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Back in Colorado I use to take my dogs to the off leash dog park at Cherry Creek State Park. I called it my happy place. Not only could I bird while I was there (saw some good birds too) (never saw any squirrels🤔though) but I also got to see my dogs and all the other dogs having a great time. Think Disneyland for dogs. One of the sights that always got a laugh out of me was ones like the dog below (not one of mine), carrying not just a stick but almost a whole branch. 

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@MacMe- saw two Common Snapping Turtles mating once. In the 2nd shot they had moved off the bank and he held her under the water for a long time. We ended up walking away in case he was holding her there because we were watching and he was being protective.

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11 hours ago, Birds are cool said:

Coon Moss:

Ok y’all gonna get tired of this but…

 I thought it was Coon Moose, I was like: “I didn’t even know that existed. I don’t see it, Is it underwater??” Then I saw the lack of an O and E,  and an extra S.

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A few attempts later I'm getting a better handle on how my underwater camera works. One of the problems is seeing the tiny screen underwater, through a mask and with bad close up vision. So I aimed the best I could and...Silver Glen Springs in Putnam County, FL. My husband and I have checked out a number of Springs now and the common theme fish wise seems to be these Sea Mullet. The one Mullet is easy to see but there are also several in the back ground. I have seen other fish and blue crab in our spring explorations. But, the Sea Mullet seems to be the most common. We have not had the pleasure of swimming with any Manatee yet.  We have kayaked with them.

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2016 Baca County, CO-a birding hotspot within Comanche National Grasslands. One of the reason I so love this hobby. The exposure to other wildlife and history and even archeology. So much to see....

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I don't recall if I shared this yet. At Silver Springs State Park in Florida you can find a population of these exotic creatures. In the 1930s, a River Boat Captain introduced the Rhesus Macaque to what is now the State Park, in an effort to boost tourism. He introduced about 6 and there are now apparently over 400. The best way to see them IMO is by kayak. The slow moving spring fed river makes Kayaking with the monkeys and other wildlife an adventure that would be hard to forget. We saw tons of turtles, a few alligators, fish and manatee on this outing.

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I believe this is in the cicada family. I don't think it was alive. If anyone knows more about this ugly creature I would love to have more information. I have posted a couple similar looking creatures on iNaturalist months ago with no word back on them yet.

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37 minutes ago, Clip said:

I believe this is in the cicada family. I don't think it was alive. If anyone knows more about this ugly creature I would love to have more information. I have posted a couple similar looking creatures on iNaturalist months ago with no word back on them yet.

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Green Cicada, I believe. it is the shell they leave behind, kind of like snakes shedding their skin. 

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Photo credit: Dr Jeremy Burgess

 

 

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