As we were sitting down to lunch today there was a cacophony of trees rustling, bush being trampled, twigs snapping and berry munching.  Having grown used to even small birds here making a disproportionate amount of noise for their size in the woods around Sabal Beach initially I disregarded it but soon it was apparent this was no bird.

Making my way out to the deck (which is 12+ feet above the ground just in case it was something I did not really care to meet face to face) I was surprised to catch a glimpse of 3 Collared Peccary eating their way through the underbrush.

They were hungry and on the move so by the time I was able to grab a camera and get back to the deck they had unfortunately moved on for the most part but I was able to get a good shot of one of the smaller ones on the edge of the bush.

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Breaking from his snack when the shutter clicked.

 

Luckily during lunch the three of them decided to head to the southern end of the property via the beach and I was able to get a few clear shots of them together.  This is the first time we have seen these at Sabal Beach so it was a rare treat.  I hope you enjoy the pictures.

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Enjoying their time on the beach!

 

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Heading back to the safety of the woods.

 

It was pretty amazing to see how relaxed they were until all 3 looked at me at once when I got within about 15 feet of them.  I was glad they decided to scurry for cover since at that point I was beginning to have images of them trying to chomp on me rather than the berries.

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