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Mr. Sinister 11-10-2010 08:16 PM

Wildlife spotters, get in here!!
I want to know who the wildlife spotters are here. Where do you go and what do you see there? Do you take photos? Do you have any photos to share? Not hunters, just spotters.

There's not too much around here. Mostly run of the mill stuff. Deer, fox, rabbits, raccoons, skunks, stuff like that. The deer numbers are insane, mostly because they have no real number of predators. There have been some cougar sightings in the area and I have seen some stripped deer carcasses in my travels, but I've never seen big cat prints or droppings. Bobcats are not too uncommon in the area. There's a great variety of birds in the area though. Orioles, Blue Jays, Cardinals, several hawks, owls and even Bald Eagles. A couple miles south and you can go see the wild ponies that inhabit Assateague Island, which are pretty neat.

I like to go park in the middle of the woods for a couple of hours and see what wanders by. :)

JIMBOX 11-10-2010 08:28 PM

:D I haven't got my pics downloaded, but

I've got some of the Nevada desert Mustangs-kind of a small herd that recognizes my Yellow JKU now, so the aren't to skiddish--

Can't forget the Coyotes

The horses (11) are about 15 minutes from my place and I've seen one colt, this year !

Watched a BIG hawk grap a rattle snake and gave him an altitude thrill, then dropped him on rocks-Wonder why !!:rofl:

:rofl::rofl: JIMBO

Mr. Sinister 11-10-2010 08:30 PM

Nice. I hope to move out west some day for the parks and wildlife, among other reasons. The wife and I fell in love with Oregon, so it's a dream for right now.

JIMBOX 11-10-2010 08:44 PM

:D Actually I'm from Portland and spent all my Formative years on the Columbia-

Did a lot of camping in the Mt Hood forrests and man the souther oregon beach's are AWESOME !!

Used to go out to the big tidal/river swage, between the Willamette/Columbia and catch sturgeon (grampa, not me-I never got one)-

Beautiful state, just a little to wet, although not as bad as Washington (Bangor), so now my vacation spot is NEVADA !!


:rofl::rofl: JIMBO

adkjoe 11-10-2010 08:50 PM

I've got a lot but here is a few from Vermont and when I lived out west.

My buddy Tim in Vermont after he was told "don't move there's a moose"

This was Wyoming a couple years ago when I lived in Cody

and this is just a glory shot I took of one of the most beautiful places in Wyoming "grand prismatic"

Mr. Sinister 11-10-2010 08:58 PM

great pics!! the wife loves buffalo.

jimbox: i looked into the average rainfall for oregon and delaware/maryland. oregon was only a few inches higher.
we went in july, which from what the locals told us is the driest month of the year. the weather was gorgeous. it was 90-92 daily, but with low humidity it was fantastic in the shade. around here, the humidity is like the damn rain forest in the summer. we stayed in portland, but made road trips every day. we went down the columbia river gorge, up to astoria and down the coast. cannon beach was one of my favorites. portland is maybe the only city i have ever felt like i could live in if i had to. i did take a liking to tillamook though.

adkjoe 11-10-2010 09:08 PM
I've got hundredes of great photos to share and this is my personal favorite...shower anyone? Rest area in Nebraska :)

adkjoe 11-10-2010 09:15 PM

I just stole this thread but I get exited :) this is "MY" wildlife

JIMBOX 11-10-2010 09:16 PM

:cool: Yea downtown Portland underneath the I5 bridge (forgot name) are miles of waterfront shops/restaurents/museams, kinda like like New Orleans-

My Family has a resort house on the beach at OCEANSIDE, but haven't been there since the early 90's (Navy)

Hiwy 97 and BEND, is one beautiful part of the state, Crater Lake and hiwy 242 West to Eugene is a paradise, for 4x4-


:rofl::rofl: JIMBO

monkeee2002 11-10-2010 09:18 PM

About a week ago, while I was having lunch, I spotted these guys strolling into our yard.
They milled around a bit, then headed on out the back way. There were about 20 total.

Just a little early for thanksgiving!
Man I wish I had my hunting license!

Mr. Sinister 11-11-2010 07:12 AM

that is a beautiful dog, adkjoe. when i got my border collie, i had it narrowed down to either that or a husky. there weren't any pure huskies available locally, so it made my decision easy.

and who needs a urinal in the shower? just aim for the drain!! :D

great pics so far, keep them coming!!

jgano23 11-11-2010 07:21 AM

i don't go wildlife spotting, but i have seen: deer (everywhere), foxes, wild turkeys, turkey vultures, the occasional bald eagle (ya, we have some), black bear, various types of snakes, and what ever else wanders through my yard or across the road.

jeffk42 11-11-2010 07:27 AM

I like to go kayaking with my camera. Here in Florida it presents a lot of opportunities for wildlife photography. And some opportunities for facing you fears. :)

I've got a million more, but there you go. :)

kg4kpg 11-11-2010 09:03 AM

Images from the South Carolina Low Country.

Gator soup



And of course, the great Weiner dog of the Serengetti.

adkjoe 11-11-2010 09:07 AM

Got a bald eagle trying out my new camera the other day as well. still havn't got the hang of it yet though.

s3nt3nc3d 11-12-2010 09:31 AM

I love to just go hiking and take in the wildlife...usually don't have my camera for the good mammal encounters although one year I did catch a bat that decided to bite the everliving piss out of me through my gloves (never drew blood thankfully) and we did manage to get photos of that one.

Every year I make a trip to meet with friends and members of my website ( - a herpes support group...errr...I mean a reptile enthusiast forum) at Snake Road down in southern IL (LaRue Pine Hills area of Shawnee National Forest) and we'll camp for the weekend and hike the road in search for any kinds of reptiles, amphibians, mammals, insects, flowers, etc.

Here's just a few of my favorites that were already uploaded....these are all from my spring 2009 trip.

The entrance of Snake Road...this is what you see as you round the last turn on the long, boring gravel road leading into the area.

Sunset from the swamp

Young copperhead

Green frog

Very agitated cottonmouth (aka water moccasin)

Not so agitated, but just as deadly cottonmouth

Just an example of how close you can safely get to a cottonmouth without the risk of being tagged...every person in that group was out of the strike zone, although the guy in the blue jacket laying down was about to go beyond that for some insane shots, however he is also professionally trained in handling venomous snakes by a very well known keeper of extremely dangerous snakes--ie cobras, mambas, various vipers, etc.

Ted_D 11-12-2010 09:54 AM

We have bears, mulies, whitetails, moose, elk, Big Horn Sheep, Mt goats, black and grizzly bears, wolves, porcupines, badgers, mt lions, lynx, bobcats, yotes, 4 or 5 species of grouse and the most amazing things are the eagles. When the salmon die off from spawning the eagles congregate on the lake and river banks. Once in a while there will be upwards of 100 bald eagles together. My daughter is a photogragher for a magazine and she does nothing but photograph wildlife. She has some really awesome pics.

daggo66 11-12-2010 09:55 AM

Assateague island is great for spotting wildlife.

Mr. Sinister 11-12-2010 10:13 AM

*slowly backs away from s3nt3nc3d*

great pics, guys!! i'm usually a spur of the moment kind of person, so i don't typically have a camera with me. i need to get out there and get some shots!!

daggo66 11-12-2010 10:16 AM

You really should get to Assateague. You're certainly close enough. It's right by OC. There is 12 miles of beach to drive on.

Mr. Sinister 11-12-2010 11:55 AM

I've been and camped there. Remember the discussion about the glowing waves and sand?

RatherBNarizona 11-12-2010 12:38 PM

I was with a friend who was tugging me with a jetski while I was on a tube in the ocean off Rocky Point. All of a sudden a swarm of dolphins came out of nowhere to play with us. There were about 40 of them, all swimming around us. It was one of the coolest things that has happened in my life, to see all these dolphins that came out of nowhere that are right next to you. They were coming out of the water and pushing the tube I was on. Not gonna lie, I was scared for a little bit :)
One time I really wish I had a camera...

Mr. Sinister 11-12-2010 01:05 PM


Originally Posted by RatherBNmexico (Post 872502)
I was with a friend who was tugging me with a jetski while I was on a tube in the ocean off Rocky Point. All of a sudden a swarm of dolphins came out of nowhere to play with us. There were about 40 of them, all swimming around us. It was one of the coolest things that has happened in my life, to see all these dolphins that came out of nowhere that are right next to you. They were coming out of the water and pushing the tube I was on. Not gonna lie, I was scared for a little bit :)
One time I really wish I had a camera...

Nice. I can see that as being one of those moments you'll always remember.
I don't know what it is, natural human instinct or media hyped sensation that makes people nervous around wildlife. Large predators, ok I can see that.
The wife and I go to this little local zoo from time to time. the first time we went, there were these 2 LARGE turkeys that started following us. If we moved quickly, they moved quickly. When we stopped, they would keep creeping. We both were sure they were going to come after us. If you've ever seen the claws on a turkey, you'd worry too. :D
Sa, as it turns out, they were just hungry. A grandmother and her 4 or 5 year old grandson walked right up the them and she said to us "They're not mean at all, they're just hungry. See?" So she start petting the one turkey and he just stands there grooving on it. She bends down and give the other a hug. Hugs a turkey. "See, they're big sweeties."
Here I thought these two were blood thirsty, territorial birds of prey. Nope, just looking for a handout from the food dispenser. :rofl:

I did get to do this at that zoo, and with no hesitation:

The wife petting Shiva the tiger. No pics of me petting her for some reason...

the keeper was feeding this little dude. he destroyed that bottle in under a minute. cougars purr by the way.

Mr. Sinister 11-12-2010 01:08 PM


the turkeys:

RatherBNarizona 11-12-2010 04:35 PM

awwwwww I've always wanted to pet a baby tiger!
There was a small car meet in Vegas to raise money for a kid with cancer. He wanted to go to the zoo, but didn't have enough time, they were only in Vegas for a short time. Turns out, one of the guys at the show was a higher up in the Zoo in Vegas and brought out a couple tiger cubs to the car show. Nothing better than Ferrari's and tiger cubs :)

harwa004 11-12-2010 09:44 PM

WOW! Gorgeous pics folks! I just drove back into my neighborhood and was greeted by our herd of white tailed deer, spotted the elusive red fox that hangs in our corn field, and had to slam on brakes to keep from hitting a possum! I need to get the camera out and sit out back with a beer to get some shots. :D

We raised turkeys, and you are right....those suckers can be MEAN. Cute when they are babies, heartbroken at the thought of killin 'em for Thanksgiving, until the GROW UP. Then you change your mind.

Cool snake pics, too! They fascinate me. I hate rats, so I love anything that will eat those suckers.

IndyJeepMan 11-12-2010 10:02 PM

As I'm training to be a Conservation Officer here in Indiana. These pictures are awesome.

As an avid hunter, Ive seen alot of animals but some of these shots are crazy close. I'm sneaky, but not that sneaky :D

scavanau 11-16-2010 02:57 AM

Who's doing the spotting here?

Me attempting to outwit my adversary

Mr. Sinister 11-16-2010 07:37 AM

there's a doe in that picture, really well hidden. :)

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