For topics unrelated to bush walking or to the forums.
Tue 19 Jun, 2018 10:52 pm
Nice one H Noob
Cheers, this may be frowned upon but I trapped a rat a few hours before I saw the snake so I figured there is no point in wasting it so I gave it to the snake. Didn't take long at all to swallow the thing.
I think I have bandicoots in the backyard again as there are loads of small holes in the lawn and a few poos around the place so the rat trap goes in the roof now, they can't resist Nutella.
Wed 20 Jun, 2018 8:53 am
Bandicoots can't resist Nutella ?
Wed 20 Jun, 2018 8:19 pm
Franco wrote:Bandicoots can't resist Nutella ?
No sorry, the rats can't resist Nutella, that was worded somewhat poorly. I got given a pretty large jar as a gift and don't really eat it so I put it on the rat trap and it was a lot more successful than the usual peanut butter.
Thu 21 Jun, 2018 6:15 am
Not quite my backyard but not that far away.........sort of in my extended backyard.
Walking a local Dandenongs track when I spotted a Lyrebird scratching up a feed.
I switched on my video camera as I approached but the battery went flat about 8 metres short of the little fella.
He didn't seem to care that I was there as I walked right up level with him on the track and only 2 or 3 metres away. All he did was face away from me towards the bush (right of photo).
Rather than cause too much disturbance I kept walking and he promptly turn back and kept scratching up morning tea.
Ive attached a snapshot cropped from the video at the last moment before the battery went flat, but it's complete rubbish unfortunately.
It was a wonderful close encounter but I can't help fearing that if he keeps up the practice of not bolting off into the bush it will lead to his demise.
Last edited by neilmny
on Thu 21 Jun, 2018 1:10 pm, edited 1 time in total.
Thu 21 Jun, 2018 10:37 am
That's a gross abuse of Nutella.
The birds have been very social the last week; all the usual suspects (butcherbirds, magpies, miners, kookaburras) plus the first winter visit I've had from galahs and also the first time I've had a currawong peering in through the window while I'm trying to work on the photo files. It seemed to be rather cheesed off at having missed Mag & Butch's breakfast handout.
Plus, both Fluffy and a couple of bandicoots have been making a mess of one of the garden beds.
Sat 23 Jun, 2018 9:32 am
We have red,scarlet and yellow robins nesting at our place. Very pretty and inquisitive at times (they come to look at me working, maybe it's just the worms they are after...)
One from a couple of days ago :
Sat 23 Jun, 2018 4:32 pm
Franco wrote:We have red,scarlet and yellow robins nesting at our place. Very pretty and inquisitive at times (they come to look at me working, maybe it's just the worms they are after...)
One from a couple of days ago :
I'd love to have some Robins close to home but I think the Butcher Birds would eat them like they did with the Finches.
Saw this one right next to the car after a short walk 20km from home, not super sharp as it is cropped and shot at 2500ISO.
Sat 23 Jun, 2018 5:20 pm
I took mine as the light was fading after I had a few of them flying about all afternoon.
(I was moving piles of green rubbish into a ditch) .
That one was the one that got closer to me so I shot him.
Sat 23 Jun, 2018 6:58 pm
That's one of the few things I miss about the mainland. Beautiful birds!
Fri 06 Jul, 2018 9:10 am
I haven't posted a photo of one of my roos for days now, so here is one from yesterday .
This is Ripper (born here...)
Fri 06 Jul, 2018 9:16 am
I liked that owl photo a lot so I had some fun with it.
Apparently we do have owls here at my place (according to the previous owners) but I haven't identified a single one.
But I am not much of a birdologist anyway.
(Graham, I'll delete the photo if you don't like it).
Sat 11 Aug, 2018 9:04 am
7ft plus python in the chook shed when I cleared the eggs out in the morning.
Snake bloke found it a new home in some bushland.
Reckoned it was 30-40 years old and very healthy
I watched it take 2 rats the night before off the fence.
Sat 11 Aug, 2018 1:32 pm
If the snake is clearly out the rats, I'd let it be.
Sun 12 Aug, 2018 10:01 am
Charlie with her new joey. When we first moved here, Charlie looked just like that inside her mother's pouch doing the rounds exactly like Charlie does now.
Sun 12 Aug, 2018 10:05 am
And another eagle shot, from a few days ago :
after almost 3 years here we have sold the place and going back to Altona because of some (minor) health problems my wife has.
Yesterday as we were showing the property again to the new owners, this eagle flew overhead.
Tue 14 Aug, 2018 8:43 am
Yesterday cutting down a tree for a neighbour we found a ringtail possum nesting on it.
It was too late by the time we realised that but the possum got away and there were no babies in the nest.
The tree was in an area that used to be part of my land so i still call that my backyard...
Tue 14 Aug, 2018 11:27 am
The other week I finally got around to putting together and mounting the Eastern Rosella bird box I got for xmas.
I'd been putting it off but was prompted into action by hearing on the radio that all sorts of wildlife have started nesting early due to the warmer than average weather we're experiencing.
i almost couldn't believe it when this couple came down the very next day and had a quite thorough inspection. They have been back frequently since so I'm hoping we get some babies this year.
Best present ever.
Tue 14 Aug, 2018 11:32 am
This University of Tasmania survey of wildlife in Hobart backyards may be of interest to some:https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/TQWPVDK
There is a possibility that you might get a camera installed in your backyard for a month.
Tue 28 Aug, 2018 7:29 pm
So yesterday i found 4 echidnas resting under some branches, tonight one came inside my workshop, so I had to put it outside .
Please do keep in mind that they are heavy and not all that tame...
Tue 28 Aug, 2018 10:10 pm
Love the Python and Echidna, only get the odd mash snake here, definitely no echidnas.
Not a native flower and a pretty boring but important animal.
Tue 28 Aug, 2018 11:46 pm
Many years ago this little guy visited the wall near the front door one night during a storm:
Sat 15 Sep, 2018 12:43 pm
We get bandicoots and flying foxes most nights, white tailed rats are around but rarely see them. A lot of frogs will start coming into the house/laundry soon. Lots of big green tree, some other yellow and pointy nosed ones. Scientific terms there lol.
Sat 15 Sep, 2018 10:20 pm
A koala and kookaburras visiting at mums, also Lewins heneyeaters singing away regularly. The other night black cockatoos roosting nearby, sqwarking in the night.
Thu 20 Sep, 2018 12:26 pm
From my office :
Sun 30 Sep, 2018 8:42 am
another one of Charlie..
we will be moving back to Altona next month after 3 year here.
I will miss my open range zoo.
Sun 07 Oct, 2018 7:43 pm
Our Ice Cream Bean tree is in flower again...tag teamed by Rainbow Lorikeets during the day & Fruit Bats in the night.
Mon 15 Oct, 2018 3:26 pm
The bird shot with the fluff in it's beak is great shot, I don't think I could get a shot that sharp with my tele, still have to calibrate the focus.
Another bee, not may birds breeding here this year, the Noisy Miners chased everything else away.
Fairly happy with the shot, I had been trying to freeze the wings but it seems my gear isn't up to it. The camera has a max mech shutter speed of 1/6000th and it can't trigger the flash if you use the electronic flash. To be able to get to the ~1/10000 I need I'd have to buy a pretty fancy flash and it is too much money/effort for one photo, there aren't many options for Pentax cameras.
1600ISO, no noise reduction or touching up.
Fri 26 Oct, 2018 12:43 pm
Luckily got four baby butcher birds just out the front of my place so it's not just a million baby miner birds after all
Fri 26 Oct, 2018 2:23 pm
Haven't seen my local butcherbirds for months.
Hope they're OK. The magpie creche, however, opened for business yesterday.
© Bushwalk Australia and contributors 2007-2013.