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snottiegobble starts with ...
Thought it was time to post a thread on all the delightful wildlife that help to make our gardening the pleasure it is. The photos must be taken personally with info on what the creature is & where taken!
I am starting with a Barking Owl taken at Territory wildlife park Darwin.
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paula-f says...
This is a visitor I had about 4 days ago. This carpet phython was hoping for a feed of rats from my compost bin, but I saw him leaving about an hour later, with no noticable lumps in his tummy.....so he must have missed out.
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micarle says...
Great Topic!!!

Pic# 1. Two Southern Leaf-tailed Gecko's that fell in to a sunken bath tub. They had to spend the night out in the rain.

Pic# 2. An Antechinus that was heavily infested with small ticks, i spent a half hour trying to remove what i could(very aggressive).

Pic# 3. Here is a Squirel Glider in my Loquot Tree, i came home very late one night and heard a high pitched repetitive noise and thought it was a bandiecote so i went to investigate and it was not on the ground but up in the tree. I don't think it was going for the fruit, but trying to call up a mate.

More pics to come. Mitch
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snottiegobble says...
Great shots micarle & Paula-f I really love those velvet geckos. We only have small ones!
Next a natural hybrid between the Galah & one of the Corella species in my garden . there were 3 offspring from a male corella & female galah. However both parents had plenty of their own species to choose from!
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micarle says...
Thanks snottiegobble! In summer the Gecko's come out onto the deck under the lights and collect insects, they also make lots of noise.

Couple of swamp wallabies sneaking into the garden at dusk. I have a love/hate relation with these guys, its great to have them around but they destroys lots of plants. Mitch
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amanda says...
YES!! great topic guys..what beautiful pics - even the snake :) Huge geckos micarle. A galah/corella cross!? Amazing. Just read a great bed-time story to my daughter about barking owls last nite! No garden is complete with it's fauna IMO.
Our little willy wag tail is still in her nest on the sensor lite...can't use it now cos she flies off when we turn it on and can't find her way back cos' of the glare of the other globe. It's no inconvenience - we just use a torch - so what - she has as much right to be here as we do. :)
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Brendan says...
Good photos people. He's my 'sort of pet' wallaby called Rover.
She's called Rover because she rolls over on the lawn (like a dog), and she keeps our lawn short like a Rover brand lawnmower :-)

And she loves sleeping on the lawn too. She is not dead.
Oh, and she doesn't like white bread, must be wholemeal or multigrain?
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Phil@Tyalgum says...
An Eastern Water Dragon called Neville which watches me carefully - I think he's the custodian of the land around here.
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micarle says...
Another couple of Gecko's! Was cleaning up some stuff under the house this morning and spotted these behind an old box. Mitch
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snottiegobble says...
Ringtail possums are quite common here but we rarely see them during the day however this little guy was sitting in a huge fig in the middle of an open air restaurant/bar main St Darwin waiting for patrons to throw him chips.
I would have called it a near perfect shot but for the light cable & possums damaged eyelid.
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Oh Boy, a swarm of bees in our driveway (Vic) stopped us from leaving until the local apiarist placed a beehive close by with a stick leading to the entrance for the workers to climb up. All was well until they decided they preferred an apple tree in the orchard near the backdoor 3 hours later. This meant we became housebound until the swarm finally left for greener pastures, TG!!
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amanda says...
Warning: a sad photo of fauna meets my ride on mower. Any thoughts on prevention of this most welcome.

In an effort to keep our fire risk down, use less glyphosate, deter snakes, make mulch and save myself around a week of effort on the brush cutter etc - I invested in a ride on mower.

Unfortunately I can't see these guys in the growth and I feel devastated about this kind of carnage. I thought I was being more environmentally friendly.. :-(

Does anyone else have this problem?
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allybanana says...
Poor thing a messy cut hard to stich back togeather, i have geese to mow around my trees they are great.
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Jason says...
I was going to reply to this the other night about how we don't mow anymore and so don't have any lizard mowing problem now, but before when we did, if you go very slow in the long grass you can't see into and mow on warm days then the lizards seem to be able to run out infront of the mower and you can see them and move them. As typical as it goes, I was de weeding my trees in preparation for showing Jantina and some other people around in a couple months and I dug up a hiding blue tongue. He wasn't warmed up very good to I moved him to a better hiding place while he poked his slow motion tongue at me. But I have way more awesome news than that. I had a white sapote seedling flower slightly a few months ago but it wasn't ready to make fruit but now I have another seedling sapote thats flowering for the first time and it's about to boom into flower.

The ones that are open now have a very small female part of the flower so I'm not yet convinced it will make fruit but the male part is outstanding and has heaps of pollen so I figure even if it doesn't turn out to make good fruit it will be well worth using as a pollinator since it's making much better pollen than ortega or vernon do but I'll have to wait a bit longer to see what is going on. Anyway that was an exciting moment for me, it's only about 7 years old too, It was a seed from Perrys nursery from a sample fruit they gave me, a Vernon I think, it's a very agressive tree with large leaves. most of the tree I grafted to vernon but I left one branch of the seedling which has almost taken over the tree now, I've been holding off on cutting it until it flowered though. So I could decide which half of the tree to cut off. It seems that anytime soon I'll have three mature seedling sapotes and it's inspired me to look after them all better
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amanda says...
Great news about he sapote Jason! Mowing finished for the year now thankfully! They can really move when they want to those lizards though! I missed another though - and put it in a safe place with a feed of srawberries.. :)
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Jason says...
Just after I wrote that my mum weeded two baby tiger snakes from her rose bushes :) lucky they were a bit sleepy too
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amanda says...
Wildlife nice until it comes inside the home....
How do they get past the flywires etc??? It's got me stumped.
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Brendan says...
Hi Amanda,
The modern aluminum windows in houses today have weep-holes to let water out, that's where they get in :-)

That centipede in your photo is one of the 'good guys' in your garden! And guess what, he's the best anti-cutworm bug!
I have them in my garden :-)
On the other hand, the millipede is bad in the garden. They eat potatoes, carrots and some roots of our vegies :-(
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amanda says...
Yea - I know he was a good guy - but he was about to crawl up my leg Wayne...!
Lucky he/she was just a little one...

Man - that's a tight fit thru those weep holes! Although I had a huge huntsman inside the other day - and that was the only place I could think of it getting in too....
Everything just exploding into life and action this week as the days now quite warm...
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Jason says...
There's huntsmen in my house every day all the time, they can easily crawl in between the gaps in the sides of doors. I let them run around because my wife has a spider problem and I'm trying to cure her. It's taking lots of years worth of screams but shes getting slightly more used to them :p
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snottiegobble says...
Jason, it doesnt work. I am still required to arm myself with a large jar & a scooping envelope before she will enter the room. I wont mention what happens if a huntsman turns up in the car, it can be quite distracting!!
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snottiegobble says...
Restricted to the Sth west of Australia this beautiful Redcap parrot ( & his mates) honours us with visits for some budgie mix when the galahs & 28`s let him.
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Jason says...
Oh yeah even I don't like it when they are running around in the car, across the dashboard at night is always a worry. I had one drop off the roof lining onto my arm on the highway once and I just had to keep telling myself to be cool and keep driving straight for the rest of the trip. My wife has jammed the brakes on and just left the car on half hanging on the side of the road before. I used to have to put them in a jar or box before she could get into the bathroom or where ever shes going, but these days shes likely to be able to slide past them on the outer most wall instead of screaming and crying because she can't get to the other side of the house.

Those freaky spiders that live in Sydney upset her once walking down a track in Sydney to get to the beach when we were younger, she broke down crying and just sat on the ground refusing to go past them, a couple of people nearby were looking at me like I was trying to abduct her or something I'm suprised the police didn't show up.

She told me this whole problem is because a tarantula jumped on her face when she was little, while she was stealing cookies from the kitchen in the middle of the night. Although it hasn't stopped her eating cookies, funny that :)
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Brad says...
Jason - what's your address? can I send my wife for training.
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amanda says...
he he - don't park your car under big old trees on windy nites Jason!

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Brad says...
yay for videos. this isn't bad for our street front close to the city little block (I shot the video, but no, thats not my voice ;) )
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amanda says...
Nice Movie Brad! very clever of u .. :)

Here are my latest spring visitors....hopefully they will decide the grape vine not homely enuf' for them.

(PS Brad - I actually have a lot of respect for cats - as an animal and an ultimate predator - but they are banned from our block/home - simply cos' of the birds - as in your movie :) ..so hard to tell your "little one's" why no kittens are allowed though!?
But, ironically, my 7yr old in tears over the nature show on TV 2nite...!)
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amanda says...
Our sand goannas - supreme rabbit hunter :) often see them coming out of the burrows with a baby in their jaws.

Native wildlife fights back!? :)
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micarle says...
Thats a nice Lizard. Very cool patterns.
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snottiegobble says...
This beautiful Monarch ( wanderer) & one or 2 others frequented our lantanas last summer. However when we visited Harvey Dam early this year they were everywhere! It suddenly dawned on me that the amphitheatre & lawns under the dam wall make the ideal spot for weddings ,& people can buy & release these monarchs as gifts. They tend to land on the bride until they adjust to the light!
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amanda says...
Three ultra fat n healthy babies left this nest today. I know where they all are in the garden and looking out for them. I am kind of glad to be able to use my light again - and clean up the huge pile of poop outside my door.. and not get swooped by Mum n Dad anymore!

6yr old gets to take the nest and pics for Show n Tell next week! :)
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micarle says...
Great stuff Amanda
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Brendan says...
Finally snuck some pics of my Woompoo Fruit Dove(s). Have at least 4 here, they just love my brazilian cherries & mulberries :-)

This one is either a baby, or a female, as it's colour hasn't filled out yet? :-)
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snottiegobble says...
Just got back from a funeral in Bright NE Vic. where we stayed I saw a male satin bowerbird & heard his chirpy whistles calling for females. I found his bower in the garden & it was surrounded by all things blue & mainly plastic. Bottletops, pegs,wrapping band tape, marbles, & blue feathers from crimson rosellas. Eventually I enticed him down from his call tree to pick up an old trowel handle which he proudly took off to further adorn his "love avenue" These male bowerbirds really are deeply blue with lighter blue eyes.
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amanda says...
Not sure about beloved - but a part of life... ours are up n about now..very early! Be careful guys! (ps - the dog ok that time)
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This is for Jantina to tell me what species he is : )
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Diana says...
Hi Jason,

Lovely kangaroo picture. Where did you take the photo? He looks like an eastern grey kangaroo to me, but does he have a brownish back?. Western greys in South Australia are usually chocolate coloured on the back and head rather than ash grey, and they have bigger ears than eastern greys. Western greys in WA can be paler I think. If in Qld, eastern NSW, eastern Vic, or Tasmania, it is an eastern grey. What State was he in?
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Jason says...
Diana, South West Victoria close to the border of South Australia (he's in the backyard) we have about 6 resident females/young ones with the odd big male that's around sometimes but not all the time. They do eat my trees quite a bit but it's worth it to have them around :). Theres a bigger male than this one there at the moment, for some reason the larger the male the more darker brown and more wooly? they seem to be, the females never look this fury and the females are more grey. We have one neighbour that hates kangaroos but despite his screaming, whip cracking and shootgun shooting they let me get within 10 meters of them when I'm in the garden and are happy to stay there and eat grass while I plant things or pull out weeds etc.

I read on wikipedia it can be hard to tell them apart in areas where there ranges overlap and the kangaroos here don't really look the same as either I see on the net. But then again our Koalas are totally different to those in the North and so are the Magpies :0
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Diana says...
Hi Jason,

I think it's harder to tell them apart if they are grey, because some western greys are quite pale, but I don't think eastern greys are ever brown. If they are brown and woolley with fine fur on the muzzle, they are western greys. Male macropods are often darker, but I suppose the females are the same species as the male? Western greys have a strictly seasonal birth pattern- the age range of young at different times of year will be greater in eastern than in western greys too.

It's nice to hear that you like kangaroos. At least they are helping with the mowing.

Diana.
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snottiegobble says...
Sadly our Western greys are very dark & they get skittled quite a lot in our area. Some of the locals with big 4wds & bullbars dont even brake for them.
What we do with our national emblems, Eh!
Nice photo Jason, but the duco`s not too crash hot, mate! lol
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amanda says...
Be careful of the big guy Jason - I once witnessed a buck attempting to "rape" a young child at a caravan park - it was quite frightening and very dangerous for the child.

I managed to get him off the kid using my pillow (of all things!?) but the poor little boy was probably scarred for life...
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Jason says...
He growls at the neighbour in protest of being screamed at. The dominant males seem to stay closer to the bush than the females and just keep and eye on things, they always leave first when something gets to close. But I am wary of the males you can't not be when they are standing there flexing their chest :0, pretty imposing things they are :). You were very brave to take one on with a pillow!
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Brendan says...
Jason, my wallabys are babies compared to that kangaroo!
Had another visitor here this morning, a whistling duck flogging bread from my pet wallaby Rover.
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Jason says...
Brendan Rover is not much bigger than my pet rabbit Wookie:!) or at least a hare. I bet he lands more softly on a small tree when spooked by crazy neighbours than the limb smashing monsters I have :). And what a crazy looking duck

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Brendan says...
Geez Jason, what have you been feeding Wookie on? Has s/he been flogging all your avocados? :-)

Here's Rove strutting her stuff, acting like a dog, again! :-) (hence the name!)

(The garden fence is a work in progress. See cucumber top left)
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Jason says...
I thought you might have had a thing for Rover mowers! like how people call their pet Goats Victa. Wookie is actually tiny as far as rabbits go, he's a pure breed dwarf lop and only just 2 kilos he only eats dried stuff a littttle bit of grass he's never lived outside, it actually took years and years to convince him green grass was edible for rabbits :P.

He likes sweet potato and bananas and other fruits like Lychee's and grapes, carob pods are one of his all time legendary foods of excitement but he's pretty good with self regulation, he doesn't ever overdo one single food and goes from one to the other, mostly sticking to the dried grains and grasses with occasional sweet snacks in between. He's actually just come to visit me as I'm typing this (he lives inside and is toilet trained etc).

Although like us and most things all senses fail with chocolate :P. He will actually come running from where ever he is in the house within a few seconds of someone eating chocolate, as soon as the fumes escape you and reach him he will follow the trail of chocolate fume goodness back to you. It's been a bit of a learning experience having a rabbit since I'd never had one an didn't realise they were such an intelligent and compassionate? animal. I also didn't realise they were so sensitive and a little tricky to keep alive and healthy long term (these dwarf rabbits can live ages indoors), definitely in the exotic pet class for indoor living. It's also amazing the different temperaments the different breeds of rabbits have. Some are really angry/nervous some like the dwarf lops are totally placid and refuse to bite anything. Wookie will give you a nip on the hand/arm once a year if you stop patting him sometimes just to say come on! what's the deal with stopping, but that's about it. But I had another rabbit, one of the massive 5 kilo+ ones they farm and that was a psycho attack rabbit that I couldn't even handle without gloves and I'd still end up bleeding from multiple holes :), you wouldn't have been able to have it with small kids, where Wookies really too tiny and frail to have any where near kids, totally different story.

We did breed some dwarf/mini lops a few times, I was amazed at the nests they build. They build a bowl from straw then the day before the babys are going to be born the female pulls heaps of fur from her chest then makes a perfect "lid" over the bowl which she opens or closes depending on the temperature until they are up and walking with open eyes.

Does Rover eat things beside grass and young leaves? fruits maybe? I think a wallaby would be much more hardy than a rabbit :)

I'll attach a picture of the result of Wookies stud farming and one of the nests, I don't remember how old this one was but he/she was still a bit wobbly trying to get around
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snottiegobble says...
Wow Jason, it looks like you are the only wildlife at your place! Nice photos of cuteness though so I am sure everyone will forgive you!
The bottlebrush demolition mob are in town. These whitetailed black cockies enjoy the calistemons so much you can walk up pretty close when they are feeding. Although reasonably plentiful as adults they are endangered due to old forest trees being removed that they nest in.
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Jason says...
Snottie ok ok I'll take some wildlife pictures but the house is hard up against some forest so they aren't very exotic to me. I had one of the 30? remaining orange bellied parrots in my backyard last Winter, should have got a picture of that

How about this Koala on the flywire door one night last year, it was patable. I have to stop on the highway every other night to kick a star gazing koala off the road before it gets run over around here



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Yeah Jason, Rover got her name two ways, she mows the grass like a Rover lawnmower, and she 'thinks' she's a dog, sleeps on her back and rolls over like a dog named Rover :-)

I grow lots of bananas, a dwaft variety, and her (and her mother, we call 'mother'), stand on their hind legs and tail, and flog the GREEN bananas! I've even covered the bunches up, but they just rip the bag open and go for it!
I'm now gradually changing over to a taller variety, but they haven't beared yet.

They like mulberry leaves also, see pic.
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Jantina says...
Hi Jason, geoff here. looks like a good size version of the western grey kangaroo. Regards,geoff.
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I thought my rain gauge was a bit out :-)
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snottiegobble says...
A lovely shot Brendan. Did you know kookas were imported to WA? Anyway thankfully we have plenty in our area.
Was invited next door to photo a "racehorse goanna" in the chook run. This beautiful sand goanna was nearly a metre long & we have never seen one before.
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trikus says...
This big fella lived around the nursery i worked at in Mission Beach . Loved digging in the piles of shredded trees left over from cyclone Larry . Seen one strolling across my backyard a few months ago .
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Trikus - is that a Bungarra? (not sure about my spelling there) Looks a bit different (and bigger) than the sand goanna?

I have seen my dogs pass within a whisker of these guys - and even not notice them. They have such composure - it's incredible. Funny how the human eye picks them out instantly - but not the dog eye, for example. ??
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Yes one of the most common and wide spread species , this one used to follow some people into the nursery , lucky some of the lady gardeners around here are used to such things . I was in one corner weeding and one came up to me and said ' lovely goanna , is it a pet?'
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snottiegobble says...
Its funny that some people regard our species as totally superior to anything else while others see beauty & purpose in most other creatures. The Y generation worry me as they have become so narcistic, selfish & disrespectful even to our elders!
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GenY isn't exclusive in that. Happened in previous generations as well, most notable in those that have much to be grateful for.
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Meet Gastrocantha minax! A beautiful little spider with 6 spines & very short legs. Although they prefer to build their untidy webs over still water, thankfully this little guy chose my greenhouse.
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micarle says...
Nice pic !!!!!! Looks like a little crab!
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I found this beauty last evening behind the greenhouse, but cannot identify it.It really is bright red!
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I found this beauty at my Sons house -- and she is wild and full of mischief
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snottiegobble says...
Ah, a delightful young speciman of Homo sapiens. Not rare by any means, but possibly unlikely to enjoy the variety of wildlife that we do today due to ever increasing human encroachment & development.
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allybanana says...
Very impressive spider snottigobble looks like a type of Eriophora species (garden orbs) at a guess only.
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snottiegobble says...
Yeah allybanana, now I wish I had captured it & had it identified. Nothing on the Net like it & I only have "A guide to Australian Spiders" by Densey Clyne.
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Try this key snottigobble $100 if your not rich i might be able to burn a copy for you

http://www.publish.csiro.au/pid/3399.htm

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allybanana, I`m certainly not rich so maybe I can repay your generous offer in some other way? I have always had admiration for spiders in all their forms.
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This cheeky bandicoot comes into the carport every night to steal the doggies dinner.
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allybanana says...
Phil you must have a pretty friendly house for a wild bandicot to come in to visit, they are such shy little things.

snottigobble I keep forgetting the blank CDs when i go shopping, please e-mail adress to allydalton.sculpture@Gmail.com and i will try to get spider CD to you soon.
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micarle says...
Good pics Phil! Do you think after a while you could hand feed???

Fat Python sun baking after a feed!!
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au0rey says...
EEEEWWWW...the snake just gave me the goose pimples...hope it didnt eat some of your garden animals if you have any...
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au0rey says...
I am contemplating getting some bird houses and hang them somewhere in my back garden where I can overlook from kitchen...wonder what birds will come make home in them (hehe not pesky ones though)...anybody has any idea where I can get such houses for birds??
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amanda says...
micarle - what a GREAT photo! The markings are stunning!
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snottiegobble says...
Nice python, any idea which species it is? Much happier to find a python in my garden than a venomous snake.
AuOrey, in Vic. I followed the guideline from a booklet " building bird nesting boxes' from the Australian Bird Society ( I think) & put a couple high up in gum trees for crimson rosellas. Trouble was the bloody starlings took over so it was a total waste of time. I threw their eggs & nests out repeatedly but they just kept coming back & building again. Thank God there are NO starlings, sparrows, mynahs or blackbirds in WA.( They get shot at the border) Miss the blackbirds song but when you mulch something here it stays mulched!


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micarle says...
I think the python is a Diamond?? Its still out there after four days now (same spot) It was hanging up in my finger lime and bent it over. Yep those marking are really nice..
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au0rey says...
snottie, I dont have big trees except a small grevillea and pomegranate right out of the window against the fence. But anyhow i will go read up on that site. Thanks!

I really dont want to find a single snake in my garden for fear of my son and doggy...when i was small, my grandma used to have chickens and the pythons came and strangled all of them and ate just one!!! I will never ever forget that horror...
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The only thing i don't like about the python is that it spends alot of time under the house eating the Gecko's(In the pics above)!
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amanda says...
It's probably lonely too micarle? Maybe it should be relocated so it has the chance to breed... our pythons have become very rare here now :(
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Amanda you mite be on the right track!!
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kert says...
It's a lady snake and it's coiled around eggs.
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snottiegobble says...
Does she like`em soft or hard boiled?
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Diana says...
Beautiful snake. It's the right time of year for pythons to be broody. They coil tightly around their eggs so you can't see them, and shiver to raise the temperature if they get too cool. Brooding diamond / carpet pythons stay like this for six to eight weeks, and they don't eat while brooding. If you have seen her hunting under the house, she won't be brooding eggs. A big snake like that probably wants something bigger than geckoes- e.g. possums or rats would go down a treat. They will also bask in a coil when they aren't broody.
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micarle says...
Found this Red Triangle slug in a log, so i put it under a tree with two others, But later on i was having a beer on the deck and spotted a Kookaburra hooking into them.

And a nice Golden Whistler.
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snottiegobble says...
Great photos Micarle. Are these red triangle pretty rare? I have never heard of them before.
The golden whistlers are beautiful & we have them here too, but there are more rufous whistlers.
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Thanks snottie! Nar i don't think they are that rare but i guess unless you go looking for them you won't see them. I found these in a tree i was cutting down. In pic #3 you can see its air/breathing hole.
I just googled the rufous whistler, very nice looking bird.
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Dont know what happened to my post but those swans out to sea are juveniles & lost because their parents flew off due to drought( I am told) Its the Indian Ocean & many similar cygnets have been rescued in this area. It is sad because they can swim but cant fly yet!
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BJ says...
I love seeing these guys in the garden. not as spectacular as some others, but their iridescent purple rings around the white circles always catch my eye. I'm fairly surprised there are still some around after the storms this week. thought anything not nailed down would have been blown to Vanuatu by now...
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Thats a little gem BJ. I am glad it survived but there is no doubt some species of both flora & fawna will now be extinct as a result of the floods.
The Great Barrier Reef will also be at risk!
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allybanana says...
Butiful BJ those wings look like the full moon tonight as it raced behind the clouds. Kiwi's call it the blue moon buterfly which to me is nicer name than Common eggfly. That one is a male what do you think the larvae feed on.
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Our kookaburras have had 3 babies recently, here's one of them.
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snottiegobble says...
Cuuuuuute! We have plenty here too, but would you believe originally imported from the East!
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Charles cant spell says...
Yeah got to say I am not a fan of Kookies they eat baby birds, lizards, frogs, my pond fish and everything else I like around the garden. A very unwelcome invasive species. On a similar level to Rainbow Lorakeets.
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micarle says...
Yeah i guess i can see where your coming from! But they are both Native and play there own important role in the food chain. Hmmm they did eat those Triangle slugs i pictured above:( hehe
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Magpies are much worse.
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Currawong's are really bad around my way! when they turn up in big group's all the smaller birds ( wrens robins etc ) stay quiet and hide. They are very good a finding birds nests and raiding the eggs and babies
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Diana says...
Hi BJ,

That's a beautiful butterfly. I wonder what the host food plant is? If you knew you could plant some. I have noticed a lot of butterflies around.

Snottiegobble, we do live on a floodplain with lots of small areas of higher ground dotted around which can be refuges. Floods are natural, and were formerly more frequent than now with the dam. Rubbish and pollution flowing into the bay however is not natural. Increased dugong, cetacean and turtle strandings and health problems are expected.

Re currawongs: they eat mainly fruit in winter. In summer they want meat and insects to feed protein to their nestlings.
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Across the road in the park :)
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snottiegobble says...
Nice peaceful, serene type photo of galahs Rich, pity the youngsters make such grating, gasping cries to be fed isnt it!
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micarle says...
Like a Naughty little kid, Caught in the Act!!!


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amanda says...
Cool pic micarle! Are they quite small?
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micarle says...
Hey Amanda! Nar for a bat they are big!! About 30cm from feet to nose in that position, but a much larger wing span maybe 1m.
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amanda says...
Oh Brendan - I see what u mean about the weep holes in the sliding doors - I actually watched this one come thru the hole! Lucky it was a "friendly" :-0

I was actually quite thrilled - as pythons are quite rare here now - and this is the very first one I have seen on our block in 5yrs....(it was safely relocated - using a pair of chopsticks..)
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Brendan says...
Hello amanda,
Yeah, we've had a couple of them inside too, I think they're called (over here), Night Carpets or Children's Python?
We once had a King Brown (bad) come inside after I touched it up a bit.
I've never seen people move so fast, was funny:-)
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amanda says...
EEK! K.B's scare me! Have babies all over the place (kids been told to zip up school bags that sit outside even..) 5 folk envenomated by baby KB's and Mulgas this week alone - 3 were children....

But yes - they are called childrens pythons here too :)
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Glory says...
Hi
I have a plum tree. it was full of fruits. Two birds ate everything with in two days. But it is nice to see the bird eating.
I could not add the video.
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Xiem says...
Good morning, Glory. Yes my plum trees received exactly the same treatment, but from rainbow lorikeets. They are welcome.
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Julie says...
Xiem, I'm a bit taken aback that you say rainbow lorikeets are welcome! It may not matter to someone with a few fruit trees in their garden, but they will devastate commercial crops if allowed to spread.

They have now reached WA. While they are very pretty, we certainly don't want them spreading to fruit growing areas. Don't encourage them!
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Xiem says...
Well I learn something every day Julie. I know they are a lot more prolific than they used to be. I didn't know that that they were illegal immigrants in WA! I thought the Kookaburra was the only invading native. And what of starlings, sparrows and indian mynas? I know starlings are not invited to WA but you are lucky if you haven't got the flying rats (mynas) that have taken over the entire east coast and evicted or displaced most native species.
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Violet_Cactus says...
Birds and insects only become pests when there is monoculture.
Diversity, as practiced by nature, is the answer.
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Julie says...
In an ideal world, with a smaller population, that is certainly true. But it is difficult (not impossible) to feed such large numbers of people without a level of monoculture. Unless we all turned into food growers and became an agrarian society again.

But even with diversity, if you grow fruit trees in large numbers, the birds will come. In my garden, I have more birds than trees. In a commercial orchard, there are more trees than birds. That's why they can pick fruit while I sometimes lose all mine!

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this guy was spotted at the bedroom door, before being photographed nearby
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Diana says...
Hi Brad,

In your part of the world, do you call these stumpy-tails, bob-tails, shinglebacks, sleepy-lizards, boggis, or pine cone skinks?

Obviously they are well-loved (and widespread, and conspicuous) with all of those names. Did you know that they mate for life, sometimes with the same partner for more than 30 years?
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Brad says...
I say bobtail. I just had this conversation when i shared that photo with my melbourne cousin who's worked with a mobile petting zoo etc
yeh I'd come across that. I was quite upset when I came back from holiday and one was at the bottom of the pool - not knowing their relationship status ;) Maybe I should find out how to identify them individually as I'd love to know how many different ones I'm actually seeing
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snottiegobble says...
yeah stumpy tail skink (so the neighbours call them) I know that seasonally they move round the property & beyond to make full use of the sun but I have never seen 2 together. Like Bluetongues Stumpies enjoy a juicy strawberry & tomato, & they have bluish tongues also.
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Brendan says...
Mum & bub 'wab' checking something out.

Check out the height of my 'lawn'! Had 285mm rain in the last 3 days, and more coming :-(
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micarle says...
Nice pic Brendan!!! The joey looks fat and in good condition, must be the long grass ;)
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snottiegobble says...
Not familiar with 'wabs' Brendan, obviously they would be some kind of wallaby?
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Brendan says...
Yeah SG,
Sorry 'bout that. I was just too lazy to print 'wallabies' :-)
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trikus says...
A very old one used to hang around nursery i worked at .. neighbours called police to kill it as they thought it was injured . I called it a 'wobbly' as could barely walk . But would lay down in long grass and graze .. survived for another 2 years after the police failed to get him .
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Brendan says...
Here's Rover again, doing her dog impersonation yet again!
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amanda says...
So cute Brendan! Does she let u touch her? I love their soft fur - it's beautiful.
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snottiegobble says...
Nice relaxation therapy for you Brendan.
I am peeed off because Picassa drops out & wont let me store & post photos anymore!
Any ideas??
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Julie says...
And just when I was thinking of downloading it. Rats! Did you have probs before sg?

I think it was Charles who gave a tip on how to 'shrink' pics, but I didn't save it, so don't know what thread it was on. Can you help out again Charles?
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Brendan says...
Hi amanda,
No she won't allow that, but Alison has fed her by hand once :-) Doesn't like white bread either, MUST be grain or wholemeal :-) Should see the looks you get if you throw her white bread!

Hi SG,
Have you tried 'right clicking' the photo, then 'Save Picture As..'?

Hi Julie, to shrink photos, right click (the photo), open with 'Paint', click on 'Image' (up top), then 'Stretch/Skew'.
Change the 2 x 100% to 25% each (I think, could be 35%?), then 'Exit' the program, when it asks: 'Save Changes?', click 'Yes'. That's it
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BJ says...
This little guy caught my eye the other day. At first he looked rather plain, but iridescent patches lit up on its wings when it opened its wings fully.
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Jantina says...
Beautiful.
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snottiegobble says...
I believe it to be a female Egg fly (Hypolimnas bolina nerina), but why would anyone would give it such an awful common name?
BJ, your photo is by far a better illustration compared to the one in
A FIELD GUIDE TO AUSTRALIAN BUTTERFLIES by Robert Fisher. Congrats!
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Brendan says...
No wonder I've got so many wallabies!
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Diana says...
They must feel safe in your garden. He seems to be looking out for dogs, in case.
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micarle says...
This Caterpiller seems to only feed on plants from the Rutaceae family. It starts of black and white like a bird droping and turns a nice Apple green colour! When it's alarmed a pair of bright red prongs pop out of its head, as a defensive gesture. This Grub turns into a large black and white Butterfly.
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BJ says...
Orchid Swallowtail Butterfly larvae. I have a sacrificial Lotsa Lemon that these guys devour. As soon as it pushes a new flush, a new generation of butterfly larva eats it right back to the stem.
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allybanana says...
We have had great fun with these, the kids strip the citrus to look after the catapillars then let the buterflies go in the orchard. A word of caution though, make sure the container is big enough when the buterfly emergers or they end up looking like a pressed fairy.
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snottiegobble says...
What a great nature lesson for kids, the metaphorphosis of a beautiful butterfly & to think that some city kids dont even know where milk comes from!
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snottiegobble says...
A very tame shellduck close to my daughter`s place in Mandurah!
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Brendan says...
ANOTHER baby kookaburra turned up yesterday, what a whinger!
Note the short black beak & short tail:-)
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snottiegobble says...
Thats a real Aussie shot Brendan, "kookaburra sits in the old hills hoist" :) cuuuuute!
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snottiegobble says...
The beautiful Red capped Parrot in my garden. Seen nowhere else in the world except this small area of SW WA so can be described as vunerable!
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amanda says...
Wow - that's a very technicolour bird hey?! Have never seen one b4, thanks SG.
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snottiegobble says...
Common around here, but only heard for a few weeks after the first rains in Autumn
the male Moaning Frog produces a nighttime ascending" oooooooo" that irritates some folks so much they cant sleep. This little guy along with 3 others was presented to me after they fell in a friends swimming pool one wet night. They have beautiful bright blue/green eyes!
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snottiegobble says...
MAHOGANY GLIDERS trikus. Youre pretty close to their last refuge so how are they coping? I`m a FAME supporter!
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trikus says...
Some have been seen since yasi . High hopes for the survival of them . Local reVeg group has been planting many fodder trees for them .
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micarle says...
Crimson Rosella, Pied Currawong. They are both enjoying some seed's from a large Michelia champaca. This tree is great for attracting birds, on any given day there is the two mentioned above plus Satin Bowerbirds, King parrots, Olive-backed Oriole's, Brown cookoo dove's and the Lewin's Honeyeater!.
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snottiegobble says...
Looking forward to seeing them in detail micarle, once the site is fixed.
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micarle says...
Yeah Snot, As soon as i uploaded them i realised they could not be viewed properly!!!
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micarle says...
Male Satin Bowerbird, hard to get a good pic of this guy!!! He is a lot more skitish that the female's. And some type of Huntsman spider, Bout the size of an orange.
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Wayne says...
Get a load of this critter, a snake passing a house near cardwell after cyclone Yasi. It is a _______ Python? I think. can you help
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M Nash says...
It is a King Brown (Black snake family)
And a very big one at that.
This pic has gone Viral.
Was it really your friends house at cardwell? heeeyy?
If so, You can solve many questions re this particular snake
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snottiegobble says...
Looks a bit like Nessie to me & probably just as authentic! Too skinny for its length!
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KjW says...
That's funny, I received an email about this exact same snake saying it was somewhere in NSW
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micarle says...
The Photo re-sizing stuff sux!!! I wana see that snake!!!
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Wayne says...
Lol KjW, perhaps the person was telling me fibs.
This is the script that came with the photo "This photo was taken yesterday. The guys from SMEC are involved in the highway upgrade in the Cardwell area."

No M Nash I meant to say a friend sent me the photo

All the photo problems should be fixed tomorrow with a bit of luck.

When you see it enlarged I thought it to be a python. I'm no snake expert for sure so it could well be what you say M Nash
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KjW says...
Well! I'll have to see if anyone I sent the email to has still got it, unfortunately I deleted mine.

I'm no snake expert either but I would have thought a Python that length might have a bigger girth..

I suppose if it's from around Cardwell all it's prey got blown/washed away, so it's a bit light on..
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KjW says...
Here we go, This is what it had written in my email.

> Now that's a snake...

A King Brown in Branxton, NSW, Australia.
Of the Cobra family as most Australian snakes are - - One of the most deadliest snakes in the world.
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snottiegobble says...
This is the copy of the email sent to me (accompaning the snake photo) from a friend down the road & it was sent 11TH MAY!!!! Please Wayne no more BS!
Hi, Did anyone see the story about this snake on the TV news in the last few weeks ?? If so, can you remember where the photo was taken.
Does not look like a Brown to me - more like a Taipan, but so long ?? Maybe it is a "doctored" photo ??--

Looks like sugar cane in the background so I dont think its in Branxton, impressive snake all the same!
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KjW says...
Yeah SG, It does look like cane growing in the background.

I thought I'd add this link for Taipan,>
http://studentweb.usq.edu.au/home/d1132461/nahidas4fet/htmls/sp.html

It does have the black head like the one in the email.
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Wayne says...
It is sugarcane SG, I'm sorry I misslead you, I didn't read the mail I got properly. I think I got conned by the person who sent it

If that is a Taipan it's the biggest one I've ever seen. What does a night python look like, that's what I was thinking it was but I can't find any photos
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snottiegobble says...
No worries Wayne, I believe it is far too thin for a python/boa constrictor of any kind due to their dependency on muscular strength to constrict their victims breathing ability, so if it is a fair dinkum photo it has to be a venomous snake. Personally I think the head is too high up for travelling unless threatening something!
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M Nash says...
Black snakes will do that.
The mongrel knows that there are people around (Taking photos) So it is making a B line. Head up sensing what the humans are doing.
Can you imagine working under your car and that bloody thing rocks up ??
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KjW says...
I can imagine you might hit ya head, and stir up a bit of dust getting out from under the car...and then the words would probably scare it off :)
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snottiegobble says...
Well its now June & we still cant get to see the thing in detail or anything else for that matter!
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Wayne says...
It's working for me SG, try now
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snottiegobble says...
Wayne, every damned photo except the snake & the first photo( out of 3) of micarle`s Michelia champaca, enlarge when clicked on! I just dont understand IT & its foibles!
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Mike says...
The photo is an asian colubrid and almost certainly a king cobra and the background is not Cardwell on the date indicated.While they can reach 5.5m tne pictured one seems to be around 3m.
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snottiegobble says...
Thanks Mike, do you suggest it may have been in India were the photo was taken?
PS I still cant enlarge it, anyone else?
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Mike says...
it also appeared in the US beforehand with false credentials.The sugarcane,conifers and hiilside veg. suggest India to Thailand in the drier bits.Somewhere not hit by a cyclone.It is clever because there are some FNQ spots looking very similar.
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snottiegobble says...
Mike I think your last post has been deleted before I could respond!
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Mike says...
Not being a smarty pants I will say that Taipans and other dangerous aussie snakes are all Elapids unlike the rest of the world where Colubrids like cobras dominate.Amethystine pythons can be as thin as the pictured snake but the two 5m ones that ate my chickens and ducks and geese respectively were lumpier.
I get a great assortment of wildlife in my yard like lace monitors, about 10 kinds of frogs,striped possum sometimes,major skinks,bandicoots,4 kinds of fruit bats,4 types of pythons and tons of birds many of which eat fruit.
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snottiegobble says...
Sounds like paradise for a photographer, but not for a anyone who is trying to be self sufficient!
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Mike says...
In a previous life I was a wildlife photographer for books,magazines,postcards,posters and that sort of thing.I don't do it any more but as a zoologist I can take a hit from nice wildlife and not be bothered.The bug appreciation society could have field trips to my place to see a big variety.Big flocks of cockotoos,lorikeets,metallic starlings and fig parrots as well as fruit bats of all types can do lots of damage quickly.
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John Mc says...
Atlas of Living Australia (online)
http://www.ala.org.au/

The Atlas would have to be the most complete collection of plant and animal biodiversities in Australia.

It's quite amazing, I could do a search of every species living/growing within any specified radius from my address. You can then get a profile of any of those species listed..

The Atlas project is a partnership between the CSIRO, the Australian natural history collections community and the Australian Government.
Definately worth a look.


http://www.ala.org.au/
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Jason says...
That's a cool site John, I had a look at it but it's missing heaps of plants native to my backyard let alone in a 5km radius including missing the most dominant tree species in the area :S. It says there are 100 insects species in the 5km but I'm sure I could count more than that in any given month without going looking for them. I'm going to look at it again and see if you can add things, otherwise I can't imagine anyone locally who would be adding anything which is probably why not much is on there. Still its a great idea !: )
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John Mc says...
They have a Cannabis Sativa plant listed amongst the plants recorded within a 5k radius of my place and it's location.
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Mike says...
It might be in a dry form
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JUJUBE FOR SALE IN MELBOURNE says...
How cute are these frogs?
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Mike says...
The are Litoria caerulea,Australia's most familiar frog species.
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Brendan says...
Little 'muddy' I caught days ago :-)
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amanda says...
Yum, yum yum Brendan! U know they are very nearly as far down the coast as Geraldton now? And there are Mangroves in Bunbury (oddly enuf)....was just thinking the other day about releasing some of these guys down there .. lol!

That's a beauty too! I once caught a cherubin that was fully two beer cans in body length! A monster! I should have let it go really...it tasted a bit crap and was probably a good breeder..oops.

Had my first ever flock of wild budgies pass thru the other day! All green ones. This years rain has made for a great bird season :)
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Wazza McG says...
Nice Muddy Brendan - can I have some seeds so I can plant some in the backyard? I only want the male seeds though......Can you help out a mate here ;-)
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Mike says...
That crab is a whopper.Several years ago I found a spot north of Cooktown with big ones like that that had blue nippers and lived in coastal rocks near a river mouth. Cherabin are the giant freshwater prawn Macrobrachium rosenbergi,wookaji is the east coast big one M.lah and the red claw is the standard cray but not the biggest cray up here.The pepper will come brendan and is there anything else wanted?
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Brendan says...
No thanks Mike. (I think).
I've pulled most of my garlic now, not the biggest, but has good taste. Still waiting for it to dry a bit before sending you some :-)
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amanda says...
Lol - Wazza McG - nice one :)
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au0rey says...
Love the lorikeets-their beautiful colours and noise! Here's a few pictures which we captured these few months.
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Xiem says...
Yes great photos au0rey. Well done. They are beautiful FRUIT EATING birds. But probably not so admired on this FRUIT TREE forum. Ha, ha!
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au0rey says...
They have come and ruin my garden at all. I have had giant sunflowers in my garden in summer but none came. They just flew over our garden and roof. I thought they eat sunflower seeds? Do they go for fruits too? Anyway those pics were taken from other suburbs we visited so they are not a bother to me and my gardening haha...
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NQ grower says...
I have two vanilla orchids growing on my verandah and I noticed a tiny green frog about thubnail size on one of the leaves. Well I spray the plant nearly every day with water and he must have thought it was a pretty good deal because now I have a little frog on nearly every leaf! I decided to take a pic and couldn't stop lauging when I saw the attached - its almost like he is waiting for his daily mist :)
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Xiem says...
Perhaps the frog's favourite movie is "Play Misty for me".
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KjW says...
I had this fella visit my backyard last week... Red Winged or Crimson Wing parrot.
He came for about 3 days and haven't seen him since. He was fairly quiet to.
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snottiegobble says...
KjW thats a lovely parrot & a great shot. Congatulations!
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KjW says...
Thanks SG, I must say I'm quite impressed with it myself.
He certainly is a beautiful bird.
He came by himself the first day, and the next he turned up with his mate and 2 young ones.
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snottiegobble says...
Thats a decent old feeder youve got there for them too! You`re obviously a resorceful person as well!
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micarle says...
This mad looking thing was Huge!!
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amanda says...
Here is an amazing looking cockroach we found in the garden. It's a good guy/girl BTW... ;-)
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Mike says...
Amanda you see very similar flightless cockroaches with yellow or white trimming all over Australia.For the dedicated roach enthusiast species in the genus Macropanesthia in NQ are held in high regard.
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amanda says...
Thanks Mike. I get many different types here and they are all "handsome" looking things ;) I guess they may play a big role in arid zone nutrient recycling (also why I have loads of slaters, as a knowledgable person once told me)

They never comein the house, of course (for those wondering) they feed off decaying wood etc only. SO I never kill them.
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Mike says...
The big rainforest wood demolishing ones are big decomposers and the one I mentioned before is as big as a cigarette box.
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MaryT says...
At last I have a picture of 'wild life' in my inner city courtyard. This was taken last night and the creature was sitting on my swing. Bold as anything.
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snottiegobble says...
Good shot Mary! As we have Western ringtails here I suppose yours would be known as an Eastern?
I found with possums that if you feed them spoilt fruit chopped up regularly at a feeding station they dont hoe into your good stuff.
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MaryT says...
Ours are just ringtails SG to differ it from our brushtails. I've never heard them called Eastern Ringtails but hey what do I know ? :) There ain't much spoilt fruit around here and since this little fella showed up I'm worried for everything I'm trying to grow (much as I love him/her). I know they live in my neighbour's macadamia tree and I'm hoping that they'll stick to the nuts. They dance on my roof every night and play in the jacaranda and swing on the bamboo and poo all over my garden but so far I have not noticed their eating anything. :)
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amanda says...
Tis a god pic MaryT - U must have been quick!?
Have to chuckle at your outdoor table covered in plants tho..!? U are bursting at the seams hey? :)
(My backyard table is smothered in gardening "stuff" also?..)

At our new house I will get my own Gardening-caves (sheds!?) Yay!
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Mike says...
Mary they are common ringtails and they extend to up here as well.Western ringtails are very similar to commons but both are quite diferent from green ringtails,rock ringtails,daintree ringtails,herbert river ringtails etc.Common brushies are bigger with tall ears and are a different group from the ringtails.They also extend right up to here and are very widespread.They hae even colonised NZ.Common brushtails and common ringtails are the main 2 in the east that are happily living in towns and enjoying the city life.
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MaryT says...
Didn't have to be quick to photograph the possum, Amanda; it wasn't going anywhere until it was ready. Stared me down till I went away and when I went back it was still there! Where are you moving to?
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amanda says...
Had possum wontons once...they were very tasty ;)
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Mike says...
The Irvinebank residents tell me deep fried brushie possum drumsticks really hit the spot.
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snottiegobble says...
Some folks would eat anything that moves! :-)
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Xiem says...
SG "eat" is not the verb that goes with that saying. :)
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Mike says...
The good people of Irvinebank are actually gentle backwoods folk who would do neither o those 2 things to wildlife.There is actually a proud sporting culture and the girls win nearly all the running events in the district.
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snottiegobble says...
Thats good to hear on both accounts, I would hate to er, see a shaved possum!
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snottiegobble says...
A real downer for our local wildlife, yeah it was the storm on Sunday!
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MaryT says...
Sorry to see it, SG. The wet brings out some interesting things; here's a couple taken at my friends' place in Ballina. They are ten and seven cm long.
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Mike says...
Mary, Macleays Spectres (Extatosoma tiaratum) are in my yard also and get quite large.They can consume lots of guava or orange foliage in a single sitting.
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MaryT says...
Wow your one's a monster, Mike! They're quite spectacular creatures though. I bet some kids keep them as pets.
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amanda says...
That's spectacular Mike...biggest stick insects I have ever seen were in FNQ (and those "hissy beetles" - like a regular black beetle but enormous and use their wings to make a v.loud hiss when they are pissed off... :D

MaryT - those pics u posted - they are pretending to be scorpion-like aren't they..? Very clever.
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Mike says...
Amanda a couple of weeks ago a huge green banded stick insect ate half my ross sapote in one sitting.I threw it to the geese and they ducked and even the ducks were chicken.The rhino beetles hiss and buzz around the lights a bit.The longicorns are way bigger and snappier but not as common.
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snottiegobble says...
Hey guys, they wont have insects as big as that in Texas ha ha!
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Mike says...
They don't get flying foxes either.My paw paw is a flying fox magnet and starting to get difficult to get the high fruit.
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MaryT says...
Difficult? I would say impossible Mike. Don't risk your neck for a paw paw.
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snottiegobble says...
Hell Mike, How big can they grow? Youll just have to learn the old Islander "bit of rope & very strong thigh muscle grip for getting coconuts" trick, wont you?
My tree is not liking the cold & definately not the storm we had on Sunday. all the leaves are going yellowish but as yet the fruit are holding on!
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snottiegobble says...
Here she/he on the side of one of my ponds waiting for July when if its a 'he' he will be revving ready for courtship. Yes its our motorbike frog!
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MaryT says...
Good photo sg; I like the reflection of the sky in the pond.
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snottiegobble says...
Thanks Mary, yes blue sky for most of the year, but I will never take it for granted!
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VF says...
Hi SG, seeing your pic. above reminded me to say thanks for info. re water-chestnuts. I left them for a little while longer, and thankfully most of the taddies 'grew-up' and made the harvest easier - no fatalities that day.
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snottiegobble says...
Thats good VF! Dont those WC roots mingle & hang on? Did you get a good harvest?
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VF says...
SG,I did make a bit of a mess, but yes, I was pleasantly surprised how many I had. They're a good little performer, and will definitely be growing again. Thanks again. Do you have any tips on peeling them without loosing half of the root? Or can you scrub off the outer layer, and leave the fine brown skin intact and eat it too?
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snottiegobble says...
VF, we found them fiddly to peel & although we used a paring knife quite a lot of the flesh was wasted. By your post & would say you were a lot more successful with your harvest & now that I am in WA which has a far longer growing period than SW Vic,you have inspired me to try again!
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John Mc says...
I agree, They are definately good value, easily got over half an ice cream container full of corms from 4 planted last spring, into a large black plastic watertight pot. Might plant out two pots this year.
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snottiegobble says...
Does anyone know if the corms are available in WA? I dont want to get my hopes up for nothing!
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Julie says...
Forrestdale Nursery should have them in September/October sg.
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snottiegobble says...
Thanks Julie, do you know if they post out corms or just sell plants in pots?
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Julie says...
Sorry, no idea! Do you need their phone number? I can give them a ring if you like - cheaper for me than you!
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snottiegobble says...
Yes please Julie, I would appreciate it if you could find out for me. My converted septic is ready to go!
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Brendan says...
Baby wallaby found mum after being missing a few days :-)
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amanda says...
Aw Brendan - that's so gorgeous! great shots :)
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snottiegobble says...
Nice work Brendan, wish I could share them on Facebook!
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Jantina says...
Lovely picture Brendan, what sort of wallabies are they ?
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amanda says...
U can SG - if you right click on the image and then choose the 'save picture as' option (then select your pic folder that u want)
Unless Brendan has copyrighted them..? ;-D
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Brendan says...
Hi All, I think they're 'Agile' wallabies, I think I'm living in the middle of a tribe of them :-)

Feel free SG to put them on facebook.

Thanks amanda & Jantina, I thought they were good pics too :-)
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Mike says...
Yeah Macropus agilis alright and they are one of the biggest wallabies with males to about 25kg.They are in big numbers right across nth aust.
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snottiegobble says...
Thanks Brendan & Amanda, I am trying it on FB shortly. Of course animals dont have feelings do they? Like hell!
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This nice little girl ( I think) was wandering along my brick pathway & when I touched her with a twig she instantly offered to shake hands! Any arachnid experts who can identify her, please?
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Mike says...
Snottie just a butch T's are the perfect chili for practical jokes that could be the perfect spider for good natured fun.
It sure looks like it has an atrax thing going on but I don't think any funnel webs are in the west.It is a mygalamorph alright and could be a trap door of some type.A real museum specialist could be needed.
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M Nash says...
Its a Red headed Mouse Spider. Nasty little buggers. They can set up there own underground city in your back yard so keep an eye out for the possibility of more.
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snottiegobble says...
Mike there are funnelwebbers but usually off the ground & this specimen didnt seem to have the ability to climb anything so it must be a red atrax headed mygalamorphic mouse spider. Didnt know we had them over here MNash? It was only 4.5 cm in length!
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amanda says...
Hmnn..yup there are mouse spiders in WA snottieG...they can give u a nasty bite that is hard to heal...be careful.

I don't normally mind spiders - but the look of her fangs gave me the heebie geebies!!
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Linton says...
What Bird is That?

I had this bird come and visit my garden the other day. Usually I get flocks of Lorikeets and some rosellas most days, but I've never seen this one before. It looks like some kind of exotic parrot.
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amanda says...
It's a male Indian Ringneck...a Reportable pest in WA....not sure about over your way tho...?
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Phil@Tyalgum says...
Actually it looks like a male Alexandrine parrot, a bit larger than the ringneck. Fairly valuable bird, someone may reward you if you can trace the owner. I had one arrive here at Tyalgum which had flown 25km, four birds escaped and they got three of them back. One even got as far as Byron Bay and was taken to Currumbin Sanctuary before the owners were able to retrieve it.
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Linton says...
Yes, it was quite large, and the colour was two tones of greenish blue or aqua -light and slightly darker, with a large bright orange beak.

I think it must have escaped from somewhere because I've never ever seen one flying freely around here before.

Anyway it hasn't been back for a feed like the the lorikeets do every day so I don't expect to see it again.
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Had some visitors yesterday, Plumed Whistling Ducks having a bit of a stickybeak.
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MaryT says...
Oh they are beautiful, Brendan. Thanks for posting; I'd never seen these before.
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Xiem says...
I'd never seen them before either. Also surprised after looking them up that they are grazers rather than divers.
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Mike says...
On recent trips around the Cape,gulf and Einasleigh uplands I saw flocks of these guys in the 1000's all over wherever there were waterholes.They are the most common waterfowl by biomass in many northern areas and the sound of a flock alighting is amazing.They crowd around the water's edge in tight flocks and you can get close.They also like waterweed and small aquatic animals.
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Brendan says...
I was going to ask MaryT for a Peking duck recipe (just kiddin!)

Found this online, looks good, but my visitors are way too small!

http://www.food.com/recipe/peking-duck-38023?mode=us&scaleto=6.0&st=null

I am joking everyone! I won't be doing it!
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MaryT says...
You're lucky Mike; you must see those amazing sights regularly in your outback travels. Funny, Brendan - I'd like to see you catch one first. :)
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Mike says...
It won't happen any more Mary T and it will be memories.The are not the Einsteins of the avian world and it would be easy to catch them.If you boil a ball of wool with a chicken stockcube you could simulate the texture.Or is that crow?
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MaryT says...
No Mike I think the recipe for crow is to boil it with a rock and when the rock is tender the crow is ready––or is it cockatoo? :)
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Mike says...
Cockatoo or Crow could be used to garnish the rock still Mary.It is better to dress up a heavy meal.
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Brendan says...
More 'friends' for breakfast. The Joey just saw all the ducks land :-)

Notice how brave he is hiding behind mum :-)
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These beautiful fellows were loving the rain last night in my garden.
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snottiegobble says...
Lovely shots Jenny. Its dry hee we`re struggling to keep our frogs & I dont like topping up my ponds with tap water due to chlorine, but now have no option!
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denise1 says...
I heard that chlorine dissipates from water after it comes out of the tap. Find out from the pet shop to see how long to let it stand.
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snottiegobble says...
I think it takes quite a few hours to completely go! Ive seen it kill goldfish when not diluted with existing pond water!
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Julie says...
I read somewhere to allow 24 hours SG. But I just fill from the tap - the pond is too big to do it any other way.

No problems with frogs or small fish, and I've been doing it for years.
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Brendan says...
This little cutie turned up yesterday while I was having a cool drink which was sitting on the round post. (was only 39ºC). He started to peck at it, so I had to move it.
These new baby kookies are a bit too friendly! He even let me pat him on the back :-)
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VF says...
Cute bird Brendan, and so tame! Only 39c hey? Maybe he was wanting a drink too...Your yard is looking lovely and lush.
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Amanda11 says...
39 would hurt in the tropics Brendan...hope the humudity was under 50% ?! It does look pretty where u are - can't even see your neighbours thru all that lush jungle!

(damn - have forgotton my password now! anyway - it's the usual amanda Brendan :)
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Brendan says...
Hi amanda, yeah, I live in the bush, nearest neighbours are about 200m away:)
This mate turned up yesterday, he's fairly tame btw :)
You can tell he's been 'hunting' by the dirty beak!
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Brendan says...
Nice 'little' Carpet snake passing thru our place yesterday, s/he was between 3 & 4 metres long!
Had to make sure s/he didn't do a u-turn, and head towards our house:)
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MJ says...
Are you good at identifying snakes, Brendan? How can you tell what is what?

I'm useless at identifiying snakes, but in my defence, the only ones around here are tiger snakes or maybe a dugite and really all you need to know is that they're venomous...

We used to get carpet snakes when I lived in the hills, though. It was, err, 40 years ago, so my dad identified them instead of me!

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Mike says...
4m would make that carpet a record.The amethystines in my neck of the woods are whoppers and I keep relocating them.
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Jason says...
We get tiger snakes, copper heads, brown snakes and red belly black snakes here. They all look fairly different in colour and markings at least. Mostly they have different temperaments. AFAIK we don't have any non deadly snakes unless you can count the red belly as non deadly so you can treat them all the same. (Either with respect or with a really long stick)
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Anonymous says...
My big gander was about 7kg and he passed away this morning as 5m+ of local reptile showed up for breakfast.
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starling says...
That sucks anon, but at the end of the day, the python is just doing what it does. Gets some big bush carpets out my way too, they eat the brushtail possums which live in the shed. Tend to be easier to handle if they've just fed, I find. I'll generally try and wrangle them into a heshan bag or similar up to a few metres and take them for a long drive. Not sure if I'd try it with a big boy like that though. One in the pic doesn't look too happy.
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Anonymous says...
It is Mike from Cairns but it tagged me with anonymous. I get carpets as well but they are much smaller.I seem to get at least one around 5m long each year at least.I usually relocate them but not this time.
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starling says...
Mike is the one in the pic a carpet? Markings look different then the ones I get.

I understand your sentiments. Had one a few years back which crushed my mothers dog, that one didn't go for a drive either.

We get eastern browns here, too. Last year I found a skin behind the water tank which gave me chills...I'm generally ok with most snakes--just not them. The idea of one lurking around at that size is very, very disconcerting.
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Anonymous says...
Starling no it is the amethystine python that ate the goose today. It is hard to appreciate the size from the picture. I have a soft spot for reptiles also.
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VF says...
Amazing how big it's mouth has stretched in the 2nd photo - huge! I feel for the poor goose, but at least the python, (especially of that size), is not raiding your fruit trees. :)
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Anonymous says...
The fruit trees get plenty of attention VF and above the python today is the paw paw tree.
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VF says...
Something got some good mouthfuls of Paw Paw. Looks like all creatures are enjoying the culinary delights of your yard Mike. Hope they're sharing with you. :)
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Anonymous says...
The flying foxes and birds have a bit of a tag team event on the fruit VF.
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VF says...
Perhaps you could reciprocate - I'm sure I've read that Flying Fox was a delicacy in some cultures.
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Anonymous says...
VF I have sampled FF before and if you eat them you smell like them for a while after.
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MaryT says...
Mike those python photos are amazing, what a magnificent, beautiful python but nature/life is cruel.
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Jenny says...
Heard the koel this afternoon. I hope that means rain is finally on the way.
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Ross says...
Tawny frog-mouth perfectly camouflaged against the avocado branch no more than 4 metres from the back deck of our house in suburban Brisbane.
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sternus1 says...
They're quite common throughout the suburbs. Commonly referred to as owls,but they are actually a species of nightjar.
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