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09-26-2021, 04:08 AM   #11416
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Turtle and some koi that look as though they starting to surround the reptile.
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Looks like there was an amazing variety of wildlife!
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Thank you! Yes,, over 300 species of birds have been recorded here, and the usual suspects -Rhino, Zebra, Gnu, Waterbuck, Red Hartebees, Springbok, Eland, Buffalo,, the smaller antelopes like Duiker and Reedbuck are all there. . The place is also part of the WWF Cheetah breeding program, so every 2-4 years Cheetah are introduced, where they can hunt and raise kittens. Once they kittens have become adults, they are removed, and sent to various game reserves around the country. As are the parents. A good thing, as probably there will develop some kind of genetic deficiency if there is too much interbreeding. Unless I am mistaken, it is the largest urban Game Reserve in the world. And it is only 45 minutes from home! How blessed can one be!
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Thank you! Yes,, over 300 species of birds have been recorded here, and the usual suspects -Rhino, Zebra, Gnu, Waterbuck, Red Hartebees, Springbok, Eland, Buffalo,, the smaller antelopes like Duiker and Reedbuck are all there. . The place is also part of the WWF Cheetah breeding program, so every 2-4 years Cheetah are introduced, where they can hunt and raise kittens. Once they kittens have become adults, they are removed, and sent to various game reserves around the country. As are the parents. A good thing, as probably there will develop some kind of genetic deficiency if there is too much interbreeding. Unless I am mistaken, it is the largest urban Game Reserve in the world. And it is only 45 minutes from home! How blessed can one be!
Wow! It really does sound amazing. There's lots of cool animals and birds near where I live but certainly not that many.

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Wow! It really does sound amazing. There's lots of cool animals and birds near where I live but certainly not that many.
Noel was kind enough to take M & I there during our trip to SA. We saw more wildlife in a day than I see at home in ten years. But North America has a wildlife deficit. There was a huge crash of animal diversity in the Americas during and at the end of the last glaciation.
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Speke's Weaver doing it's thing. Weaver birds can tie rather complex knots in blades of grass. They were one of the classic examples of pre-programmed or intrinsic complex behavior that did not require "learning" by an animal.
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not a moose or elk

white tail deer or black tail - type of mule deer

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Coloring Whitetail deer tails are usually thick and dark in color, with a narrow bright white patch beneath it. When they sense danger, whitetail deer lift their tails, exposing the patch as they run away. Whitetail deer have reddish-brown fur that turns grey in the winter months.

mule deer

It has a larger area of white above their tail. The tail is rope-like and white with a black tip.. .

Antlers Whitetail bucks have a primary beam the antler develops from, separating into different directions and forming different points.
Antlers shed in January or February. The number of antler points is not a good indication of a buck’s age.

Mule deer buck racks are bifurcated. As they grow, they fork off in two different directions. They will later split once more to make a greater number of tines, or the points. Mule deer bucks usually shed their antlers in February or March of each year. Mature racks of mule deer bucks are generally broader and extend higher than the racks of equivalent whitetails.
https://worlddeer.org/mule-deer-vs-whitetail-deer/#:~:text=Mule%20Deer%20vs%...As%20%20...%20

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Storks on vacation in Africa during the European winter
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Dusty Bison in Lamar Valley Yellowstone

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. . . Wallowing, or rolling in the dirt, is a common behavior that serves many functions for bison. The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines wallowing as "experiencing or enjoying something without making any effort to change your situation" or "to roll about in deep mud or water."

For bison, wallowing is when they roll on the dry ground in a "dust bath." A common explanation for the wallowing behavior relates to relieving skin irritations, whether that is from shedding a winter coat or seeking relief from biting insects. Bison will lie down and roll repeatedly onto their sides to stop insects from biting them. Rolling on the ground also creates a layer of dirt on the body that forms a defensive barrier from ticks and lice. . . .
Bison Bellows: What's Wallowing All About? (U.S. National Park Service)
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I think this is a Pacific golden plover in non-breeding plumage. When hunting for a partner the feather pattern is dramatically different. They breed along the Alaskan coast, so for them as for us, Hawaii is a vacation destination.
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you have its attention

you have the next move

what is it
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