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ginger749

November 24, 2012
9:01 PM

Post #9341684

Anyone know who belongs to this mess ?
Looks like a hairy 'Egg Omelette' to Moi.

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Resin

Resin
Northumberland
United Kingdom
(Zone 9a)

November 25, 2012
2:29 AM

Post #9341752

This chappy? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Australian_Brushturkey

Resin
ginger749

November 25, 2012
10:50 AM

Post #9342044

This is the male.

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ginger749

November 26, 2012
8:08 AM

Post #9342836

This is the female.
She had two ticks on the head.


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Resin

Resin
Northumberland
United Kingdom
(Zone 9a)

November 26, 2012
9:39 AM

Post #9342903

They need to learn about allopreening! ;-)

Resin
ginger749

November 26, 2012
12:56 PM

Post #9343071

I removed them for her.
So I wonder if that's called Gingerpreening ? :-)

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Resin

Resin
Northumberland
United Kingdom
(Zone 9a)

November 26, 2012
1:53 PM

Post #9343128

Really removed, or photoshopped out??

Resin
ginger749

November 26, 2012
2:22 PM

Post #9343149

Really removed.
Why would I Photochop something like that ?
I only took these two Pictures of the removal.

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Resin

Resin
Northumberland
United Kingdom
(Zone 9a)

November 26, 2012
5:24 PM

Post #9343315

Just wondering how you'd be able to do it - I've read that they can be fairly tame at picnic places etc., but for it actually to allow itself to be caught and held long enough to remove a tick demands a remarkable level of tolerance of people. Well done!

Resin
ginger749

November 26, 2012
5:37 PM

Post #9343324

The pair have been visiting my Studio for several months.
They started off sharing the 'Sulphur Crested Cockatoos' Wild bird seed.
They were very timid at the start.

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ginger749

November 26, 2012
5:43 PM

Post #9343331

Not sure what went wrong with those 4 Pictures.
So I will add them again.


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ginger749

November 26, 2012
5:49 PM

Post #9343343

When all 14 of my visitors came for a free feed.
The Turkey decided he was out numbered.
So he beat a tactical retreat.

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Resin

Resin
Northumberland
United Kingdom
(Zone 9a)

November 27, 2012
2:42 AM

Post #9343560

Don't blame them for retreating with that crowd! I'd (wrongly!) thought the Brush-turkey was about twice the size of a Cockatoo ;-)

Resin
ginger749

November 27, 2012
9:11 AM

Post #9343754

The 'Sulphur Crested Cockatoos' have been coming inside My Studio for years.
If I am buisy they will rustle the red bag to get my attention.
The red bag is 20 kilos of Wild Bird Seed.

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ginger749

November 27, 2012
12:16 PM

Post #9343887

If the male came reasonably early he would be all on his own.
Within a few days he was eating right out of my hand.
And only one week later the female followed suit.


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Resin

Resin
Northumberland
United Kingdom
(Zone 9a)

November 28, 2012
6:25 AM

Post #9344506

Looks like a piece of finger he's eating there?!?

;-)
ginger749

November 28, 2012
7:28 AM

Post #9344575

This was the day she made her first tentative steps inside My Studio.

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ginger749

November 29, 2012
9:51 AM

Post #9345425

At the time I was taking these Pictures.
I was standing only two meters away from the Scrub Turkey.
Maybe she likes the smell of my Artists Paints ? :-)
Maybe she likes my Paintings ?
Truth be known she probably likes the wild bird seed I put out for her.

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Resin

Resin
Northumberland
United Kingdom
(Zone 9a)

November 29, 2012
10:00 AM

Post #9345432

Seed to eat and paintings to poop on? What more could a bird want! ;-)

Resin
ginger749

November 29, 2012
10:51 AM

Post #9345460

I had just bought 5 cubic meters of garden mulch.
The male took that over in just a few days.
He digs big holes and then fills them in again.
My new aim is to Photograph the egg hatching progress.
And hopefully the young hatchings one day.

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sallyg

sallyg
Anne Arundel,, MD
(Zone 7b)

November 30, 2012
5:45 AM

Post #9346066

Excuse my intrusion- I really enjoyed reading this!
ginger749

November 30, 2012
12:00 PM

Post #9346316

Hi Sally,
You are not intruding at all.
I posted this thread here to share.
In fact I am a tad surprised there are not a few more comments.


Resin

Resin
Northumberland
United Kingdom
(Zone 9a)

November 30, 2012
1:45 PM

Post #9346377

Good luck with getting them to breed!

Resin
ginger749

November 30, 2012
2:25 PM

Post #9346401

Thanks Resin.

These two guys tap on My Studio glass door till I give them some sunflower seeds.

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sallyg

sallyg
Anne Arundel,, MD
(Zone 7b)

December 1, 2012
8:36 PM

Post #9347297

:-)
ginger749

December 1, 2012
8:57 PM

Post #9347307

Resin wrote:Seed to eat and paintings to poop on? What more could a bird want! ;-)

Resin


My Birds don't poop on My Paintings.
They have more respect. :-)
To prove my point, I put this Painting of a couple of Koalas near them.
They weren't interested at all.



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MargaretK
PERTH
Australia

December 2, 2012
4:58 AM

Post #9347377

Fantastic shots, Ginger. You have a wonderful line-up of birds in your sanctuary. Nice painting of the koalas, too.
Willowwind2
Union, WA
(Zone 8b)

December 2, 2012
11:33 AM

Post #9347743

Amazing birds. You are so fortunate to have the opportunity to tame them. Love the painting of the koalas. They are so cute.
ginger749

December 3, 2012
10:52 AM

Post #9348758

Thank you Margaret and WillowWind.

I have already posted a Picture very similar to this.
But this one was from so much closer.
Hence the clarity of definition.
I am going to do a Painting of him soon.

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Resin

Resin
Northumberland
United Kingdom
(Zone 9a)

December 3, 2012
12:46 PM

Post #9348854

Remember to post how he reacts to seeing himself on canvas!

Resin
ginger749

December 3, 2012
10:26 PM

Post #9349249

Today the female turned up with another two ticks on the face.
One was well embedded under her chin.

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sallyg

sallyg
Anne Arundel,, MD
(Zone 7b)

December 3, 2012
11:06 PM

Post #9349259

Wild animals are 'cuter' when you don't see all the parasites!
Pretty soon they'll be lining up at your 'clinic.'
ginger749

December 3, 2012
11:23 PM

Post #9349267

Hi Sally.

If my name was 'PalmBob' I might have a clinic. (Bob is a Vet)
But I am a simple Artist.
So I love to take their Pictures.

This was the tick when first removed.

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sallyg

sallyg
Anne Arundel,, MD
(Zone 7b)

December 3, 2012
11:32 PM

Post #9349268

We have a hearty tick population around here, judging by what the cats bring in.
Well, after all, you do have to get them ( the birds) all pretty for their photo ops! Still think it's surprising they let you get the ticks off.
Your last picture of the male is quite handsome.
ginger749

December 3, 2012
11:48 PM

Post #9349269

This was the cattle tick a Rhipicephalus (Boophilus) microplus.

The paralysis Tick is deadly.

Where is 'Palm Bob' when we need him ?

ginger749

December 6, 2012
4:53 PM

Post #9351671

I have decided to add this Picture of the dissected Tick for Resins benefit. :-)
It was full of old blood.
No Photochop here as you can see.

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Resin

Resin
Northumberland
United Kingdom
(Zone 9a)

December 6, 2012
5:46 PM

Post #9351728

Yuck!!

Around here it's Ixodes ricinus one has to watch for, been bitten by them many times. Looks very similar to yours.

Resin
ginger749

December 6, 2012
6:07 PM

Post #9351764

I am in the process of befriending this Kookaburra.

Just let me tell you one thing.
Don't let them bight your finger.
They can do a lot of damage.

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MargaretK
PERTH
Australia

December 7, 2012
4:05 AM

Post #9351969

Ginger, do you get the Blue-winged Kookaburras where you are? We only have the Laughing Kookaburra and they're an introduced species to WA.
ginger749

December 7, 2012
10:34 AM

Post #9352277

I have not heard of the Blue-winged Kookaburras.

But this is what a Kookaburra can do to a slow thumb.

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Resin

Resin
Northumberland
United Kingdom
(Zone 9a)

December 7, 2012
11:18 AM

Post #9352299

ginger749 wrote:Don't let them bight your finger.


Would that be the Great Australian Bight? ;-)

Here's some info and pics of Blue-winged Kookaburra: http://eol.org/pages/1049993/overview

Resin
ginger749

December 7, 2012
12:16 PM

Post #9352349

Well it was a great big Australian bight. :-)

Thanks for the link Resin.

Every afternoon about 3 pm I get outside My Studio and sit in the sunshine and have a couple of Wines.
We call it happy hour.
My trusty mascot is always with me.
The Kookaburras are becoming more and more tame or is it cheeky.
Can yall imagine these two saying to each other " should we eat him here or take him back to the Nest "?

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sallyg

sallyg
Anne Arundel,, MD
(Zone 7b)

December 7, 2012
1:34 PM

Post #9352398

Great picture! Looks just like the one has turned to the other for a ' smart' remark. Funny looking birds. Hope you can avoid another 'bight' though
ginger749

December 7, 2012
1:52 PM

Post #9352420

Yes Sally they are funny looking Birds.
They even laugh at themselves.

In this next Picture Sambo has decided to bop one on the throat.
Can you see how his eyes have gone opaque with the blow ?
They don' t have eye lids like us.

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sallyg

sallyg
Anne Arundel,, MD
(Zone 7b)

December 7, 2012
1:55 PM

Post #9352423

Creepy eyes!
I'm happy to know Sambo is there for your protection! HAHA!
ginger749

December 7, 2012
2:11 PM

Post #9352439

The Kookaburra decided to pick Sambo up by the leg and fly off with him.

I have seen these Kingfishers pick up a 6 ft long Red Belly Black Snake.
They flick their head backwards and forwards and snap the snakes neck.

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Willowwind2
Union, WA
(Zone 8b)

December 7, 2012
4:33 PM

Post #9352534

What are the black and white birds? I feed the crows and seagulls three slices of torn bread every morning. The little birds get seed. I have two scrub jays and a few large gray squirrels.
ginger749

December 7, 2012
5:08 PM

Post #9352564

Hi Willowwind,

The black and white birds are Magpies.
There are also other b & w Birds.
They are Currawongs. (Strepera graculina)
They were formerly known as Crow-shrikes or Bell-magpies.

The one next to Sambos right knee in this Picture is a Butcher Bird.
The one standing on my Bar Table next to Sambo is the Currawong.

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sallyg

sallyg
Anne Arundel,, MD
(Zone 7b)

December 8, 2012
8:37 AM

Post #9352969

Oh I hope Sambo came home after that ordeal! That Kookaburra beak looks very sharp in the latter picture.
ginger749

December 8, 2012
1:23 PM

Post #9353154

His mother went and negotiated his ransom and got him back.
She's a Roo of the World.

This Picture shows the extremely sharp upper beak with razor sharp edges.

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Willowwind2
Union, WA
(Zone 8b)

December 9, 2012
10:16 AM

Post #9353724

Smile
ginger749

December 9, 2012
11:06 AM

Post #9353760

Yes Willow, it does look like a smile.

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gardenpom
Melbourne, FL

December 10, 2012
5:34 PM

Post #9355088

This is an awesome post. What great birds to be around. I especially love the Kookaburras. Not so fond of those nasty ticks.
ginger749

December 10, 2012
7:08 PM

Post #9355166

Hi Gardenpom,

We have met before on another Thread.
I just can't remember which one.
I have never seen ticks on the Kookaburras.

Well the Kookaburra finally bowed down to Sambo and they have made friends.
Sambos mum can be seen in the background on the right of this Picture.

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MargaretK
PERTH
Australia

December 10, 2012
9:57 PM

Post #9355234

Great place you have, Ginger. What type of butcherbird is it on the right?
ginger749

December 10, 2012
10:11 PM

Post #9355240

Hi Maregaret,
I'm not really sure, but I think it is called a Pied Butcherbird.
Resin might know the true name.
She has two youngins she brings here for a hand out.
But they are grey and white.

ginger749

December 10, 2012
10:14 PM

Post #9355241

The male of this family hardly ever comes to visit me.
I think he is such a proud guy that he won't be seen in the company of a simple human being.
But sometime I do visit his nesting area.
And what a treat that is.

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MargaretK
PERTH
Australia

December 10, 2012
10:44 PM

Post #9355246

Wow, Ginger, what a beauty the bowerbird is.

I thought it might have been a Pied Butcherbird. We get the Grey Butcherbirds here, but one Christmas, several years ago, we had a visit from a Pied Butcherbird. It was so friendly and as with all butcherbirds, its song was just beautiful. It stayed around for a few days and then left and we never saw it again. They aren't native to our area.
ginger749

December 10, 2012
11:23 PM

Post #9355254

Yes Margaret, the Pied Butcherbird sure has a beautiful song.
It comes right inside My Studio if I leave the door open.
Then it puts its head high in the air and begins singing to me.
I always have a meat treat for her.
The two young ones only come into the Palm outside the Studio Door.

Do the Grey Butcherbirds sing as well ?

MargaretK
PERTH
Australia

December 10, 2012
11:35 PM

Post #9355256

They have the most glorious song of all our birds. It's melodic, fluting and they also sing duets. They are also brilliant mimics. I love the way they "pump" their wings when they sing. We have a pair who have two fledged youngsters that are still being fed at the moment. It's such a treat.
ginger749

December 10, 2012
11:44 PM

Post #9355258

I also love the way they "pump" their wings when they sing/beg.
And when they fly off after getting a meaty treat, they seem to sat "chook-chook" ?
It is possibly their way of saying thank you. :-)

sallyg

sallyg
Anne Arundel,, MD
(Zone 7b)

December 11, 2012
7:28 AM

Post #9355482


: ^)

Resin

Resin
Northumberland
United Kingdom
(Zone 9a)

December 11, 2012
7:43 AM

Post #9355499

ginger749 wrote:The male of this family hardly ever comes to visit me.
I think he is such a proud guy that he won't be seen in the company of a simple human being.
But sometime I do visit his nesting area.
And what a treat that is.


Satin Bowerbird?

Put out some bits of bright blue stuff, that might tempt him in.

Resin
pelletory
Marlton, NJ

December 11, 2012
8:00 AM

Post #9355507

Wow what a great thread ginger!

I love all the birds and your beautiful painting!
ginger749

December 11, 2012
11:00 AM

Post #9355630

I'll give that a try Resin,
But as you can see this one must be colour blind.

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Willowwind2
Union, WA
(Zone 8b)

December 11, 2012
6:23 PM

Post #9355927

Love the bower bird. Is that a real kangaroo over on the right?
ginger749

December 11, 2012
7:14 PM

Post #9355969

Yes Willowwind, It sure is.
This is her with Sambos younger sibling.

Pic #1: Sister playing with mums ears.
Pic #2: Curious Sister.
Pic #3: It's safer in mums pouch.
It is truly amazing how this big joey fits inside mums pouch.

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ginger749

December 11, 2012
11:03 PM

Post #9356146

It really is strange to see such a Cute Kangaroo with all those legs sticking out of her belly.

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ginger749

December 12, 2012
12:51 PM

Post #9356506

Getting back to the Green Bird with the Red Tomato.
She didn't keep it very long.
A Pied Currawong: Strepera graculina came and stole it from her.

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Willowwind2
Union, WA
(Zone 8b)

December 12, 2012
4:46 PM

Post #9356758

Those roos are so cute. Do they both get in the sac? It must be amazing where you live. Are they tame?
ginger749

December 12, 2012
5:08 PM

Post #9356772

No Willowwind they are not tame.
But they do become very tolerant of us white fellas who occupy their land.
This particular one stole my Mouth Organ and tried to eat it. :-)
It sure did provide me with some cute Pictures.

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sallyg

sallyg
Anne Arundel,, MD
(Zone 7b)

December 12, 2012
7:22 PM

Post #9356856

What fun!
Six years ago, I would never have thought I'd get a travelogue of Australia right to my house.
Willowwind2
Union, WA
(Zone 8b)

December 13, 2012
10:53 AM

Post #9357323

He looks like he is ready to join the band. So cute. Be funny if he learned to blow in it.
ginger749

December 13, 2012
12:09 PM

Post #9357374

Willowwind2 wrote:Be funny if he learned to blow in it.

I know he was more interested in eating it.
But can you imagine having him in a band and taking him to America for a tour.

I like the action in this last Picture.
Without his wings out, It looks like he is diving into water ?

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burn_2007
Grand-Falls, NB
(Zone 4a)

December 14, 2012
2:03 PM

Post #9358268

All so lovely, ginger. Would love to see, what your seeing, in person. Thanks for sharing your part of the world.
Willowwind2
Union, WA
(Zone 8b)

December 14, 2012
2:06 PM

Post #9358274

Yes indeed. Thanks a lot.
ginger749

December 14, 2012
2:30 PM

Post #9358297

Thanks Burn and Willowwind.

Yes I do feel very privileged to live where I live.
It has never ever snowed here in Brisvegas.
So that makes it more easy to grow Trees that attract Birds.

I finally found Sambo stuck up a tree. :-)

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ginger749

December 14, 2012
8:20 PM

Post #9358613

I really like the Lorikeet in full flight on the far right.

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ginger749

December 15, 2012
2:31 PM

Post #9359231

It sure is strange to see this cute Roo lying there with all those arms and legs sticking out of her belly.

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Resin

Resin
Northumberland
United Kingdom
(Zone 9a)

December 15, 2012
2:46 PM

Post #9359251

Well, better outside than kicking around inside!

But why the woolly hat?? (2 pics up) - this is tropical Australia, not icy northern Europe or Canada!

Resin
ginger749

December 15, 2012
3:02 PM

Post #9359262

That is my 28 year old son in law.
Those young people wear them all around Ozz.

Hey Resin!
I followed your instructions re the Satin Bird.

It was not very hard finding the 'Bower'.
I simply left a couple of blue water bottle tops on the ground outside My Studio Door.
It was not long before the male came and started stealing/collecting the blue items.
From there I simply followed the flying male back to where he was building his bower.

It is very well documented Aboriginals do a similar thing to find wild bee hives.
They catch one wild bee and tie a white thread to their leg and then set them free.
The wild bee flies straight back to the hole in a hollow log/home.

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MargaretK
PERTH
Australia

December 15, 2012
3:17 PM

Post #9359266

Ginger, what sort of problem do you have with feral foxes and cats?
ginger749

December 15, 2012
3:37 PM

Post #9359279

Absolute none at all Margaret.
We do have a pack of 100% real Dingoes.
There are about 7 of them.
But one of our neighbours has Dairy Cows.
He drags the dead ones up to the back of hid 1000 acre property.
And they go there for a meal but leave our Chooks and Sheep alone.
Another neighbour has lamas and they have never been touched.

Why do you ask ?
Do you have problems in WA ?

MargaretK
PERTH
Australia

December 15, 2012
5:28 PM

Post #9359356

Dreadful issue here, Ginger. Foxes are even seen around the embankment where the osprey nest is and feral cats are everywhere. For those who may not be aware, foxes are not native to Australia; nor are cats - or rats - or camels - or wild pigs - or rabbits - or cane toads.
ginger749

December 15, 2012
5:52 PM

Post #9359380

MargaretK wrote:For those who may not be aware, foxes are not native to Australia; nor are cats - or rats - or camels - or wild pigs - or rabbits - or cane toads.


Nor are 'White People' ! And that's us.
Even the Aboriginals are imports from somewhere else many years ago.
So why does 1/3 of my yearly tax go to supporting these aboriginals ?
Now, who are the true 'natives' of Australia ?
Kangaroos and Koalas. :-)
And all the Birds.

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Resin

Resin
Northumberland
United Kingdom
(Zone 9a)

December 16, 2012
2:28 AM

Post #9359578

ginger749 wrote:

Nor are 'White People' ! And that's us.
Even the Aboriginals are imports from somewhere else many years ago.
So why does 1/3 of my yearly tax go to supporting these aboriginals ?
Now, who are the true 'natives' of Australia ?
Kangaroos and Koalas. :-)
And all the Birds.


Actually Aboriginals are not 'imports', they're genuine native, as they reached Australia without outside assistance. The animals they brought with them (Dingoes) are not though, they are introductions (the Dingoes wouldn't have made it without Aboriginal assistance).

;-)

Resin
ginger749

December 16, 2012
9:16 AM

Post #9359792

I took quite a few Pictures of the bower site (120).
I noticed the male never entered the bower from the front.
He always went in from the back.
Even when I put bread in front of the bower he would walk around to the back and walk through and eat the bread.

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Willowwind2
Union, WA
(Zone 8b)

December 16, 2012
3:26 PM

Post #9360094

That bower is really something special. And blue is my favorite color also. My house has blue stuff all over the place. LOL

To bad there isn't a cleaver, neat way to get rid of all those non-natives. Maybe the continents should all collide again and we could all be one big mess together.
ginger749

December 16, 2012
5:30 PM

Post #9360182

That sounds like a good idea Willowwind. :-)

He was constantly rearranging the sticks the bower is built from.
I always thought that was a clump of grass he had parted.
But no, every single one of these sticks are placed into the soil by him.
Sometimes two or three females will come when he is absent.
They damage the bower and mess with his head by re arranging the coloured trinkets.

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sallyg

sallyg
Anne Arundel,, MD
(Zone 7b)

December 16, 2012
8:00 PM

Post #9360295

This bower bird stuff is amusing. I'm impressed (and envious) that you can observe them.
ginger749

December 16, 2012
8:24 PM

Post #9360309

Hi Sally,
I found it just too easy to take all these Pictures.
I had always imagined it so very hard.
But when these birds count you/Me as one of their Friends.
Almost anything is possible.
Just one thing, I never did Photograph their eggs or their young in the real nest.
OH well ! Two out of three is OK for me.

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Willowwind2
Union, WA
(Zone 8b)

December 17, 2012
10:03 AM

Post #9360657

A bird can make a beautiful nest like that. I couldn't do it. Course his motovation is high.
ginger749

December 17, 2012
11:20 AM

Post #9360738

When I was a wee Teenager I lived at Cunnamulla for about one year.
I remember seeing these exact Birds and they only collected 'White trinkets'.
I have asked the people from our National Museum why.
And they told me that it is because there are no blue items to be collect at Cunnamulla.
So they collect 'White' things which are readily available in Australia's Great Outback.
I have also seen Opals in their collection as there are Opal fields all around Cunnamulla.

ginger749

December 17, 2012
2:43 PM

Post #9360883

Because we get 60% more rain than Brisvegas does.
Our grass is always greener than our neighbours.
So these Marsupials spend more of their time here than around Caboolture.
Can you guess how many Marsupials are in this Picture ?

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sallyg

sallyg
Anne Arundel,, MD
(Zone 7b)

December 17, 2012
5:19 PM

Post #9361021

since you led us with a 'tease,' I am estimating- nine- wait, ten, there are extra ears on that one!

Visitors must want to try and pet them. Are they dangerous? People here may want to pet deer but deer can be deadly in their self defense.
ginger749

December 17, 2012
6:12 PM

Post #9361070

Yes Sally, you are right.

These Ducks are very strange. (not sure what they are, maybe wooden Ducks)
Right from the start, there were two males and one female raising three young ones.
I have never seen this 'threesome' type thing before in Birds.
Except when Paul Hogan was shagged up with two Women (sisters). :-)
Paul Hogan was the main actor of “Crocodile Dundee”.
Day after day they would bring the three young ones for a free handout. (the Ducks that is not Paul)
They are not very friendly but will gladly take any bread I leave out for them.
Their preferred lunch is bread, but I don't always have bread in My Studio.
So they eat the sorghum from My 'Wild Bird Seed' I leave out for the Cockatoos.


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sallyg

sallyg
Anne Arundel,, MD
(Zone 7b)

December 17, 2012
6:34 PM

Post #9361087

Whee! did I win something? The ears and joeys were tricky.
I'd be less surprised at two female and one male.
ginger749

December 17, 2012
7:38 PM

Post #9361115

sallyg wrote:I'd be less surprised at two female and one male.

Is that not every males dream ?

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Resin

Resin
Northumberland
United Kingdom
(Zone 9a)

December 18, 2012
2:04 AM

Post #9361185

ginger749 wrote:These Ducks are very strange. (not sure what they are, maybe wooden Ducks)
Right from the start, there were two males and one female raising three young ones.


Maned Ducks; yep, 2 males and 1 female.

Resin

sallyg

sallyg
Anne Arundel,, MD
(Zone 7b)

December 18, 2012
6:03 AM

Post #9361278

8 ^)
tee hee!
ginger749

December 18, 2012
6:09 AM

Post #9361283

Thanks Resin for the correct ID.
This is them less than 6 weeks later.


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Willowwind2
Union, WA
(Zone 8b)

December 18, 2012
10:26 AM

Post #9361482

I got eight. Then after I knew how many, I found the others. I posted a picture of morning(?) doves like that once and one person found them all.

Resin, may I ask how you have accumulated so much knowledge on plant ID and animals? You are amazing.
ginger749

December 18, 2012
1:44 PM

Post #9361632

It appears that the defence is left up to the female.
The two males are just moving the ducklings away from this other pair.

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Willowwind2
Union, WA
(Zone 8b)

December 19, 2012
10:12 AM

Post #9362268

Good for the gal.
ginger749

December 19, 2012
11:19 AM

Post #9362329

We call these guys our Black Chooks. (although we don't collect their eggs)
I wonder if anyone knows the difference between the males and the females ?
They dug up more than 50 sweet potatoes growing in My main Veggie Patch.
So they have now been totally banned from My Greenhouse because.
I have over 24 heirloom Tomato plants well on the way to giving me buckets full of love fruits.

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Resin

Resin
Northumberland
United Kingdom
(Zone 9a)

December 19, 2012
12:29 PM

Post #9362377

ginger749 wrote:I wonder if anyone knows the difference between the males and the females ?


Effectively none visible; males have on average a marginally larger bill and forehead 'shield' than females, but with a lot of overlap.

Resin
ginger749

December 19, 2012
1:12 PM

Post #9362435

Thanks Resin,
I was sure someone would know.

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ginger749

December 22, 2012
2:14 AM

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ginger749

December 22, 2012
9:12 PM

Post #9365178

These two Birds turned up for a free Xmas feed.
I guess they are Pigeons ?

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sallyg

sallyg
Anne Arundel,, MD
(Zone 7b)

December 23, 2012
6:01 PM

Post #9365662

Look pigeon or dove like, I agree.

Resin

Resin
Northumberland
United Kingdom
(Zone 9a)

December 24, 2012
2:06 AM

Post #9365812

White-headed Pigeon Columba leucomela

Resin
ginger749

December 24, 2012
11:33 AM

Post #9366138

I googled that and found it spot on.
Thanks again Resin.
Have a very Merry Christmas every one.

I notice I got my yearly Birthday vish from DG.
http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/t/1291887/
I did spy a big fat Guy dressed in Red and White in My Garden yesterday.
I will add some Pictures of him later.

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ginger749

December 25, 2012
12:27 PM

Post #9366846

The green Birds are becoming more friendly.

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sallyg

sallyg
Anne Arundel,, MD
(Zone 7b)

December 25, 2012
4:50 PM

Post #9367000

Merry Christmas ginger and Sambo
Merry Christmas Resin
ginger749

December 25, 2012
5:02 PM

Post #9367009

Thank you Sally,
Did you have a good one ?

Here is that Picture of Santa trying to sneak into My House unnoticed.
He didn't count on me being in My Studio.

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sallyg

sallyg
Anne Arundel,, MD
(Zone 7b)

December 25, 2012
6:28 PM

Post #9367072

tee hee there he is!!
Yes we had a good one, all three kids home and happy, enough presents without breaking the piggy bank, cookies, visiting today, sips of cheer here and there...Now that XMas is over I feel liberated to look at my plants again!
ginger749

December 25, 2012
7:14 PM

Post #9367103

Yes Sally,
It's always great to have all ones kids around.
Even if they are all over 27 yo. :-)

The Black Bird is getting more and more friendly.
When they are scrounging for food.
The male and female are quite happy being together.
And they don't blue at all.
One day I threw out the remains of my breakfast cereal bowl. (with milk)
It was Kellogs Honey Snaps.
They were straight onto it like Bees to Honey.
But it is too expensive to continue giving that to them.

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ginger749

December 26, 2012
11:51 AM

Post #9367611

The male is getting even more friendly.
He has even started giving me a 'high five'.
Or should that be 'a high four' ? oh well !
How many toes does a Bird really have ???
Maybe they aren't even toes.
Could they be talons ?
Or do only Eagles have those ?

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Resin

Resin
Northumberland
United Kingdom
(Zone 9a)

December 26, 2012
4:19 PM

Post #9367862

ginger749 wrote:How many toes does a Bird really have ???


Most (like this one) have four on each foot. A few (e.g. Emu, Sanderling) have three (no rear toe), and one (Ostrich) has just two.

Yeah, talons are usually regarded as only applying to birds of prey (eagles, kites, hawks, falcons, owls, etc.). But there's no set definition. So why not for a bowerbird?!

Resin
ginger749

December 26, 2012
4:34 PM

Post #9367870

Thanks again Resin.
I know I can always depend on you for a good reply.
How is the weather your way ?
Have you had any snow yet ?
Our days are hovering around 37deg, C.
Swimming Pool is getting a workout.

Here is another Picture of Santa trying to sneak into the house through the Rain Forest.
But I was waiting for him.
Can yall see he is wearing sandles instead of black snow boots ?
Maybe the boots were just too hot for him here in Ozz.

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Resin

Resin
Northumberland
United Kingdom
(Zone 9a)

December 26, 2012
5:46 PM

Post #9367924

Thanks Ginger! Had a light dusting of snow in late October and another (even lighter) in late November, but none since. Just rain, rain, rain, rain and more rain. And then some rain. With more rain forecast for tomorrow, and the next few days. It'll very likely turn out to be the wettest year on record, failing that, then the 2nd wettest. The whole country is one big swimming pool now. No-one's going for a workout in it though (except for the unfortunate folk who can't avoid it with the floods) as it's only around 7°C. Yeah, no doubt you can tell, the whole country, me included, is getting a bit p****d off with it all!

Resin
ginger749

January 28, 2013
1:55 PM

Post #9400443

Resin wrote:Thanks Ginger! Had a light dusting of snow in late October and another (even lighter) in late November, but none since. Just rain, rain, rain, rain and more rain. And then some rain. With more rain forecast for tomorrow, and the next few days. It'll very likely turn out to be the wettest year on record, failing that, then the 2nd wettest. The whole country is one big swimming pool now. No-one's going for a workout in it though (except for the unfortunate folk who can't avoid it with the floods) as it's only around 7°C. Yeah, no doubt you can tell, the whole country, me included, is getting a bit p****d off with it all!

Resin


Well Resin,
We have just copped the biggest Flooding in history.
At least as long as records have been kept.
This used to be my drive way.

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sallyg

sallyg
Anne Arundel,, MD
(Zone 7b)

January 28, 2013
3:29 PM

Post #9400515

ginger- oh my !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
ginger749

January 28, 2013
3:43 PM

Post #9400535

Yes indeed Sally,
This is what my driveway usually looks like.

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sallyg

sallyg
Anne Arundel,, MD
(Zone 7b)

January 28, 2013
4:11 PM

Post #9400556

wow, gorgeous.
So you have power back on? since you are posting. Is your house flooded, or above that grade (she asked hopefully)?
ginger749

January 28, 2013
4:31 PM

Post #9400570

Thanks Sally for your concern.
My Studio is 5 Meters above the highest water level ever achieved.
And our House is a further 10 Meters above that.
Power has gone off about 3 times in 3 days.
But it comes back on after 30 minutes.
There are more than 250,000 Houses around Brisvegas and the Cold Goast without power.
So I consider myself quite lucky.

ginger749

January 28, 2013
4:53 PM

Post #9400590

This is the main road in and out of our Valley.
It reached the first rail on this Bridge fence late last night.

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sallyg

sallyg
Anne Arundel,, MD
(Zone 7b)

January 28, 2013
5:03 PM

Post #9400599

yee gads! Huge sigh of relief that you planned your buildings up higher. I hope you and neighbors are well supplied!
ginger749

January 28, 2013
5:35 PM

Post #9400633

I have run out of Milk. (for Coffee)
I'm thinking of ringing 911 and asking for 3 lits. of Milk.
I wonder if they deliver ?

MargaretK
PERTH
Australia

January 28, 2013
6:28 PM

Post #9400682

I was wondering how the flooding affected you, Ginger. It's horrendous. Is Queensland rethinking its state logo of "Queensland - beautiful one day, perfect the next?"

Resin

Resin
Northumberland
United Kingdom
(Zone 9a)

January 28, 2013
6:32 PM

Post #9400688

Strange thing . . . Australia has been melting our snow here!

Maybe a result of the floods??

Resin

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ginger749

January 28, 2013
6:44 PM

Post #9400706

Yes Margaret,
Perfect one day.
Wet! very wet the next.

You know that's three years in a row ?
But you know the Birds just keep coming.

Whistlers have begun touching down on my place.

ginger749

January 28, 2013
6:48 PM

Post #9400712

What a great picture Resin.
Is your floodind over yet.
We see a lot of it on our Australian news.
I understand the fear is Yall are floating closer to France.
How is your French ?
You won't need that Tunnel soon.

MargaretK
PERTH
Australia

January 28, 2013
7:01 PM

Post #9400725

Resin wrote:Strange thing . . . Australia has been melting our snow here!


Resin


It's been hot enough to do just that, Resin.
Willowwind2
Union, WA
(Zone 8b)

January 29, 2013
2:15 PM

Post #9401640

To Bad about the flooding but WOW what beautiful countryside.

Resin

Resin
Northumberland
United Kingdom
(Zone 9a)

January 29, 2013
2:35 PM

Post #9401660

ginger749 wrote:What a great picture Resin.
Is your floodind over yet.
We see a lot of it on our Australian news.
I understand the fear is Yall are floating closer to France.
How is your French ?
You won't need that Tunnel soon.



Hi Ginger,

Yeah, the flooding was over, but now it's started again with all last week's snow melting very suddenly.

Getting closer to France? Not physically. Some politicians, . . . well, I'd better not say, it'd contravene DG rules on politics!

Resin
ginger749

January 30, 2013
2:18 PM

Post #9402850

We had 2 days of Sunshine and it has started raining here again as well.
This was our main road past My Property 2 days ago.
I guess they are trying to wash the underside of their Vehicles.

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