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Re: Native Animals /Birds/Reptiles in you backyard

Postby Franco » Mon 31 Jul, 2017 9:45 am

One of the pair of eagles that fly over our property. This one came down closer for a look :
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Re: Native Animals /Birds/Reptiles in you backyard

Postby north-north-west » Mon 31 Jul, 2017 2:42 pm

I've only had sea eagles and the occasional owl here, much to the relief of the butcherbirds, miners, magpies, kookaburras, galahs, corellas and anonymous lbbs.

But this morning I had to spend half an hour repairing the garden beds dug up by an echidna. Hope it had a good feed. And then took an injured spur-wing plover to the vet. No obvious wounds but its legs weren't working, so presumably it hit the car or a big tree while dodging the miners or magpies, who do tend to be very territorial.

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Re: Native Animals /Birds/Reptiles in you backyard

Postby taswegian » Mon 31 Jul, 2017 9:21 pm

Saw a Sea Eagle on way out today.
saw a few of these on a Myrtle along the Minnow today

Fascinating how they get out of that menagerie.
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Re: Native Animals /Birds/Reptiles in you backyard

Postby cajun » Sat 12 Aug, 2017 1:45 pm

Looking pretty happy
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Kooka with rat


Looking very satisfied.
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Re: Native Animals /Birds/Reptiles in you backyard

Postby Neo » Sat 12 Aug, 2017 4:19 pm

Crieky!
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Re: Native Animals /Birds/Reptiles in you backyard

Postby north-north-west » Sat 16 Sep, 2017 1:10 pm

A young bluetongue has just woken up from his/her winter hibernation, in the tarp stowed behind my outside armchair. :D
Now to discourage those blasted kookaburras from getting anywhere near the poor thin g until it's grown enough to take care of itself. :x
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Re: Native Animals /Birds/Reptiles in you backyard

Postby north-north-west » Mon 18 Sep, 2017 5:55 am

And when I got up and went out for a little fresh morning air today, there's a wallaby in the yard. Not sure which of us was the most surprised.
Also wondering how it got in . . .
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Re: Native Animals /Birds/Reptiles in you backyard

Postby Franco » Wed 01 Nov, 2017 7:42 am

from the last few days
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This is Charlie last year almost to the day. Playing in the sawdust
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The top one is Charlie and her 5 months or so joey.I have known Charlie since she was about 3 months old.
The azure kingfisher was spotted for the first time yesterday about 1 meter inside our property.
That blue tongue lizard is the first one I have seen here in almost two years. Spotted first by my cat two days ago.
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Re: Native Animals /Birds/Reptiles in you backyard

Postby taswegian » Fri 03 Nov, 2017 11:02 am

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Swallows have hatched and are lovely to watch as they sit huddled together waiting for a feed.
I just focused on them pressed the shutter and parent flew into the picture
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Re: Native Animals /Birds/Reptiles in you backyard

Postby Orion » Fri 03 Nov, 2017 11:32 am

Franco wrote:The azure kingfisher was spotted for the first time yesterday about 1 meter inside our property.


Isn't that a Blue-winged Kookaburra?
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Re: Native Animals /Birds/Reptiles in you backyard

Postby taswegian » Fri 03 Nov, 2017 11:43 am

This ain't wildlife but surprised me no end early last weekend
Another popped up after this, making it 6!
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Re: Native Animals /Birds/Reptiles in you backyard

Postby Franco » Fri 03 Nov, 2017 1:54 pm

Orion wrote:
Franco wrote:The azure kingfisher was spotted for the first time yesterday about 1 meter inside our property.


Isn't that a Blue-winged Kookaburra?

They are about 1/3rd of the size of a kookaburra.

https://www.google.com.au/search?q=azur ... 80&bih=633
I suspect that I had seen them here before but just assumed it was a kookaburra further away than it really was.
We have a few kookaburras here most days.
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Re: Native Animals /Birds/Reptiles in you backyard

Postby Orion » Fri 03 Nov, 2017 2:28 pm

Franco wrote:We have a few kookaburras here most days.


I envy you.
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Re: Native Animals /Birds/Reptiles in you backyard

Postby Franco » Fri 03 Nov, 2017 3:15 pm

There are ups and downs living in the country but since moving here if nothing else I have come to know a bit more about animals , particularly birds.
I have lost the exact count but I have spotted on my property (or above...) over 50 types and at least half of those I only identified after looking at the shots on my computer.
I still have to identify the animal that crosses the property most nights living, a so far , unidentified poop.
yesterday I missed that animal by minutes because the poop was still warm (I did not have to touch it just put my finger close enough. A fly hovering over it gave me the idea that it was very fresh)
One from yesterday, about 3 meters from where I sit (through the window)
A white throated treecreeper :
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Re: Native Animals /Birds/Reptiles in you backyard

Postby Franco » Fri 03 Nov, 2017 3:32 pm

About 5 minutes after I posted the above, Mr Grumpy landed on his favourite spot to have a good look around as he does every half an hour or so.
The spot is a few meters past the pole in the photo above, so I took the photo sitting down .
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A very common New Holland honeyeater, the only one out of 8 types I have identified here that does not always dart around in a mad rush.
After dinner I took my cat up to the dam, about 150m away. We passed Charlie who had a good look at us and the a kookaburra landed on a branch nearby having a bit of a laugh. On the way back the kookaburra flew to the other side of the track but closer, maybe 5 meters away and turned to see us down the hill. Passed Charlie again ,only a few meters away. This time her joey was out but promptly jumped into the pouch. Charlie was bothered by Sonny, so hopped away, I called out , she stopped.
Not bad for a wild animal.
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Re: Native Animals /Birds/Reptiles in you backyard

Postby Franco » Sun 05 Nov, 2017 1:42 pm

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I shot this one today high up on a tree by our dam
any idea ?
About the size of a pigeon.
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Re: Native Animals /Birds/Reptiles in you backyard

Postby corvus » Sun 05 Nov, 2017 2:45 pm

Nice Pic, could be a Spiny-cheeked honeyeater
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Re: Native Animals /Birds/Reptiles in you backyard

Postby Franco » Sun 05 Nov, 2017 3:32 pm

Hi Corvus,
that could be it, I haven't seen a photo of one of those as bad as mine to compare...
So far I have identified 8 types of honeyeaters but (from the bushes around the cabin...) but not tha one.
Another suggestion I hav was for a treecrawler but the orange around the eye does not seem to match.
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Re: Native Animals /Birds/Reptiles in you backyard

Postby Franco » Sun 05 Nov, 2017 4:17 pm

A friend of mine suggested a fan tailed cuckoo and that does look the part. We do hear a cuckoo here at times but I have not been able to identify one.
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Re: Native Animals /Birds/Reptiles in you backyard

Postby corvus » Sun 05 Nov, 2017 4:33 pm

Just looked that one up in my book and think I agree that it is a Fan-tailed Cuckoo
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Re: Native Animals /Birds/Reptiles in you backyard

Postby highercountry » Sun 05 Nov, 2017 5:03 pm

The Fan-tailed Cuckoo arrives over here in East Gippsland in Spring.
It has an unmistakable call.
In the Simpson and Day, Birds of Aust Field Guide they describe the call as a "mournful descending trill" which sums it up perfectly.
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Re: Native Animals /Birds/Reptiles in you backyard

Postby Franco » Sun 05 Nov, 2017 6:49 pm

We have here a cuckoo bird that does the cuckoo sound but I have not been able to find it.
I have listen to the fan tailed cuckoo sound on You Tube but it did not register. Still I hear sounds all the time that I have no idea what bird makes them...
Anyway , I am pretty sure that we have identified the bird.
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Re: Native Animals /Birds/Reptiles in you backyard

Postby Franco » Sat 11 Nov, 2017 11:39 am

After almost two years here , last night I saw my first koala on one of our trees.
For some reason, as I was walking up the path, he made a sound similar to the love call they make so I went to have a look.
It was almost dark so I just had time to take a quick look, go and get the camera and grab this shot :
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it's a terrible shot but made my day.
This morning he was gone.
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Re: Native Animals /Birds/Reptiles in you backyard

Postby cajun » Sat 11 Nov, 2017 4:48 pm

Not an Animal / Bird or reptile, but I think he is pretty cool anyway. Good to see them back as we saw very few of these last year.


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Re: Native Animals /Birds/Reptiles in you backyard

Postby Moondog55 » Sat 11 Nov, 2017 6:44 pm

A couple of ravens have moved back into the big old nest in out front yard and they have chased all the magpies away
Ve are too soon old und too late schmart
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Re: Native Animals /Birds/Reptiles in you backyard

Postby Moondog55 » Sun 12 Nov, 2017 4:24 am

I have started digging out a big hole in the front yard, I am putting in a 200litre tub for a bog garden/ frog habitat and a small trickle waterfall to keep the water moving so mozzies don't take over.
Hopefully it will be finished before next breeding season
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Re: Native Animals /Birds/Reptiles in you backyard

Postby Franco » Tue 14 Nov, 2017 1:12 pm

We have a frog pond and a fish pond but this frog I found it in the orchard a few days ago:
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Re: Native Animals /Birds/Reptiles in you backyard

Postby MickyB » Tue 14 Nov, 2017 4:29 pm

One of our tadpole ponds - an ice-cream container that I've accidentally left out in the garden.
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(Possibly) Mum or Dad hiding in a nearby bromeliad
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Re: Native Animals /Birds/Reptiles in you backyard

Postby ofuros » Tue 14 Nov, 2017 5:51 pm

Oooo, nice frog pics bushpeople. 8)
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Re: Native Animals /Birds/Reptiles in you backyard

Postby Franco » Tue 21 Nov, 2017 12:53 pm

This is from the neighbour's pond but that duck and her 10 ducklings were on our frog pond about 1 hour before.
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