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Old 07-03-06, 04:32 AM   #1
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Wildlife seen on ride

G'day bikers

On my Saturay bike ride when I stoped to have lunch at West Head in Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park I saw a wallaby. The park is about 40km (24.85Miles) from The Sydney CBD, NSW, Australia. This was my first ride to West Head.

What wildlife have you see on your rides?


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Old 07-03-06, 05:01 AM   #2
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Deer and jack rabbits mostly. I have year round access to a large remote ranch where the wildlife have never seen a bike rider. The deer don't mind me much in a golf cart, but when I ride a bike they freak out. Yesterday a doe spooked from nearly 100 yards away and ran off in the opposite direction. At the same time a buck that was near her took a different direction and crossed the road in front of me and stopped next to a small tree by the side of the road. I was only about 50 yards away pedaling quietly and when he finally looked back over his shoulder and saw me. He took off like a rocket, jumped a fence and continued running for at least a quarter mile before I lost sight of him. He's probably still running.
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I saw a scarlet king snake crossing the road last week while in Destin, Florida. Beautiful snake. "Red on black...", I'm sure you've heard the rhyme comparing the scarlet with the coral.

Rare enough. Secretive, likes in the inside of pine logs. First one I've ever seen in the wild.

One of our weekly rides goes past this suburban house that has a zebra and a couple of buffalo cavorting around with the horses on their couple of acres. That always freaks folks out when we say, "Hey. Look at that zebra." as we whiz by.

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Old 07-03-06, 06:43 AM   #4
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I'm always watching for birds. In the past few weeks, my top finds:

Great Blue Heron
Baltimore Oriole
Indigo Bunting
Red tailed hawk
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Old 07-03-06, 08:16 AM   #5
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Cows, goats, horses, pigs, chickens, cats, dogs, emus, ostriches, donkeys, mules, peacocks, ducks, geese. There are some farms around here that use Llamas to keep coyotes out of the pasture. Like donkeys, they are very territorial and don't allow strange animals in their field.

On the wild side, I see deer, rabbits, opossums, groundhogs, birds, squirrels, chipmunks, snakes, turkeys, and coyotes.
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.... I was a wallaby...........
Cool. I always wanted to be a wallaby.
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Old 07-03-06, 08:32 AM   #7
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Last ride I saw a northern pine snake, a white tail deer and I stopped to rescue a flipped over painted turtle on the roadside that was dying from exposure.

I also had many close encounters with honey bees courtesy of the dozens of hives placed near the roadside in cranberry bog country.
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Old 07-03-06, 08:42 AM   #8
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I saw two groundhogs doin' the nasty last year.
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Lotsa birds, herons, egrets, moorhens, starlings, mockingbirds, blue jays & cardinals, a variety of ducks, red shoulder hawks, osprey even a bald eagle, bunnies, racoons, non-native iguanas,

invasive PVC Tree...

a tropical yeti

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Ground squirrels. Lots and lots of ground squirrels. Playing with their nuts, mostly.
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Nothing but those goddam squirrels!
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I almost run over bunnies daily, but yesterday I saw a baaaaaby deer, it was stuck in a fence, but as I sat there and watched it, it freed itself and sprung off through the grass. It was cute overload.
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Lots of foxes running around close to the river.

And bears. For wrastlin'.
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I've seen a bobcat, bears, an eagle, racoons, possums, turkey vultures, beavers, Great Blue Herons, lots of deer (just never when I'm hunting dammit), elk, rabbits, porcupines, and of course any animals contained on a farm.
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There is a great blue heron (maybe a gray), a pair fox squirrels, a pair snowy egrets, sometimes wild turkey, deer, and buzzards, all usually in the first mile of my commute.
If I go by my crazy neighbor's farm, I get to see a camel, water buffalo, some sort of expensive goats, and more alpacas than you can shake a llama at.
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Old 07-03-06, 06:23 PM   #16
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Bunnies
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I have bike trails all through the forests on about 105 acres of land (which I call my hundred-acre-woods), so I see a lot of wildlife when I ride. Some of the animals I see: deer (lots and lots of them),wild boor, wild dogs, bobcats, coyotes, snakes, foxes, rabbits, all kinds of birds, squirrels (I like the black ones), racoons, groundhogs, ducks and geese, once a herd of goats (got loose from somewhere, I am sure), once a huge cat that sure looked like a cougar, once a huge black cat that sure looked like a panther, once a horse, another time a loose cow, hunters hunting illegally (grrrrr), and the list goes on and on.
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I have bike trails all through the forests on about 105 acres of land (which I call my hundred-acre-woods), so I see a lot of wildlife when I ride. Some of the animals I see: deer (lots and lots of them),wild boor, wild dogs, bobcats, coyotes, snakes, foxes, rabbits, all kinds of birds, squirrels (I like the black ones), racoons, groundhogs, ducks and geese, once a herd of goats (got loose from somewhere, I am sure), once a huge cat that sure looked like a cougar, once a huge black cat that sure looked like a panther, once a horse, another time a loose cow, hunters hunting illegally (grrrrr), and the list goes on and on.
Ha, I read your post in email so didn't see where you were from but thought "that sure sounds like Texas!".

I've seen (and heard) the big blacks cats before too. They don't officially exist in Texas but the old timers will tell you otherwise. They sure are beautiful.
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Old 07-03-06, 07:33 PM   #19
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I've seen what my friend and I will always swear was a large, black predatory cat while riding around in a field in SW Missouri. It was laying in the field so it was hard to make out. It was watching us. We didn't stick around to investigate. Of course, nobody believed us.

There was a circus in the area that was notorious for escaped animals. They did have panthers.

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I see a lot of squirrels. Occasionally I see one in a coyote's mouth as it skips away.

There's also the occasional rattlesnake (shudder), as well as various types of king snakes. During mating season, the tarantulas are plentiful (double shudder)

Though they're supposedly plentiful in these parts, I've never encountered a mountain lion.... yet
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I've seen plenty of deer, including a herd of eight that once crossed right in front of me, barely 25 feet away. There was also a memorable occasion when I came across two young armadillos in digging in the dirt at the roadside.
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Herons or cranes of some sort, squirrels, some gnus and other african animals. cats and dogs.
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A cute pair of burrowing Owls the size of your hand. Came back to the same dirt bank year after year.
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While riding on the main road home, there was somebody dressed up in a brown Bear costume.
He/She was standing on a corner waving at the passing traffic & I gave a big wave back as I rode pass.

Now that's the first Brown Bear I've seen in Sydney.
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