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Re: tio's neato nature thread

Post by Warren » 21 Apr 2018, 13:34

lunchstealer wrote:
20 Apr 2018, 21:12
Huge quasi-psychedelic squirrels in India.

https://www.thedodo.com/in-the-wild/ind ... l-pictures
They're still vermin.
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Re: tio's neato nature thread

Post by thoreau » 06 Jun 2018, 19:21

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Re: tio's neato nature thread

Post by lunchstealer » 06 Jun 2018, 20:42

thoreau wrote:
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Decapitated snake bites a guy.

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canad ... ow_twitter
That's totally a thing. I was warned about that as a kid - possibly in scouts or something but yeah, the bite reflex is controlled by the brain stem and that's still going to be active for some time, since reptile/cold-blooded neurons don't die nearly as quickly as mammalian neurons after blood stops.

Also no cut hed off snek.
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Re: tio's neato nature thread

Post by Warren » 07 Jun 2018, 10:45

lunchstealer wrote:
06 Jun 2018, 20:42
thoreau wrote:
06 Jun 2018, 19:21
Decapitated snake bites a guy.

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canad ... ow_twitter
That's totally a thing. I was warned about that as a kid - possibly in scouts or something but yeah, the bite reflex is controlled by the brain stem and that's still going to be active for some time, since reptile/cold-blooded neurons don't die nearly as quickly as mammalian neurons after blood stops.

Also no cut hed off snek.
Who makes it past the age of six with having "dead things can still bite/sting" drilled into them? I mean I grew up in the burbs and I've know that since forever.
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Re: tio's neato nature thread

Post by Ellie » 07 Jun 2018, 11:02

*raises hand*

But now I know!
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Re: tio's neato nature thread

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Ellie wrote:
07 Jun 2018, 11:02
*raises hand*

But now I know!
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Re: tio's neato nature thread

Post by Andrew » 12 Jun 2018, 12:23

On Saturday, I saw a hawk that I think was a Harris' Hawk. Hard to say for sure given all the color variations in hawks, but there are not that many in Arizona in the summer with a dark reddish-brown underside and tail feathers with white tips.

This morning, I saw two hawks of some kind getting hassled by a mixed pack of smaller birds. They had taken refuge in some large trees and all the little birds were fluttering around them. Even with lots of staring, I have no idea what kind they were. They had white leg feathers, so they might have been juveniles of some kind (still plenty large, though).

I'd like more hawks in the neighborhood if they'd eat the feral cats.
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Re: tio's neato nature thread

Post by Tuco » 03 Jul 2018, 07:13

Gould's turkeys. The wall will keep them from migrating, too.
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Post by lunchstealer » 03 Jul 2018, 11:53

But won't do a goddamned thing to stop the geese.

But that is a pretty cool shot.
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Re: tio's neato nature thread

Post by Tuco » 04 Jul 2018, 08:56

Nor the buzzards.

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Re: tio's neato nature thread

Post by Andrew » 04 Jul 2018, 10:43

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Nor the buzzards.
I once saw a dead tree full of vultures. They all had their wings spread to get warm in the rising sun. I wish I had taken a picture. I've never seen anything like it since.
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Re: tio's neato nature thread

Post by lunchstealer » 04 Jul 2018, 12:27

Andrew wrote:
Tuco wrote:
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Nor the buzzards.
I once saw a dead tree full of vultures. They all had their wings spread to get warm in the rising sun. I wish I had taken a picture. I've never seen anything like it since.
I’ve seen that sort of thing a few times. 30+ vultures. It’s a mildly unnerving sight if you stop to think about it.
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Re: tio's neato nature thread

Post by Tuco » 05 Jul 2018, 07:06

I saw hundreds of them once, down on the Río Sonora, up a canyon, it was just after a cloudburst and they were perched on the rim, on rocks and trees and saguaros, wings outstretched, drying them in the winter sun. Water was rushing down the canyon, knocking rocks around, frothy and full of dead limbs, agaves and sotols. They ignored me riding by.

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Re: tio's neato nature thread

Post by Warren » 07 Jul 2018, 16:57

Down the road at Onondaga Cave State Park, they were banding humming birds this morning. We went down to check it out. Very interesting. They banded around a dozen humming birds and caught one they banded two years ago.

The day was gorgeous and we went for a walk on their nature trail. Saw some fish, and some terrapins swimming and sunning themselves on a log. And we got to watch a Great Egret fish, which was a treat till the goddamned goose ran him off.
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Re: tio's neato nature thread

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Re: tio's neato nature thread

Post by dead_elvis » 07 Jul 2018, 17:36

Speaking of buzzards, a friend of mine had one landed in his yard and vomit. Concerned about his dog getting into it he went out to clean it up and he says it was the most indescribably foul stench he had ever encountered, like death times a million. He couldn't bring himself to get close enough to clean it up so he had to just throw dirt on it with the shovel from a distance.
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Re: tio's neato nature thread

Post by Warren » 07 Jul 2018, 19:22

dead_elvis wrote:
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Speaking of buzzards, a friend of mine had one landed in his yard and vomit. Concerned about his dog getting into it he went out to clean it up and he says it was the most indescribably foul stench he had ever encountered, like death times a million. He couldn't bring himself to get close enough to clean it up so he had to just throw dirt on it with the shovel from a distance.
Makes sense. Anything so nauseating a buzzard can't keep it down must be pretty damned rank.
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Re: tio's neato nature thread

Post by lunchstealer » 08 Jul 2018, 16:53

They also use vomit as a defense mechanism. If you startle some while they're eating they'll barf while they're taking off, perhaps partly to save weight and partly to disorient predators with the grossness and stank.
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