US soldier’s massacre at Fort Lauderdale Airport


This video from the USA says about itself:

Fort Lauderdale Airport Shooting: Multiple Dead, Suspect in Custody | ABC News

6 January 2017

Nine people were injured in a shooting at the Fort Lauderdale–Hollywood International Airport in Florida, a senior federal official said, and a suspect is in custody.

First of all, I wish strength and recovery to the family and friends of the dead and to the injured in this terrible atrocity.

From the Daily Mirror in Britain, about Florida in the USA:

Fort Lauderdale Airport shooting suspect named as Esteban Santiago: what we know so far

Senator Bill Nelson named Santiago on, saying he was carrying military identification – the suspect was reportedly also wearing a Star Wars t-shirt

The suspected shooter behind the rampage at a Florida Airport has been named as Esteban Santiago.

Senator Bill Nelson named Santiago on news channel MSNBC, saying he was carrying military identification.

Santiago is reportedly 26 years old and appeared alone in the Terminal 2 baggage claim area wearing a Star Wars shirt.

He is from New Jersey, lived in Alaska for some time but was carrying a Florida driving licence and had a concealed carry permit for his gun, Fox News reported.

He flew into Fort Lauderdale on Air Canada from Canada and had the handgun in his checked luggage, NBC News reported.

His itinerary had begun in Alaska before a connecting flight in Canada, CBS added.

The airport had two Air Canada flights arriving at midday – a 11.50pm arrival from Montreal and a 12.07pm service from Toronto.

The shooting began just before 1pm.

Police said they would not comment on the shooter for now and what a possible motive could be for the massacre.

I don’t know the possible motive either.

However, in earlier cases where soldiers committed mass murder, the cause often turned out to be PTSD as a result of bloody wars in Iraq, Afghanistan or elsewhere.

Ring-necked duck in Florida, USA


This video from Florida in the USA says about itself:

3 January 2017

Male Ring-Necked Duck takes off from small marsh. These are flighty little ducks and this is the first time I got this species on video. A striking diving duck with black crest and goldish eyes: Ring-necked Duck (Aythya collaris).

Ring-necked ducks tend to favor sheltered waters more than the other diving ducks do. They are often found in small flocks on small, tree-lined ponds and shallow Florida lakes where they dive for plants and seeds.

The video is both at normal speed and in slow motion.

Loggerhead shrikes in the USA


This video from Florida in the USA says about itself:

2 January 2017

A pair of Loggerhead Shrikes sing various short “songs” and food is presented by the male as part of courtship. One of the earliest songbirds in Florida to nest. They are not the most impressive singers of the bird world – calling with several short trills and buzzes – in this clip you will hear I believe 3 song or call variations. It was a very windy day – so windy it was hard to hold the camera still and get good sound quality – but that did not deter the birds!

Feral parakeets in Florida, USA


This video from the USA says about itself:

31 December 2016

A wild flock of about 30 Blue Crowned Conure Parrots (Blue Crowned Parakeets) visit the Backyard feeders – there is no doubt when these rare visitors fly in as the noise is deafening. I had to get the camera without scaring them off.

Long ago descended from escaped or released pet parakeets, today isolated small flocks of Blue Crowned Conures live as wild birds in central and southern Florida moving about looking for food. It is questionable whether they are breeding as they live quite a long time, but I have seen them around the general area at various times for the last 20 years so I suspect there is breeding going on. It is mostly in January or late December when they visit here. They are quite rare to get in the Backyard, the last time was in late January 2014 when the Loquats were ripe. See below.

They are originally from South America.

Killdeer plovers in Florida, USA


This video from the USA says about itself:

22 December 2016

Killdeer running and hunting insects (Charadrius vociferus). They remind me of little roadrunners and although they are technically shorebirds in the Plover family they really like to spend their time running in open grassy and dirt areas. …

Fall migrants swell the Florida population July through November, and spring migration occurs primarily in March and April. The Killdeer is the most common and widely distributed shorebird in Florida. The absence of the species from most of mainland Monroe County is to be expected, as mangroves and saw grass are not preferred breeding habitats.

Red-shouldered hawk couple in Florida, USA


This video from Florida in the USA says about itself:

16 December 2016

Two beautiful Red Shouldered Hawks. This is the time of the year they start to form up into couples and start the breeding season. Sky Dancing should be starting soon. They love to hang out in the tall pines, maybe this will be the year they finally build a nest behind the Backyard!

Pied-billed grebe eats bullfrog


This video from Florida in the USA says about itself:

15 December 2016

A little Pied Billed Grebe catches a big Florida Bullfrog and with a lot of effort manages to swallow it whole with a chaser of water. All in a day’s work.

The Bullfrog is the largest native frog in North America reaching a maximum of 8 inches in body length. The Grebe is one of the smallest waterfowl reaching a length of 9 inches. I don’t think this one will need to eat for quite awhile!