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Day 2, my choirs

My Vespers choir from last evening:

My Matins choir from this morning:

And just to carry on the nature theme of this post, I met a few more of my neighbors while out walking this morning. First, there’s the ubiquitous fire ant colony:

Fire Ants!

Then there’s the local sanitation engineers, the dung beetles:

Dung Beetle

Then I came across these two handsome fellows, and I’m not sure exactly what they are, beyond raptors of some kind:

Raptors? Yes, Crested Cara Caras

I caught an example of their call. There’s only one instance, and it’s about 1/3 of the way through this audio clip, at about 10 seconds, so don’t listen further than that:

And then, as I was walking about the ranch, about 3/4 mile from the House of Prayer, I saw something far ahead of me on the road. I though it was a coyote, and it had upset some white-tail deer that were nearby. When I got the picture uploaded onto my netbook and zoomed in on it, lo and behold, it wasn’t a coyote, it was an ocelot [correction: bobcat]! First one I’ve ever seen in the wild.

Ocelot! Nope, Bobcat, but cool nonetheless

You can tell it’s an ocelot [bobcat] by the tufts of fur on the tips of its ears. They’re about 4 times bigger than a house cat. I caught some audio, too. If you listen carefully, in the first several seconds, what sounds like a child crying, or a cat meowing, is the ocelot [bobcat], and the loud barking noise is the deer in distress: