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Old Feb 12, 2010, 9:51 AM   #11
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Nice shots, GW. #4 is great. I think Gumnut's idea has got a lot of merit - playin' 'possum with a Pentax!

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LOL! I wonder how long I'd have to lay there before I got some action, and would it be from the vultures or from somebody calling the cops!
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Old Feb 12, 2010, 9:53 AM   #12
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Great pics, GW. Your first photo looks like something straight out of Hitchcock's movie "The Birds." And the vulture closest to your camera in #2 looks like he'd be just as happy chomping on your leg!

I was thinking the same thing Ted.
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Good times for scavengers, but not for the tropical exotics. There was an article in the paper this morning that reported concentrations of vultures like you have experienced around fish kills at the Anhinga Trail in Everglades Natural Park feasting on fish kills there, too, of exotic fishes. It also reported massive mortality statewide of introduced tropical reptiles like Iguanas and larger individuals of Boa/Anaconda types. From an ecological standpoint, elimination of exotics is good, but the mortality of native species is not - another article a few days ago reported on the heavy death toll taken of Manatees, which are very sensitive to cold.
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Yes, all very true Pen. They have reported fish kills in Polk county alone in the hundreds of thousands. Its really sad, especially concerning the Manatees. we're having another week of unusually cold weather and I was just thinking how its probably a good thing, I can only imagine what the stench would be if it were any warmer. Kind of funny how mother nature takes her course.
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I'm struck too by that first photo. We get large concentrations of vultures down around the fish hatchery here once in a while, but nothing like that.

It sounds like a really bad situation for the wildlife overall. I hope the colder weather this week will be short-lived.

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Thank you Paul.
The photo really doesn't do justice to the magnitude of the whole thing, that was just one of many large flocks of vultures!
The weather forecast is for it to start warming up a little over the next few days.
This weekend should be back up into the more normal 70's. Thank goodness!
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Our weather is above normal - wide-spread 80's for the last 2 days in L.A. I was hot walking around with a long sleeved shirt at lunch.
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Our weather is above normal - wide-spread 80's for the last 2 days in L.A.
Won't be for long. You know what they say - if you don't like the weather around here today, just wait a day or two. Chili today, hot tamale.
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Won't be for long. You know what they say - if you don't like the weather around here today, just wait a day or two. Chili today, hot tamale.
Yeah, but that's just the forecast for Mexico.

BTW, just read in the paper today, we've lost over 200 Manatees and expect to loose more before if it doesn't warm up real soon. All the rescue facilities are swamped. Really sad.
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Our weather is above normal - wide-spread 80's for the last 2 days in L.A. I was hot walking around with a long sleeved shirt at lunch.

Crazy, isn't it Harriet? We had a high temp of 73 Monday afternoon and low's in the 30's that night. it slowly warming up over the next few days, expected to get back to the 70's by this weekend. If it don't warm up soon I'm gonna have to move to Brazil!
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