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2 minutes ago, Caley Thomas 2.0 said:

Wasn't sure where to post this, but thought this might be an acceptable location.  Check out the video link below on youtube.  Anybody have any ideas as to what would be the cause of this type of event?  I have my ideas, but don't want to color the responses...

 

 

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14 hours ago, Clip said:

@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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Yep! Atlantic Tarpon! 

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On 2/17/2022 at 3:17 AM, Clip said:

@Aidan BI see these more than any other fish in the same brackish water as some of the others I have posted. Duval County, FL. in the pools that form when the tide goes out around the rock jetty. What are they?

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Look like Sergeant Majors to me. (A type of damselfish)

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On 2/14/2022 at 4:59 AM, Clip said:

A close encounter with an armored critter. This was super fun. Just heading home from birding adventures in Brevard County, FL

I lived there from 2014-2017 attending FIT.  Also, I only saw one living armadillo while living there and many squashed ones.  My wife didn't see any

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On 2/16/2022 at 10:00 AM, Caley Thomas 2.0 said:

Wasn't sure where to post this, but thought this might be an acceptable location.  Check out the video link below on youtube.  Anybody have any ideas as to what would be the cause of this type of event?  I have my ideas, but don't want to color the responses...

 

Strange.  My guess it was a magnetic field anomaly.

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1 minute ago, MacMe said:

Strange.  My guess it was a magnetic field anomaly

In my opinion, the birds aren't behaving in a way consistent with toxic fumes or electrocution, not that I've seen how birds behave when they do.  They don't look like their falling, they look like they are flying.  They look lucid/alert enough to detect that something is wrong as the first birds hit the ground and take corrective action.  

I suppose toxic fumes or electrocution could have affected the front birds causing them to fall and the birds behind them followed after trying to keep the flock together, trying to stick with the 'murmuration' (not sure what the term would be for these guys)

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43 minutes ago, MacMe said:

In my opinion, the birds aren't behaving in a way consistent with toxic fumes or electrocution, not that I've seen how birds behave when they do.  They don't look like their falling, they look like they are flying.  They look lucid/alert enough to detect that something is wrong as the first birds hit the ground and take corrective action.  

I suppose toxic fumes or electrocution could have affected the front birds causing them to fall and the birds behind them followed after trying to keep the flock together, trying to stick with the 'murmuration' (not sure what the term would be for these guys)

The news story I posted in the Birding News forum speculates that the birds were trying to avoid a predator from above. Theory is that the upper birds in the flock tried to evade a predator and ultimately drove the lower birds into the ground.

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@Aidan BIs this a Scad too? If yes can you tell which kind? If not can you tell what it is? The photo was taken on the beach in Nassau County, FL. Which as far North and east as you can go and still be on land in Florida. I'm not sure if the fish was caught close to shore or not. August 2021

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@Aidan BI hope you don't mind two at once. This one was obviously dead when we came across it. Duval County, FL same park as many of my other fish where the St. John's River and Atlantic Ocean meet.  December 2020 One more question do you id crabs and sea horses? I only have one sea horse but I would like to know id. I have a few crabs.

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Now that’s the reason I’d have trouble in the equatorial areas. Poisonous snakes? No problem. Spiders bigger than my fingernail? BIG problem ?

Spiders bigger than my fingernail, no problem! This is my friend holding the spider. I held it later then too... You just have to keep them calm and don't anger them. I know, it takes a lot of guts to trust them not to sting you or something!

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