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originalpmac

Mountain climber
Timbers of Fennario
Feb 9, 2019 - 12:33am PT
"Eye bound feces" That's some, uhh, funny sh!t.

I knew an old hillbilly that was legally blind from getting raccoon sh!t in his eye when cleaning a shed. Couldn't have a license so he drove a tractor around. Virginia is a strange place.

Great lynx shots. Saw one on Red Mountain Pass years back.
perswig

climber
Feb 9, 2019 - 03:28am PT
Trad, at that size I'd wonder about a female kestrel; the one's around here seem to have a predominant brown/black trailing wing edge. Every year or two we get a pair who stay nearby and hunt the fields and river behind the house.

Chewy's beautiful shots reminded me of a canoe trip with my father down the Aroostook years ago. Although late fall, it had been a pretty rainy week and the river was high and moving; for some reason we got a false-dawn start one morning and just after setting out we caught a blurry left-to-right movement through the surface fog. Assuming a deer (too low to be a moose), we didn't expend too much energy in getting closer, but as we came even to her landing spot, we were startled to see a lynx slink silently from the water, give us a quick once-over and disappear into the brush. Having seen several bobcats since then, this girl was clearly not that.

Dale
john hansen

climber
Feb 9, 2019 - 06:33am PT
Trad man, how about a Northern Shrike?
steve s

Trad climber
eldo
Feb 9, 2019 - 07:32am PT
Toker Villain

Big Wall climber
Toquerville, Utah
Feb 9, 2019 - 08:58am PT
Virginia is a strange place.

Give them a little credit; they're celebrating Blackface History Month.
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Feb 9, 2019 - 10:11am PT
A Shrike fits the B&W description but could one fly off with a songbird?
A Sharpie in certain lighting could appear B&W.
john hansen

climber
Feb 9, 2019 - 10:19am PT

From Wiki,


Feeding

Northern shrikes often sit on tall poles and branches surveying for food. They prey on arthropods such as spiders, beetles, bugs, and grasshoppers, and small vertebrates. Prey identified include passerine birds such as horned lark, black-capped chickadee, common starling, brewer's sparrow, white-crowned sparrow, dark-eyed junco, pine siskin, house sparrow, small mammals such as the vagrant shrew, western harvest mouse, deer mouse, long-tailed vole, meadow vole and house mouse, and reptiles such as spiny lizards. They have been observed hunting finches and house sparrows at bird feeders.[5]
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Feb 9, 2019 - 10:22am PT
Cool! Didn’t know they took songbirds. Do they impale them on barbed wire too?

So, if I can get 5 more crankloons together we can have a semi-private
bird/animal safari to South Africa! Who’s in?
tradmanclimbs

Ice climber
Pomfert VT
Feb 9, 2019 - 10:27am PT
It could very well have been that norther shrike. it was so fast and most of my attention was on the cloud of feathers and the small bird in the talons as it flew off. the bird it killed lived in a little bird house on Isa's porch and was named Felix. I forget what kind of bird Felix was but Isa is bummed out about it...
tradmanclimbs

Ice climber
Pomfert VT
Feb 9, 2019 - 10:28am PT
Do that have ice climbing is south Africa?
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Feb 9, 2019 - 10:31am PT
Not so much, but they do have White Russians!
John Duffield

Mountain climber
New York
Feb 9, 2019 - 12:39pm PT

Probably the mimic octopus in Indonesia 2017. But no pic. This would surely be up there however.

seano

Mountain climber
none
Feb 9, 2019 - 12:52pm PT
It was even more memorable with sound effects.
BrassNuts

Trad climber
Save your a_s, reach for the brass...
Feb 9, 2019 - 07:17pm PT
Maybe not the most memorable, but pretty cool to spot this guy in a tree in our backyard early this morning and it stayed all day :-)
DCFrench

climber
San Francisco, CA
Feb 9, 2019 - 09:16pm PT
A cougar crossing the trail 10 yards in front of me at a Mayan ruins site. A bobcat in Marin on the trail above Fort Cronkhite. A bear coming down the trail towards me in Yosemite when I was 11 (pretty scary for a kid my age but I got a good story and a poem out of it for my English class). A monkey I "communed" with while tripping on acid on Mount Tungurahua in Ecuador (hey, it was the seventies).
cornel

climber
Lake Tahoe, Nevada
Feb 10, 2019 - 07:13am PT
Great Lynx pics! Funny Owl sh#t posting.! And the rattler tale..! Rattlers, had a few encounters with those.. I was aBout 3 pitches up a route on Tacquitz rock. Jamming a nice hand size crack when about to make my next jam I hear a Rattler Face level. Startled, I almost fall. Ok got to get away, so I traverse 10.ft to the right to gain another crack system. Start to plug in a cam and another rattler sounds off.! This time I Traversed 15 ft further right and find another crack, free this time of snakes. The name of the route, Snakes on Everything.
WBraun

climber
Feb 10, 2019 - 07:25am PT
most memorable wildlife sighting?

Tucker Tech appearing out of his bread van in the mornings ....
couchmaster

climber
Feb 10, 2019 - 07:40am PT

Vid of a Mountain Lion hot on a deers ass captured on video as they both hit someones swimming pool:

https://www.wcvb.com/article/wild-video-mountain-lion-chases-deer-into-backyard-pool-near-woods/26249165

Dave

Mountain climber
the ANTI-fresno
Feb 10, 2019 - 11:45am PT
Let's see -

5 bobcat running across the trail behind my house last week...

A moose swimming across the reservoir where I work last year...

Elk and buffalo eating hay together off I-70 yesterday...

A herd of mountain goats eating salt off the highway last week.

Last year they kept the kids inside at recess due to four mountain lions prowling the neighborhood...

seano

Mountain climber
none
Feb 10, 2019 - 12:57pm PT
MGuzzy -- It was on Santa Cruz Island in the Galapagos. It sounded like this but in the basso profundo range:
[Click to View YouTube Video]
And sooo.... slow.... Unsurprisingly, all turtle sex is tantric. ;-)
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