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 Post subject: Re: Bizarre Encounters With Nature Pt. II
PostPosted: Tue Aug 29, 2017 4:21 pm 
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Bizarre even. Not covered in basic seamanship.
"Fish natural. Theyll leave."


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 Post subject: Re: Bizarre Encounters With Nature Pt. II
PostPosted: Wed Aug 30, 2017 6:51 am 
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2NAKLLR wrote:
Bizarre even. Not covered in basic seamanship.
"Fish natural. Theyll leave."


lmao

wasps at sea are almost as odd and disturbing as the floating fire ant colonies in houston

articles like:

they love the water and floating. it's their mode of transportation, and they are more aggressive and venomous while they do it.

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that's lovely, eh?

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 Post subject: Re: Bizarre Encounters With Nature Pt. II
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snowhottie wrote:

Apparently! Here's a writeup from that trust.
http://www.mountainstrust.org/2017/07/1 ... calabasas/

The red swamp crayfish (Procambarus clarkii) is an invasive species because it does not originate from California. Like other invasive species, once crayfish became established here, they can cause damage to the environment, the economy, social or public health sectors. The red swamp crayfish is native to areas of Louisiana, Texas, and Mexico, but have been observed in some Santa Monica Streams since the 1960s1. Red swamp crayfish are particularly harmful to stream ecosystems in southern California because they have no native competitors or predators to keep their population levels in check.


And MI dealing with them, too.

https://www.citylab.com/environment/201 ... urce=atlfb

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 Post subject: Re: Bizarre Encounters With Nature Pt. II
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New generation of Coopers in the hood..
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 Post subject: Re: Bizarre Encounters With Nature Pt. II
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^^^Nice pic Skien! 8-) The Coopers around here have been laying low lately with this heat.
I sure would like to get a picture of the pair of bats that come out in the early AM and again in evening...almost this morning.

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 Post subject: Re: Bizarre Encounters With Nature Pt. II
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The trees that housed my local redtail pair every year burned in the local fire. I hope they found a close alternative.


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 Post subject: Re: Bizarre Encounters With Nature Pt. II
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How do you know those are Cooper's and not Sharp Shinned?

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 Post subject: Re: Bizarre Encounters With Nature Pt. II
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They are somewhat hard to tell apart, but this is a community of hawks in the neighborhood for several years now so have had good chance to observe. Coopers are more suburban, so would be normal to be seen in the area. Sharp Shinned are found more in conifer forests or oak woodland, so would be kind of rare here. One physical characteristic is the difference between the tails. Sharp Shinned have a squared off tail while the Cooper has a more rounded tail as seen in the photo. I don't think I have ever seen a Sharp Shinned so I guess I cant be positive, but am pretty sure. Neighbors have also identified them as Coopers
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 Post subject: Re: Bizarre Encounters With Nature Pt. II
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I went for a fish this morning on my friends skiff to beat the Small Craft Advisory. It started at 0300 but it was calm at sunrise so we launched and went out W toward Avalon about 12mi. Saw a lone mystery whale, hundreds of dolphin, a mola mola, a baby mako and then we found a good patty and Steve got a nice dorado from it. WooHOO mahi dinner! Second drift, my mackerel got eaten by something big and stubborn. It just sat there swimming around the patty w steve following itaroind w the motor in gear. It was right there and we couldnt see it. Then is came up all of a sudden and jumped. Holycrap! A big striped marlin fully out of the water about 8ft in front of the boat. It finally figured out it was hooked and took off and w/in a few more seconds its tail whacked the 20# line and broke it.

One more drift and the wind was starting to cap so we headed into the harbor by 9. Good stuff.


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 Post subject: Re: Bizarre Encounters With Nature Pt. II
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Skien guess who came by after I posted. Yeah awful phone zoom.

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Its a small hawk, sure it isnt a Sharp Shinned? For instance I'm not sure mine has pantaloons on his legs.

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 Post subject: Re: Bizarre Encounters With Nature Pt. II
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Since we're talkin' Coopers. This was couple weeks ago before the big heat.
This Cooper was being harassed by Mockingbird at the time. Then it came swooped down into the yard about a foot off the ground with my dog on its tail. Left it's calling card on the ground, one big tail feather.They are really fun birds with character. Once I threw this brightly colored dog rope toy and down it swoops and all I see are talons. Missed it by that much. Then afterwards it just perched on the barn's eaves watching us play fetch...
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 Post subject: Re: Bizarre Encounters With Nature Pt. II
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Its a small hawk, sure it isnt a Sharp Shinned?

If it was pigeon size probably a male Sharp, if crow size or bigger I would guess Cooper, but hey guessing only:)

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They are really fun birds with character. Once I threw this brightly colored dog rope toy and down it swoops and all I see are talons. Missed it by that much.

They are fun to watch. We had a real treat one day to see one swoop out of nowhere and snag another bird in flight.

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Then is came up all of a sudden and jumped. Holycrap! A big striped marlin fully out of the water about 8ft in front of the boat. It finally figured out it was hooked and took off and w/in a few more seconds its tail whacked the 20# line and broke it.

Whoa, that be crazy, what a shot of adrenaline that must have been!!


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 Post subject: Re: Bizarre Encounters With Nature Pt. II
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2NAKLLR wrote:
...Second drift, my mackerel got eaten by something big and stubborn. It just sat there swimming around the patty w steve following itaroind w the motor in gear. It was right there and we couldnt see it. Then is came up all of a sudden and jumped. Holycrap! A big striped marlin fully out of the water about 8ft in front of the boat. It finally figured out it was hooked and took off and w/in a few more seconds its tail whacked the 20# line and broke it.

I'm picturing the scene from "Old Man and the Sea"...LOL! I've always wanted to hook a Marlin!

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 Post subject: Re: Bizarre Encounters With Nature Pt. II
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Coincidentally there was a coopers flying around at the harbor eucalyptus trees. The crows werent sharing perches and kept rousting him on.


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 Post subject: Re: Bizarre Encounters With Nature Pt. II
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A press release in today's Sheet News:

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CHP helicopter saves man from
bees


The California Highway Patrol Inland
Division H-80 helicopter had just
refueled at the Bishop Airport on Sunday,
September 10 and was headed
back to Apple Valley when the crew
noticed law enforcement responding
to a man being attacked by a swarm
of bees. According to a press release
from the Inyo County Sheriff’s Department,
the incident happened adjacent
to the airport and in the H-80 flight
path. The man was easy to find—his
arms flailing trying to fend off bees.
The helicopter was able to hover just
15 feet above the man, and the rotor
wash was used to keep the bees at bay.
The man was transported to Northern
Inyo Hospital with multiple bee stings.
:o :rock:

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