Blue tilapia kiss in Florida, USA


This video from the USA says about itself:

6 January 2017

The wild Blue Tilapia spawn is on in Florida and its time to pucker up! Males are digging nests along the banks of the St. Johns River in central Florida and attracting females. Blue Tilapia are mouth brooders and females keep the eggs in their mouths for safety. Males sometime fight with their mouths, but this is a very gentle and careful mouth to mouth contact between two large Tilapia, if an expert would like to weigh in on what they are really doing I’m all ears. Many birds in the background – these fish are too big to worry about being eaten by big herons, but alligators – that’s another story!

Blue Tilapia: Oreochromis aureus

Appearance:

Young nondescript gray with a black spot at rear of dorsal fin; adults generally blue-gray shading to white on the belly; borders of dorsal and caudal fins with red to pink borders; broken lateral line and the spiny dorsal fin is joined to the soft dorsal fin. In central Florida, anglers can assume every tilapia they observe in fresh water is a blue, and any tilapia over 3 pounds is also likely a blue tilapia.

Similar Species

Female Mozambique tilapia (O. mossambicus) nearly identical, but doesn’t grow as large and currently only occurs in coastal areas south of Titusville; possible hybridization between blue and Mozambique tilapias further complicates identification; male Mozambique tilapia easily distinguished by large mouth and black coloration when breeding.

Habitat:

Widespread and abundant in Florida; found in fertile lakes, ponds, rivers, streams, and canals. It is tolerant of saltwater and found in some near shore marine habitats, such as Tampa Bay.

Native to north Africa and the Middle East.

Iraq war comes home to Fort Lauderdale, USA


Fort Lauderdale massacre

By Genevieve Leigh in the USA:

Five dead, eight wounded in Fort Lauderdale, Florida airport shooting

7 January 2017

A gunman opened fire early Friday afternoon at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport in southeastern Florida, killing five people and injuring at least eight others, before being detained by Broward County police.

The incident began in the crowded baggage claim area of Terminal 2, the shooter then moved through a corridor until he ran out of bullets, at which point he laid on the ground “spread eagle” until apprehended by authorities. No shots were fired by the police.

The shooter has been identified as 26 year old New Jersey native, Esteban Santiago. Reports indicate that Santiago was carrying a concealed carry permit for his gun as well as a military identification for the US Army reserves.

Military officials have confirmed that Santiago served in the Puerto Rico National Guard beginning in 2007 and was deployed to Iraq in 2010 for at least 10 months earning a combat action badge for his service. In 2014 he moved to Alaska serving in the Alaska National Guard as a combat engineer. Lt. Col. Candis Olmstead, an official from the Alaska National Guard reported that he was discharged in August 2016 for unsatisfactory performance.

‘Unsatisfactory performance’ is not that sursprising for a person who may have had PTSD; which was not taken sufficiently seriously by authorities.

Law enforcement officials believe Santiago had arrived on a flight from Anchorage, Alaska, catching a connection in Minneapolis-St. Paul before flying on to Fort Lauderdale. Upon arrival the suspect picked up his firearm at baggage claim, went into the men’s bathroom to unpack and load his weapon with ammunition and began the shooting spree. Authorities are looking into witness reports that the suspect got into an altercation on board his flight to Florida, law enforcement officials said.

According to multiple media reports, Santiago fired openly into the crowd, stopping only to reload his weapon, and did not appear to be targeting anyone specifically. One witness from Minneapolis, who was nearby when the shooting began, described the scene to NBC, “Everyone started screaming and running. The shooter made his way down through baggage claim. He had what looked like a 9mm and emptied his entire clip. People were trying to run.”

Videos on social media show a chaotic scene of large crowds running across the tarmac between terminals, some taking cover behind vehicles. Many who were left unharmed in the wake of the shooting stayed on the scene to help those who had been shot, using items from their luggage to stop the bleeding from gunshot wounds.

Santiago is currently being questioned by the police to determine his motive, however, much information has surfaced regarding his mental state prior to the attack. According to media outlets, Santiago was being treated for mental health problems in Alaska, including hearing voices.

According to law enforcement officials, Santiago entered an FBI office in Anchorage, Alaska in November last year claiming that the CIA, in the form of voices in his head, were forcing him to join ISIS. Officials say local police were promptly called, and he went voluntarily to a mental health facility for treatment.

In response to the shooting, Florida Governor Rick Scott told reporters: “The citizens of Florida will not tolerate senseless acts of evil. Whoever is responsible will be held accountable to the fullest extent of the law.”

Scott’s statement is a clear indication that the response of the ruling establishment to the shooting will be no different from the countless others which have plagued American society. No political figure or media newscaster has broached the subject of the social roots of this “evil.”

While a certain level of personal responsibility for the senseless killing of the five individuals on Friday afternoon lies with Santiago, the more fundamental cause of this act of violence is found not in the personal failings of one deranged individual but with the type of society from which he emerged. One need not delve deep to see that this incident is one of many devastating effects of the United States’ quarter century of bloody imperialist wars abroad, coming home.

While it is not clear whether or not Santiago’s mental health issues were present before serving in the military, it is likely that his experience in training and in combat played a role in providing him with the technical know-how to carry out such an attack, and, more profoundly, inflicting the kind of psychological damage that would compel someone to murder innocent people.

Also significant is that fact that the suspect, who seems to be himself a victim of US imperialism, sought help from [the] same institutions which placed him in the situation that likely caused his disorder, the US military establishment.

Far from being equipped to treat the victims of their bloody wars, the dismal state of health care, and moreover psychological care, available to the population at large- let alone veterans– appears to have been inadequate to assist Santiago.

The details of Santiago’s treatment and mental state are still being released and verified, however, if the current facts released remain true, it appears that Santiago may have been a double victim of the capitalist system, both in the suffering the effects of serving as soldier in its imperialist wars abroad and its dismal state of social services at home.

As of this writing none of the victims have been identified, but as is the case with all such outbursts of violence, the devastation inflicted on the victims, their families, those innocent bystanders who will forever be affected by the bloody scene, and all those following the incident from afar, will be significant and irrevocable.

As more details emerge, the establishment’s response to this latest shooting will predictably seek to channel the public’s anxiety and anger toward support of a host of reactionary initiatives – intensification of the phony “war on terror,” the militarization of the police, the need to revive “traditional family values,” and more.

On the Internet, Islamophobes try to blame this violence by a non-Muslim on Islam.

Airport Shooting Suspect Checked Gun, Despite Mental Health Issues. The veteran told the FBI his mind was being controlled by the government. He was never on a no-fly list. 01/07/2017 01:31 pm ET: here.

“Only thing I could tell you was when he came out of Iraq, he wasn’t feeling too good,” his uncle, Hernan Rivera, told The Record newspaper.

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.