Most exotic animal seen on a ride (otter content).
Just leaving the car park after a ride on wednesday and there was an otter crossing the road. It just sat in the middle of the road for about 10 seconds looking at me then wandered off. Sorry didn’t have time to take a picture. What’s the most exotic animal you have seen on a ride?Posted 6 years agorob2Member
My wife and I saw some black bears in Canada. I seem to remember the blurb was to climb a tree if you saw one. Yeah right, one we saw got startled and pegged it up a tree like nothing else.
Maybe it’s brown bears who can’t climb (grizzleys).
Also heard some grunting from a parked car on the ridgeway once at night, not sure what animal that was 😉Posted 6 years ago13thfloormonkMember
Dead otter and dead pine marten near Oban 🙁
Sea Eagles, golden eagles, buzzards (not exotic but they were big and very close!) on Mull.
Black Grouse nr Bridge of Balgie.
Llama and wild goats in Glen Shiel
Zebras and Ostriches in Edinburgh.
A capercaillie would top that list, but I don’t think they hang around near roads or tracks and I wouldn’t want to incur the wrath of the RSPB tramping about in Abernethy!Posted 6 years agoneninjaMember
Loads of wildlife round here – regularly see Roe deer, foxes, hare, stoats, weasels etc. There some local woodland where you usually see deer and a pair of buzzards. They are amazing when you see them flying through the trees.
My favourite was in the Lakes last year when a Sparrowhawk was chasing a small bird on a trail as I came round the corner. I think I must have distracted the small bird because it was game over as the hawk nailed it. Impressive.Posted 6 years agocrispoSubscriber
Last summer my girlfriend and I visited her grandparents who live in South Africa. We went out for a ride one afternoon on some local trails and as we went round one corner we were greated by a troop of around 30 baboons sitting eating fruit in the middle of the trail. That was quite a sight to see out on a spin!Posted 6 years agoWaderiderMember
Locations just the ones that come to mind – multiple sightings of most.
White Tailed Sea Eagle – Diabeg to Red Point path, Rum.
Otters – Oban, Tobermory, Arisaig (Rhu Point)
Mountain Hares – Glen Avon, the Gaick
Corncrake – North Uist
Badgers – badger woods 🙄 my secret trails
Woodpecker – Newton Farm, yesterday
Kingfishers – Clyde and Forth Canal, Bothwell Castle
Golden Eagles – many, first Glen Avon
Ptarmigan – Beinn a Ghlo
Snow Buntings – Cairngorm plateau
Pine Marten – Secret bothy in Great Glen, Glen Affric
Beavers – Aigas (used to live in Beauly)
Minke Whale – Rubha Hunish (cycled there from Glasgow)
Various smaller cetaceans.
Slow worm – Great Glen
Adder – Leadhills
Salmon jumping – Inverpolly
Haven’t seen a scottish wildcat or a capercallie. Yet 😀
My favourite is the orange tipped butterfly. Then you know the weather is nice….Posted 6 years agoCaptainMainwaringMember
OspreysPosted 6 years ago
Mink – mother and 5 little ones
Black grouse near Linn of Quoich
Loads of red deer – largest herd around 50, several close ups of huge stags
Barn owls at night flying in front of me lit up by my light
5 fledgling grouse – probably a week old
Reindeer – AviemoredownshepSubscriber
Golden Eagle circling above Beinn a’ Ghlo, glorious creature in a fitting setting.
After much persuasion and reassurance, got the missus onto a hired tandem in Colorado. 20 mins later, riding along a dusty trail when a black and yellow snake crossed the trail in front of us forcing me to brake to a halt. No idea what type of snake it was but the missus hasn’t been on a tandem since.Posted 6 years agokonaboy2275Member
Saw an otter too on Monday on the Irwell in Salford 😯
Also see deer regularly in the woods at Drinkwater (Prestwich) – gets the adrenalin going when they dive out of the woods in front of you on a night ride!
Saw a stoaty / weasely thing in Swinton a couple of years ago running down the street.
Found a dazed Merlin stood on the pavement outside my folks house in Morecambe many years ago. We took it to the owl sanctuary where it made a full recovery.Posted 6 years agoStirlingCrispinSubscriber
Water Moccasin – Ohio (came so close to prodding it with my bike pump as it was basking on the road. Very glad I didn’t)
Bald headed Eagle – Nova Scotia.
Tiger – Broxbourne, Herts (back of the old zoo)
Porcupine – Nova Scotia.
On yesterday’s ride a kestrel burst out above me just as a class 66 freight train went past a few yards away. Sensory overload!Posted 6 years ago
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