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Old 23rd March 2017, 06:28 AM
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Tawny Frogmouth, seen at 0252.
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Old 25th March 2017, 10:31 AM
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0355 this morning. We met Kauri, a local boy possum, who is fairly dominant in the overlapping territories near home.

The dark "tie" on Kauri's shirtfront is stain from a scent gland used to mark territory. Both genders do this.

When dogs, even well-disciplined ones, are concerned, the best place for a brushtail is up a pole.
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Old 1st April 2017, 12:07 AM
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Last night wasn't rainy, but there's lots of runoff water: springs running out of hillsides, huge soggy spots in grassy areas and what not.

The theme was apparently "amphibians". I didn't bother with the 2-dimensional cane toad.

Eastern Pobblebonk Frog (I think).

Green Tree Frog (a bloody big one).
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Old 1st April 2017, 10:58 PM
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Banana Possum (Acacia's last baby, before the current one) saw us last night, and wanted to take refuge in a tree, which wasn’t very tall.


Seeing we didn’t come through the fence, Banana decided to slip behind the tree and wait for us to leave. She’s learning.

(Note also the bloody great toadstool in the background.)
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Old 2nd April 2017, 01:57 PM
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We're lucky enough to get lots of birds from the nearby bush, as well as those that favour the creek corridor.

A few Black-Faced Cuckoo-Shrikes have joined the magpies and butcher-birds in our community of flying mendicants.



They are pretty nimble, and prefer to eat on the fly.


No rapid turn is too difficult.


They've gotten quite bold.


Sometimes,

competition is rather fierce.


That's all.
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Old 6th April 2017, 06:37 AM
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Those cuckoo-shrike shots turned out okay, considering they're shot left-handed while I chucked the food with my right.

And from this morning's walk with Dog v2.0, a tender, snuffling moment between Acacia Possum and little Canteloupe.
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Old 9th April 2017, 10:10 AM
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No decent critter photos were taken last night.

There was going to be a shot of a possum from the Creek Mob, meerkatting beneath a tree, but Dog v2.0 did her job as Focus Puller, lunging forward in the exact instant I pressed the shutter button.

As compensation, here's a few macro shots from the files.

Bee in a Hardenbergia (Happy Wanderer) flower.


Sticky traps of a sundew (Droera capensis).


Flowers of a dwarf cypress (there is a flower stage before those nuts form).

A friend, seeing the cypress flowers, asked for a shot, with a banana for a measure of scale. Of course, I obliged...
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Old 11th April 2017, 09:56 AM
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Dog v2.0 and I went out under a very bright moon, still hung rather high over the west.

Apart from Acacia Possum (very quick, and doing a little Pepe Le Pew bouncy run away from us, un-photographed), there wasn't much in the way of critters.

I did send Dog v2.0 up higher for a look, but she reported nothing of interest.

So, here's an oddity for you:

Bloodnut is a regular visitor to our place. He(?) appears to be a hybrid of the Pale-Headed and Crimson Rosellas.

While he often turns up at our bird feeder, his main attraction is cypress nuts.
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Old 12th April 2017, 10:58 AM
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Zimbabwe Birdseye Peppers: little blighters that pack a punch equivalent to Thai Birdseyes.
(Feb 2016 pictures)

I have three bushes of these on the go now (one's a volunteer).



When ripe, the fruit loosen in their sockets. This year, I will try harvesting by shaking the bush over a tarp.


I must sun-dry a supply of the next crop, as it keeps the flavour vivid.
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Old 14th April 2017, 06:29 AM
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This morning, Dog v2.0 was a tad excitable, and stopped me from photographing a Tawny Frogmouth (backyard as we set out) and Acacia Possum (first 100 metres of the walk).

Here's a few archive photos instead:


A cloud of flying termites silhouetted against the morning sky.


One of our water-dragons, ready to warm up on a concrete pad.


A hare, enjoying a March morning.
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