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Birding With Alligators

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It took several days in Florida for the idea that I was pretty much surrounded by giant reptiles that could kill me to sink in to my brain. I am, of course, referring to Alligator mississippiensis , more commonly known as the American Alligator , or, colloquially, as gators. Though alligator attacks are rare they do happen. According to Wikipedia : Alligators are capable of killing humans, but are generally wary enough not to see them as a potential prey.

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Five-Year Old Shoots 35-Year Old in Head

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It saddens me, and I find it extremely disturbing, that a five-year old child is giddy, and his parents (and the journalists on this program) are so pleased that he killed a 35-40-year old alligator. Let's deconstruct a few details: The young boy shot the alligator, who had been trapped , in the head and killed him. Basically the animal was five feet in front of him, and the boy shot him in the head, killing him. Killing them is fun. Check this out.

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Why Go to the 16th Annual Space Coast Birding and Wildlife Festival?

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American Alligators ! How cool is it that you will be birding in an area with a reptile that could drag you under and kill you? American Alligator 3. The end of January is a cold time for those of us who live in the northeastern United States. This past January I had the great pleasure of temporarily escaping winter by going to the Space Coast Birding and Wildlife Festival.

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What to Do at High Island When the Winds are South

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I’m not sure why all the birds scattered at its approach, Frigatebirds are known for stealing the catch of other birds, not for killing elegant, cinnamon-chested Avocets, but scatter they did and only a couple of hundred came back down.

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The Emotional Lives of Animals

4 The Love Of Animals

Elephants, whales, hippopotamuses, giraffes, and alligators use low-frequency sounds to communicate over long distances, often miles; and bats, dolphins, whales, frogs, and various rodents use high-frequency sounds to find food, communicate with others, and navigate. I also watched a red fox bury her mate after a cougar had killed him. Grief, friendship, gratitude, wonder, and other things we animals experience. by Marc Bekoff.

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Collaborative List – April 2018

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301 N Virginia Dare Trl, Kill Devil Hills US-NC (36.0166,-75.6573). Redgannet added another splash of colour to the collective profile by falling asleep on a boat and waking up in Uruguay , the 44th country to feature in the list. Corey smashed the world record for contributing to the list when he shared 29 lists in just 2 minutes. Redgannet retains the world record for staying up late to collate them. Tom barged us beyond the 30th incidence of Nelson.

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Collaborative List – July 2018

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And so to summer. Traditionally, the slow season, but the beats have mopped their collective brow and outdone their previous efforts. The UK has been birded clean by Tom as he ends his Little Big Year (Part 1). Redgannet continues his quest to bring colour to the profile map (one pixel at a time), by visiting The Seychelles (this time, on purpose!).

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Collaborative List – June 2018

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It’s all been happening this month. Just when we thought that the beats deserved a quiet month after the exertions of May, they came out with Bushnell’s blazing and gave June both barrels! Honduras , Malaysia and the southern-most bits of South Africa feature large this month with Mike, Duncan and Tom all vying to be MVB for June. Of course we all know it will be Pat… again… , but let them have their fun.

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Collaborative List – November 2018

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A big thank you goes out to Tristan, who demonstrated that at least one person reads this drivel. He pointed out that Illinois had been sadly neglected up to this point, so Redgannet made a special visit to Chicago to redress this oversight. Tom and Pat were toe to toe in Costa Rica , so the numbers from there outshone anything else on the list for November, with over 60% of the month’s total shared between them. 8 beats shared 126 checklists accounting for 704 species.

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Collaborative List – May 2018

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301 N Virginia Dare Trl, Kill Devil Hills US-NC (36.0166,-75.6573). That was May. Month of months. As we pass into June we can forgive some of our northern beats if they take a few moments to savour the past few weeks. But the beats go on in Southern climes and our intrepid little-big-year beat, Tom enters Africa. No peace for the blessed (Are you all as impressed as I am that Tom is in Africa and still finding time to review photos, share checklists and write blog posts?).

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Collaborative List – October 2018

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In a month that contained the eBird Big Day , we can naturally expect that the beats have been racing about providing much fodder for the collaborative list. The two most prolific contributors, Pat and Tom, have been sharing their birding space in Costa Rica. Tom’s own list continues apace Those of us who have tried to do a big year know how tough it gets on the homeward stretch and will be rooting for him. It is also a month when the Law of Diminishing Returns over-took itself.

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Collaborative list – September 2018

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The nights are drawing in and the mornings are cooler and noticeably damper. It’s September and time for birds to start their southerly journeys. The beats have been out to line their route and cheer them along, wishing them bon voyage and a safe return next spring. At the far ends of the world, our southern beats are poised to welcome them back. The migrants face many perils, hunters, predators, adverse weather conditions and lack of refueling opportunities due to habitat loss.

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Collaborative list – August 2018

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Is it wrong of me to go birding to get away from the kids now that they are at home all day? August is the make or break month for relationships. Can the whole family live together in harmony during the school holidays? Bravo if you have. Happy birding if you suddenly find yourself single. This month has been a slow one with just 73 lists shared, but far more happy smiling kids on social media, so I guess it all comes out good in the end. 458 birds were seen by 7 beats in 8 countries.

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