictures, Roderick. Part of what makes Waterton so special are its many wild animals. Almost like going on safari in America! I'm especially fond of the little bear. He looks so very lost without his mother. Hope you didn't get between her and the little one! And thanks for your first contribution to Travelgumbo!
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Re: Gumbo's Pic of the Day, March 25, 2014: Waterton National Park, Alberta

GarryRF ·
Re: Gumbo's Pic of the Day, March 25, 2014: Waterton National Park, Alberta
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Re: Gumbo's Pic of the Day, March 25, 2014: Waterton National Park, Alberta

DrFumblefinger ·
DrY is vacationing this week in Cuba, GarryRF, which we know to be one of your favorite hangouts. He'll get to you when he has reliable internet connections. I posted some photos of the great Prince of Wales hotel on my blog last summer which addresses some of your questions. Here's that link if you're interested
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Re: Gumbo's Pic of the Day, March 25, 2014: Waterton National Park, Alberta

GarryRF ·
Hope DrY brings back loads of photos to share. I do miss the simple life in Cuba - but I soon miss some decent food ! Those little labels they put next to the serve yourself Ice-Cream. Chocolate - Strawberry - Lard .
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Re: Gumbo's Pic of the Day, September 12, 2015: Puma

Mytraveledroad ·
Pumas what a cool unique animal. I saw a pack of them when I was in Patagonia.
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Re: Gumbo's Pic of the Day, Dec. 15 2013: Indian Pipe at Rachel Carson Wildlife Refuge

DrFumblefinger ·
I find fungi strangely captivating. A nice collection of photos, PHeymont, thanks!
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Re: Portland, Maine: The World's Longest Lobster Roll...and so much more!

Former Member ·
I can truly say that I will never think of lobster rolls in quite the same innocent way again. This was a fine tour of Portland, Maine. Thank you so much.
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Re: Birds of the Okavango Delta

Travel Rob ·
Thanks for those pics!Incredible, all the variety of birds in one spot.
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Re: Birds of the Okavango Delta

Dr.Y ·
Wonderful photo shoots! Incredible birds I wish you can name some of them for me
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Re: Birds of the Okavango Delta

DrFumblefinger ·
thank you, DrY! If you click on the small thumbnail photos above the comments, you'll see the photos are labeled as to name of the birds which are illustrated. Once open, you can scroll through the photos as a slide show and see all the names!
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Re: Birds of the Okavango Delta

Dr.Y ·
That's fantastic! Thanks Dr. Fumblefinger.
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Re: Birds of the Okavango Delta

IslandMan ·
amazing pics, DrF. You've taken bird watching to new heights!
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Re: Gumbo's Pic of the Day, Jan, 21, 2014: Raccoon, Vancouver, British Columbia

PHeymont ·
And they are smart. When my kids were young, we used to camp every summer in Maine, at a site where raccoons came every night to feast at the cans. One year I decided I'd had enough, and brought chain tethers to keep the lids on. Worked fine, the lids stayed quiet all night. But in the morning, when we left our tents, we found that our two stryofoam coolers (which were not in use) had been shredded, all the implements from the table were on the ground, and the ropes securing our storage tarp...
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Re: Gumbo's Pic of the Day, Jan, 21, 2014: Raccoon, Vancouver, British Columbia

DrFumblefinger ·
Yes, that sounds about in character for them. Cute, but cunning. When there is a global Holocaust someday, it will not be the insects that take over the world. It will be the raccoons! Or at least the raccoons will be the commanders. The insects might be their foot soldiers.
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Re: On Safari in Africa -- wildlife gallery

PortMoresby ·
I love the elephants and the Odd Couple on the far right going off to who-knows-where.
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Re: On Safari in Africa -- wildlife gallery

GarryRF ·
Great photo's DrF. !! How close to the animals do you get ? Did you need plenty of zoom on the camera ? Me and the family always had health problems while I'm in Africa. Were you OK ?
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Re: On Safari in Africa -- wildlife gallery

DrFumblefinger ·
Thank you for your comments PortMoresby and GarryRF!. Yes, we got quite close to the animals Garry, although you definitely need to have a telephoto lens and best to have a camera with a quick shutter speed. I used my digital SLR on these and shot photos in bursts of 5-6, picking out the one I like best. You need to be very careful about where you eat in Africa, maybe more so than in most places. But we traveled with a quality safari outfit (And Beyond), which not only prepared great meals,...
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Re: Gumbo's Pic of the Day, October 17, 2015: Rachel Carson Wildlife Refuge, Maine

TravelingCanuck ·
Very nice. Looks like a very nice peaceful place to go and just clear the head. Places like this are real gems.
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Re: The Banff Park Museum National Historic Site. Where Gumbo was #(133)

vagabond ·
Nice clicks. Seems like a great place to take the kids.
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Re: The Banff Park Museum National Historic Site. Where Gumbo was #(133)

DrFumblefinger ·
Thanks for your comment, Vagabond. It is a great place to take kids, who are fascinated by all the displays. But even as an adult, it was fascinating to take this step back in time to how a Natural History Museum presented information 100 years ago.
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Re: The Banff Park Museum National Historic Site. Where Gumbo was #(133)

TravelingCanuck ·
Thanks for the trip down memory lane. Its been several years since I have even been to Banff and I haven't been to the museum since the early 80s. It is a nice look at the old Banff before it exploded into the mass tourist site it is now. I will have to revisit the museum in the near future.
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Re: The Banff Park Museum National Historic Site. Where Gumbo was #(133)

Jonathan L ·
Great Pictures. I lived in Canmore for a year, and I never knew about this place. I will definitely stop in te next time I am there.
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Re: Grey Seals, Lindisfarne National Nature Reserve, Northumberland

Marilyn Jones ·
I love this post! The grey seals are adorable! You really captured them expertly; well done!!
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Re: Grey Seals, Lindisfarne National Nature Reserve, Northumberland

DrFumblefinger ·
Seals always seem to be having such a wonderful time! As Marilyn mentioned -- beautifully captured, Ian -- thanks for sharing these with us.
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Re: Yellowstone National Park in Winter

DrFumblefinger ·
Thanks so very much for making us a part of your fascinating road-trip by sharing your visit to this unique place at such a special time. It's so rare to actually talk to someone who visited Yellowstone in the winter, much less to read such a wonderfully written report and to share in your experience through your beautiful photos. I'm sorry you didn't get to see wolves in the wild, but in this you are not alone. As many times as I've been in the wilderness, I've yet to see them (though I was...
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