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    Quote Originally Posted by schlaugh View Post
    I was walking in our neighborhood a few days ago and saw Bambi looking back at me. A day before that we saw a six-point buck along our patio fence which backs up to a wooded area. Deer have no predators in these suburbs. And they are getting frisky with the coming of cooler weather.
    Don't coyotes prey on deer? I saw quite a few coyotes during my time in Atlanta, and I was ITP.

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    Quote Originally Posted by geonuc View Post
    Don't coyotes prey on deer? I saw quite a few coyotes during my time in Atlanta, and I was ITP.
    My answer might be mostly for this part of the world, but no. Deer are significantly bigger than typical coyote prey. More typical coyote prey would be rabbits and similar sized creatures, even down to mice and voles. Though coyotes often live in small family groups, they are not pack hunters, so can't take down bigger animals, and an adult deer probably would be double the weight of a coyote.

    Now, coyote are also very opportunistic, and would not pass up an opportunity such as a very young fawn, an injured adult, or deer road kill.
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    Quote Originally Posted by geonuc View Post
    Don't coyotes prey on deer? I saw quite a few coyotes during my time in Atlanta, and I was ITP.
    We havenít seen or heard any yotes in our neighborhood or nearby although a few have been spotted over the years. But not many.


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    While grooming the cat yesterday I noticed a deer in the front yard. She then ran down the north side of the house so I went over to that side to see her go down the driveway. What went down instead was a rabbit. Apparently there's some sort of wormhole out there that turns deer into rabbits.
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    I was out riding my bicycle this morning in the bush park around the nearby river. I was lucky enough to have a bobtail goanna crawl, slowly, across the bike path in front of me and then 'hide' next the path. They are harmless and very slow moving. My daughter who lives a few Km from me in a more sandy and scrubby area often has them in her yard . In fact she has one resident at the moment. Unfortunately the old phone I have has a pretty poor lense on it. http://www.porteouspark.org.au/FaunaHtml/Bobtail.html

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    Iíll spare yíall the photo but this morning, while blowing/raking a metric butt-tonne of leaves, I found a small specimen of bear scat. We havenít seen one around the house this season but they were there. And with the number of trees around our place, you could say yes, the proverbial bear does. In the woods. And in yards adjacent thereto.
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    This mornings bike ride was not much fun with traffic delays, my chain falling off, hitting my head on a low branch etc all being irritants. However, it was livened up by seeing one of the local river dolphins from only a few metres away. I was crossing a small (wooden) road bridge about a km from my house and noticed a flock of pelicans feeding and flapping when a fin suddenly appeared near them. The dolphin went up and down a couple of times and then disappeared under the bridge before I could get a photo. The bridge is only about 2 metres above the water.

    This is the furthest I have seen the dolphins up the part off the river near me. They live in the Swan/Canning River estuary waters permanently but at this spot the water is starting to turn brackish - about 25 km from the river mouth.

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    Not the best of photos - taken at night through a glass door with a security light as illumination. I've never seen an ISO so high.

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    Cute little guy. Some sort of weasel mustelid, do you have a particular species? Off to Google!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Trebuchet View Post
    Cute little guy. Some sort of weasel mustelid, do you have a particular species? Off to Google!
    OK, I think I see a black tail tip -- going with stoat!
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    European pine marten (Martes martes). Locally common in the Highlands of Scotland, and gradually expanding its range farther south.
    (And currently glimpsed, intermittently, as one of the forms adopted by Lyra's daemon, Pantalaimon, in the BBC's new dramatization of His Dark Materials, though he spends most of his time as an ermine.)
    About twice the size of stoat.

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    Thanks, Grant. I couldn't get a sense of scale. Interesting to see it at your door.
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    A stoat would be moulting towards white, at this time of year, in these latitudes, keeping just the black tail tip, and their winter coat is quite sleek - the technical term for their winter appearance is in ermine. Whereas the marten stays the same colour but fluffs up quite dramatically in its winter coat, as you can see from the photographs.

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    Here's a 45-second video which shows what happened when I left a few blobs of jam and some raisins on a picnic table regularly patrolled by our pine marten visitor:

    https://youtu.be/4cnnmVGweM4

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    Well that seemed to be a big hit with your visitor.

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    Evidence of overnight visitors...

    Snowshoe hare:


    A vole of some kind:
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    That hare was just ambling along, to judge from the way it had its forefeet tucked together side by side.

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    Those look like mounds of snow to me instead of indentations, and I just can not get my brain to perceive the lighting correctly.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SeanF View Post
    Those look like mounds of snow to me instead of indentations, and I just can not get my brain to perceive the lighting correctly.
    The light is coming from the bottom of both images. Turn them upside down. Or put a light source below your computer monitor, to give your brain a visual reference for "light from below".

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    Saw plenty of hare tracks in the woods as I did a quick walk around this afternoon.
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    Quote Originally Posted by grant hutchison View Post
    That hare was just ambling along, to judge from the way it had its forefeet tucked together side by side.
    Indeed. I've seen him leisurely ambling along in just that fashion on occasion. I've seen other tracks that weren't so neatly aligned and based on the distance between sets, I'd guess that his tail might have been on fire.

    Quote Originally Posted by grant hutchison View Post
    The light is coming from the bottom of both images.
    ...or from left-above-behind in real space, since it was lit by one of my garage security lights. I see them as depressions in the photo but I wonder if perhaps I was primed to do so since I saw them that way 'in the flesh." I was able to shift between both perceptions rather easily, though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by grant hutchison View Post
    The light is coming from the bottom of both images. Turn them upside down. Or put a light source below your computer monitor, to give your brain a visual reference for "light from below".
    I know how the optical illusion works, Grant.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SeanF View Post
    I know how the optical illusion works, Grant.
    Please forgive me if you felt insulted by my post. I interpreted "I just can not get my brain to perceive the lighting correctly" as an invitation to help you fix your perceptual problem. As you've pointed out, understanding the illusion sometimes doesn't fix the misperception, and my suggested remedies usually work whether or not the observer understands the illusion.

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    We have now had another 3 Willie Wagtail chicks born in the nest on our foldable clothesline. I assume that it was the same parents who raised the first 3 chicks. This is the first time we have had multiple nestings in the same nest around the house.

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    In someone's front yard yesterday I noticed a hen. Not fenced in or anything. Then behind her I noticed a clutch of chicks, all huddled together. It was rather cold for them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PetersCreek View Post
    Evidence of overnight visitors...

    Snowshoe hare:


    A vole of some kind:
    As Elmer Fudd would have described the upper photo, "Wabbit twacks!"

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    As I have said in the "Weather" thread we are in the middle of a hot spell with a few 40 C days warming us up. Because of this I was happy to join my brother and his dogs for an 09:00 walk on some sandbanks in the Swan River before it really got hot. It turned out to be quite a wildlife tour.

    The area we went to is one that he often uses his sailboard and he had heard that there were plenty of crabs around so he took a crab scoop net so we could have a bit of fun. I actually managed to scoop up 3 blue manna crabs (also called blue swimmers). They were all undersized, so released. We saw an Osprey circling around and then dive and catch a pretty large mullet (fish) before struggling off to its nest. Then the dogs scared off a couple of stingrays that were sitting on the sandbanks hunting mussels. Naturally there were plenty of black swans around. Finally after our pleasant walk we sat at a a picnic table on the shore and had 2 western corellas wander close by and curiously watch us for a while.

    https://www.fish.wa.gov.au/Documents...ue_swimmer.pdf

    The corellas keeping an eye on us from a few metres away.

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    Some of the swans

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    The centre of Perth was a few bends upriver from us

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    the coyotes are howling, barely can hear them.
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    The Flood Control District has had a crew "fixing" the drainage canal that runs through our subdivision. They've scraped the banks and bottom of the channel to straighten it and increase its width. This has removed the grass and water plants that had been thriving. I have been waiting for the biosphere to reestablish itself.

    This past week seems to be the beginning. Some grasses and weeds are starting to sprout (but I think the elephant ears are gone for good). The birds - egrets, herons, ibises - are starting to show up again, and Saturday I saw a huge turtle making its way upstream. Haven't seen any fingerlings yet though.
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    Just saw five deer run across one of our fields, 3 does and 2 fawns.
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