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I Shot A Bald Eagle, In Maine (Timber Point) — Yesterday.

by Anura Guruge


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Where I shot it.


WHAT?

YOU thought I shot it with ANYTHING OTHER than my camera?

Oh, dear! You still don’t know me do YOU. SMILE.

Plus, as I am always saying: “I am NOT TOTALLY STUPID, just partially stupid”! I also know most of the U.S. Laws. SMILE.

This was a TREAT. I hadn’t seen an eagle, properly, in years. WOW. They are always so majestic.

Crazy thing. It was been HARRIED by two large seagulls.


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The Best Fed Squirrels In Town.

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I have no beef with my squirrels. Other than eating all of our bird feed (at least what is leftover from the bears), they have, SO FAR, done us no great harm in terms of property damage. My ardour for them could change, on a dime, if they did chew up one of the cars or came into the house. BUT, for now, all is cool. They just scamper about in the yard — annoying the dogs every once in awhile.

I feed them — in the hope that it would stop them from attacking the bird feeders. That doesn’t exactly work, but what the heck. It amuses I.

So, this was their treats today — corn cobs & a corn log.


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TWO GOOD Pictures Of Comet NEOWISE (i.e., C/2020 F3), July 24, 2020, Over New Hampshire As It Bids Farewell.

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This was the 4th time I got to see Comet NEOWISE (C/2020 F3).

I also saw it last Friday (July 17), this Monday (July 20) & this Tuesday (July 21).

Wow. It is fading fast! Yes, still naked-eye visible & I saw it within seconds of getting out of our Nissan van. But. I was in ‘total’ darkness. No ambient light.

This time I had my ‘new’ Panasonic ZS200 all set up for a 10″ exposure & even tripod mounted. Much easier if you do this at home.

It will cease to be naked-eye within days. It is hurtling away.


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Yet Another Bear Attack Last Night (With Video); 4th Of This Summer — BUT Totally Our Fault.

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Bent the metal post —
that I had fixed with a metal bar after last attack!


4th KNOWN visit — 3rd time we have caught them; twice on video, other time on camera (IN PERSON). 1st Video (May 11, 2080). When I went out with camera to take pictures (May 26, 2020).




We forgot to bring the bird feeder in! Our fault. After the last attack, on May 26, we had a system. One of us would bring it in & the other would check! Well, the system failed last night. No, we had forgotten a few other times BUT we had lucked out. Kind of thought the bear must have moved on. Yesterday it rained. That kind of messed up our schedule. But, no excuses. IF we had remembered to bring in THE feeder this would not have happened.

YET AGAIN, the feeder is GONE. Not in our yard. We have lost 4 feeders — for a total of over $400! This one was BIG, but plain. I don’t think it cost much. But, YIKES.

BIG BEAR!

Around 1am. I went out for a walk at 11pm. I am NOT afraid of bears BUT it would not have been that exciting to walk into him/her!

Well. That is IT. No more hanging bird feeders. We have two window feeders on windows NOT accessible to bears.


Feeder he stole last night. I liked it. BIG & simple (kind of like I).


The main feeder he/she destroyed last time — May 26.
Had it for just under a month. $42 + $16 for the pole.
Getting to be an expensive hobby. Over $210 in lost bird feeders just this Spring.


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I Got Some GOOD Pictures Of Comet NEOWISE (i.e., C/2020 F3), Last Night, Over New Hampshire.

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With my ‘new’ Panasonic ZS200. First time I had used it with a tripod & on manual exposure. Worked it out, in the fly, in the dark, in the back of our Nissan van.

I was on my own — this being Tuesday night. We had also seen it on Friday & Monday. They felt that they had seen ENOUGH!

Glad I went out.

Today, was a total washout.

Weather permitting I will be back again Thursday — when it will be closest to us.

Seeing it was SPECIAL. Really made me happy.

 


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Comet NEOWISE (i.e., C/2020 F3): Next 3 Days, The Best; Closest To Earth On Thursday, July 23, 2020.

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From my BOOK (of course) — see below.



Quite literally a HEADS UP. Weather, at least in New Hampshire, is always a factor. So, get out there. Do NOT WAIT for Thursday. Only takes ONE cloud as we have found out. SMILE.

I am going out, right after I post this. Seen it twice — three will be better, four a TREAT.

Enjoy. I am so happy I got to see it. Enjoy. We might not get another for another 23-years!


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I Shot Bambi — Yesterday.

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WHAT?

YOU thought I shot Bambi with ANYTHING OTHER than my camera?

Oh, dear! You still don’t know me — if you did.

Don’t hunt, never have & unlikely to start. I am averse to killing things — other than insects that bite me & snakes that scare me.

Yes, as a kid, with an air rifle (for which I had to work extremely hard to get), I did shoot a few crows. No mammals. These days I won’t even kill an ailing goldfish (to the amusement of many).

Nope, I like my animals. Squeamish about killing things. Kind of related to why I could not be a doctor. Cannot bear to see OTHERS, including animals, in pain & sufferings. I can cope with plenty of MY pain, suffering, blood & gore. Just others.

Anywho …

This was on my walk yesterday. Actually saw too. One of his siblings. This one saw me, TURNED BACK & came to stare at me. He stared at me for a good 50 seconds — per the timestamps on my camera.


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Saw Comet NEOWISE (i.e., C/2020 F3) For the 2nd Time, Over New Hampshire, Last Night — Got Pictures.

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Saw it from 3 different places, all within 2-miles of home. 1st was ‘Ridge Road‘, in New Durham, off ‘Prospect Mountain Road‘. That is where we saw it on Friday too. Good spot, high up. BUT, a main road & there are cars going by with their lights on. That kills your night vision.

On the way home, I, serendipitously, discovered two GOOD spots on ‘Prospect Mountain Road’. SMILE. I have been walking that road for 13-years. I know it well. IDEAL. I was out there for 30-minutes & there was NO traffic.

Planning to go out tonight also.


Some Tips.

It is quite high up on the horizon. Above the treeline. Maybe 30°. So, make sure to look up from the horizon. Not much, but a fair amount.

It is FAINT, but once you see it it is naked-eye, but just. Yes, you can see it naked eye. GREAT through binoculars. I am using a VERY OLD pair of 10×50 & it works great.

Between North & North West — closer to N than to NW.



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A Neighbour Is Trying To Trap Something — But I Am Sure It Is NOT My Bear, & Better NOT Be My Bobcat.

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They have had this small (humane) trap out for the last two nights. I took this picture last night on my 11pm walk.

You can see the TWO blue paper dishes with what looks like dog food. There are three of these, but one is in darkness. They are all OUTSIDE of the trap. [This morning, following the quite spectacular thunderstorm we had, the bowls were waterlogged & the trap was still open.]

I assume they know what they are doing. So, will notice that they have draped it in blankets so that the animal can’t see too much of the metal or shape.

I am sure of one thing. It is NOT for MY bear. Trap is too small. That is good. I do NOT want my bear or bears trapped. I am cool with them. I like bears.

My bear — with whom I connected — on May 26, 2020.


It could, however, be for MY bobcat. He/she isn’t that big & this house is sure on its route. I do NOT want to see the bobcat trapped. I am not even sure whether you can legally trap a bobcat. I do not know — & don’t have the time to check. SMILE.

It better NOT be for my bobcat. IF I see it in the trap, I will let it out. SMILE. I am like that.

My bobcat — from June 24, 2020.


Stay tuned. This could be FUN. Smile.


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I Saw A Fox During My Walk Last Night, 10:55pm.

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He had been following me at a distance.

The powerful LED headlight I wear caught its eyes just about when I was leaving our driveway.

They were VIVID green. The eyes of deer are yellow. This was close to the ground. I thought it was a cat. I saw it cross the road. Looked like a cat.

It then followed I! SMILE.

Saw its eyes again. It was much closer. Got him in my headlight.

Took this picture using the Google Pixel 4’s amazing ‘Night Sight‘.

Been quite the Summer: bears, bobcat, deer & now a fox.


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