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Re: Wildlife Seen on Your Last Walk?

Postby ofuros » Wed 28 Nov, 2018 2:14 pm

Didn't actually see the bowerbird...but signs were there. :wink:

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Re: Wildlife Seen on Your Last Walk?

Postby Hiking Noob » Wed 28 Nov, 2018 9:05 pm

Not really sure what was going on here-
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Re: Wildlife Seen on Your Last Walk?

Postby sambar358 » Thu 29 Nov, 2018 9:26 am

The male Willy Wagtail is attempting to drive the Kookaburra off. Kookaburras will prey on fledgling birds in nests and probably eggs also so their presence is often objected to by other birds in the locality. The Kooka doesn't look to worried in that pic but I bet the Willy Wagtail eventually got it to move on. Good pic too. Cheers

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Re: Wildlife Seen on Your Last Walk?

Postby Hiking Noob » Thu 29 Nov, 2018 12:22 pm

Thanks Sambar, I didn't know Kokaburras would do that but they are a pretty opportunist animal, I have seen one take the sausage out of a sausage sandwich mid flight, hahaha!
The Willy Wagtail ended up getting a mate to help drive the Kookaburra away.

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Re: Wildlife Seen on Your Last Walk?

Postby sambar358 » Thu 29 Nov, 2018 1:44 pm

HN.....it's not "the bird in the fight" but rather "the fight in the bird". The Willy Wagtail is a pretty gutsy little bird and very persistent when it comes to driving off predators that may take it's young or eggs.

I was up the bush a few weeks ago doing some deer hunting and camped in my usual spot beside the river and had the resident family of WWT's flitting about taking insects on the wing and picking-up ants and bugs off the ground around my feet. Suddenly they all became very agitated and started darting around at something behind a tussock 5m or so from where I was sitting. Soon after the object of their attention slithered into view.....a pretty solid brown snake about 4 foot long.....all 4 WWT's were darting down very close the snake and almost beating it with their wings while calling constantly. The brown very quickly got the message and slithered off plopping into the river and swimming across to the far bank with the 4 birds escorting it closely as it went. With the foe vanquished they just carried-on flitting about camp like nothing much had ever happened.

That second pic is a great one too.....with both the WWT's really giving it to that kooka......although it appears to be not overly concerned by all the commotion and has almost a "if I ignore them maybe they'll go away" look on its face. Kookaburras are great opportunistic hunters.....snakes, lizards, kitten rabbits, all manner of insects smallish birds and their eggs/young and even a sausage in bread are all likely prey when they are on the prowl for a feed. Cheers

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Re: Wildlife Seen on Your Last Walk?

Postby ribuck » Mon 10 Dec, 2018 6:20 am

A bower near the top of the Three Sisters. The bower bird A lyrebird was nearby, but I only got a blurry picture of it.
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Re: Wildlife Seen on Your Last Walk?

Postby Heremeahappy1 » Mon 10 Dec, 2018 11:43 am

One example of the dozen or so huge worms on Crosscut saw on 9 Dec. Bucket hat for scale.
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Re: Wildlife Seen on Your Last Walk?

Postby MickyB » Mon 10 Dec, 2018 12:29 pm

ribuck wrote: The bower bird was nearby, but I only got a blurry picture of it.

It looks like a lyrebird
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Re: Wildlife Seen on Your Last Walk?

Postby Neo » Mon 10 Dec, 2018 7:28 pm

Tree Kangaroo would have to be up there as the world's most juxtaposed creature...
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Re: Wildlife Seen on Your Last Walk?

Postby ribuck » Mon 10 Dec, 2018 8:34 pm

MickyB wrote:
ribuck wrote: The bower bird was nearby, but I only got a blurry picture of it.

It looks like a lyrebird

LOL, yes you're right. I wonder why the lyrebird was stalking around the bower.
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Re: Wildlife Seen on Your Last Walk?

Postby gbagua » Fri 21 Dec, 2018 10:52 am

Has anyone been fortunate enough to see one of these lovely 'critters?

Fingers crosses I spot one on my upcoming trip to Sundown NP. :)

The spotted-tail species is the one found in the park.
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Re: Wildlife Seen on Your Last Walk?

Postby michael_p » Fri 21 Dec, 2018 11:55 am

Very hasty shot with lots of digital zoom of a juvenile Channel Billed Cuckoo spotted this morning. It was being attended by a Magpie. Amazingly I also spotted an adult Cuckoo nearby as well.
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Re: Wildlife Seen on Your Last Walk?

Postby Hiking Noob » Fri 21 Dec, 2018 7:12 pm

Not from my last walk but as a Lyrebird is talked about further up here's a couple of pretty average shots. It was fairly dark and I don't have a steady hand so the ISO is at 4000.
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Initially I was just trying to work out what the odd noises were coming from the bush and then I spotted the odd prehistoric looking bird.
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Re: Wildlife Seen on Your Last Walk?

Postby awildland » Sun 30 Dec, 2018 3:28 pm

gbagua wrote:Has anyone been fortunate enough to see one of these lovely 'critters?

Fingers crosses I spot one on my upcoming trip to Sundown NP. :)

The spotted-tail species is the one found in the park.


Hey Gbagua...we actually saw one of those lovely critters (spotted tailed quoll) in Sundown National Park while camping above Double Falls. It entertained us while we sat drinking our morning cuppa! We did a blog post on our walk there (https://awildland.blogspot.com/2018/05/ ... .html#more). Hopefully you are lucky enough to spot one too, they are lovely.

Meanwhile folks here’s our find from walking in Kosciuszko National Park last week. A Macleays Swallowtail butterfly that was nearly comatose in the early morning coolness but soon warmed up. All day we saw many of them flying around. Just beautiful.
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Re: Wildlife Seen on Your Last Walk?

Postby HikingTrails » Sun 30 Dec, 2018 7:50 pm

Cheeky Kea down near the start of Milford Track in ten west coast of the South Island of NZ. These guys are pretty damn clever, and when they take off they’ve got fire red feathers on the underside of their otherwise green wings.
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Re: Wildlife Seen on Your Last Walk?

Postby wallwombat » Mon 31 Dec, 2018 8:49 am

Recently did a Cox's River walking/packrafting trip and saw a rather large feral bull trotting down the left bank of the river. It proceeded to cross the river about 50 meters in front of me. It paused in the middle of the river to check me out as I floated down river towards it and then hoofed it out and trotted down the right bank of the river.
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Re: Wildlife Seen on Your Last Walk?

Postby Hiking Noob » Mon 31 Dec, 2018 3:20 pm

That Butterfly is very nice, don't see as many colourful ones as I used to.

A walk to the shops counts, yeah? Saw this little guy and had to grab the camera, not all that sharp as it was at 2500ISO. I have to get a better hand grip so I can shoot at slower speeds, I'm using a grip meant for small lenses but shooting with a 400mm lens, it's quite awkward.

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Wished I'd shot a bit more to the left, I didn't notice the spider web at the time. Got a pretty average shot of a Buff Banded Rail in the creek too, seems we only have one left, a cat was patrolling the area they live in a few weeks ago and three haven't been seen since. Was pretty sad as the chicks were only a few weeks old.
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Re: Wildlife Seen on Your Last Walk?

Postby peregrinator » Mon 31 Dec, 2018 3:57 pm

This topic is usually joyous viewing. This shot is no exception, and as an owner of a very basic camera, it looks sharp enough to me.

But your observation about that feline makes me want to do things to cats which would not meet with RSPCA approval.
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Re: Wildlife Seen on Your Last Walk?

Postby rcaffin » Thu 24 Jan, 2019 2:04 pm

See my photo dated 22/Dec/2018 - last page, of a Brush Turkey working on his nest across the road.
The nest has since got bigger.
And it was successful too! Baby!
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Well, not really in the bush, just wandering around on our deck.

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PS: yes, the photo IS in focus. It's just that baby is still covered in soft down.
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Re: Wildlife Seen on Your Last Walk?

Postby trekker76 » Thu 24 Jan, 2019 5:50 pm

On the way to a beach walk, cassowaries along the morseby range. 4 birds in shot , can you spot them?

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Parent and young uncommonly resting in the open
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offensive hardware, inside toe is a 4" spur
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Re: Wildlife Seen on Your Last Walk?

Postby Eremophila » Fri 25 Jan, 2019 1:06 pm

On the Mt Sturgeon track last weekend - have made many trips up there but never seen one of these guys before.
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Re: Wildlife Seen on Your Last Walk?

Postby Huntsman247 » Sat 26 Jan, 2019 9:56 am

Scrambling at night in the Budawangs and my friend grabs a branch for support. Said branch was photographed lizards perch. Rather entertaining to watch a reptile and a mammal have a heart attack simultaniusly.Image
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Re: Wildlife Seen on Your Last Walk?

Postby ofuros » Sat 02 Feb, 2019 8:18 pm

Pair of courting Lace Monitors. They separated as I approached.
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Her...

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Re: Wildlife Seen on Your Last Walk?

Postby ofuros » Thu 28 Mar, 2019 9:53 am

Who are you calling...feral ?
A Helmeted Guineafowl, Mt Warning NP.

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Re: Wildlife Seen on Your Last Walk?

Postby Hiking Noob » Thu 28 Mar, 2019 10:54 pm

What an awesome looking bird, great shot!
I'll have to do a bit of reading on the Guineafowl.
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Re: Wildlife Seen on Your Last Walk?

Postby ofuros » Fri 29 Mar, 2019 3:19 pm

Thanks Hiking Noob...it caught my eye, something unusual while out walking.
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Re: Wildlife Seen on Your Last Walk?

Postby Huntsman247 » Fri 29 Mar, 2019 4:59 pm

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Re: Wildlife Seen on Your Last Walk?

Postby ofuros » Mon 22 Apr, 2019 4:52 am

Over time, I'd forgotten what a Bullant bite felt like...up until last night.
Intensifying pain. Three big angry marauder's flick off my sock after biting through to my ankle.
Pain lasted about 5 mins then subsided. No swelling.
Must have been a nest near by...inch long buggers.
Memory refreshed.... :wink:

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