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Old 22 October 2017, 04:13 PM
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I stepped outside my house at 2am which just happened to be the exact right time to spot a Tawny Frogmouth fly along the street at head level and then perch on a street sign just opposite me:


(My phone camera takes terrible photos at night.)

I've seen them in the neighbourhood so I knew they had to be around pretty much every night but this is the first time I've seen one this close to my house in 16 years of living here.

As you can see I got right up next to the sign, the Frogmouth froze in place and was doing its impersonation of a broken tree branch which is how it usually avoids predators. Someone should tell it that only works in trees and not when it's sitting on a street sign.

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Old 22 October 2017, 11:02 PM
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He’s really cool, GM. The closest thing we have a poorwills and nightjars, which are so much smaller than that. Thanks for sharing!
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Old 24 November 2017, 08:36 AM
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There's a core group of about 6 or 8 magpies that visit me daily and a few more that pop in every now and then. This one is one of the infrequent visitors. It has a very badly broken leg which is twisted 180 degrees backwards but it doesn't seem to slow it down at all.



I hadn't seen it for a few weeks so I was a bit worried about it, good to see that it's still around.
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Old 10 December 2017, 10:33 PM
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Those magpies are getting very cheeky





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Old 12 December 2017, 08:10 AM
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Okay, here's one I wasn't expecting. When I was rearranging my garden I accidentally evicted this little feller and had to quickly relocate it before the cats or the magpies spotted it:



I had no idea there were any frogs in my backyard. Google tells me that it's probably a Peron's Tree Frog.
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Old 12 December 2017, 08:07 PM
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Those magpies are very cheeky indeed. Did they invite themselves in?
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Old 12 December 2017, 08:34 PM
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Those magpies are very cheeky indeed. Did they invite themselves in?
Yes, and they were helping themselves to some mincemeat that I'd left defrosting on the counter.

Lucky the meat was intended for them anyway otherwise I would have been a lot crosser.
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Old 12 December 2017, 10:13 PM
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I had no idea there were any frogs in my backyard. Google tells me that it's probably a Peron's Tree Frog.
You should call Peron and tell him you have his tree frog. I'm sure he'd be as happy to get his frog back as that other pet owner was to get his cat...

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Old 13 December 2017, 01:19 AM
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Lucky the meat was intended for them anyway otherwise I would have been a lot crosser.
It wouldn’t surprise me at all if they figured that out for themselves.
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Old 13 December 2017, 02:58 AM
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Oh and I also found out that one of the other names for these frogs is the "maniacal cackle frog"


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dq0Kydr-Q_E
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Old 21 December 2017, 11:49 AM
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A midnight visitor, some kind of small gecko:


My backyard is full of all sorts of wildlife these days!
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Old 02 January 2018, 10:05 AM
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Here's a little ringtail possum sitting on my washing line chomping on a slice of apple. It snatched it right out of my hand and wouldn't give it back.

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I'm going to have to sort out a new way of photo hosting soon. I put out some bird food and it attracted a rat, which climbed up on to the candle holder bracket that I'd been using as a bird-table and ate the remains. I've also got a photo or two of a greater spotted woodpecker in my parents' garden from around Christmas.

I'm hoping none of my neighbours saw the rat, or I might not be popular! There was quite a "rat problem" a few years ago but I've not seen one for a while. I'm sure they don't spring into existence spontaneously just because of a bit of bird seed, but it might be better not to put more out anyway. It didn't attract any birds that I wouldn't otherwise have seen - only the dunnock and occasionally the robin seemed to like it.

My browser's dictionary didn't contain the word "dunnock". That's a bit rubbish.
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Old 08 March 2018, 10:58 AM
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Whole lotta rainbow lorikeets in my yard this afternoon

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Old 11 April 2018, 02:09 AM
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No photos because Photobucket is still being a butt and I haven't gotten off my own and gotten an Imagur or Instagram account yet. Not sure I want to...

But we have a new backyard critter. And it might be here to stay. It's a raccoon. We were worried about it that it looked a little wobbly and was out during the day, so we called Animal Control. The officer spent some time looking at it and trying to get it to react, and she said it seemed normal. The "wobbly" aspect of it was because it was awake during the day and it was just sleepy. It had no symptoms of rabies or obvious illness.

So, she left it. I guess relocation isn't necessary for it since it seems healthy.

And now we have a raccoon living in our back yard.
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Old 30 April 2018, 11:00 PM
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Mama duck is back. She built her nest in the same spot as last year, and laid what appears to be 6 eggs. We're a bit worried, as she hasn't been seen since she laid the eggs. Hope she's OK.
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Old 01 May 2018, 11:46 PM
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Mama duck is fine! Exact same spot as last year. I figure she likes the shelter from the rain our rather large eaves offer. With her back to the house, she only has to watch in 3 directions.

https://imgur.com/b7xeWB6

She actually kind of blends in with the mulch.

Like last year, she's tolerating our coming and going calmly, just sitting doing her thing.

I'll try and get pictures of the little ones when they hatch. Hopefully the timing will work out. She left fairly quickly after the hatch last year.
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Old 01 June 2018, 12:44 AM
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https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?f...5932307&type=3

We have baby ducks! They were already gone this morning. All 6 eggs hatched. Last year, one of them didn't.
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Can't see the photo ("you must log in to continue") but yay for baby ducks!
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Old 01 June 2018, 04:32 AM
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And I do have a Facebook account and was logged in, but I got:

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Perhaps you forgot to make the photos public?
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