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09-05-2021, 10:16 AM   #11371
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One of I think four grey herons on that field that evening, hunting for fat rats, and not stopping after having been succesful once...


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A couple of waterbuck bucks trying to one-up each other. They were pretty evenly matched so this tussle provided many images before one conceded the field.
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This warthog has lost or broken the tusk on its right side.

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Yes, that is a wild sea lion. Several of them and several pelicans have learned they will get food if they visit this tourist boat when it sets out. BTW: the man is our tour guide, probably capturing a BIF.
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Yes, that is a wild sea lion. Several of them and several pelicans have learned they will get food if they visit this tourist boat when it sets out. BTW: the man is our tour guide, probably capturing a BIF.
Just one little (negative, but not personal) aside: Feeding large predators to hang around humans rarely works out well for the large predators. Over any longer period of time, they tend to end up dead.

I have taken close-up pics of seals on a number of occasions, but would never, ever feed them to get them to hang around human-occupied spaces.

Plus...cleaning up seal shit from a herring/mackerel/capelin/squid diet off you deck, or, worse (trust me on this!), out of your dingy, is a rather thankless task...even when they are feeding for themselves.


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QuoteOriginally posted by jgnfld Quote
Just one little (negative, but not personal) aside: Feeding large predators to hang around humans rarely works out well for the large predators. Over any longer period of time, they tend to end up dead.

I have taken close-up pics of seals on a number of occasions, but would never, ever feed them to get them to hang around human-occupied spaces.

Plus...cleaning up seal shit from a herring/mackerel/capelin/squid diet off you deck, or, worse (trust me on this!), out of your dingy, is a rather thankless task...even when they are feeding for themselves.
FYI: The picture was taken during a tour of Africa, the boat was out of a port in Namibia. That's far from US laws and attitudes about feeding wild animals. Doesn't mean I approve, because I certainly don't, but I was hardly in a position to end the practice there and then.


The first picture below are the pelicans in front of the boat owner, the second is a sea lion among we tourists and in the process of swallowing a fish. The lady in the back at the far right who is looking a little grumpy. I did not talk to her but I don't think that she approved. She is deeply involved with a donkey rescue program out in the southwest.
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FYI: The picture was taken during a tour of Africa, the boat was out of a port in Namibia. That's far from US laws and attitudes about feeding wild animals. Doesn't mean I approve, because I certainly don't, but I was hardly in a position to end the practice there and then.


The first picture below are the pelicans in front of the boat owner, the second is a sea lion among we tourists and in the process of swallowing a fish. The lady in the back at the far right who is looking a little grumpy. I did not talk to her but I don't think that she approved. She is deeply involved with a donkey rescue program out in the southwest.
Very sorry if you took it all all personally. Nor was I speaking about laws. I was speaking about what happens when large predators get too comfortable around humans and learn to _expect_ food rewards. They tend to end up dead at some point in these interactions.
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Very sorry if you took it all all personally. Nor was I speaking about laws. I was speaking about what happens when large predators get too comfortable around humans and learn to _expect_ food rewards. They tend to end up dead at some point in these interactions.

I did not take it personally, and I'm all with you. Feeding wild animals, with the possible exception of backyard birds and butterflies, is dangerous for animals & sometimes humans. Sorry if I sounded testy or defensive in my response. I was trying to be informative. Too many people had a Disneyesque idea of what wild creatures are like, I was exchanging some thoughts about that with a PF member who knows someone who keeps a pet hyena, which I find alarming. Just recently animal services removed a well-grown (about 80 pounds) mountain lion (cougar, catamount, etc) from a home in the BRONX NY!!! It was about 11 months old and had already gotten too big, strong and aggressive to be handled. I would ask "how stupid can people be?" but I know there are no limits.


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bison in Yellowstone National Park mid May 2018

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The gulls at this place and time all seemed to be headed away instead of toward me.
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A pair of three banded sandplovers or just plovers
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