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Re: Native Animals /Birds/Reptiles in you backyard

Postby Tyreless » Tue 21 Nov, 2017 2:17 pm

A blurry photo of a yellow-tailed black cockatoo being swooped by a noisy miner. We had a squadron of 12 fly by, with 3 of them making return visits (which the noisy miners objected to - they are extremely territorial).
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Re: Native Animals /Birds/Reptiles in you backyard

Postby Franco » Wed 22 Nov, 2017 9:25 am

The very common wattle bird :
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this tree is just a few meters from the back door and at the moment it gets several of those birds for a few hours a day yet it has been harder than I thought to get a decent shot.
Finally I took that one this morning. Not that good but better than my other attempts.
This is the same tree that usually has wrens and finches flying about.
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Re: Native Animals /Birds/Reptiles in you backyard

Postby north-north-west » Sun 26 Nov, 2017 2:03 pm

My butcherbirds are back!!!! First time I've seen them for months. :)
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Re: Native Animals /Birds/Reptiles in you backyard

Postby Franco » Tue 28 Nov, 2017 10:36 am

this morning :
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one of a pair. The other one is just off to the top left in the non cropped image.
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Re: Native Animals /Birds/Reptiles in you backyard

Postby Franco » Fri 01 Dec, 2017 11:47 am

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This is Ripper.
I know her mother, she has grown up here, as well as her grandmother.
So Ripper is somewhat special to me.
ripper because of the way it runs around like a total lunatic.
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Re: Native Animals /Birds/Reptiles in you backyard

Postby Franco » Sun 10 Dec, 2017 8:58 am

Outside my kitchen window .
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the other day I found Edna again. (after seeing her many holes...)
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Re: Native Animals /Birds/Reptiles in you backyard

Postby cajun » Sun 31 Dec, 2017 1:00 pm

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Can anybody ID this handsome specimen? It's abdomen is about the size of a 50c piece.
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Re: Native Animals /Birds/Reptiles in you backyard

Postby MickyB » Sun 31 Dec, 2017 2:00 pm

cajun wrote:Can anybody ID this handsome specimen? It's abdomen is about the size of a 50c piece.
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Looks like an orb spider - perhaps a Garden orbweaver. Not 100% sure though.
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Re: Native Animals /Birds/Reptiles in you backyard

Postby cajun » Mon 01 Jan, 2018 9:23 am

Thanks Micky. It seems to be a great season for arachnids at our place. I have never seen so many, and so many different species.

I haven't been able to track down the exact orb weaver, the Aust Museum tells me that there are 100 species.
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Re: Native Animals /Birds/Reptiles in you backyard

Postby taswegian » Tue 02 Jan, 2018 1:41 pm

These little fellas insist on taking shortcut through house.
Eventually flew off.
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Re: Native Animals /Birds/Reptiles in you backyard

Postby neilmny » Tue 02 Jan, 2018 4:57 pm

You ought to enter that in the photo comp. A very unusual view of a wee bird indeed.
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Re: Native Animals /Birds/Reptiles in you backyard

Postby corvus » Tue 02 Jan, 2018 6:00 pm

What is the Bird Please?
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Re: Native Animals /Birds/Reptiles in you backyard

Postby taswegian » Tue 02 Jan, 2018 6:14 pm

Thanks Neilmny.
Hadn't thought about that.

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Re: Native Animals /Birds/Reptiles in you backyard

Postby highercountry » Tue 02 Jan, 2018 6:15 pm

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Re: Native Animals /Birds/Reptiles in you backyard

Postby corvus » Tue 02 Jan, 2018 8:24 pm

Should have picked it from the eyes ,don't get too many round here in Devonport.
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Re: Native Animals /Birds/Reptiles in you backyard

Postby phan_TOM » Sun 07 Jan, 2018 10:34 am

Spotted by the front door a few days ago.

I've seen many of the empty shells over the years but never witnessed the actual event before.

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Re: Native Animals /Birds/Reptiles in you backyard

Postby ofuros » Sun 07 Jan, 2018 12:19 pm

Nice capture phan_Tom.
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Re: Native Animals /Birds/Reptiles in you backyard

Postby cajun » Sun 07 Jan, 2018 1:27 pm

Fantastic timing and a great shot!
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Re: Native Animals /Birds/Reptiles in you backyard

Postby taswegian » Sun 07 Jan, 2018 1:58 pm

Thanks phan_Tom, agree with others.
I've often looked at the empty case and boggled at how it could happen.
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Re: Native Animals /Birds/Reptiles in you backyard

Postby corvus » Mon 08 Jan, 2018 6:21 pm

Nice one.
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Re: Native Animals /Birds/Reptiles in you backyard

Postby taswegian » Mon 08 Jan, 2018 8:49 pm

I was somewhat stunned today to see 20 Swallows lined up on the power lines to the pump house.
There could have been more about, but I counted 20.
No camera though.

I would never have thought that possible to see so many flocked together.
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Re: Native Animals /Birds/Reptiles in you backyard

Postby Neo » Mon 08 Jan, 2018 9:03 pm

Last week and a ~year ago, counted 30+ black cockatoos passing over. Like a dozen, then ten, then another eight etc headed inland. This is at Port Mac at my mums place a km or so off the beach. A few of them often stop and like chewing the old Coast Banksias next to her house and from there can see some tall Blackbutt that they sometimes roost in :)
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Re: Native Animals /Birds/Reptiles in you backyard

Postby Franco » Tue 09 Jan, 2018 9:19 am

I missed a great photo the other night when a flock of cockatoos flew overhead in a formation that looked like the outline of a seagull in flight.
Last here on a couple of occasions i have seen the black ones forming a ball just before a storm would hit us.
We get several types of honeyeaters here, three of those feed on the kangaroo paws in front of the kitchen window.
This is one I shot the other day just before it bounced onto another stalk :
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Re: Native Animals /Birds/Reptiles in you backyard

Postby corvus » Tue 09 Jan, 2018 3:21 pm

Great Pic , is that Noisy friar bird ??
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Re: Native Animals /Birds/Reptiles in you backyard

Postby MickyB » Tue 09 Jan, 2018 4:25 pm

corvus wrote:Great Pic , is that Noisy friar bird ??


It is a great photo. Eastern Spinebill perhaps?
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Re: Native Animals /Birds/Reptiles in you backyard

Postby MickyB » Tue 09 Jan, 2018 4:29 pm

taswegian wrote:I was somewhat stunned today to see 20 Swallows lined up on the power lines to the pump house.
There could have been more about, but I counted 20.
No camera though.

I would never have thought that possible to see so many flocked together.


We had similar about a week and a half ago. Had about 30 or so Welcome Swallows all perched on an old metal frame. We often see 3 or 4 at a time but have never seen so many all at once.
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Re: Native Animals /Birds/Reptiles in you backyard

Postby corvus » Tue 09 Jan, 2018 5:18 pm

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Re: Native Animals /Birds/Reptiles in you backyard

Postby Franco » Wed 10 Jan, 2018 1:08 pm

The one in my photo is an Eastern Spinebill. I should have mentioned that.
But we do get several other types too.
This is another one, one that I don't know :
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and the very common wattle bird :
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Re: Native Animals /Birds/Reptiles in you backyard

Postby Neo » Wed 10 Jan, 2018 1:14 pm

Looks like a Lewins Honeyeater. Sings a nice tune too.
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Re: Native Animals /Birds/Reptiles in you backyard

Postby MickyB » Wed 10 Jan, 2018 1:53 pm

The top photo could be a White-eared Honeyeater.
Red Wattlebird below.
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