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Old 17 March 2017, 09:40 PM
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"Oh, sorry, is this your rose? I feel simply awful about this, really."

Aussie possums are so much cuter than USAian possums.
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Old 17 March 2017, 11:55 PM
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I saw it more as "You see nothing...there is no rose, no possum".

But yes, they are a lot cuter. They can still probably kill you in a few second due to their giant hidden fangs.
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Old 24 March 2017, 12:22 AM
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I put some birdseed out for the spotted turtle doves but left a camera running to see who actually turned up, caught a few unexpected visitors

Pouring seed


The usual guys


Wait, that's not my cat!


It's that jerk cat from across the back alley!


Okay, that's a few more doves than I was expecting. Looks like word got around.


Whoa, rainbow lorikeets. Neat.



Looks like I'll have to build a bird feeder on a pole or hanging from a branch to keep these guys safe from that jerk cat.
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Old 24 March 2017, 06:08 AM
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Looks like I'll have to build a bird feeder on a pole or hanging from a branch to keep these guys safe from that jerk cat.
That's what Dad did. He also made a little roof to protect them from rain and give them a bit of protection from predictor birds.

oh and Rainbow lorikeets can get bossy.
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Old 15 April 2017, 09:23 AM
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My brother is camping somewhere out bush and he spotted this big ol' momma Golden Orb Weaver spider when he was collecting firewood:



He reports that her leg span was at least 12-14cm (4.7 - 5.5 inches) and that big blobby thing behind her is an egg sac which is no doubt full of hundreds of baby spiders.

I asked him to bring home a few babies for me but he refused to go anywhere near them.
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Old 12 May 2017, 02:45 AM
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This male Nuttall's woodpecker visited my backyard this morning. I've been wanting to get a good picture of a male ever since I posted the female one in this thread like two years ago, and the distant male one not long before that. I managed snap this low quality picture with my phone, ran off to get my good SLR camera, attached the long lense, and by that time he was gone.

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Old 18 May 2017, 12:44 AM
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A duck decided that establishing a nest right in front of my house (I mean RIGHT in front!) was a dandy idea. She's sitting on two eggs that we're sure of.

At first, she was skittish and would leave as we used the front door. (Which is about 8 feet from her nest.) She has since realized we're no threat to her, and has grown used to the comings and goings of the family. The Granddaughter is delighted, and is anxiously awaiting ducklings.

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Old 18 May 2017, 02:51 PM
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A brood of 17 year cicadas are emerging in the DC metro area. They're 4 years early, but the local experts tell us that there are many broods and yes, we'll see another one in 2021.
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Old 21 May 2017, 11:25 AM
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A baby huntsman spider decided to invade my kitchen. I gently picked it up and escorted it back outside.

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Old 21 May 2017, 02:46 PM
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GM--
Good to see that I'm not the only one that does that. Also--I don't know why your brother didn't want to get very close to that spider--it looks so cute--NOT!!!
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Old 22 May 2017, 06:02 AM
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GM--
Good to see that I'm not the only one that does that. Also--I don't know why your brother didn't want to get very close to that spider--it looks so cute--NOT!!!
As GM says that is only a baby one, full grown they are as big as your hand, well my hand, but I have small hands.

I always put them outside also.
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Old 22 May 2017, 11:22 PM
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A duck decided that establishing a nest right in front of my house (I mean RIGHT in front!) was a dandy idea. She's sitting on two eggs that we're sure of.....
Total of 9 eggs now.

DGD is still all atwitter about seeing ducklings.
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Old 22 May 2017, 11:38 PM
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A duck decided that establishing a nest right in front of my house (I mean RIGHT in front!) was a dandy idea.
You're lucky it wasn't a goose...
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Old 23 May 2017, 12:45 AM
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Total of 9 eggs now.

DGD is still all atwitter about seeing ducklings.
We will need pictures, if mama allows. We wouldn't want ducklings to go 'splodey!
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Old 23 May 2017, 09:40 AM
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There's a very young rabbit tucked into a tight little ball against the inside corner of my front door. It was there yesterday morning, too, and I can just see it from the kitchen greenhouse window. While I can see it via the porch light, I can't get a picture of it.

I imagine it will run off again like it did yesterday morning when the squirrels show up at first light.

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(*I wondered why the cat had his nose pressed against the door...)
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Old 01 June 2017, 06:44 PM
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I get garden birds sitting in the trees outside or on my railing - nothing unusual, just blackbirds, robins, various tits and finches, occasionally a wren. There were flocks of redwings and fieldfares in the winter, but that's as far as it goes.

Usually they're too far away or the light's wrong or my camera's not available to get a picture, but at this time of year the afternoon light shines right on the balcony, and I sometimes have the doors open, so I thought I should have my camera available to take the occasional unobstructed snap of things on the railing.

Unfortunately, they tend to move far more quickly than I'd realised, even when I think my camera is easily available next to me (and sometimes it isn't), so so far the only photo I've managed to get is this fat wood pigeon which was waddling along the path when I went out for some fresh air just now.



I shall keep trying, though.

(As a side note, I find photobucket is now close to unusable as a free service, and its unusability extends far enough that I don't want to pay it for premium because I don't think that will help. What do people use?)

(eta) Ha ha, and to emphasise that, even after the trouble of uploading it, the image isn't even showing up. Can anybody else see it? If you click the "broken image" icon, the link still seems to work.

(eta again) Nobody's photobucket images are showing up for me now. I can still see the ones uploaded on imgur, for example (i.e. Gutter Monkey's). Perhaps they're just having a problem in general. Either way, I am not going to use them any more if I can help it, and would rather find another equivalent...

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Old 01 June 2017, 10:11 PM
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(As a side note, I find photobucket is now close to unusable as a free service, and its unusability extends far enough that I don't want to pay it for premium because I don't think that will help. What do people use?)...
I feel the same way. I've come to believe they're doing it on purpose to push people to pay for the premium level, which I refuse to do.
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Old 01 June 2017, 10:28 PM
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At least the pictures are now showing up (for me at least). But I agree, for flip's sake, even if you want more people to sign up for "premium", at the moment the entire site is so unusable through slowly-downloading advertising, random pop-ups and loss of context that it would be hard to do that, or trust it to safeguard your payment information, even if you did want to!
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Old 02 June 2017, 10:42 PM
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There's a very young rabbit tucked into a tight little ball against the inside corner of my front door. It was there yesterday morning, too, and I can just see it from the kitchen greenhouse window. While I can see it via the porch light, I can't get a picture of it.
Speaking of animals I can't get pictures of, there's a hole in my backyard I always thought was some sort of animal burrow. I was right -- last weekend I saw a small rat scurrying down the hole. It's probably been feeding on the birdseed that falls on the ground; it's hole isn't far from the feeder.

Speaking of the bird feeder, birds don't seem to be feeding there so much now that it's almost summer. I don't know if the warmer weather means they have other food sources available to them, or if the birds that had been feeding there have migrated elsewhere.

And I'm coming to dislike Photobucket, too. I have an ad blocker at home, so I don't see the ads, but it's still become less usable even without the ads. I only keep using it because most of my pictures are there already.
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Old 06 June 2017, 11:55 PM
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We had ducklings!

They've already moved on.

She left behind one egg that didn't hatch.
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