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renegade

My guess is this is a wild turkey hen trying to hide her poults in the tall grass. She probably had them out for a nice grasshopper hunt on a balmy June morning. but when she encountered me, she went renegade.

Unlike suburban wild turkeys, which appear clueless dumb, those from pressured populations behave with all the stealth of a well-trained and well-seasoned sniper. Any mistake and the shotguns will get you.

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dove on a wire

Nothing is capturing my mood now than this little mourning dove out against the fading June sun.

I’m still in mourning. I feel a sadness, too, not just for Miley, but for the nation I was born in as it slowly fades away into the caprices and vagaries of ignorance and greed.

It’s hard to watch the news, and it’s hard to be outside in nature now.

But a little dove on the wire will do now.

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I’m in Kauai for the week. I did some snorkeling off Anini Beach this morning. This was the best video (of the first fish I saw!)

It is the state fish of Hawaii, of course. It is one of two species that is called a  humuhumunukunukuapua’a.

 

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The cute little red fox is quite a savage beast. It also shows us that the current fad for filming rare or relatively rare birds on nests with the use of web cameras can sometimes wind up with the ending we weren’t expecting:

 

 

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The war of mesopredators and a family saga, sort of like wolves vs. grizzlies on a smaller scale:

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Dogs vs. hogs

Warthogs vs. side-striped jackals over a cheetah-killed impala :

(Yes. That’s a black-backed jackal on the Youtube featured image. It is not in this video).

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Blood-tracking Deustsch-Drahthaar:

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