With the onset of fall and rut season about to begin the deer are out and about a lot right now. I hadn't seen our "spring doe" since early July. The last time I saw her she had a very visible limp. She showed up yesterday in the neighbors garden with 3 or 4 fawns(or possible at least one small yearling) with her. I have know way to be sure if one of them is hers or not. But she is still limping badly so I fear the damage is permanent. I will worry about her all winter now.
How sweet Nanny, I love the peering from behind the tank at you. The animals seem to adapt to things like that. I can't tell you how many birds I see living normally with only one leg around here. They do learn how to take advantage though and know people feel sorry and so they play the sympathy card...it is pretty obvious because they'll come right up to us thinking we'll give them food.
Burn the dragon flies have been mating here also, two were on my hammock, I tried to get a picture because I thought it funny to see them on the hammock...but they got spooked and took off...still together mind you...lol.
Here is a critter in my backyard...don't think I've posted it here, have on other photo pages...a very pretty skink.
Wonderful pics. everyone. I'm so jealous of those that get to see Deers in close proximity. I occassionally spot them from a distance. By the time I fumbling for my camera they would be long gone. lol Great jobs! Love those dragonflies too burn.
Was camping last week and was photographing wildflowers when out of the woods next to the field I was in came a running buck. He put on his brakes and came to a stop snorting at me and we both were taken by surprise. I didn't know if he was going to charge me or what...but had the camera in my hand and on...so I quick took a picture of him. He turned and took off and I'm sure he was just glad the camera wasn't a gun. I've never been that close to a buck before and sure he had never been that close to a human before.
Awesome photo!! I have run into a couple of bucks here and there and you do have to be careful...especially during rut season. We had an older on that would just look and move on, But there is a younger one now and he is more aggressive. He will stomp and snort and move towards me. I head his warnings and I move on ...quickly!
Wow, sunkissed. I've seen many-a GBRs before, but haven't been so lucky to capture one that's in breeding plumage. Sure is a grant looking bird! Beautiful Buck shot above. Nan, uh I wished not to be so close to 'em bucks. lol
nanny if you look close enough you can see his nostrils flared up...yeah I couldn't do much but hope he'd go back into the woods...I mean we were both face to face long enough for me to get the picture, but glad I got the picture...one I'll always remember the story behind it.
Lily my DH loves to kid around with me and try to get a closer look at them...but I always remind him of the paddle I have in my hand and wouldn't feel to good to get walloped with it...Him...not the gator...my brother did that once...he said he'd never do that again. :--(
They really are powerful, GG. Those back legs can easily disembowel.
Kim, the roos will typically have a joey in the pouch and an almost embryonic little one semi-permanently attached to a teat inside the pouch. The female will give birth to a joey, which at birth is about the size of a jelly bean and looks nothing at all like a kangaroo. The embryonic new-born will make its way up its mother's belly into the pouch, where it will lock on to a nipple and remain there, growing slowly over several months. In the meantime, its older sibling will continue to grow and eventually become too large for her pouch, which then allows the developing joey to occupy the pouch and then the mother will give birth again and the cycle is repeated. I hope I've got that right.
A pleasure, sunkissed and nanny. The kangaroos are also amazingly soft to the touch. I wouldn't try petting a roo in the wild because I'm rather attached to my intestines, but in large wildlife parks, the roos are so tame that they can be approached with ease.
Yes, that's one way of putting it. LOL. Actually what an aggressive roo will do is rear back, using its strong tail as a support and will kick forward with its hind legs. The centre toe is huge and can rip another roo or a hapless human apart. They will also use there front legs to do a bit of "boxing" with, but its the hind legs that can do enormous damage.
By the way, nanny, I thought of you the day before yesterday. I was "down south" and was talking to a guy as I was watching an osprey nest (surprise surprise). A jogger came past and he called to her to watch out as he'd just seen a very large tiger snake (deadly) close by. Without missing a beat, she said "cheers" as she jogged on by, avoiding the grassy part where the snake had last been seen. You learn to live with their presence and take the necessary precautions - such as long grass near water.
She was either very brave or very stupid. Upon hearing that warning, I would have had three options; jump the grass and jog on water; retreat, or end up in the nest with the Osprey!! I am absolutely terrified of snakes of any kind!!
Right on about never getting used to those crawly things Nanny. Love the goats, makes me miss Mama Goat and the babies! Wow, that is one big dog. Hope you and he are friends, if not, better work on that! LOL Burn, love the bunny, so pretty.
I think it is possible that Bear does have some wolf in him...but the owners say he doesn't. But he sure has one heck of a howl! Actually they rescued this dog...the previous owner moved out of a house and left the dog to fend for it's self. The very first time I saw him he was running down the road with a squirrel in its mouth. As long as Bear is on his tie out we are good!
Margaret, I felt like picking up that rabbit and bring him home. I found him by the side of the road, near a wooded area. But figured it might have been a pet to the people across the street. It was pretty far from home. Do you still have your pet chicken? I would love to see a picture of it.
Nanny, when I looked at the picture of bear the dog again, I saw he has Husky and Shepherd. Very nice.
I found this ferocious kitty in my crab tree,(not just a sweet kitten) Friday morning. He was stuck up there poor thing, and needed help to get down. I found it's owner, he did not realize the kitten was gone. I got to enjoy it for a few hours. He was very playful.
GG, I had an orange cat too, called Amber. His sibling chased him away one night, and he never came back to live here. I did see him a couple of times after, but he would never come to me. I missed him terribly. That is why i enjoyed the company of this small kitten, he reminded me of him.
Margaret so sorry about your pet hen. They become part of the family, and it hurts when they die. I had to bring my pet cat Shadow in June. to have him put to sleep. He was the sibling that chase Amber away.
They sure do become part of our lives, Burn. The pain of loss is so intense, but it's a pain that is well worth it for the love that is shared whilst they're with us. And knowing we will probably outlive our pets, we still keep going back for more, don't we?
Wow lots of catching up to do...nanny Bear looks like a cross between German Shepherd and wolf...what an interesting looking dog.
I guess goats are pretty popular in Florida...I see them everywhere...funny place I always see a herd grazing at is an empty corner lot..right next to a huge shopping mall...seems like such a peculiar place to have goats.
Burn what a cute little kitten...cats don't last outside around here too long...maybe gators????
I love orange tabbies...they seem to have such unique personalities.
My tree is up...and my cats seem to think I put this tree up just for them...Simba and Oreo napping under the tree...
Whilst at the river yesterday afternoon, two Bottlenose Dolphins were working the area. Twice they came along in the shallows so close to shore that if they were any closer they'd have beached themselves. They were right at my feet - so close that I couldn't even take a photo of them. Here are a couple as they moved away. That's the dolphin at the left of the frame. I never, ever tire of watching these beautiful cetaceans.
Margaret great to capture the Dolphin above water...not an easy task. While we were camping there was one playing in the water in front of us while we were sitting on the dock. My darn point and shot camera kept missing it every time it came up...all I got was rippled water shots. :)
Burn what nice shots of the deer in the snow...so pretty. Would never know the one was in a mirror...pretty cool.
These critters are were in my garden the past two weeks...very early to see Monarch cats. They have now gone off to make butterflies. But I see two new larvae now.
Thanks GG and Sunkissed.
Can't wait for Spring, now that I've seen your Monarch cats, Sunkissed. I've planted a mikweed plant last year, to try to attract the Monarch butterfly. Hope it will host some cats for me this Summer. I have a Black Swallowtail in chrysalis, since last fall. And have about 20 Polyphemus Moths cocoons, waiting for Spring emergence.
nanny glad the turtle made it across. I've been known to stop my car and get out and save turtles in the road.
Burn, nice catch of the skunk...I don't see many of them here, do smell them sometimes.
There are lots of black bears around here, I'm sure they're much smaller, but their land has been so developed that they now invade the trash and yards of the homes. I feel for them, where are they supposed to go when houses keep being built on their land. I've come across them while hiking only a couple times, I keep my distance and they just run off.
Oh my GG, you came face to face with a bear, and you proved to be more intimidating then him!!! Why in the world did you have to scare him off like that, we wanted a picture of it. lol
Well Nanny, you didn't have any reason to be scared, with GG around. She's a bear Whisperer.
I'm glad the turtle made it across in one piece.
Margaret, that skunk is here every night and sometime early morning. You really don't know. what your missing. All that pungent "Parfum du Canada"is something out of this world. I could maybe market it. and send you all a sample.
I almost wore it one night, I open the back door to free a moth that I had raised, but the darn thing kept sticking to my finger and didn't want to go. I finally manage to gently pry it off, but it fell to the ground. when I looked down, to see where he had fallen, there was that skunk at my feet. I backed up in the garage and close the door. That was a bit to close for comfort.
LOL with y'all. Burn, down here we have Racoons, I guess that's as annoying as skunks, not particularly their parfume, mind you, it's just their behavior. Something I only like to admire from a distance. lol. Okay, here I've the elusive Preying Mantis.
Nice one of the Am. Kestrel Bernadette. I'm still looking forward to opportunity to photograph one in my area, but haven't yet. I do have the advantage with the GBHs however, being so close to the water. What are more difficult for me to get close up shot are Great Egrets. They're abundant here, but my camera can't catch a good in flight shot :((
Nice summer home, how is the weather there this time of year?
Thanks Kim, the home you see, is not their, but their neighbors. The weather is very warm, we're in the 90F. It's not in the 3 digits, and I feel for those who are. No rain here in the pass few weeks, but about an hours drive from here they had severe Thunder storms and even hail. We might be getting some tomorrow.
During the Summer the deer mostly visit our yard at night (although we do see them during the day while driving around near home). This doe decided to stop by and visit so I obliged her by putting out some whole corn for a snack (naturally she kept her distance till I went back in the house).