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GRAY AND GLOOMY
self | Sept 09. 2012 | swampsniper

Posted on 09/09/2012 10:50:25 AM PDT by SWAMPSNIPER

Got out for a while, low tide, birds should have been in the saltmarsh but weren't.

I found an Anhinga so stuffed with fish it couldn't swallow the last one, watched an Osprey catch a fish and carry it to a light pole, and then I found a democrat rally going on at the Publix dumpster enclosure.

Anhinga, Anhinga anhinga

Anhinga, Anhinga anhinga

Osprey, Pandion haliaetus

Black vulture, Coragyps atratus


TOPICS: Arts/Photography; Chit/Chat; Outdoors; Pets/Animals
KEYWORDS: anhinga; bird; blackvulture; florida; osprey; photo; snakebird; waterturkey

1 posted on 09/09/2012 10:50:31 AM PDT by SWAMPSNIPER
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2 posted on 09/09/2012 10:51:48 AM PDT by SWAMPSNIPER (The Second Amendment, a Matter of Fact, Not a Matter of Opinion)
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To: SWAMPSNIPER

Vultures? lol


3 posted on 09/09/2012 10:53:11 AM PDT by RowdyFFC
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To: SWAMPSNIPER

LOLOLOL! That bird in the first one reminds me of my daughter’s Poodle who has “megaesophagus” and has to be hand fed kibble bit, by kibble bit, or he throws it all up!


4 posted on 09/09/2012 10:56:11 AM PDT by afraidfortherepublic (Joe Biden is reported to be seeking asylum in a foreign country so he does not have to debate Ryan.)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

Anhingas don’t usually gorge like that. Now it’s got to sit there and wait for more room in it’s stomach.


5 posted on 09/09/2012 11:01:31 AM PDT by SWAMPSNIPER (The Second Amendment, a Matter of Fact, Not a Matter of Opinion)
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To: SWAMPSNIPER

Bang on the osprey. Had the g-kids over at the fishing pond.

The only one catching fish was that bird.

I loved that.

Mebbe in a couple of years those babies will too.


6 posted on 09/09/2012 11:04:30 AM PDT by bigheadfred
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To: SWAMPSNIPER

Great osprey photo! Seems like the ones I always get are of their rear ends when they’re bent over devouring their fish :-)


7 posted on 09/09/2012 11:34:22 AM PDT by Fast Moving Angel (A moral wrong is not a civil right: No religious sanction of an irreligious act.)
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To: SWAMPSNIPER

You, sir, defame the turkey vulture with your slurs!
Beautiful photos.


8 posted on 09/09/2012 11:37:13 AM PDT by outofsalt ("If History teaches us anything it's that history rarely teaches us anything")
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To: outofsalt

Those are Black Vultures, Turkey Vultures have red heads.


9 posted on 09/09/2012 11:38:36 AM PDT by SWAMPSNIPER (The Second Amendment, a Matter of Fact, Not a Matter of Opinion)
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To: SWAMPSNIPER

I stand corrected, but, now you are racist too;)


10 posted on 09/09/2012 11:42:04 AM PDT by outofsalt ("If History teaches us anything it's that history rarely teaches us anything")
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To: outofsalt

Of course!


11 posted on 09/09/2012 11:44:01 AM PDT by SWAMPSNIPER (The Second Amendment, a Matter of Fact, Not a Matter of Opinion)
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To: SWAMPSNIPER; outofsalt

I love FR...


12 posted on 09/09/2012 11:56:23 AM PDT by null and void (Day 1329 of our ObamaVacation from reality - Obama, a queer and present danger)
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To: SWAMPSNIPER

Good one Swampsniper!! There were a lot of those buzzards in Charlotte the other night ;D!


13 posted on 09/09/2012 12:07:38 PM PDT by poobear (Socialism, in the minds of the elites, is a con-game for the serfs, nothing more.)
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To: SWAMPSNIPER

Your pictures are a gift to me! Beautiful, beautiful!! Thanks, Swampy!


14 posted on 09/09/2012 12:22:12 PM PDT by momtothree
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To: SWAMPSNIPER
Down the hatch

LOL on the vultures.

15 posted on 09/09/2012 12:36:12 PM PDT by rustbucket
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That beak is a lethal weapon. They go through the water like a torpedo.


16 posted on 09/09/2012 12:39:31 PM PDT by SWAMPSNIPER (The Second Amendment, a Matter of Fact, Not a Matter of Opinion)
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17 posted on 09/09/2012 12:41:37 PM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Mater tua caligas exercitus gerit ;-{)
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To: SWAMPSNIPER
Those are Black Vultures, Turkey Vultures have red heads.

Many years ago a was swooped by two California Condors while walking on a trail in Marin county. Biggest birds, by far, I've ever seen. I thought they were turkey vultures, but they only flapped once each and soared at high speed across a valley right at me, and just got bigger and bigger and bigger. The wing flap sounded like a bedsheet being shook out, and the soaring was absolutely silent. I just stared at them in amazement. They passed right over my head about 50 feet up, and kept on going.

Much later I was told there were no Condors in Northern California, which I'm fine with, as long as someone can show me something else with an eight foot wingspan. Maybe they were pterosaurs - hey, it was Marin.

18 posted on 09/09/2012 12:51:21 PM PDT by Talisker (One who commands, must obey.)
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To: SWAMPSNIPER

BTW, love your pics, swampsniper. They’re always incredibly beautiful.


19 posted on 09/09/2012 12:53:30 PM PDT by Talisker (One who commands, must obey.)
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Probably Moonbats!


20 posted on 09/09/2012 12:59:33 PM PDT by SWAMPSNIPER (The Second Amendment, a Matter of Fact, Not a Matter of Opinion)
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To: SWAMPSNIPER

That was my first thought. Even if he did find room for that last fish he’d be too bottom heavy to fly, lol.

Great pictures, as always.


21 posted on 09/09/2012 1:01:17 PM PDT by berdie
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They’ve got small wings for their size anyway, it’s amazing they fly at all.


22 posted on 09/09/2012 1:20:38 PM PDT by SWAMPSNIPER (The Second Amendment, a Matter of Fact, Not a Matter of Opinion)
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To: SWAMPSNIPER

Thanks for the ping SWAMPSNIPER. Appreciate it. We enjoyed the pictures, and the commentary.


23 posted on 09/09/2012 1:50:03 PM PDT by rockinqsranch (Dems, Libs, Socialists, call 'em what you will, they ALL have fairies livin' in their trees.)
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Thanks SWAMP.....democrats LOL!!


24 posted on 09/09/2012 7:42:13 PM PDT by houeto (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: SWAMPSNIPER

Excellent work. Those are great photos.


25 posted on 09/10/2012 12:45:11 AM PDT by lefty-lie-spy (Stay metal. For the Horde \m/("_")\m/ - via iPhone from Tokyo.)
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To: SWAMPSNIPER
and then I found a democrat rally going on at the Publix dumpster enclosure.

26 posted on 09/10/2012 4:08:21 AM PDT by Condor51 (Si vis pacem, para bellum.)
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To: SWAMPSNIPER

Fantastic pictures, thank you! Grey and gloomy worked out pretty well, subject-wise. :)


27 posted on 09/10/2012 6:56:47 PM PDT by skr (May God confound the enemy)
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To: SWAMPSNIPER

What a nice set of photos.

The comments tonight are priceless.

Some in the convention seats did resemble vultures...didn’t they?


28 posted on 09/10/2012 7:05:30 PM PDT by 3D-JOY (If there were no United States Armed Forces there would be no United States of America)
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To: SWAMPSNIPER

Thanks for the ping and beautiful pictures, not to mention the demorat joke. Really needed a laugh today.

I am seeing an increase in hummingbirds here in southern WI. I assume they are heading south in preparation for winter and they find my petunia baskets and hummingbird feeder attractive as they migrate. Little jewels that they are, they are fascinating no matter how often I see them.

Cheers


29 posted on 09/10/2012 7:25:57 PM PDT by TheConservativeParty (Hey Obummer...Get Off Our Lawn.)
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