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17 April on the golf course

  
By:  Bob Nelson  •  Photos  •  4 years ago  •  14 comments

17 April on the golf course

Taken with my phone, with maximum "zoom" (which is just digital zoom, so lost quality...  crying )

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I don't know one bird from another, but a Google search tells me it is probably a Grey Hawk .

And on the road, on the way home:
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It had already been run over... but it was still moving so I stayed a safe distance away!

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Bob Nelson
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1  author  Bob Nelson    4 years ago

I know that "the best camera is the one you have with you"... but I sure would have liked to have the α6000!

 
 
 
Eat The Press Do Not Read It
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1.1  Eat The Press Do Not Read It  replied to  Bob Nelson @1    2 years ago

Bob:  Sorry, it has taken me five years to stop by your blog, but, I been busy trimming my toes nails.

What was it you wanted to share?

 
 
 
1stwarrior
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2  1stwarrior    4 years ago

A screaming golfer was being dragged by a gator off the putting green into a nearby swamp.
He kicked and did everything he could to ward off the animal. Then, he started hitting it with
his putter until finally the gator let go and slithered back to the swamp. His caddy was amazed
at the whole ordeal and asked him how many times he had hit the gator.
"Six," the golfer said. "But put down four."

 
 
 
Bob Nelson
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2.1  author  Bob Nelson  replied to  1stwarrior @2    4 years ago

Great story!

Fortunately for us, though... gators are fairly rare in Yuma...

 
 
 
TTGA
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2.2  TTGA  replied to  1stwarrior @2    4 years ago
Six," the golfer said. "But put down four."

So, what's the best club for fighting off a gator?  I'd lean toward a five iron (better wind up possible), but you're the expert golf club guy around here.

Fortunately for us, though... gators are fairly rare in Yuma...

That's all right Bob.  You've got plenty of rattlesnakes to make up for the lack.  Great shot of the Hawk.

 
 
 
1stwarrior
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2.2.1  1stwarrior  replied to  TTGA @2.2    4 years ago

Well, it IS a water hazard, so a wedge (preferably a Cleveland 54 degree, 12 bounce) would have been the appropriate selection.

Here at NMSU, we have TONS and TONS of roadrunners who strive heartily to keep the rabbit and squirrel population down - and, of course, the stray bull snakes and rattlers who mistakingly show up on our course without paying their green-fees.

Surprisingly, we also have three nesting pair of Red-tailed hawks who are a great assist to the roadrunners - 'til the roadrunners get too close to the hawk's nests, then, it's a short and furious battle that the runners have lost each time.  The reason I say "surprisingly" is that Red-tails usually have a 1 mile range for nesting and hunting, so, three nesting pair on 171.1 acres is pretty unusual.

And, we also have four coyotes who think the 9th and 18th fairways are theirs to rule 'til 'bout 9:00 a.m.  Hilarious to watch, specially when the kits are born, to see them romping in and out of the arroyo's chasing rabbits, squirrels, butterflies and grasshoppers - and, of course, roadrunners. 

 
 
 
TTGA
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2.2.2  TTGA  replied to  1stwarrior @2.2.1    4 years ago

You mean that there are  Coyotes who actually catch an occasional roadrunner??  Who knew; and without any help at all from the Acme Company.

 
 
 
Bob Nelson
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2.2.3  author  Bob Nelson  replied to  1stwarrior @2.2.1    4 years ago
we have TONS and TONS of roadrunners

At Las Barrancas, each hole is the private property of a roadrunner or a couple of roadrunners. Golfers are tolerated.

Last week, I disturbed a roadrunner that had its wings half-spread, collecting the early morning Sun. I got a serious tongue-lashing!

 
 
 
1stwarrior
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2.2.4  1stwarrior  replied to  TTGA @2.2.2    4 years ago

Well, this isn't Arizona - our coyote's are fairly fast AND they gang up on the roadrunners. laughing dude

 
 
 
Bob Nelson
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2.2.5  author  Bob Nelson  replied to  1stwarrior @2.2.4    4 years ago

Our Arizona coyotes are fat and slow. Too many rabbits on the golf courses. Too easy.

 
 
 
Eat The Press Do Not Read It
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2.2.6  Eat The Press Do Not Read It  replied to  Bob Nelson @2.2.3    2 years ago

As you should have.

 
 
 
1stwarrior
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3  1stwarrior    4 years ago

Believe your hawk is a red-tailed - look at the 2nd and 3rd pics - 2nd clearly has the red-tail - 3rd shows the copper coloring on the rest of the feathers.

 
 
 
sixpick
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4  sixpick    4 years ago

Very nice photos Bob.  Looks like that hawk has his meal and is standing by for dessert to come by.

 
 
 
Greg Jones
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5  Greg Jones    4 years ago

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Red Tail Hawk