OT - had a visitor this morning

tomncath(St Pete Z10a Heat 10)January 28, 2012

Looked out my back picture window just in time to see this. We have a storm culvert between my house and my neighbors that leads back to a mangrove bayou off Tampa Bay. These guys and girls come and go through it and love to use it to trap fish in.

Tom

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derbyka

Great pictures!

    Bookmark   January 28, 2012 at 10:24AM
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funnylady(9)

Looks like they wanted pictures tank. They are great.

    Bookmark   January 28, 2012 at 11:27AM
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ladywingr(9b/10a)

Love the pictures - thanks for sharing!

A friend of ours could call them to him, he could imitate their calls. He never let get them close with those sharp teeth though.

    Bookmark   January 28, 2012 at 11:30AM
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czfljo(Daytona Beach-9A/B)

Totally cool! Thanks for sharing!

Jo

    Bookmark   January 28, 2012 at 11:34AM
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katkin_gw

Great photos!!! We have them swim and run the banks of our canal sometimes, being very careful to avoid the gaters.

    Bookmark   January 28, 2012 at 11:56AM
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saintpfla

WOW!! I love it!!!

    Bookmark   January 28, 2012 at 12:06PM
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tinael01(10A)

Tom that is amazing! What a beautiful creature that is.

    Bookmark   January 28, 2012 at 12:39PM
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sharbear50(6a Bella Vista)

Awe they look so cute and playful. Great pictures!

    Bookmark   January 28, 2012 at 12:46PM
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whgille(FL 9b)

Tom

You had some great visitors! Very cute!

Silvia

    Bookmark   January 28, 2012 at 1:11PM
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pabrocb(Sarasota/Cape Cod)

Oh, Tom thank you so much. You made my day. He/she looks the same size as my dachshund! There is a tidal pond across the street and they are known to run around the neighborhood.

Carol B. in Sarasota

    Bookmark   January 28, 2012 at 1:25PM
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hester_2009

How lucky you are to have these in your back yard! Thanks for the photos - I think it brought a smile to all that looked.
Hester

    Bookmark   January 28, 2012 at 2:01PM
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tomncath(St Pete Z10a Heat 10)

I glad you all enjoyed the pictures, I love it here. This time of year we get a lot of wild ducks too. I had a couple hundred here up until about 30 minutes ago, I just couldn't get many of them in these pictures.

And last week we had a white pelican visit briefly at the far end of the lake, I was only able to snap a few pictures of him leaving and you really can't tell he's white so I'll add a few pictures from last year below the first two.

    Bookmark   January 28, 2012 at 6:10PM
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Truscifi

Wow, those are great pics! I can't wait to show my son in the morning!

    Bookmark   January 28, 2012 at 10:08PM
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wallisadi

nice pictures! beautiful built in water feature, i'm envious of living on the water. we have squirrels...:)

    Bookmark   January 29, 2012 at 5:50AM
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hester_2009

So love the white pelicans! I remember when we first moved here in 1991, we saw a flock in Sarasota Bay - I didn't know such a bird existed! You are so lucky to see them in your back yard (the ducks too)
I'm with Mark, I have squirrels and a resident possum - not quite as beautiful as your wildlife!!! duh...
Hester

    Bookmark   January 29, 2012 at 9:41AM
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tomncath(St Pete Z10a Heat 10)

Oh I have squirrels too. If I don't grow cherry tomatoes for them they'll get into my Beefmasters :-( And possums live under the wood decking.

Here's a picture of the sunset last night.

And, ducks tearing it up this morning just outside my window but but moved off when I opened the blinds to snap this picture....Bolted broccoli on the right, for the bees.

Tom

    Bookmark   January 29, 2012 at 10:00AM
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whgille(FL 9b)

Tom, beautiful pictures!

Silvia

    Bookmark   January 29, 2012 at 10:06AM
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tomncath(St Pete Z10a Heat 10)

Thanks Silvia, sure makes up for all the bugs I have to deal with having a garden so close to the lake.

I hope everyone enjoys this beautiful Sunday :-)

Tom

    Bookmark   January 29, 2012 at 10:37AM
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sharbear50(6a Bella Vista)

Beautiful pictures! May I ask what camera you are using? I have alot of hawks, eagles, ospreys, ducks around the lake I have been trying to get pictures of...I need a better camera!
Sharon

    Bookmark   January 29, 2012 at 6:08PM
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tomncath(St Pete Z10a Heat 10)

Hi Sharon, I'm a bit lazy with the camera, I like one that's simple, fairly small and has at least a 15X zoom. I'm using a Panasonic DMC-FZ28, it's three years old now and given how quickly technology advances I'm sure someone can recommend a better camera in the $250-300 range, but this one serves my purpose and as I get older I'm not in such a hurry to chase the latest advances :-)

Tom

    Bookmark   January 29, 2012 at 6:24PM
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wallisadi

nice glass of wine and THAT sunset......have an extra room? will trade for plants.....:)

    Bookmark   January 29, 2012 at 6:53PM
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tomncath(St Pete Z10a Heat 10)

Thanks Mark, you're welcome over here anytime. I'll fire up the hot tub to go with that glass of wine ;-)

Sharon, Mark is the one to ask about a good camera. Nobody takes a better picture than he does!

Tom

    Bookmark   January 29, 2012 at 7:16PM
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zzackey(8b GA)

How awesome! I really miss seeing the white and brown pelicans! We lived in Vero Beach for 16 years. They were so much fun to see. Those and the cormorants. The sunsets aren't as grand here either. We still enjoy it here tho. It got so overcrowded there.

    Bookmark   January 29, 2012 at 7:36PM
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annafl(z9b/10a Sarasota)

Amazing photos Tom! You're lucky to live in a wildlife wonderland! How fun to see the otters catching fish. I had a family a couple of times in my teeny pond eating my goldfish, but I haven't seen them in a couple of years. Those white pelicans are really special too. Please keep showing us your creatures as you capture them in photos. Made my morning. Thanks.

Anna

    Bookmark   January 30, 2012 at 9:01AM
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westhamutd

Great pics-especially of the otter

    Bookmark   January 30, 2012 at 1:27PM
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judyk_2008(9 DeLeon Sprs)

We have them come and go in our lake. The most I've seen at one time was six. They are so fun to watch. When the water was high, they would chase each other up and over the dock.

    Bookmark   January 30, 2012 at 3:50PM
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tomncath(St Pete Z10a Heat 10)

Just finished a 14 hour day, in this economy work when you can, right? I got some good close-up pictures of the ducks today, too tired to post now, tomorrow....

Tom

    Bookmark   January 30, 2012 at 8:15PM
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