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Re: Native Animals /Birds/Reptiles in you backyard

Postby Xplora » Sun 11 Dec, 2016 8:32 am

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Doing a brake pad change yesterday and this guy popped in for a visit. Totally wild bird but seemed very comfortable around us. Jumped on the hand straight away and then hung around for a while to chat. He did not like the compressor and rattle gun though when I undid the wheel studs. King Parrots are here often but usually in pairs and attacking our silverbeat. This guy is on his own and looked very lonely.
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Re: Native Animals /Birds/Reptiles in you backyard

Postby Franco » Sat 17 Dec, 2016 5:52 am

a better photo of the resident echidna
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Re: Native Animals /Birds/Reptiles in you backyard

Postby Franco » Sun 08 Jan, 2017 10:56 am

I have seen this hawk on two consecutive days , both times he flew nearby, had a look and then glided away.
Amazing bird in flight , completely white.
it's a grey goshawk, white morph (odd name...)
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Re: Native Animals /Birds/Reptiles in you backyard

Postby MickyB » Sat 14 Jan, 2017 3:23 pm

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Saw this specimen today when I was outside doing some work in the garden......and NO. I didn't kill it.
When gardening, I never throw away the empty seed packets. They're just the right size to store my crop.
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Re: Native Animals /Birds/Reptiles in you backyard

Postby neilmny » Sat 14 Jan, 2017 9:59 pm

Now that's nasty... :shock: ..but somehow quite attractive :)
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Re: Native Animals /Birds/Reptiles in you backyard

Postby Franco » Tue 17 Jan, 2017 10:00 am

I'm not a spiderologist but I would leave that one alone.
We have a lot of different spiders in the vineyards, my wife ,rather than appreciating the variety, moans about them.
No wonder she swells up when they bite her.
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Re: Native Animals /Birds/Reptiles in you backyard

Postby MickyB » Tue 17 Jan, 2017 7:57 pm

A mother and baby yellow tail black cockatoo from tonight.
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Re: Native Animals /Birds/Reptiles in you backyard

Postby WarrenH » Mon 06 Feb, 2017 9:22 pm

Yesterday, 5th Feb, my wife Helen spotted this juvenile Sacred Kingfisher on our back deck. I think that the bird may have been stressed in the heat. We've placed several shallow water bowls around our house for the birds. Bronze Wings, Sulphur Crested Cockatoos, Magpies and Currawongs are frequent visitors, to the water bowls.

Despite the Sacred Kingfisher's habitat being Australia wide, this was the first time that either of us have seen this type of bird. It was wonderful.

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Re: Native Animals /Birds/Reptiles in you backyard

Postby cajun » Tue 07 Feb, 2017 8:25 am

Very special Warren. Great shot. This is one of my favourite threads!
And he sees the vision splendid of the sunlit plains extended,
And at night the wondrous glory of the everlasting stars.
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Re: Native Animals /Birds/Reptiles in you backyard

Postby Franco » Wed 08 Feb, 2017 12:28 pm

That is a lovely looking bird.
I think we only get kookaburras here but most often I can only tell the difference between one bird and another when I look at the photos on my computer.
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Re: Native Animals /Birds/Reptiles in you backyard

Postby WarrenH » Thu 09 Feb, 2017 3:42 pm

Cajun, thank you. I appreciate this thread too.

Franco, I can only imagine how lustrous the Kingfisher would be in good light.

Australian Ravens on the front porch. They had been drinking out of the cat's bowl. When they do their loud call, 'aah-aah-aah-aaahhh', their hackles, the long slender neck feathers are prominent and form a fan. Unfortunately, these two were whispering.

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Re: Native Animals /Birds/Reptiles in you backyard

Postby Franco » Sat 11 Feb, 2017 8:20 am

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Re: Native Animals /Birds/Reptiles in you backyard

Postby Franco » Sat 11 Feb, 2017 10:32 am

I can't remember if I posted this one before.
it is the dominant male of the mob that comes here.
The other male, Bob, comes by himself or with the family (Elsie and Charlie...) but this one only comes with the mob .
I was showing the photo to my visiting father in law to warn him not to upset this particular roo...
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Re: Native Animals /Birds/Reptiles in you backyard

Postby Neo » Sat 11 Feb, 2017 5:10 pm

Strong fella. What's his name Franco?
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Re: Native Animals /Birds/Reptiles in you backyard

Postby Franco » Mon 13 Feb, 2017 9:41 am

This one does not have a name yet. Not sure why.
His mate, the other male in the mob, I have named Bob.(Bob is slightly smaller, possibly a bit younger)
I bumped into Bob on three different spots this morning, it is drizzling here and he just hopped ahead of me a few meters above where I was walking.
his female Elsie, and her offspring , Charlie, were not far but I would have not seen them if Bob had not be so close to alert me to their presence.
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Re: Native Animals /Birds/Reptiles in you backyard

Postby Franco » Sat 18 Feb, 2017 8:43 am

came across this spider this morning in the vineyard :

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about 4mm wide
A mate of mine , via Face Book, told me it's a spiny spider also known as the jewel spider.
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Re: Native Animals /Birds/Reptiles in you backyard

Postby benoloughlin » Sat 18 Feb, 2017 9:47 am

On the Lake Rodway Track in Cradle Mountain Lake St Clair NP, two days ago: two small white-lip snakes (Drysdalia coronoides).
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