Wildlife Around Your Home (post pics if you've got 'em!)

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  • dankinddankind I am not your foot. Posts: 13,433
    We had a coyote here the other morning. Unfortunately, the bitch was inside. 

    Also, I opened the back door to let the bitch out yesterday, and right there on the other side of the door was a little skunk. Little thing looked up at me as if to say “please, no,” so I kept the bitch inside until the little critter could make its way out of the yard. Sucker was cute, calm and collected—unlike the bitch; she was a wild idiot. 
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  • blackhawksblackhawks Posts: 174
    brianlux said:
    I didn't like lizards until I moved to AZ.  Now I really enjoy them like this horned lizard in our back yard.  We also have had 2 rattlesnakes in our yard this year but I removed them and placed them a quarter mile away in the desert.  They die if you place them more than 1/2 a mile is what the fish and game told us.




    I love lizards!  We get a lot of western fence lizards and the occasional larger alligator lizard.  Live watching them do their push ups! 
    When they do those push ups it is hilarious!  they are really entertaining.  

    On the sad side of the snakes, there is a rare rattlesnake here in AZ that resides in one mountain range in the northern part of the state (we have 16 species of rattlers here).  This year so many poachers came in and took them to sell they closed the whole forest off to humans.  We humans are the worst I tell you.  It is very frustrating to have people take a wild creature to sell to some person as a pet.
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  • blackhawksblackhawks Posts: 174
    I took this picture this summer where I knew a family of Whiskered screech Owls nested.  The fledgelings were bout and about at night and I had the whole mountain to myself!  

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  • FifthelementFifthelement LotuslandPosts: 5,746
    brianlux said:
    I didn't like lizards until I moved to AZ.  Now I really enjoy them like this horned lizard in our back yard.  We also have had 2 rattlesnakes in our yard this year but I removed them and placed them a quarter mile away in the desert.  They die if you place them more than 1/2 a mile is what the fish and game told us.




    I love lizards!  We get a lot of western fence lizards and the occasional larger alligator lizard.  Live watching them do their push ups! 
    When they do those push ups it is hilarious!  they are really entertaining.  

    On the sad side of the snakes, there is a rare rattlesnake here in AZ that resides in one mountain range in the northern part of the state (we have 16 species of rattlers here).  This year so many poachers came in and took them to sell they closed the whole forest off to humans.  We humans are the worst I tell you.  It is very frustrating to have people take a wild creature to sell to some person as a pet.
    Yeah, it’s disgusting.  The doc I was talking about stated that in some areas rattlers are losing their rattle because they’ve been so zealously over-hunted.  Makes me sick in my heart.
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  • I took this picture this summer where I knew a family of Whiskered screech Owls nested.  The fledgelings were bout and about at night and I had the whole mountain to myself!  

    Good picture 
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  • FifthelementFifthelement LotuslandPosts: 5,746
    I took this picture this summer where I knew a family of Whiskered screech Owls nested.  The fledgelings were bout and about at night and I had the whole mountain to myself!  

    Good picture 
    Sorry Blackhawks, it is a great picture.  How far away were you?  It looks like it was just sitting there waiting for you and your camera.
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  • blackhawksblackhawks Posts: 174
    It was 12-15 feet away.  It was just chowing down on whatever those big bugs were that were around.  I have been using the Olympus system with the 300 f4 (which equals a 600mm) because of the close focus distance compared to my regular 600mm (3ft roughly vs 13 feet).  It is very handy for butterflies and larger insects too.  There are limitations with a 4/3 system but I manage using low ISO (high ISO is garbage with them).  
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  • brianluxbrianlux Moving through All Kinds of Terrain.Posts: 26,903
    It was 12-15 feet away.  It was just chowing down on whatever those big bugs were that were around.  I have been using the Olympus system with the 300 f4 (which equals a 600mm) because of the close focus distance compared to my regular 600mm (3ft roughly vs 13 feet).  It is very handy for butterflies and larger insects too.  There are limitations with a 4/3 system but I manage using low ISO (high ISO is garbage with them).  
    Well done!

    A few of the foxes we saw a while back have been coming around again.  One of them stole one of my wife's gardening shoes even though the were close to the sliding glass door.  Probably not a good idea for her to leave them out!
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  • FifthelementFifthelement LotuslandPosts: 5,746

    "What the CANUCK happened?!? - Esquimalt Barber Shop
  • wasa1971wasa1971 Calgary, CanadaPosts: 2,080
    My husband came home to this today on the front of our property.
    We recently moved to an acreage and have seen 3 moose in the last month.
  • brianluxbrianlux Moving through All Kinds of Terrain.Posts: 26,903
    wasa1971 said:
    My husband came home to this today on the front of our property.
    We recently moved to an acreage and have seen 3 moose in the last month.
    I would love that but I also know they are tough customers- I would be a bit nervous.  Very cool though anyway!
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  • AnnafalkAnnafalk SwedenPosts: 3,840
    https://www.expressen.se/tv/nyheter/gt/duellen-mellan-den-vita-algen-och-grasklipparen/

    I saw this funny clip in today's newspaper it's a moose attacking a lawnmower. Thought it was very funny :)
  • FifthelementFifthelement LotuslandPosts: 5,746
    wasa1971 said:
    My husband came home to this today on the front of our property.
    We recently moved to an acreage and have seen 3 moose in the last month.
    Awesome!
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  • darwinstheorydarwinstheory LaPorte, INPosts: 2,760
    wasa1971 said:
    My husband came home to this today on the front of our property.
    We recently moved to an acreage and have seen 3 moose in the last month.
    That is stunningly beautiful! Great for you! Love the landscaping too. And the puppers in your profile pic is also cute.
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  • bbiggsbbiggs Posts: 3,212
    This guy is a monster. Hard to really tell the size from the picture, but it is a very large spider. Glad it’s not a brown recluse...


  • brianluxbrianlux Moving through All Kinds of Terrain.Posts: 26,903
    bbiggs said:
    This guy is a monster. Hard to really tell the size from the picture, but it is a very large spider. Glad it’s not a brown recluse...


    Does look big!
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  • darwinstheorydarwinstheory LaPorte, INPosts: 2,760
    bbiggs said:
    This guy is a monster. Hard to really tell the size from the picture, but it is a very large spider. Glad it’s not a brown recluse...


    Wolf spider I think they are called. I had one of those fuckers spinning a web from my couch cushion to my head as I lay there sleeping. Homie don't need to wake up to that shit!
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  • darwinstheorydarwinstheory LaPorte, INPosts: 2,760

    Here's one from my yard last summer. Harmless, but still made me jump back about 5 feet.
    "A smart monkey doesn't monkey around with another monkey's monkey" - Darwin's Theory
  • brianluxbrianlux Moving through All Kinds of Terrain.Posts: 26,903

    Here's one from my yard last summer. Harmless, but still made me jump back about 5 feet.
    Yeah, looks like a wolf spider.  I had one land with thump, right on the middle of my my chest one time while I was lying in bed reading.  Freaked me right out!
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  • madtowndavemadtowndave Minneapolis, MNPosts: 3,929
    edited October 2018
    I haven't been able to get a good picture, but we have a pileated woodpecker in the neighborhood. Also 9 wild turkeys, and a ton of deer. Had a 12 point eating out of my birdfeeder.
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  • dankinddankind I am not your foot. Posts: 13,433
    I haven't been able to get a good picture, but we have a pileated woodpecker in the neighborhood. Also 9 wild turkeys, and a ton of deer. Had a 12 point eating of my birdfeeder.
    We had eight turkeys milling about yesterday. I'd like to see them come back a few days before Thanksgiving. 
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  • bbiggs said:
    This guy is a monster. Hard to really tell the size from the picture, but it is a very large spider. Glad it’s not a brown recluse...


    Burn your house down!!!!!  I hate spiders..
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  • blackhawksblackhawks Posts: 174
    edited October 2018
    I about stepped on it but it was nice and said hey, don’t crush me.  Never new I had a 6ft vertical leap......
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  • dankinddankind I am not your foot. Posts: 13,433
    ^^^Western Diamondback?
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  • darwinstheorydarwinstheory LaPorte, INPosts: 2,760

    ^^^FUCK THAT!!!
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  • dankind said:
    ^^^Western Diamondback?
    Yeah.  I saw three that morning last week and said....done!
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  • ^^^FUCK THAT!!!
    I actually don’t mind snakes.  We have 16 species in AZ at different elevations and some are pretty.  It is the paying attention part when hiking Instruggle with.  I am always looking around and forget to look down.
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  • PJ_SoulPJ_Soul Vancouver, BCPosts: 46,824
    edited October 2018
    bbiggs said:
    This guy is a monster. Hard to really tell the size from the picture, but it is a very large spider. Glad it’s not a brown recluse...


    Burn your house down!!!!!  I hate spiders..
    Me too!!! I don't mind seeing them outside unless they are on me or something, but if that thing was actually inside my home I'd go completely bananas.
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  • dankinddankind I am not your foot. Posts: 13,433
    Being from Florida, I'm usually cool with most snakes just doing their thing, but I'd be more than tempted to kill any rattlers slinking through my yard, especially if I had a dog to protect. I'd hope that before I actually did the deed, I'd think to call someone to take care of the problem in a more humane fashion, but I'd likely already have the hoe in hand ready for the chop. I think that the lizard brain natural instinct to protect my family and pets would take precedence over my better nature in a case such as this.

    Two of my uncles were bitten by rattlers in Florida, and that shit was fucking gross. They eventually healed and were fine, but they were fucked up for a while after being bitten.
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  • A neighbor was bitten a couple months ago and it took 17 vials to turn her around.  She was walking at night with sandals on and no flashlight so she kinda had it coming lol!  They are pretty much hibernating now which is nice. I am getting used to the tarantulas too.  Those things freak me out the most.  They are slow and gentle but fuck me....they are huge!
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