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Animals spotted on your ride
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I know that this thread may be a duplicate to some in the past, but I thought it would be fun to hear what wildlife others might see while riding.

I normally see a number of pronghorn antelope and have twice seen badgers up close and almost personal. My 15 year old son saw a badger yesterday as well.

This morning, the neatest thing happened to me. It is a cool and almost foggy morning with a light mist falling. I decided to get in a short ride. I am about a mile from my home when I sense something in the air to my right and fairly close above me. I glance over and about 15 to 20 feet away is a golden eagle! He is studying me very closely. Just as we make eye contact, he screams and wheels away and up and over my head. He flies away about 40 feet and then tracks me for about 20 seconds, all the while watching me. He then accelerates - drops me like a rock and flies up into a radio tower about a 1/4 mile away and watches me with interest until I ride past and around a corner.

It was one of my finest moments on the bike!

Troy

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posted 6/14/2018
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A tiny snake that I didn't see until the last second, but managed to avoid running over.

It was slithering like mad getting across the road, probably frying its underside on the asphalt on such a hot, sunny day to get to the greener pastures of the other side of the road.


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No photos from me... but sittings of ducklings several times in the last week, and my usual bald eagle nest observations along the Mississippi in Minneapolis. Some days both eagles, some days just one, every once in a while none..... No matter how many times I see them it still gives a thrill....
This morning it was just one sitting in the nest.

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posted 6/18/2018
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Highlight of the weekend was a fawn that couldn't have been more than a few days old. She was curled up in the middle of the trail--her mother had just moved off when she heard me coming. I kept going to put distance between us so she didn't get abandoned.
-- posted by HannibalLecter


Was riding the same stretch of trail this weekend when I came across this pair again. The fawn was significantly larger and much more mobile this time.

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I paced an osprey on my lunch ride a few weeks ago, both of us following the Houston White Oaks Bayou Trail where it parallels the waterway. Suddenly, the osprey veered off and dropped to the water about 20 feet below the trail. He came up with a fish, maybe a tilapia (they aren't native, but they do live in there) that looked half as big as he was...

I've seen him a few times since, and there's a great heron that hangs out in the same fishing spot.


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Saw a vulture playing hopscotch across the road, leaving two of its buddies behind for a larger, and I suppose cooler?, crowd of vultures on the other side.


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A vulture "in crowd." The others were Goth, I suppose.

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A couple days ago on a ride I saw what looked like a coral snake stretched across the Withlacoochee Bike trail in Florida. I slowed down a little to give it a closer look and then it lunged at me. It missed me by a least a foot. I know it consisted of some dark red bands, black bands, and some yellow bands, but I couldn't say with any confidence what the oder of the bands was. I have heard of a saying that goes something like "Red touch black, safe for Jack. Red touches yellow, kills a fellow."

Also, as a side note, yesterday afternoon my wife and I went for a kayak paddle on the Withlacoochee river and I spotted a 4 to 5 foot alligator near the river bank, but it slithered away before I could get my camera out. So, now the aim is to get a photo of an alligator while we are down here.
-- posted by GeeWizMan


Watch for the pythons in the trees too.
-- posted by ptsbike
Holy Smokes! Snakes in trees! It's probably not safe to go outside while we're in Florida. Huh?
-- posted by GeeWizMan


I watch Discovery channel and the Swamp Man(Troy Landry)was in FL and the pythons were killing the gators.

Zman

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I don't know how to post pics here. The other weekend I saw a 2-3 ft. black snake/or black racer chomping down on a 1 ft garter snake. Survival if the fittest. I did also get a pic of a deer in a field. Today I saw a red fox out not something you normally see in daylight. Hope he didn't have rabies.

Zman

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posted 6/18/2018
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wW

-- posted by GeeWizMan


Watch for the pythons in the trees too.
-- posted by ptsbike
Holy Smokes! Snakes in trees! It's probably not safe to go outside while we're in Florida. Huh?
-- posted by GeeWizMan


I watch Discovery channel and the Swamp Man(Troy Landry)was in FL and the pythons were killing the gators.

Zman
-- posted by Zurichman
Watch out for those pythons!

www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2018/06/16/python-swallows-indonesian-woman/707564002/
post edited on 6/19/2018 at 12:53:02 PM

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posted 6/19/2018
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Here is a python that bit off more than it could swallow.
news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/4313978.stm
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