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David Gore
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Post Number: 2744
Registered: 4-2003
Posted on Monday, 27 November, 2017 - 08:27 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IP

i have opened this thread to provide an opportunity to share images of the wild life that share our part of the world.......

Looking forward to your posts starting with Pat Lockyer's recent posts showing his local wild life.
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Patrick Lockyer.
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Username: pat_lockyer

Post Number: 1541
Registered: 9-2004
Posted on Wednesday, 04 October, 2017 - 06:16 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IP

Spotted something white across the field.




Get the Cannon out with the long distance lens.



Its a white Cock Pheasant, never seen one before.
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Brian Vogel
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Username: guyslp

Post Number: 2431
Registered: 6-2009
Posted on Wednesday, 04 October, 2017 - 08:47 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IP

Very cool.

When you realize that you can see something like this across a field almost instantly with human eyes you know why albino (or nearly albino) animals don't tend to live through to adulthood.

Predators can pick 'em out far easier than we can!!

The following photo was not taken by me, but by another Staunton local two years ago, maybe three, when this hummingbird was repeatedly sighted in the yard (or that's what I'm recalling, anyway):

Albino Hummingbird

Brian
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Patrick Lockyer.
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Username: pat_lockyer

Post Number: 1569
Registered: 9-2004
Posted on Sunday, 15 October, 2017 - 05:41 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IP

The albino pheasant is still with us in the field with rich pickings of corn dropped by harvesting with the combine.
Never ventures to the open just out from the hedge rows.

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Patrick Lockyer.
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Username: pat_lockyer

Post Number: 1612
Registered: 9-2004
Posted on Sunday, 12 November, 2017 - 01:13 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IP

Have not seen the pheasant for a few weeks, thought this big bird had killed it.



Today the pheasant is back with what I believe to be some hens.
white ones next maybe.

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Robert Noel Reddington
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Username: bob_uk

Post Number: 1571
Registered: 5-2015
Posted on Sunday, 12 November, 2017 - 02:35 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IP

I put some fat balls out for the birds and I now have a flock of 50 sparrows living in my hedge.

They argue all the time.

I also have a family of hedge hogs. I leave hedge hog food near where they live and watch them on CCTV come out for food.

I have not seen any bats this year.

Also I have a robin red breast that visits daily
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Patrick Lockyer.
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Username: pat_lockyer

Post Number: 1613
Registered: 9-2004
Posted on Sunday, 12 November, 2017 - 08:02 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IP

Bob I have bats in a shed roof but no hedge hogs, will have to do a swap.

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Robert Noel Reddington
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Post Number: 1575
Registered: 5-2015
Posted on Thursday, 16 November, 2017 - 08:21 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IP

I watched 2 magpies ripped the sparrow's bird feeder, out of the bush and smash it up to get at the food better. (tense gone awry).

I have 2 seagulls called ben gun and nasty.

Meanwhile the big ginger tom from next door watches the birds all day.

nearby in the common cum nature reserve we have wild ponies,foxes, adders, owls and----- bats
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David Gore
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Post Number: 2724
Registered: 4-2003
Posted on Thursday, 16 November, 2017 - 03:46 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IP

Our resident kookaburra [kingfisher] family has just hatched this year's brood and Mum, Dad and last year's juveniles are constantly raiding our bush surroundings for lizards and snakes to feed their hatchlings.

We put out a small quantity of raw beef strips/chunks each morning for the parents to take back to the nest and the parents fly down and take the food back to their nest. If we are late in putting their breakfast out, Mum and Dad perch near our back door and call us in case we have forgotten.

In a week or two, the flying lessons from the nest for the hatchlings will start followed by the food gathering lessons especially the ones for catching lizards and snakes. This is when we cut back on the supplementary feeding so they remain dependant on their hunting prowess to survive until September next year when the breeding season starts anew and we make sure our kookaburra family is able to breed and raise their young safely with a supplementary food source.

Our nesting kookaburras are a threatened species due to loss of natural bush areas and diminishing natural food due to land clearing and over-development. Hopefully, we can keep our birds safe for the future.
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richard george yeaman
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Username: richyrich

Post Number: 871
Registered: 4-2012
Posted on Thursday, 23 November, 2017 - 09:01 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IP

That's great Patrick, I hope that airplane didn't scare the white pheasant away.

Richard.
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Patrick Lockyer.
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Username: pat_lockyer

Post Number: 1644
Registered: 9-2004
Posted on Sunday, 26 November, 2017 - 07:08 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IP

Richard, planes seem ok with the pheasants, was still around yesterday but for how long I don't know as the weather here has turned cold and the big bird seems to be watching it closely.



Have the larger type of deer joining the other forms of wild life.





This last blurred pix is something that was spotted in a picture when looking at another object, just hope it's not wild boar on the roam!

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richard george yeaman
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Post Number: 875
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Posted on Sunday, 26 November, 2017 - 08:02 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IP

Patrick great photos, Your little piece of England is like living in a safari park, Thanks for sharing.

Richard.
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keith pearson
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Post Number: 11
Registered: 11-2017
Posted on Sunday, 10 December, 2017 - 05:13 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IP

We have regular sightings in the UK of PUMAS, also, panthers lions etc. They are mostly seen around chucking out time near pubs. One attcked a dog and the infallible DNA proved the "giant Puma" was a ---- Badger. When people threaten to go on hunts for them , I keep my rather large cats indoors. One ancient loony baronet was visited by the Police and had his guns confiscated for announcing a "hunt" .
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Larry Kavanagh
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Post Number: 122
Registered: 5-2016
Posted on Sunday, 10 December, 2017 - 09:34 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IP

I had bats hanging from the rafters in my bedroom. When I quit drinking they soon disappeared!
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Alan Dibley
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Post Number: 115
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Posted on Sunday, 10 December, 2017 - 07:26 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IP

Big mistake Larry. Bats are a protected species.

Alan D.
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michael vass
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Username: mikebentleyturbo2

Post Number: 420
Registered: 7-2015
Posted on Sunday, 10 December, 2017 - 10:13 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IP

garden bullfinches, seen up to 5 on here, also goldfinches, robins, blue tits, great tits, coal tits and wrens about.
Mike
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Patrick Lockyer.
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Username: pat_lockyer

Post Number: 1673
Registered: 9-2004
Posted on Wednesday, 13 December, 2017 - 11:51 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IP

Now I know who's nicked those birds, must be some special food you give them!
Only seen one pair this year in the garden.
Have plenty of gold finches though.





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David Gore
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Post Number: 2772
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Posted on Thursday, 14 December, 2017 - 10:41 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IP

Here is our resident mother Kookaburra waiting for her fledglings to get the courage to fly from their nest in the backyard to the outdoor spa cover for some steak strips. Father Kookaburra also shares feeding responsibilities however he is more confident and will come right up to me to be given a strip to take back to the nest.

Since this photo was taken, the fledglings have gained their flying licences and have quickly learnt to join mother and father on the cover at feeding time. Haven't had time yet to get a photo of the entire family as they "talk" to me complaining about my slowness in putting more food out or complaining when there is no more as we restrict the amount they are given to ensure they find food as they would in the wild without human involvement. I apologise for the image quality as it was taken in a hurry with my phone:

Kookaburra


The Kookaburras are better than an alarm clock as we get a full chorus of calls at dawn everyday from around 10 separate families that live in our little valley on the Georges River. We also get a goodnight chorus each evening as dusk turns to night:

https://soundcloud.com/theisticmediastudios/dawn-chorus

A classic sound from the Australian bush.................
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Patrick Lockyer.
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Post Number: 1678
Registered: 9-2004
Posted on Wednesday, 20 December, 2017 - 02:55 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IP

David, soon be the shortest day here winter solstice, yours will be summer solstice.
Some say winter starts, but weather has not been kind here, so far it feels like were having winter, cold wet windy with frosts.
Spotted Woodpecker taken from the kitchen window, not the best picture.



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richard george yeaman
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Post Number: 892
Registered: 4-2012
Posted on Wednesday, 20 December, 2017 - 04:51 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IP

Patrick L. What is the current status of the albino pheasant, nice woodpecker.

Richard.
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Robert Howlett
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Post Number: 172
Registered: 9-2010
Posted on Wednesday, 20 December, 2017 - 06:44 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IP

Getting up at 6.30am, open the back door a this greets me. It just consumed my wife's prized cockatiel. It was a harmless carpet python so we relocated him/her but still a shock to see, and I spilt my coffee..

cheerssnak
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David Gore
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Post Number: 2778
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Posted on Wednesday, 20 December, 2017 - 07:33 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IP

Robert,

And a young snake at that - was your wife's cockatiel in a cage or allowed to roam free with clipped wings?

I understand her anguish but you can never take chances with the local predators - feral foxes are our worst problem followed by snakes and eagles.

Kookaburras are fine except when they steal steaks from the outdoor barbecue - I always have a set of long tongs handy to try and grab the steak from the bird; the heat from the hotplate doesn't deter them at all. This is at our country home, the city Kookaburras are far better behaved [trained??].
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Robert Howlett
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Post Number: 173
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Posted on Wednesday, 20 December, 2017 - 08:11 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IP

Hi David

Yeah the sneaky bugger managed to get into the cage that was sitting on the white frame in the picture. It must have been in the cage all night digesting before it was skinny enough to get out through the wire mesh .We live in a rural area in Rockhampton with mountains all around us so its to be expected I guess .We always have to tell the grandkids that there are lots of unfriendly critters here and to be mindful of where they play

cheers
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Patrick Lockyer.
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Username: pat_lockyer

Post Number: 1680
Registered: 9-2004
Posted on Wednesday, 20 December, 2017 - 10:40 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IP

Robert, thats a horrible thing to happen.

I had this in a trap, thought it was a ferret but was a pole cat.
Hens eggs would go missing thought it was rats but this was to blame.


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Patrick Lockyer.
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Username: pat_lockyer

Post Number: 1681
Registered: 9-2004
Posted on Wednesday, 20 December, 2017 - 11:56 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IP

Richard, the pheasant is still in one piece.
pix this morning.


On the north side of the field taking flight.

Off to the flight path.
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richard george yeaman
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Username: richyrich

Post Number: 895
Registered: 4-2012
Posted on Thursday, 21 December, 2017 - 06:55 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IP

Great photos Patrick, I hope he makes it through the Winter, I didn't know we had Polecats in the UK.

Richard.
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Geoff Wootton
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Username: dounraey

Post Number: 1884
Registered: 5-2012
Posted on Thursday, 21 December, 2017 - 07:08 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IP

I agree Richard - beautiful creature.

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