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mccowan
06-22-2016, 10:15 AM
This past weekend I had a wild turkey fly over the boat going to other side of lake. She made it to other side of lake no problem, I see that occasionally. Then I saw something flying at me out of the corner of my eye. A baby turkey was trying to follow its mama and landed on my tolling rack. It scared me a first to see a fuzzy puff ball with a beak flying straight at you. Then by the time I realized what it was it had already took back off and was back onto the bank. Sure was interesting!

slackline
06-22-2016, 10:28 AM
Can't say I have ever had that happen. I did get to watch a pair of otters hunt right in front of my boat. I never realized how swift and agile they are in the water. It was pretty cool to see them blow bubbles to try to flush out the bluegills. I have also seen deer swimming across the lake.

kybluediver
06-22-2016, 12:02 PM
I posted this on the KY forum but ran across this big timber rattler a few weeks ago. I see snakes all the time on the water but this was my first rattler. Hard to tell the size from the pic but I don't think I couldn't have fit two hands around it and touched fingers at it's thickest spot.

ad1974
06-22-2016, 02:48 PM
I would be moving my boat fast if a snake like that was nearby.

BJH
06-22-2016, 03:54 PM
Had a mountain lion walk across a small rip-rap dam not twenty foot from my boat. Lake Fairfield Tx.

Crestliner08
06-22-2016, 06:16 PM
How about following a black bear while fishing:

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Osnola
06-22-2016, 06:46 PM
Being in SE Louisiana I see lots of alligators and snakes. Have also seen Manatee, otters, nutria, raccoons, hogs, turkey, deer, and others.

Shad
06-22-2016, 07:00 PM
I posted this on the KY forum but ran across this big timber rattler a few weeks ago. I see snakes all the time on the water but this was my first rattler. Hard to tell the size from the pic but I don't think I couldn't have fit two hands around it and touched fingers at it's thickest spot.

I guess is true what I have heard over the years. I heard that poison snakes swim on top of the water and non poison snakes swim with their body slightly under the surface. Anyone else ever heard that? Is it true?

jaxsprat
06-22-2016, 07:13 PM
yep, I have heard same thing,just never stuck around lone enough to ask?:biggrin:dono:dono

skeetbum
06-22-2016, 07:33 PM
That's a cool experience with the turkey. I had a visit with a Loon in distress a few years back. Sat on the back of the boat and recovered after I cut the limbline off of it, then hopped off and went back to business. I've seen Mink, Bobcat, Deer both on the bank and swimming, Beaver, otter, Racoon, and being here in FL, gator and snakes and more species of birds than I care to recount. For me, it isn't always about the fish.

Ketchn
06-23-2016, 07:15 AM
all snakes can submerge if they want to .....that rattler puffed up intentionally for some reason ...maybe to stay on top or maybe to warn/ward off the photographer .
nice photos yawl ....sure wish i could a seen that baby turkey ...i bet that was a very cool experience ....
i always like to see the ospreys dive on fish myself ....pretty cool dive bombers for sure . one thing for certain if you spend lots of time on the water you will be entertained by the wildlife at some point for sure :ThumbsUp

fair weather
06-23-2016, 04:48 PM
I've seen one mink, two wildcats and lots of bald eagles while fishing Lake Cumberland.

"D"
06-23-2016, 10:43 PM
Had 2 alligators try to eat my bait today. Fishing a ribbet. One other one splashed my SIL when the gator swirled next to the boat. We had not seen him until then All were small 4 footers.

RMGeorge
06-24-2016, 02:04 AM
Watched a woodpecker attack my brother-in-law on Millwood Lake in Arkansas. BIL bumped the boat into a snag where the woodpecker was nesting. Next thing he knew the bird was pecking the thunder out of his forehead! Two out of three people in the boat thought it was funny.

cwright
06-24-2016, 09:36 AM
Found a dove struggling in the middle of the lake last year during dove season that had been shot. He settled on my son's shoulder for about 2 hours resting up then flew over to the bank and walked into the brush.

eagle 1
06-24-2016, 08:01 PM
Had to rescue two guys on Enid once . A swarm of bees landed on his boat and took over . They left the boat swimming ! They were from senatobia, ms.I was on boat patrol during the summers while living in water Valley .

Semo
06-24-2016, 08:23 PM
This spring I was riding on the front deck of my dads boat, down one of the ditches on Reelfoot lake, running about 30 with my feet hanging off the front. I saw something swimming across this ditch that's just wide enough for 2 boats. Thinking it was a muskrat or beaver, I figured it would just go under. Nope....raccoon, and I swear it turned and made eye contact with me right before that 16' Lowe slammed him. Last I saw he was swimming in circles trying to figure out which bank was closer.

LowePro
06-25-2016, 11:25 AM
Had 2 alligators try to eat my bait today. Fishing a ribbet. One other one splashed my SIL when the gator swirled next to the boat. We had not seen him until then All were small 4 footers.


Do crappie hit ribbits???? nonono

sinkermaker
06-25-2016, 12:11 PM
Was sitting on my dock a couple years ago watching a young bald eagle practicing his diving technique on a bunch of coots. He would get above them and dive on them but he never tried to get one. He did this about 10 times and then flew off.

Greenwing
06-25-2016, 12:54 PM
This past winter a friend and me watched a couple of eagles gathering branches for a nest. The first had a branch with leaves that was so big it was struggling to fly, the second one swooped down and broke a dead limb out of tree that was probably 3/4" in diameter like it was nothing. We have seen lots of eagles but that was a first for us.

superfly
06-25-2016, 06:35 PM
Nothing too spectacular for me. Just the usual suspects. a few otters, beavers, cotton mouths and coon's maybe a few deer. Did see a bald eagle on Smith lake several years back.

Tony the Tiger
06-25-2016, 08:15 PM
Love to see all the wildlife big and small, in Alabama we have it all :fingerdance

"D"
06-25-2016, 11:25 PM
Do crappie hit ribbits???? nonono No, you caught me. Fishing for bass. Honestly tried for crappie first. lol

LowePro
06-26-2016, 07:06 AM
No, you caught me. Fishing for bass. Honestly tried for crappie first. lol


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