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Old 01 October 2018, 06:15 AM
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That's a moth? I wouldn't call it "being afraid of", but I'm not particulary fond of moths - the moths we get here, that is, which grow to about the size of the two first phalanges of my little finger. I'm not sure what I would feel like whith moths the size of a hand around!

Probably a good thing I don't live in a tropical climate...
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Old 01 October 2018, 07:45 AM
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We used to get months that size in the our first house in Brisbane. I used to "catch and release" with a trap made of a laminated movie poster and a pencil holder. Not because I was scared of them but more because I would have hurt them if I tried to catch them with my little hands.

Don Enrico giant months are the least of your worried here (or in the tropics)
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Old 01 October 2018, 10:21 AM
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I know, in Australia the moths are probably poisonous, as well!
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Old 13 October 2018, 10:46 AM
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Five days ago I came home pretty late at night and noticed a miserable looking baby raven huddled in the corner of my front garden. I knew it wouldn't last the night down there close to the ground with all the cats roaming my neighbourhood so I picked it up, carried it around to my back garden and put it up in a tree.


(The tip of its beak is in shadow, not docked.)

It made a hell of a racket when I was carrying it, enough that my neighbour came out to see what all the noise was about.

The next day the raven was still in the same tree although it had managed to climb all the way to the top branches. The next day the baby raven was still in the same tree but the following day it had managed to fly a very short distance to a tree a few yards away.



Two adult ravens which must be its parents had been keeping close those two days so I made sure to feed them some mincemeat in case they were still feeding the baby. The following day the baby had moved to another tree and I spotted one of the parents feeding it so I was pretty sure it was going to pull through unless it did something stupid. Today I actually saw the baby raven flying around! All three of them were in a large tree over my back fence so I threw some mincemeat up onto my roof for the parents and when they flew over to get it the baby decided to fly after them, except it completely overshot my house and disappeared out the front. The parent ravens immediately flew after it in a panic, just like two human parents running after a toddler.
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Old 13 October 2018, 04:39 PM
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Neat, GM!

I bet all that noise while you were carrying it was meant for the parents.
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Old 14 October 2018, 12:27 AM
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While out for a walk today I spotted this cool dragonfly sitting on the sidewalk. It was completely motionless except for the breeze blowing its wings. I thought it might be dead until I poked it and it flew a short distance. I guess it was just resting.

IMG_1390 by mtwilda, on Flickr
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Old 14 October 2018, 02:30 PM
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Recharching, probably.

Thank you all for the interesting pictures and stories!
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Old 14 October 2018, 03:21 PM
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While out for a walk today I spotted this cool dragonfly sitting on the sidewalk. It was completely motionless except for the breeze blowing its wings. I thought it might be dead until I poked it and it flew a short distance. I guess it was just resting.

IMG_1390 by mtwilda, on Flickr

'E's restin'! 'E's pinin' for the ponds! Lovely carapace!
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