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Re: Wildlife Of NOVA Pics and Stories
Posted by: David in FC ()
Date: August 11, 2017 06:44PM

Sorry for the Shelob pictures there folks, now we can all return to our normality of life.

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Re: Wildlife Of NOVA Pics and Stories
Posted by: epkyy ()
Date: August 11, 2017 07:22PM

elk lick run western ffxco
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Re: Wildlife Of NOVA Pics and Stories
Posted by: David in FC ()
Date: August 11, 2017 07:30PM

epkyy Wrote:
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> elk lick run western ffxco

Great picture. I miss the days when we would explore a place like that all day long. Walking through the water barefoot, turning over a rock or two to look for crayfish.
Thanks for contributing to this thread.



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Re: Wildlife Of NOVA Pics and Stories
Posted by: Ditto Pal ..Nice Pic ()
Date: August 11, 2017 11:56PM

> elk lick run western ffxco

Thanks..DAJAX

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Re: Wildlife Of NOVA Pics and Stories
Posted by: Was A Classic Mexican Standoff ()
Date: August 12, 2017 12:22AM

He would not move..and I did not want to go round him..LOL..But Finally he went off to find another Carrot!!

DAJAX On A NOVA Trail In Gunston..
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Re: Wildlife Of NOVA Pics and Stories
Posted by: epkyy ()
Date: August 12, 2017 09:43AM

spring peeper western ffxco

now you done encouraged me
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Re: Wildlife Of NOVA Pics and Stories
Posted by: epkyy ()
Date: August 15, 2017 09:36PM

the chantilly wegmans construction site. last year.
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Re: Wildlife Of NOVA Pics and Stories
Posted by: photoman ()
Date: August 16, 2017 11:36AM

epkyy Wrote:
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> elk lick run western ffxco


Very nice. Where exactly is this?

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Re: Wildlife Of NOVA Pics and Stories
Posted by: photobomb ()
Date: August 16, 2017 12:37PM

Elk lick is in Western Fairfax County, this section of the stream appears to be the area behind Chandley Farms just prior to where Elk Lick flows into Cub Run behind Chantilly National Golf Club, can also be accessed from Pleasant Valley Road just South of Cox's Farm

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Re: Wildlife Of NOVA Pics and Stories
Posted by: epkyy ()
Date: August 16, 2017 08:01PM

snapping turtle big rocky run western ffxco
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Re: Wildlife Of NOVA Pics and Stories
Posted by: PNFKY ()
Date: September 18, 2017 06:44PM

I saw this unusually large cricket while at a junkyard in PG county. Have never seen them here in Fairfax.
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Re: Wildlife Of NOVA Pics and Stories
Posted by: David Carradine ()
Date: October 02, 2017 06:12PM

PNFKY Wrote:
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> I saw this unusually large cricket while at a
> junkyard in PG county. Have never seen them here
> in Fairfax.

That's a Grasshopper.

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Re: Wildlife Of NOVA Pics and Stories
Posted by: David in FC ()
Date: October 22, 2017 11:47AM

epkyy Wrote:
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> snapping turtle big rocky run western ffxco

Cool snapper. They're nasty when they grow to full size.

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Re: Wildlife Of NOVA Pics and Stories
Posted by: David in FC ()
Date: October 22, 2017 12:08PM

A Polyphemus Moth that somehow wound up inside my neighbor's house about 13 or 14 years ago. They didn't know what it was, and called me on the phone to see if I wanted it. The thing was pretty big for a moth.
These were both taken with an older film camera. For the first picture, it was kind of hard to hold the moth on my one hand, and focus and take the picture with the other hand. (It wasn't an auto-focus).
He willingly walked onto my hand, and just sat there. He didn't try to fly away. I had to almost push him off onto the Rhododendron bush in the second picture.



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Re: Wildlife Of NOVA Pics and Stories
Posted by: David in FC ()
Date: October 22, 2017 12:39PM

Taken almost 10 years ago in Arlington National Cemetery.
A pair of Red Tailed Hawks were building a nest in a tree not too far from my parent's grave. I saw them flying back and forth, carrying things to it. I got closer, sat under a tree and waited. Finally this one flew off, and I was able to get this shot.
I can't help but notice how much it looks like the logo for The Doobie Brothers, just in reverse. Haha.
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Re: Wildlife Of NOVA Pics and Stories
Posted by: David in FC ()
Date: October 22, 2017 12:44PM

Another one from Arlington. This doesn't really need an explanation.
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Re: Wildlife Of NOVA Pics and Stories
Posted by: David in FC ()
Date: November 06, 2017 11:26AM

OK, I'll scrounge this thread up again.
I took this while sitting on a rock on the side of the Potomac.
He was about 50 to 75 yards out in the middle of the river. Thankfully I had my 400mm lens with me.
Believe it or not, it's called a Bufflehead. I don't make this stuff up. (Well, sometimes I do, but not this time.)
Taken on Christmas Day a few years ago.
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Re: Wildlife Of NOVA Pics and Stories
Posted by: Opheodrys aestivus ()
Date: November 06, 2017 06:59PM

Gray Treefrog at Burke Lake
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Re: Wildlife Of NOVA Pics and Stories
Posted by: Greybeard ()
Date: November 06, 2017 09:02PM

David in FC Wrote:
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> OK, I'll scrounge this thread up again.
> I took this while sitting on a rock on the side of
> the Potomac.
> He was about 50 to 75 yards out in the middle of
> the river. Thankfully I had my 400mm lens with
> me.
> Believe it or not, it's called a Bufflehead. I
> don't make this stuff up. (Well, sometimes I do,
> but not this time.)
> Taken on Christmas Day a few years ago.

Nice shot.

Yes, kids, this is real, even if it does look like a stuffed animal!

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Re: Wildlife Of NOVA Pics and Stories
Posted by: Mike_Hunt ()
Date: November 07, 2017 04:01PM

Fishing in the Potomac off of Ft. Belvoir; heard a scream from a kid about 20 feet away and this was coming out from under a bush....
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Re: Wildlife Of NOVA Pics and Stories
Posted by: David in FC ()
Date: November 21, 2017 08:36PM

A Great Blue Heron that I saw on a rock in the Potomac a few years ago.
You wanna call someone a bird-brain.....
Some birds are surprisingly intelligent, but, seeing this profile, this one makes me wonder a bit.
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Re: Wildlife Of NOVA Pics and Stories
Posted by: David in FC ()
Date: November 21, 2017 08:42PM

A Red Tailed Hawk that apparently had been injured, and was in a cage at Riverbend Park. It was easy to get a good close-up, since the guy was in a cage. Finally, he was healed enough to be set free.
Another pic from a few years ago.
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Re: Wildlife Of NOVA Pics and Stories
Posted by: David in FC ()
Date: November 21, 2017 09:03PM

A Sharp Shinned Hawk that was in my neighbor's tree earlier this year. Not the best shot, but it is what it is.
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Re: Wildlife Of NOVA Pics and Stories
Posted by: David in FC ()
Date: November 21, 2017 09:15PM

Lastly, for now, a White Throated Sparrow. They are gentle birds, and I'm glad to take care of them.
Taken from about 10 feet away, outside the window where I sit while I surf the web.
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Re: Wildlife Of NOVA Pics and Stories
Posted by: Past Times ()
Date: November 21, 2017 09:22PM

David in FC Wrote:
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> Lastly, for now, a White Throated Sparrow. They
> are gentle birds, and I'm glad to take care of
> them.
> Taken from about 10 feet away, outside the window
> where I sit while I surf the web.
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#'s 2 & 3 are just.... Incredible ! !

T's

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Re: Wildlife Of NOVA Pics and Stories
Posted by: Sam McMann ()
Date: November 22, 2017 02:14AM

David, keep up the good work. I hope you find time to check out Virginia Wildlife magazine. Your pics would def be in the running during the yearly photo contest.

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Re: Wildlife Of NOVA Pics and Stories
Posted by: David in FC ()
Date: November 23, 2017 04:46AM

Thank you for the encouragement. It means a lot. I guess when you let part of your yard go wild, the animals appreciate it. And I have learned to keep my camera close by for some of the times when critters stop by.
Unfortunately I couldn't get a good shot of the 6 point buck that walked past the window yesterday morning.
But I do have this older picture from about 9 years ago of a Raccoon cleaning out my bird feeder. It's officially called a "Squirrel Proof Bird Feeder", but it never said anything about Raccoons. The thing was able to open the top all the way, climb inside, and feed to his, (or her's), heart's content.
I could have reached out an petted him, (or her), but didn't think it was such a wise thing to do.
I don't use that feeder anymore, it got too expensive. LOL
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Re: Wildlife Of NOVA Pics and Stories
Posted by: David in FC ()
Date: November 23, 2017 05:07AM

Just a caterpillar that I saw climbing on a Goldenrod plant growing by the side of my house.
There was a white post next to it, and I thought that the contrast would look good.
I'm not a good photographer, I just try to be aware of my surroundings.
If I can do it, you all can too.
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Re: Wildlife Of NOVA Pics and Stories
Posted by: Opheodrys aestivus ()
Date: November 23, 2017 11:41AM

Mole Kingsnake
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Re: Wildlife Of NOVA Pics and Stories
Posted by: Latin ()
Date: November 23, 2017 12:01PM

Opheodrys aestivus Wrote:
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> Mole Kingsnake

Cool picture, but it's latin name is Lampropeltis calligaster.

Opheodrys aestivus is a Rough Green Snake.

Thanks for posting it though.

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Re: Wildlife Of NOVA Pics and Stories
Posted by: David in FC ()
Date: November 25, 2017 10:31AM

Here's a one antlered Deer that was just in my backyard. He must have broken off the other one somehow. Maybe in a rut with another buck. It looks there is a wound that is healing below his eye.
He started out laying in the back corner of the yard by some bushes, and I was able to get some decent pictures of him. I was getting ready to post the first picture, when he decided to get up and started walking straight toward the house. He stopped about 15 feet outside the window and looked right at me when he heard the sound of the camera.
I had to shrink these 2 pictures down to about 30% of the full sized files so I didn't get yelled at. Haha
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Re: Wildlife Of NOVA Pics and Stories
Posted by: Nicdoot ()
Date: November 25, 2017 01:19PM

Wow you take some great pics David. Thanks for sharing.

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Re: Wildlife Of NOVA Pics and Stories
Posted by: Guest 11252017 ()
Date: November 25, 2017 01:41PM

David in FC Wrote:
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> Here's a one antlered Deer that was just in my
> backyard. He must have broken off the other one
> somehow. Maybe in a rut with another buck. It
> looks there is a wound that is healing below his
> eye.
> He started out laying in the back corner of the
> yard by some bushes, and I was able to get some
> decent pictures of him. I was getting ready to
> post the first picture, when he decided to get up
> and started walking straight toward the house. He
> stopped about 15 feet outside the window and
> looked right at me when he heard the sound of the
> camera.
> I had to shrink these 2 pictures down to about 30%
> of the full sized files so I didn't get yelled at.
> Haha

Great photos and appreciate the share!

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Re: Wildlife Of NOVA Pics and Stories
Posted by: David in FC ()
Date: November 26, 2017 10:28AM

Nicdoot and Guest, thank you for the compliments. So many times with the pictures, I just get lucky.
That's one of the nice things about digital cameras, I don't have to worry about wasting film, like in the old days. I usually have the camera on Continuous Shoot, and snap a burst of 10 or 20 pictures at a time. A good part of them don't really come out so well, but I can usually get a couple decent ones. Then delete the rest.
I did have to prop the window open a little, then aim the camera through there, just so I didn't get distortion from the window, all the time the morning cold air pouring in.
I guess I could post a cropped version of the broken antler. This is from when he walked up toward the house, but was still looking away. Before he heard the sound of the camera clicking, and looked toward the sound (me). Full size, but cropped.
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Re: Wildlife Of NOVA Pics and Stories
Posted by: JGWW9 ()
Date: December 07, 2017 09:39AM

Large bird above my house this morning, taken with my ipod through binoculars.
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Re: Wildlife Of NOVA Pics and Stories
Posted by: David in FC ()
Date: December 07, 2017 02:40PM

JGWW9 Wrote:
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> Large bird above my house this morning, taken with
> my ipod through binoculars.

That looks like a Sharp Shinned Hawk. Taken through binocs? Cool pictures, thanks for posting.

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Re: Wildlife Of NOVA Pics and Stories
Posted by: Springs Here! Their Back ()
Date: March 31, 2018 08:40PM

From South America , the Ospreys. Many others coming to, their fans have been waiting and are now watching them. These two stars of the NOVA wildlife show have returned to the same nest 8 years now in Fairfax County waters off the GW Parkway

Soon a few eggs will be laid and the pair will take turns sitting on them to keep them warm till hatching. Then the show goes on as the parents fly fish to them to feed on and finally the babies fledge and learn to fish for themselves

They will banish the Egrets and Herons from their fishing areas, but the mighty American Bald Eagle will swoop down at will and steal their fish from them.

There are some Eagles right across the Potomac and they soar over the area and will dive upon the Osprey with a scream and the Osprey will let their fish go to avoid an attack from the "Screaming Eagle" in the same manner that ISIS and other enemy's of America retreat when the 101st and 82nd US Army Airborne paratroopers jump into combat

The Osprey show ends in late August as they return to their South American winter grounds
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