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9 hours ago, Aidan B said:

Interesting fish! It's either a Round or Mackerel Scad. Location wise, it's likely to be a Round Scad, which is the inshore species. However, it looks a lot more like a Mackerel Scad, which is a pelagic species. Did the booby catch it right there in front of you, or did it catch it somewhere else? If it was elsewhere, it's probably a Mackerel Scad.  

 

Round Scad

https://biogeodb.stri.si.edu/caribbean/en/pages/random/2269

 

Mackerel Scad

https://biogeodb.stri.si.edu/caribbean/en/pages/random/13665

I'm not 100 percent sure but I think it caught it right there in the port. It already had the fish when I noticed it. I suppose it could have flown in with it. There were a bunch of Gannet both in the water and flying overhead. I was busy checking out all the juveniles trying to find a Common Eider that had been being reported. I came away from and scope and there was the Gannet with it's fish.

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On 2/6/2022 at 5:59 AM, Clip said:

From yesterdays adventures.

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These remind me of an experience I had working in Snelling, CA.  I was driving up a driveway.  The owner had just bailed and stacked hay for transport.  As I drove past the stack I hit the brakes and backed up.  Poking between the bales of hay near the ground was a pig head staring at me, dead and dripping with a fly cloud. Not sure what happened.  It didn't look like it got caught in the baler, more like it got stuck between the bales; perhaps when they were getting stacked or it pushed its way in and got stuck

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@Aidan BI have another one for you. These photos were taken in Duval County, FL. so NE, FL. in June 2019. Can you tell what they are? I think it was fresh water but I can't tell from surrounding photos exactly where we were.

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5 hours ago, Clip said:

@Aidan BI have another one for you. These photos were taken in Duval County, FL. so NE, FL. in June 2019. Can you tell what they are? I think it was fresh water but I can't tell from surrounding photos exactly where we were.

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These are easy, they're one of the most common fish, if not the most common fish in the lower 48. They're all Bluegill. 

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5 hours ago, Aidan B said:

These are easy, they're one of the most common fish, if not the most common fish in the lower 48. They're all Bluegill. 

I would assume the most numerous is some type of saltwater bait fish like herring or anchovies, but bluegill might be the most widespread 

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1 hour ago, Connor Cochrane said:

I would assume the most numerous is some type of saltwater bait fish like herring or anchovies, but bluegill might be the most widespread 

I would agree with that, I was think more in terms of freshwater. I have no doubt that the saltwater baitfish are more numerous than bluegill. 

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18 hours ago, Aidan B said:

These are easy, they're one of the most common fish, if not the most common fish in the lower 48. They're all Bluegill. 

It is so cool you know these. I know nothing about fish. I have my hands full trying to organize my photo files, birding and sewing (my new hobby) that I have no time really to research these. So I thank you so much for your help getting these ided. I immediately get them label in my photo files when you id them. Thanks again!

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1 hour ago, Clip said:

Thanks you! But in this case I don't think any of the photos I have, have any landmarks that would be useful in finding the location even for a computer. I know generally where we were just not the specific location of this photo as we hit several spots.

it does not need land marks, it can be a solid colored photo. It does need the GPS on your camera to be turned on at the time the photo was taken. It can tell you everything from your altitude, and what setting your flash was on, to the exact second you took the photo. But of course, you have to have the GPS on for the location information to work.

I find it very helpful particularly after a trip and I can't remember just where I took a photo, and which checklist should it go on? 

https://www.pic2map.com/gjjbp.html

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22 hours ago, Kevin said:

it does not need land marks, it can be a solid colored photo. It does need the GPS on your camera to be turned on at the time the photo was taken. It can tell you everything from your altitude, and what setting your flash was on, to the exact second you took the photo. But of course, you have to have the GPS on for the location information to work.

I find it very helpful particularly after a trip and I can't remember just where I took a photo, and which checklist should it go on? 

https://www.pic2map.com/gjjbp.html

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I don't have it turned on and really not sure I want it turned on.

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6 hours ago, Clip said:

@Aidan BI hope you are not tired of helping me with these. Here is another fish you may be able to idea and even have a way to estimate size. Photo was taken in Orange County, FL. Did you have any luck with the other one above?

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Man! I totally thought I had responded to the previous post, the fish in it is a Largemouth Bass. Sorry about that. 

The fish the Great Blue Heron is holding is a Gizzard Shad. 

Keep them coming!

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14 hours ago, Aidan B said:

Man! I totally thought I had responded to the previous post, the fish in it is a Largemouth Bass. Sorry about that. 

The fish the Great Blue Heron is holding is a Gizzard Shad. 

Keep them coming!

Thank You! I do indeed have more. Running off to bird today but I will post more soon.

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A close encounter with an armored critter. This was super fun. Just heading home from birding adventures in Brevard County, FL and I spot this on the side of the road. Hubby not happy about me asking him to turn around but he did. I got over 40 photos of this lil cutie who came within 3 feet of where I was standing taking photos. It moved toward me not the other way around. So Cool! We may have become best buds if another car hadn't pulled up right next to us then made a loud noise inside the car which startled it. It didn't run away at that point but it did move away from the road. Probably a good thing in the end as I see a lot more dead ones (hit by cars) than live ones.  Had a decent day birding but this was the highlight. It was cool to see just how much protection that armor provides. If it tucks it's face in even it's eyes are protected. Cool to see  in person.

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5 hours ago, Clip said:

A close encounter with an armored critter. This was super fun. Just heading home from birding adventures in Brevard County, FL and I spot this on the side of the road. Hubby not happy about me asking him to turn around but he did. I got over 40 photos of this lil cutie who came within 3 feet of where I was standing taking photos. It moved toward me not the other way around. So Cool! We may have become best buds if another car hadn't pulled up right next to us then made a loud noise inside the car which startled it. It didn't run away at that point but it did move away from the road. Probably a good thing in the end as I see a lot more dead ones (hit by cars) than live ones.  Had a decent day birding but this was the highlight. It was cool to see just how much protection that armor provides. If it tucks it's face in even it's eyes are protected. Cool to see  in person.

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Believe it or not those critters can jump and do a back flip, or maybe it is a front flip.? Which ever it is they can jump far higher than you would think.

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@Aidan BI actually think I know this one but if you would be so kind to confirm or correct that would be great. Photo from early spring in Key West, FL. I think these are Tarpon. Huge fish hanging out near a boat dock in salt water.

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