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We frequently run across some pretty cool, wild, and interesting things as we photograph birds.  These could be other animals, plants, cloud formations, and sunsets.  I like to photograph these too and am willing to bet many of you do too.  This topic is designed to share and talk about these 'other' encounters.

I'll start off with this bad-boy from Merritt Island, Florida a few years back.IMG_1031.thumb.JPG.9259f067926bf8e054197a1018db2004.JPG

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3 hours ago, The Bird Nuts said:

I was sitting on the bank of a river today when something frightened away the Louisiana Waterthrush I was watching.  I soon found out what scared it...

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Hes appraising you fro his next meal :)

 

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41 minutes ago, RobinHood said:

Any moth experts here?

I came across this today mid-morning (photo is an extreme crop). It was acting like a Hummingbird but does not have clear wings so is it a Hawk Moth?

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I'm not a moth expert, but I like to ID moths.  I don't think the photo is good enough to tell what species it is.  I can't even tell if it's a skipper (which is a butterfly) or a moth.

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15 hours ago, The Bird Nuts said:

I'm not a moth expert, but I like to ID moths.  I don't think the photo is good enough to tell what species it is.  I can't even tell if it's a skipper (which is a butterfly) or a moth

Thanks BirdNuts. I'm definitely getting more interested in Dragon/Damselflies, Butterflies and Moths. I just found the Butterfly, Moth... thread (where I should have posted) so will be paying more attention. The Hummingbird types are fascinating - so fast!!

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On 8/5/2020 at 8:29 AM, RobinHood said:

Thanks BirdNuts. I'm definitely getting more interested in Dragon/Damselflies, Butterflies and Moths. I just found the Butterfly, Moth... thread (where I should have posted) so will be paying more attention. The Hummingbird types are fascinating - so fast!!

You can get all kinds of cool moths and other night insects by shinning a bright light onto a white sheet at night.  Also, check out robber flies, I saw one carry away a large grasshopper when I lived in Florida

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Came across these tracks pre hurricane hannah.  Initially I thought they were bobcat, but then I noticed the toenail marks from the middle toes.  I think maybe a coyote? I did some research and found that bobcats walk in their own tracks (1 set of prints) while coyotes don't (2 sets of prints).  Sadly, I don't remember with this picture...next time.

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