Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Life on the Wild Side

I've been land based for over three weeks now, but I thought my loyal readers (you know who you are) would be interested in some of the different wild life we encountered this winter while boating around the Bahamas.  When I got my new laptop computer, some of my blogging techniques changed and my photos became embedded in small sizes.  I have recently learned how to fix that so now you can feel free to click on them and they will get bigger and easier to appreciate.  Enjoy!

Harvested Conch...Deno's cracked conch salad was fabulous!


Nurse Sharks' feeding frenzy.

The elusive Sea Turtle...always a treat to spot one up close.

Plovers...Nelson's favourite chase at the beach!

Wild pigs at Big Major's Spot.

They swim right up to the dingy, begging for food.

They can become quite aggressive if you haven't got anything delicious to share!

These Peacocks strutted freely around Chubb Cay.  The male refused to display his finery for us.

The ubiquitous Banaquit.  A friendly nectar eater that will feed from your hand if you are patient.

The Great Blue Heron sat on the pilings by our boat morning and evening every day we were at Sunset Bay Marina in Florida.
Because it was all part of the same trip, he gets included here, even though he isn't from the Bahamas.

These little lizards are everywhere in the islands.  
The ones with the blue tails poison small dogs that are silly enough to eat them!

Iguanas are found on several different islands in the Exumas.  Colonies of over 100 look for handouts from tourists and fight over the food in a startling fashion.  
They look so prehistoric.

Nelson had doggy friends in the cruising community.
Here the two beach bums are looking wet and dirty...fun times.

Little Miss Penny, a 9 month, PREGNANT Shitzu made herself right at home when she visited aboard Steadfast.

Then there were the ones that got away or that I didn't have a camera to capture...
the 36 year old cruising Scarlet Macaw parrot,
the Saw-tooth Shark at Atlantis,
and the Queen Angel Fish swimming wild on the reefs.

Since I've been back in Canada, I've witnessed a live birth of a baby goat on a farm in BC, saw a herd of Elk grazing downtown Canmore, Alberta and photographed my Grand #3 playing with a Hedge Hog.  The wild side of life is always interesting to us city dwellers.

Did you or your pets meet any new species in your travels this year?

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