Category Archives: Fauna

So tired of waiting for you… Bit kinky!

So-tired-of-waiting-for-you a bit kinky eh!
I found this little fella sat on a park bench and as I passed I heard fainty strains of a 1960’s pop tunes drifting on the wind from somewhere above. Sadly I had no connection when this was due to be uploaded!

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Meet Terry the turkey…

Terry the gobbler or Tom turkey
Olympus EM1
This is Terry the turkey while he looks like a mean and nasty fella but nothing could be further from the truth he follows his human ‘friends’ around making aggreable grunts he even likes to be stroked every so often. The rest of the time he keeps his hareem of eight females in check by shepherding them in the direction he thinks they should go.

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Contented Sussex chook…

Contented Sussex chook

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A sparrow playing hopscotch?

A sparrow playing hopscotch?

Olympus E-M5 OMD ƒ2.8 1/1250 ISO200

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Red tails in the sunset …

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Olympus EM-5 ƒ6.7 1/400s ISO200 Olympus 75-300

Couldn’t resist this title for these wonderful creatures that wake me up at five in the morning and scream at me before before supper.  If I walk in the orchard at night these cockatoo’s let me know the don’t want me there. If really surprized they take all take flight once and drop a volley of gum nuts on the car or if in the wrong place on ones head …

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Barking geko or Underwoodisaurus milii has a great appetite for sex!

Barking Geko or Underwoodisaurus milii are delightful creatures and they have incredibly long lasting sex that puts human sex to shame!

 

Olympus EM-5 OMD f7 1/1000s OLYMPUS 60mm F2.8 Macro

I save our yogurt tubs as they are useful receptacles for use in the garden, good for carrying around small quantities of fertilizer or granulated wetting agent etc. I keep them in a box under the house and from time to time small creatures find their way into the box. Yesterday I went to the stockpile of tubs and found this little geko curled up in the bottom. For a while I feared the worst and thought that it was dead so I set it down and went to get a camera to take a photo so that I could identify it later. When I returned it was very much alive but a bit sluggish so I held the almost perfect soft box yogurt tub up to the light and fired off  a few frames. As it slowly woke up from its slumbers it began to do what only can be described as hissing press ups with its tiny pink tongue sticking out. it was really quite amusing. Up until this experience I had no idea that people keep these creatures as pets and breed them to add to the natural populations

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Peacocks thrive in Launceston…

Peacocks thrive in Launceston

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While driving through Launceston last week close the the cataract gorge a muster of peacocks decided cross the road and perch on a garden fence. At a time when most exotic non native fauna are an absolute pest in most parts of Australia its refreshing to see these beautiful creatures roaming freely in an Australian city. I can’t imagine that a peacock could be a pest for any reason except perhaps for their early morning calling habits which can be quite loud.

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Is it spring yet? You woke me up…

Is it spring yet? you woke me up...

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Help Harry the Northern Hairy nose Wombat wear a whisker!

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The Wombat Foundation is a charitable organisation set up to support activities that aim to bring the Northern Hairy-nosed Wombat back from the brink of extinction.

The Northern Hairy-nosed Wombat is one of the world’s most endangered species – it is more endangered that the Panda.

In the 1980s, there were as few as 35 wombats remaining on the planet – all at Epping Forest National Park in central Queensland. A second population was established at Richard Underwood Nature Refuge in southern Queensland in 2009. At last count, in 2010, there were a total of 176 wombats across the two sites. Since then, the population has continued to grow: in 2012, the combined population at the two sites was estimated at 200 wombats

You can help us save these mysterious creatures by getting involved, joining The Wombat Foundation or renewing your membership or donating to the foundation or you can buy wombat stuff from Queensland Department of Environment and Heritage Protection.

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Along the western firebreak …

Along-the-western-firebreak

 

Along the edge of every property cleared track 2.4 metres wide a has to be maintained this is the law and the firebreak is there for a many very good reasons. Some that are not at first obvious. It is now winter and every thing looks green almost lush this is despite this being one of the driest winters on record fire is always a risk. This track or fire break allow a space where a fire could slow as it travels along the ground  from one property to the next and it also serves as an access for fire fighters. Pioneer plants and especially weeds always seem to thrive on firebreaks because they have less competition from other species. Many of the invasive plants that become naturalized and there are dozens of them can often be found on firebreaks. From the same set of reasons I have also found some of the rarer flowers thriving on firebreaks. The small limbs that fall off the trees due to storms are pushed to one side when clearing takes place. Over the years this wood decays and results in mushrooms and fungi growing on or on top of the remains, the soil in these areas is also rich in insects and small reptiles. So while it is an annual chore keeping the firebreaks clear it does provide purpose beyond the basic necessity…

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