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Re: Wildlife Seen on Your Last Walk?

Postby rcaffin » Fri 15 Oct, 2021 10:13 am

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'No, I am NOT your mummy. Now go away.'

And now for something different:
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A Cormorant, drying its feathers.
The bubbles behind it in the water are where several tortoises jumped off the log when it arrived!

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Re: Wildlife Seen on Your Last Walk?

Postby rcaffin » Sun 24 Oct, 2021 7:45 am

Readers of this thread may remember that about this time last year I posted some photos of a frogmouth couple and their two little offspring by their nest: little fluffy balls they were. They had nested near our back door on our farm.

Well, you don't throw away a good nest, so they nested again this year in the same spot. And again, two little fluff balls.
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We do get goannas hunting for nests, but this tree has a chicken wire barrier around the trunk. It seems to work. The goannas will have to hunt elsewhere.

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Re: Wildlife Seen on Your Last Walk?

Postby rcaffin » Mon 25 Oct, 2021 10:59 am

They grow bigger.
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Re: Wildlife Seen on Your Last Walk?

Postby Neo » Mon 25 Oct, 2021 3:01 pm

A Goanna swimming across the river to get to the other side.
(I was canoeing and it was probably a Lace Monitor)
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Re: Wildlife Seen on Your Last Walk?

Postby rcaffin » Thu 28 Oct, 2021 6:51 pm

Continuing the saga of the Frogmouth family.

The kids (naturally) tried to fly a bit too early, and ended up on the ground, near the deck. Mummy (or Daddy) sat in a branch just above them for the day. We went the long way around. Very strange noises like a strangled chook from the babies.

Come evening, they all got a bit more mobile, and hopped up on our deck - which we thought was a safer place for them. Parent joined them briefly, and told one of them off, or so it seemed from the juvenile reaction. Photos taken at dusk: ASA 1600, exposure something like 1/4 second, from inside a room with the lights off.
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Parents off hunting by now, I would imagine. Possibly both of them, since nesting is no longer needed.

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Re: Wildlife Seen on Your Last Walk?

Postby puredingo » Fri 29 Oct, 2021 10:03 am

Dingo pups take to the river...
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Re: Wildlife Seen on Your Last Walk?

Postby rcaffin » Fri 29 Oct, 2021 10:27 am

Left the nest, but can't get back up yet!
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Re: Wildlife Seen on Your Last Walk?

Postby north-north-west » Fri 29 Oct, 2021 1:56 pm

No photos, because it was an evening ramble before the rain set in: nesting duck, being stalked by feral cat ... (wait for it, this is not going to end the way you think) ... with a devil close behind.
Outcome: duck was physically fine although probably now with a hefty dose of PTSD. The devil, however, definitely got his/her/its due, not that I want to think what raw cat tastes like. Probably the perfect result from an environmental aspect.
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Re: Wildlife Seen on Your Last Walk?

Postby GBW » Fri 29 Oct, 2021 2:48 pm

north-north-west wrote:The devil, however, definitely got his/her/its due, not that I want to think what raw cat tastes like.

Chicken.

Saw numerous kangaroos and this guy in Ferntree Gully NP yesterday.
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Re: Wildlife Seen on Your Last Walk?

Postby rcaffin » Sun 31 Oct, 2021 1:26 pm

The days roll by, and the wings get stronger.
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Tree just outside my wife's office window. They mostly ignore us now when we walk past.
On the left we have Big Pappa.
On the right we have Mummy.
In between we have Big Brother (left, I think) and Fluff Ball (right).

Mummy joined them this morning when the three young magpies got too close and a bit noisy. Normally, only one parent is with the babies at any time.
Oh - and the babies make a noise which is a cross between a strangled chook and a gravel roll. I think (?) it means either 'feed me' or 'where are you'.

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Re: Wildlife Seen on Your Last Walk?

Postby Baeng72 » Sat 27 Nov, 2021 10:50 am

Seen on Helicopter Spur

Alpine copperhead? (It had a copper colour head)
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Re: Wildlife Seen on Your Last Walk?

Postby rcaffin » Sat 27 Nov, 2021 11:11 am

Forgive me: I am become old and blind. I can't SEE the snake head. Where?

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Re: Wildlife Seen on Your Last Walk?

Postby GregG » Sat 27 Nov, 2021 11:14 am

Baeng72 wrote:Seen on Helicopter Spur
Alpine copperhead?

Nah, its a piece of bark ;)
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Re: Wildlife Seen on Your Last Walk?

Postby Baeng72 » Sat 27 Nov, 2021 11:28 am

Apologies for the poor picture.
It's from a video, where you can clearly see the bark impersonating a snake.
I didn't dare get up close and personal, one must respect personal space and all that.
You'll have to trust me that the head was a darkish copper colour. ;)
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Re: Wildlife Seen on Your Last Walk?

Postby crollsurf » Sat 27 Nov, 2021 11:51 am

I wish people would stop when they hit wildlife in their car and check. Or even better just slow down! Poor mum had been taken out on Boboyan Rd but the Joey was unhurt upon inspection and then escaped my grasp and took off. It was a mature joey, so should hopefully survive and be reunited with the mob.
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Re: Wildlife Seen on Your Last Walk?

Postby rcaffin » Sat 27 Nov, 2021 11:56 am

Hi Baeng72

Got it. Remarkably good camo.

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