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Old 07-03-14, 02:30 AM   #26
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Incoming! We got caught in a little bit of that on an autumn ride, March 15 ...



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I got caught in this one ... Spring 2010 (07Nov10) ...


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Scared a bunny in my driveway when I got home today. It ran into the back yard.

Yesterday, a rat.
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I headed out Sat. morning for an exploratory bike ride on some logging roads, and startled a coyote just down my driveway 50 feet. I stopped and headed back to make sure the cats were inside the fence, as my wife was outside picking raspberries.
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I headed out Sat. morning for an exploratory bike ride on some logging roads, and startled a coyote just down my driveway 50 feet. I stopped and headed back to make sure the cats were inside the fence, as my wife was outside picking raspberries.
How high is the fence? Coyotes can go over 5 foot fences, and maybe higher.
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Almost ran into a sizable groundhog on Independence Day. He looked kind of surprised.
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How high is the fence? Coyotes can go over 5 foot fences, and maybe higher.
It's a 6 foot chain-link fence, goes around abut 1.5 acres. Previous owners of my place were much richer (or deeper in debt) than me. Only once has a deer jumped it, and that at a point where a tree landed on the top bar and bent it down. Raccoons come in at will, of course. No coyotes/bob cats/foxes have come in that I've seen.
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Nature ... within the greater Hobart city limits. Places we've cycled ...

Bilton Bay ... near the Cadbury Chocolate Factory ...



Risdon Brook Dam ... just a few km from where we live now ...



Looking toward the mouth of the Derwent River from a neighbouring suburb to our current one ...
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Nature ... within the greater Hobart city limits. Places we've cycled ...

Bilton Bay ... near the Cadbury Chocolate Factory ...



Risdon Brook Dam ... just a few km from where we live now ...



Looking toward the mouth of the Derwent River from a neighbouring suburb to our current one ...
I see the animals in the first picture, but I guess my eyes arent good enough to see them in the other two pictures. Can you point out the wildlife there?
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I see the animals in the first picture, but I guess my eyes arent good enough to see them in the other two pictures. Can you point out the wildlife there?
You asked for nature ... "The beauties of nature".

Nature is more than just wildlife. It's trees and plants and bodies of water and mountains. If you look, you'll see all sorts of nature in all three photos. And there is likely wildlife in all three as well. I'm sure there are, at least, some large huntsman spiders.
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Someone usually has a good story about yapping while riding and running into a swarm of gnats.... however that won't be me. Not this time! I keep my mouth shut!
No more gnats for me! I wear a helmet light, and I commute into work at twilight along the river, and the bugs are ridiculous. So I got one of these babies from REI. I get weird looks, but whatever, I don't have gnats in my mouth and they do.

To the OP: The one and only crash I've had as an adult was on the bike path and hit a nutria.

And I've shared this picture before, but here's my waterbottle after a 35 minute ride home in -22C weather:


Riding in was kind of a pain (but easier than it would have been in my car) so I think this year if we get weather like that again I'll use skis or snowshoes.
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We seem to be having bumper crops of blue herons and bald eagles these past few years as well. Yesterday we were paced by a blue heron as she gracefully flew along the river and we pedalled along the bike path.
There's a green heron that hangs out on the FRBP behind Bike Friday. I've only ever seen him when on foot, because he has such great camouflage.
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Sheep!
Sheep heaven! You'd need some serious herder dogs...
Is this Tasmania too?

My only herd contribution is that I was driving in rural Newfoundland in the 1980s and ran into a herd of caribou... maybe 500 animals.. crossing the road. That was impressive. If only I had taken a camera. Although nowadays I'm not sure how they are doing. Shrinking Newfoundland caribou herds still a mystery - Newfoundland & Labrador - CBC News
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Beautiful pictures all !
I try to find a little nature wherever I am. Doesn't take much of a area to find forest friends. Traveling the US I am a blessed man. Just wish I had more time to get the bike out of the semi truck.
You carfrees are the Heroes of nature
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Is this Tasmania too?
Yep, it's Tasmania.


And this is another part of that same hill ... looking slightly to the left of where the sheep are ...


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I saw chipmunks on a ride to Romeo. They're much smaller than squirrels. Many butterflies smacked my face on a ride to Port Huron. A small rabbit was between a paved path and a fence. It tried to run away but didn't have the speed or escape route. It hit the fence then stopped and I passed. A skunk was on a pedestrian overpass in a blackout. It zigzagged away as it looked for a way off the bridge. I let it have some space and crossed the road at ground level. In my back yard, a small hawk sat on my patio table between chasing pigeons.
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I've done a lot of riding in cougar and bobcat country
Me too! What's your favourite nightclub?
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Lately, there have been a lot of kamikaze buzzing things - probably trying to get their last bit of fun in before the cold weather. Every time I go for a ride, several bugs crash into me, buzz, and die. It might be time to start carrying Benadryl. I also ride by a lot of farms, and lately, there have been piles of manure alongside the road (and sometimes in the road). Not really wild, but pretty stinky.

My most memorable car-free wild time was while riding on a path outside Denver in the rain. I stupidly turned too quickly onto a wooden bridge, and totally wiped out. There was a bench nearby, and as I was sitting there collecting myself, a large elk walked up!
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No pictures but ...

On our ride on Sunday we went through a small wetlands are full of all sorts of bird life. It's spring here so that particular wetlands must be a popular stopping point in the migration or something. We've never seen so many birds there, or so many different kinds.

As I cycled along, glancing over the wetlands, all of a sudden there was a loud "HISSSSSS". I looked over and there were 3 white geese, glaring at me and hissing. They had gosslings, so I presume they were in protective mode.

I had a very brief thought about stopping and taking a photo ... but I thought better of it. I didn't want to be chased up the road by a small flock of geese.
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Seen while walking recently ...











And although we saw this one on a ride a few years ago ... I saw one just like this one on Sunday's ride ...

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Good grief, a sea urchin with legs. Aren't those marsupials? I'd hate to have that in my pouch.
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One of my scariest bike incidents was an urban wildlife encounter. I had some big work project that kept me late and I was biking home on a midsummer night at midnight. The overhead street lights were blocked on one residential block by dense Norway Maple foliage, and it was quite dark, and at the very last minute I saw a faint blur of white on the black road and swerved to avoid a skunk. Somehow he wasn't alarmed enough to spray, or if he did, I had passed by quickly enough to avoid the cloud.

Dodged a bullet!
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Good grief, a sea urchin with legs. Aren't those marsupials? I'd hate to have that in my pouch.
The echidna? Yes, they are marsupials.
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