**Weekly Wildlife Thread Oct 27**
100% sure on it being a bobcat... just really old and scruffy. Tail end:
Playing with my new/used lens I got off E bay, I've had for about two weeks and has not been off my camera.
Sony 135 STF
Nice capture capt bob. I think it's a cooper hawk (likely female). Cheers!
He likes the beefy ones:
Good old Florida collection! All familiar little beasts down here for sure...you got some nice shots of them. I like the molting anole - I see them that way often but don't think I ever thought to photograph one that way.
Those two shots from Jan 20, with the gator on the log with the turtle and the glossy ibis, were surely taken at Wakodahatchee wetlands, yes? That particular dead log is almost iconic and very well known symbol of Wakodahatchee, as well as a regular resting spot for turtles, alligators, and higher up, anhingas.
Lovely cooper's hawk...and I like the whole heron sequence.
Though if you just showed the first two heron snake shots, it almost looks like the snake is winning - the second shot of the heron with his head torqued around could almost be followed by a shot of the snake throwing the heron 180 degrees onto his back by his bill.
Cooper's hawk seem to in every ones neighborhood doing a little natural selection. good ground level shots.
Several "experts" think it is a Sharp Shinned due to smaller size, thin legs, and eye placement. Me? I can't tell the difference between the two and have seen both around.
Very nice at 100%. Those little fellas are hard to get close to.
Really nice of the Kingfisher in flight Justin. You are very fast with that 300mm + TC.
I am no expert telling them apart...go with the experts. Size you can't use easily since male and female size crosses over. Rounded or square tail and eye placement along with whether it has chicken legs, I guess are the only way to tell them apart and I can't unless they are sitting next to each other.
That's a pretty cool scene to witness! I never think of foxes as predatory, as they always look so cute and tiny and fluffy - and I'd think the deer could probably give him a welt or two for trying that meal! To have two species together in your yard at once is very cool.
Great stuff Bob - nice closeups on the osprey, and that first kingfisher shot is really really close! They usually scatter when you get that close to them. Nice work on the tricolor, in some nice light. You definitely have a nice spot there for good diversity.
Wow - that has to be one of the most ragged, old cats I've ever seen. It looks to be a hundred and three years old! More power to it - good to see a survivor in nature, that managed a surprisingly long life. neat shots too - I always love the opportunity to see the cats up close.
Bokeh machine! Some nice bugs there, but the creamy smooth backgrounds really make them look like paintings.
Nice catch. The hawk AND you, Dave!
That's a very common scene for me - though rarely with my camera in hand. I've had a cooper's hawk successfully living and hunting my backyard for years now, and his favorite food is doves. Probably not so much for taste, but because compared to grackles, blue jays, cardinals, and thrashers who are also at my feeders, the doves are the slowest and least smart - so they end up as dinner more often than any other!
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