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I spent some time today trying to determine what was happening - fairly sure it was a Snapping Turtle intimate moment (the hatchlings only recently finished their migration to the lake!!, but apparently mating can extend into November). I was a little confused by the quite light speckled view, which I think is the underside of one of the happy couple.

The young Green Heron was observing at the same time and seemed to be equally puzzled by the events.

If anyone with Snapper expertise can confirm or shed more light I would appreciate it.

Snapping Turtle 1 HVT-7530692.jpg

Snapping Turtle 2 HVT-7530719.jpg

Green Heron juv HVT-7530704.jpg

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7 minutes ago, RobinHood said:

I spent some time today trying to determine what was happening - fairly sure it was a Snapping Turtle intimate moment (the hatchlings only recently finished their migration to the lake!!, but apparently mating can extend into November). I was a little confused by the quite light speckled view, which I think is the underside of one of the happy couple.

The young Green Heron was observing at the same time and seemed to be equally puzzled by the events.

If anyone with Snapper expertise can confirm or shed more light I would appreciate it.

Snapping Turtle 1 HVT-7530692.jpg

Snapping Turtle 2 HVT-7530719.jpg

Green Heron juv HVT-7530704.jpg

@Clip has witnessed something similar to this.

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This was one great birding day back in April 2015. Thanks to a tip I got from a fellow birder I went out seeking Chestnut-collared Longspurs. This trip took me from a south east Suburbs of Denver to just just shy of the Colorado Nebraska border in the Pawnee National Grasslands. I birded along (saw some great birds) the way hitting a few hot spots but I also encountered this interaction of a Fox and her pups (photo below) right off the road that divides the two halves of Pawnee National Grasslands. This photo only shows two pups but there were at least 5. I felt like the luckiest girl in the world at this point but then I went onto get my target Chestnut-collared Longspur. 

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20 hours ago, Quiscalus quiscula said:

Reminds me of the deer in Nara, Japan. Some of the young bucks there could be pretty agressive.

These deer were not aggressive at all. They were friendly even though we did not feed them.

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