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Black bear cub at John Sayer's Cache.

 

I shot this from inside the car with the window open part way. It was still a particularly risky photo, because the sow could not be seen, but could easily have been inside the car before we could have reacted.

 

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Out on a hike and placing a cache a couple weeks ago, in winter range habitat for a variety of animals, we ran across several herds of bighorn sheep. They weren't too concerned about us.

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Out on a hike and placing a cache a couple weeks ago, in winter range habitat for a variety of animals, we ran across several herds of bighorn sheep. They weren't too concerned about us...

Excellent picture!

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I think my log on this cache is the longest I've ever written, but that's a topic for another thread. In any case, I saw this girl on the way in:

 

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And at the Elephant Seal Overlook Earthcache. They were relatively far away, so it stretched the camera I had to the limits. I need to bring a better camera next time, but that is a subject for the dSLR thread.

 

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We hid a letterbox on Sunday, not published yet, and met this beautiful orange butterfly (Argynnis paphia).

 

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Can anyone tell me what kind of snake this is? 

It's approximately 4-6 feet long and was seen in northeastern Illinois.

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7 hours ago, badlands said:

Can anyone tell me what kind of snake this is? 

It's approximately 4-6 feet long and was seen in northeastern Illinois.

 

My guess is northern water snake.

 

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Not venomous, if that was your concern.

 

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I caught a rare dragon one day:

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He was facing off against a mortal enemy:

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In all seriousness, I don't catch many animal photos while caching...but I have a few, like a rabbit:

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a caterpillar:

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ducks:

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my dog:

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turtles:

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an emu:

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a deer:

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and even a rat:

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On 6/12/2018 at 3:03 PM, J Grouchy said:

I caught a rare dragon one day:

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He was facing off against a mortal enemy:

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You had an early start finding a "Hidden Creature", lol 

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I wouldn't say I went to Kruger National Park to cache - the earthcaches and virtuals there were a bonus.   But we saw the Big 5 and were able to include this game as part of our experience.

 

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Seeing Hippos at the Saint Lucia Wetlands is not difficult.   When arrived we heard them for most of the night - the next day they were resting in the wetlands before heading back to town, where they walk the streets.  

 

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Blue tongue lizard. I rescued it. I was searching for a cache and came upon this lizard stuck tightly in chicken wire in a fence. It had given up and was hanging limp. I poked it and it moved, so I cut the wire and lifted it through. My reward, it's stuck its tongue out at me and hissed 😀. (Obviously objected to having its photograph taken 😉.) I found the cache too.GC6YJ9X Between Launceston and Swansea in Tasmania.

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Spiders. See lots of them. Up close they can be interesting. And so many kinds. Many guard caches. Most if not all, taken while caching in the Canberra region. The last one is actually sitting on a cache in southern Canberra; out at Tuggeranong.

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Caterpillar. I think I was searching for one of the Mary Mackillop caches in Australia. I can't remember which one unfortunately.1271983693_Oneofthecacheguardians.thumb.jpg.85695a9d8bd69c6fdad63471387719a4.jpg

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Taken while walking the CCT - S3 series of caches (there are a lot of them, so not sure which was the closest to the snake sighting - this is one in the series GC69J5F) in north-west Australian Capital Territory (ACT). My caching companion yelled 'snake' and then the snake slithered across in front of us. No aggression; just passing. After I had got the squeak out and jumped backwards, I got myself together and thought photo opportunity and pulled out my camera and went after the snake to take this photo. Probably one of these: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eastern_brown_snake The second most venomous in the world apparently.

The snake skin was found at GC64ZPF. Possibly the same type of snake as the live example.

I didn't find the cache that day. My excuse is I was too busy looking about for the contents of the skin; and I'm sticking to that :rolleyes:. I returned another day and made the find. I brought the skin home. I figure my great-nephew might like it for show and tell at school one day. I would have liked it for that. (Pleased the contents didn't turn up.) Where the snake's head and eyes used to be can be seen in the skin at the bottom. Very good specimen.

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Spiders, gah.  I almost walked into one with my face on a recent hike.  It was hanging by its thread right in the middle of the trail.  Very well camouflaged until it's an inch from your face - emergency stop!

 

Speaking of recent hikes...  Korea has mountain cats.  This is atop Seoul's highest mountain, where there were half a dozen cats hanging around, not to mention dozens of people.

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Clearly someone brings up food and water for the cats.  On another hike, another day, I followed a cat into its bunker.  (Korea keeps pillboxes in good repair and ready, just in case.)  Inside I found two dishes, one with water, one with dry cat food, good, just what I was hoping to see.

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Unfortunately I got my case in the way of this shot a little. :(

This isn't zoomed in at all though. The crow literally landed that close to me before eating a leaf, drinking from a puddle and bidding me farewell.

It was quite a special moment!

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I've heard of white black bears, apparently rare, but never knew there are also white grizzly bears.  Until one, along with its more normal sibling, walked right past the mountain hut where I was staying, just a few steps away from this cache.  Last Saturday.

 

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Normally I have a rule: never photograph bears; it gets in the way of promptly leaving the area.  But this was one step from the door of the hut.  ;)  We'd all have jammed through it simultaneously if we had to.  :lol:

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