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    Quote Originally Posted by Angie View Post
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    Quote Originally Posted by night-flyer View Post
    I take that back. There is a deer in Africa right now, practically sniffing the freakin' croc! I'm going to crap myself. STUPID DEER!
    So, uh, did the deer make it out alive? Are your pants still clean?

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    Here's an interesting story with video of a flying beast allegedly coming in for a food grab - perhaps Silver King could (among other possible comments) make a good identification of this being an eagle or an osprey:
    http://blogs.ajc.com/news-to-me/2012...oddler-a-hoax/
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    I saw that video earlier today, thought it was real. I guess I'm glad it wasn't.

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    Quote Originally Posted by heyjude View Post
    I saw that video earlier today, thought it was real. I guess I'm glad it wasn't.
    I saw it too. I was going to post a link, but the one a friend posted on fb had NSFW language in the caption.

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    Yes... I do wish my mother had told me that before I watched it in front of my kiddo.

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    hey, all things being equal, eagles need to eat too, yanno..
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    Quote Originally Posted by Angie View Post
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    Quote Originally Posted by night-flyer View Post
    Those dumbasses should be out there everyday waiting to see if she comes back. Then again, little good that will do. *sigh* I know that the rangers are aware of it, but isn't there someone else you could call? Maybe you could call their office and tell whoever is in charge that they loused up the job and that they need someone that knows what they're doing out there to save that bird's life. It's a shame that it'll die when there's still time and the means to save it. I'm sure it visits that same spot often.
    I followed up with the rangers today. They said the bird is a resident and will eventually come to shore when she weakens, where she will then be easily captured and taken to a sanctuary to recover. They acted as if she'd appear before long with her wings raised in defeat, begging for help.

    I didn't buy that for a minute. And their soothing tone as they tried to dismiss my concerns irked me to no end.

    I don't want to cause trouble for them, but there will be some price to pay over their half-ass attempt to rescue the anhinga if she should perish. And I told them as much, so we'll see what happens.
    I wasn't sure if I should post them since I wasn't taking the photos in person, but they are live. And I really don't have much else to contribute to this thread. :/
    Are you kidding? You're always so supportive and thoughtful and inspiring in this thread, and it wouldn't be nearly as interesting without your input.

    You should share the link (again) to the Africam site. If you don't, I will!

    Quote Originally Posted by benbradley View Post
    Here's an interesting story with video of a flying beast allegedly coming in for a food grab - perhaps Silver King could (among other possible comments) make a good identification of this being an eagle or an osprey:
    It's hard to tell for sure but looks like an osprey, only a super-sized version several times it's normal dimensions. Or perhaps the bird is normal sized, and the people in the scene and other objects have been shrunk way down.

    Either way, the clip is pretty funny. I mean, can you imagine raptors swooping in and snatching children like that? Well, maybe it's not that funny, but I know a few kids I wouldn't mind seeing taken in that fashion...

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    Kinda like the super-sized osprey that carried you away earlier this year?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Angie View Post
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    Quote Originally Posted by swachski View Post
    Kinda like the super-sized osprey that carried you away earlier this year?
    Yes, like that one. But my experience was for reals!

    Some fast moving cormorants that made me think of Lisa (Medievalist) at the time:




















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    Quote Originally Posted by swachski View Post
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    So, uh, did the deer make it out alive? Are your pants still clean?
    um...sorry. My bad. Yes, my pants are still clean!

    I got so rapt up in keeping an eye on the stupid deer that I didn't make it back in here. The deer (I'm not sure what species maybe someone will know from the pics) stuck near the croc for almost two hours. Sniffing at it, lying down near it, and staring at it...

    Here, the deer first notices the newcomer.



    Little birds try to warn the deer, they make all kinds of racket, but the deer never heeds them.



    Finally something in the brush a ways off scared him and he ran away. I hope the rest of the wildlife around there are smarter. There's a lot of baby zebras around.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Silver King View Post
    I followed up with the rangers today. They said the bird is a resident and will eventually come to shore when she weakens, where she will then be easily captured and taken to a sanctuary to recover. They acted as if she'd appear before long with her wings raised in defeat, begging for help.

    I didn't buy that for a minute. And their soothing tone as they tried to dismiss my concerns irked me to no end.

    Are you kidding? You're always so supportive and thoughtful and inspiring in this thread, and it wouldn't be nearly as interesting without your input.

    You should share the link (again) to the Africam site. If you don't, I will!
    Well maybe since they know that someone is concerned and more importantly that someone is a witness to their clumsiness, maybe they'll make it a point to keep an eye out for her. I guess the thing has to be pretty much dead before they can manage to capture it. I think you would've done a better job at it. *sigh*

    Aw...thanks SK. I really love this thread and love being a part of it. And how everyone shares their photos and especially all the effort you put forth to capture such amazing scenes that some of us will never see.

    Like those. See, I've heard of those birds, of course, but I've never seen one and couldn't tell you what one looked like, but thanks to you, I know exactly what they look like now and so many other species that you've shared on here. Great photos, SK!
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    I saw a trio of wild boar grazing within a few feet of the croc too. As far as I know, they survived.

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    ...this croc dude is going to stress me out. It seems as if the animals in Idube are not used to crocs. They know that the leopards, lions, and cheetahs are hazardous for their health, but they just wander right up to the croc. Tell me that this doesn't look menacing...

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    Beautiful cormorants, SK!

    NF, he does look pretty menacing! But he might also look like part of the landscape if he's not moving.

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    Someone suggested I post this image again, for old times sake..



    Nify, I love the African images. Whenever I check the sight out, nothing's happening, so I'm glad you are sharing some of the action.

    I did some research to figure out what type of deer that is. It's actually an antelope, a waterbuck specifically.

    SK, nice cormorant images! the sun really highlights the detail of its feathers.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Angie View Post
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    Quote Originally Posted by Silver King View Post
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    Either way, the clip is pretty funny. I mean, can you imagine raptors swooping in and snatching children like that? Well, maybe it's not that funny, but I know a few kids I wouldn't mind seeing taken in that fashion...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Silver King View Post
    I followed up with the rangers today. They said the bird is a resident and will eventually come to shore when she weakens, where she will then be easily captured and taken to a sanctuary to recover. They acted as if she'd appear before long with her wings raised in defeat, begging for help.

    I didn't buy that for a minute. And their soothing tone as they tried to dismiss my concerns irked me to no end.
    Sounds like they were trying to placate you, or at the very least, downplay their earlier mistake.

    I hope you have another chance to help the anhinga. Without the "assistance" of those two rangers.

    Quote Originally Posted by night-flyer View Post
    ...this croc dude is going to stress me out. It seems as if the animals in Idube are not used to crocs. They know that the leopards, lions, and cheetahs are hazardous for their health, but they just wander right up to the croc. Tell me that this doesn't look menacing...

    Very menacing. The resident animals better watch out. From it's size, it looks like it's been very successful at stalking its prey.
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    *looks at croc pic... looks at L.Y.'s avie... looks at croc pic..*


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    Quote Originally Posted by Angie View Post
    You're a ray of sunshine in a dark and dreary world, swach.



    Into every life crap will fall. ó Anne Lamott


    Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didnít do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover. ó Mark Twain

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    Quote Originally Posted by swachski View Post
    Someone suggested I post this image again, for old times sake..


    Nah, just kidding. I saw that image a while back.

    ETA:
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    *looks at croc pic... looks at L.Y.'s avie... looks at croc pic..*


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    Interrupting this conversation to bring to you a link to my latest drawing, a sketch of one of the characters in my novel. This one I finished in a few hours, but took me several tries and sketches to come up with this one. It's pretty close to how I envision him.

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    Tepelus, your drawing is beautiful.

    For those of you watching the croc on the Africam, the hippo has returned to the lake. Should be interesting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tepelus View Post
    Interrupting this conversation to bring to you a link to my latest drawing, a sketch of one of the characters in my novel. This one I finished in a few hours, but took me several tries and sketches to come up with this one. It's pretty close to how I envision him.
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    Are you sure they would "kill" the gator? I am from Florida where gators can run amok. Even if they do end up somewhere dangerous (like a pool), they don't kill them. They just remove them to a local river or other water source where the fact that it is a gator area is clearly marked. While thinking the gator would kill a child is pretty remote, it could kill a pet which can be pretty awful (my pets are my kids). If the gator doesn't move on soon, (which it will if it doesn't find a mate), manual relocation will be his best option.
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