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Ringo! El Bandito....

Yesterday [Friday], I drove to the island to see if any new migrants showed up. At my first two stops, either no birds at all, or the same species seen throughout the week. So, hopping back in the car, I drove further up the island highway to Port Aransas. The largest birding hotspot parking lot, at that early hour, was filled up and I had to park on the street. I remember the days when I first took up the hobby of birding, there were few to little other birders. This pastime has taken off the last decade. Anyway, as I walked the boardwalk, I saw a very unusual "bird". Well camouflaged and sneaking through the tall marsh grasses. I knew what it was, but couldn't believe what I was actually seeing. Not a bird at all, but a little masked bandit. It finally came out in the open so I could use the shutter button...





Digging deep, I think it was hunting tubers in the mud. Do they eat veggies? I really don't know.  I'm sure somebody does.



52 comments:

  1. He is a real cutie! I have had two opportunities to snap a raccoon, and failed both times!

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    1. They're cute...but can be nasty in temperament I know.

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  2. Hello Anni,
    They are cute critters, your photos are awesome. I wouldn't get too close to these cute rascals. Thank you for linking up and sharing your post. Take care, enjoy your day! Happy Weekend! PS, thank you for leaving me a comment.

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  3. Your raccoon photos are just adorable!

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    1. Not even close in cuteness compared to Molly tho.

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  4. Hello.
    They are so cute. Wonderful photos.

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    1. Thank you Anu. I enjoyed yourbirding photos today!

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  5. Well isn't he cute. From what I've heard they will eat just about anything they can get. Years ago when I was first married they would come around and get in our garbage all the time. We put the garbage in the shed we had and the little rascals figured out how to open the door to get to the garbage.

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  6. Cute Raccoon. Hope he's rewarded for the effort.

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    1. I think it was. It eventually pulled something out at ate it.

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  7. These sweethearts eat EVERYTHING! I know because I've raised many of them from their babyhood years ago! Started with bottle feeding because they were orphans. Both my brother and I and one of my daughters has had the pleasure of first hand contact! Of course they were all set free when grown. In the wild (not garbage can hunting) they eat fruits, berries, nuts, frogs, eggs, etc. They have tons of personality, mostly pleasant and fun.

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    1. Great. Thanks for the valued input.

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  8. Great shots Annie, he is such a cutie. Some are friendly and sweet, and some very nasty and aggressive. Years ago I had several stray cats I would put food out for. The racoons would come up to eat too. The cats and the racoons would all be lounging around together on my back porch not thinking a thing about each other lol.

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  9. Those are some great captures. I think they eat just about everything. :-)

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  10. they eat any and everything. this one is a real cutie.. ours faces are not quite as pointed as this one. I know they like to wash there food in our pool, and they also swim in our pool, and if pregnant will attack our dog because she did. I love them though, I also love possums

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    1. I've heard they wash food sometimes, but have never seen them do it.

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  11. What wonderful photo of the Bandit's Profile...such expressive eyes and those hands...LOL
    Hugs Cecilia

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  12. Great shots of the little bandit. He sure was digging deep. I know they eat tomatoes for they picked my plum tomato plants bare the day before harvest.

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  13. They really are cute and so rare to see out in the day time! Enjoy your weekend!

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    1. I thought seeing one in daylight was unusual too.

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  14. They don't wash their food. The like to have it wet so they can feel it better! The do have good working salivary glands too. It's just what they do.

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  15. Wow, he was sure digging deep..It must have been something good to work that hard.
    Great capture. I think raccoons are fascinating creatures but really don't want them in my yard. At our previous home those guys were always trying to raid our neighborhood garbage cans.
    Sue

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    1. I like seeing them, but wouldn't want them in our yard.

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  16. Great pictures! Years ago one was eating all my uncle’s persimmons so he got a broom and tried to chase it away. Instead the raccoon chased him back into the house. Don’t try to get between one and it’s food. 😊

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  17. Great pix, especially the close-up!

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  18. ...the ovenbird is new to me. Raccoons are omnivores.

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  19. They have such intense eyes....I wondered what he was digging for, too.

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  20. What fantastic photos of that lil' bandit! They just look like pure mischief, don't they? So funny to see him reaching down like that. I had a cat who would go crawfish-hunting that same way, putting her "arm" way in and hooking a crawfish!

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    1. I'm wondering now...maybe that is what it was hunting!

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  21. Look at that cute little guy!

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  22. I see raccoons about here. One lives in a hole in a tree out back in the woods. Only see them at dawn or dusk coming and going. Maybe because we live in the woods but they don't bother us at all.

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    1. They find plenty of food elsewhere then?

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  23. He is a cutie. I understand they can be quite destructive in gardens.

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  24. I don't any place that don't have racoons, our here seem to like to be by the river.
    Coffee is on and stay safe

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    1. They are always seen near water on my area.

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  25. They're cute but terrible nuisances. They're everywhere and eat everything. We've chased them out of our yard, our trash cans, our garage, and our boat. They make a big mess and they're hard to get rid of once they've found what they think is a hospitable place.

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    1. I'm sure glad we don't have'em here, then!!

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  26. CUTTTTTIE!!!!!!!!!

    Gentle hugs,
    'Beside a babbling brook' blog
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