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Just a topic for photos, videos, etc. of wildlife/animals on the golf course.  

Found this little guy at Southern Pines when I almost stepped on him in some pine straw and grasses near a tee box. I thought he was a bottle cap or something as his shell looked to be quite different

My phone just reminded me that this was a year ago today.  I hope the range counts.  Note that I did not hit towards this creature, and in fact, stopped hitting while it was out there.    

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I don't often get a picture, but I've seen javalina, a wild turkey, rattlesnakes, jackrabbits, coyotes, a bobcat, roadrunners, red tail hawks, hummingbirds, and of course lots of other birds (my favorite being the vermillion flycatcher), and of course squirrels and plain little bunnies.  My son rolled a ball into a jackrabbit in the middle of a fairway, it didn't really react.  And the only time he's ever stopped me mid backswing was for the bobcat crossing the fairway.  One course I play has some more domesticated wildlife over a fence, a loud rooster, goats, pigs, and other "urban farm" animals.

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A friends story, not mine, and maybe technically not "wild"life. Buddy gets to the course and there is a dog near the clubhouse, talks to starter and says he's just been hanging around (a stray). Ends up following my 2 friends through 13 holes before finding someone that he didn't like (another golfer of course), and started going crazy. Of course the other golfer on a different hole is like "get your dog away from me!!!!" but it wasn't their dog. Kind of funny, interesting story.

I love seeing Cooper's hawks and blue herons at my local courses. If I were more of a birder, my round length would go from 2 hours to 6 hours though.

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The only time my wife has ever been on a golf course with me, we walked up on a ten foot gator sunning itself on the bank of a pond. 

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6 hours ago, FlyingAce said:

Found them at hole 2 and they followed us until hole 7! Location was Kauai, HI.

 

Cool, what are they? Nene are not white, correct?

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28 minutes ago, David in FL said:

Babies on the course...

 

 

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And when those Sandhill Cranes fly and yell..tell me they’re not pterodactyls!

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8 hours ago, FlyingAce said:

Found them at hole 2 and they followed us until hole 7! Location was Kauai, HI.

 

Hmmm I think they are just geese. Let me check my other videos to see if any nene joined the group...

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2 hours ago, boogielicious said:

Cool, what are they? Nene are not white, correct?

1st thing that comes to mind is Muscovy Ducks.  Typically a popular farmyard duck.  Often comes in variations of Black, Gray and white.

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We see all kinds of critters from time to time. 

Entire herds of deer more or less run around our courses in the winter time after most people hang em up. We've seen coyotes this year. Sometimes we'll have turkeys. But one constant fixture are these guys and their poop. Poop all over the place. 

It is, of course, the Cobra Chicken.

 

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I see all kinds of wildlife on the golf course:

  • Deer
  • Coyotes
  • Rattlesnakes
  • Bull snakes
  • Turkeys
  • Magpies (these asshole birds …)
  • Eagles and hawks

I have yet to get too close to a live rattlesnake, but those are pretty much the only things on this list that scare me. Magpies suck because they'll raid your stuff for food, but they're not scary. The most interesting wildlife thing I've seen on the golf course was a hawk landing in front of me with half a rabbit in its talons. That was lovely.

I'll try to remember to grab some pictures next time I see some unusual wildlife.

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This male didn't want me to get too close, hence the tree in the photo.

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This beaver has been in the pond near our 10th green for a while.  Definitely a big guy!

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