- Aug 18, 2017 at 5:06 pm #3485892
Loads of photos in the first part so I started a new one.
I have built 3 raised garden beds, they are starting to produce now. (end of winter)
The roos are here most days, Bob , one of the two males of the original mob, has started his own mob with Elsie and Charlie (both with joey) and another female.
I guess that the big fight I witness a couple of months ago between Bob and two other males was about this.
They are now comfortable with me at 5 to 10 meters but they do run away if anyone else comes by.
This morning (front lawn) :
Elsie lost the previous two joeys aged around 3 months, this one is about 5 months old. Soon it should come out to start feeding on grass by itself. I like when they do that because they play and keep their mos busy as babies do.Aug 18, 2017 at 7:34 pm #3485908
jeffrey armbrusterBPL Member
@bookLocale: Northern California
I’m actually finding these animals charming! I was thinking how lucky you were to have them mobbing your lawn. Which just shows that even I can still grow.
I heard something interesting on the radio today. An evolutionary biologist disagreed with the popular notion that, given another planet with earth like conditions, evolution would produce essentially the same earth type species to fill the earth like niches. The radio biologist disagreed by pointing to Australia. The duck billed platypus only exists there. He said that the same conditions that sustain the platypus exist all over the world. Only in Australia does this odd but successful creature exist. And it ‘solved’ its environment in fundamentally different ways than any other creature on other continents.
So your kangaroos aren’t ….odd. (I guess wolverines seem odd to Australians).They’re charming and inventive and perfectly normal. I wonder if they would survive in the California foothills.
Aug 18, 2017 at 7:46 pm #3485910
- This reply was modified 8 months, 1 week ago by jeffrey armbruster.
There is a wallaby (smaller type roo) population in New Zealand , introduced there for hunting.
One type there is the swamp wallaby , the type we have here.
The one that visited us has been missing for a while.
Wally looking at my cat.
here is another odd one from our place :
Edna the echidna. About 1 foot in diameter when he is “hiding” (yes it is a male…) almost twice that when stretched out.Aug 18, 2017 at 11:25 pm #3485927
a couple of shots from today :
I started with 4, one is on the other side of the steps, but I have a lot more roots saved up to make some more
we have many of these wattle trees , they are all in flower now, nice to see some colour in winter.Aug 20, 2017 at 4:25 pm #3486188
Sonny is very particular about his toilet habits, he does not like to use the dirt box inside .(he digs several holes before he likes the look of one)
So at 10 past 5AM he gently woke me up to be let outside. It was raining. At 6:30 he was outside the bedroom window scratching the glass to be let in again.
Got him inside; usually I give him a rub down do dry his fur but I was cold so went straight back to bed (I sleep naked…) . Sonny got onto the bed , I grabbed him and shoved him inside the blankets. 10 minutes later he was dry and still purring. I think he is now fully rehabilitated after 2 years of love and care. Now he doesn’t run away from people as fast as it used to ….
lots of cats do that but Sonny spent his first 9 years outside. His previous carer fed him but had dogs inside the house and yard so Sonny took refuge next door, fighting with the other cats.
So this was his first time ever under the blankets.
He is still there now two hours later.Aug 20, 2017 at 7:02 pm #3486212
Charlie a year ago :
and Charlie this morning :
they grow up so fast…
In case you are wondering how I know it is the same roo, her mother (Elsie, also with joey) was next to me, eating, as I was taking the photos . All other roos , apart from Bob, run away .Aug 21, 2017 at 11:37 am #3486289
Ken T.BPL Member
Thanks Franco, very cool.Oct 19, 2017 at 9:52 pm #3497593
Yesterday as I was taking some shots of the roos, Bob ,Elsie and her new joey came bouncing at full speed towards me. I just stood there waiting to see what would happen. At about 10 meter distance they realised I was there and promptly stopped. The joey took refuge inside the mother’s pouch.
The taller one at the back is the main male in the mob. About 5″ taller than Bob .
Earlier in the day when the main male saw me approaching he went right next to Charlie , stood up fully erect and indicated that I was close enough. (he rubs his chest in a similar way gorillas bang theirs) Bob came bouncing behind me (I had passed him a few minutes before) stopped , so I moved one step back and indicated for him to go by. He did.
When he reached the others the main male just sort of gave him a shove aside.Nov 3, 2017 at 8:04 am #3500029
This is Mr Grumpy
another honeyeater. (New Holland honeyeater)
Unlike the rest, this particular one does not dart around in a mad panic but lands in that spots many times a day just to look around.
The spot just happens to be outside the office window ,so I took this photo sitting down at my desk.Nov 3, 2017 at 1:00 pm #3500046
Jerry AdamsBPL Member
@retiredjerryLocale: Oregon and Washington
does he look at you?Nov 3, 2017 at 9:57 pm #3500136
No. In this particular shot he does have the head turned towards the house but usually looks the other way.
Some birds do come for a closer look at me . It happened last night with a kookaburra that moved to a few meters away to look at me and my cat going for a walk, has happened with the eagles twice whilst digging trenches (to find water pipes…) and happens with the fantails. Sometime fantails in the bush they sort of follow you by flying on the trail slightly ahead.
this particular fantail I shot because that is where about 10 minutes before I spotted a “new” bird but did not have the camera with me. Of course he was gone by the time I got back but the fantail came down for a look and show off as they do.
I have an open air aviary….
We have several types nesting within our property.
These wrens nest at the back of the house. I can walk inside the area we call the Japanese garden (where the fish pond is) and several of those will be flying around me happily chirping. As soon as I get the camera they disappear…
Nov 4, 2017 at 5:42 am #3500192
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very common here, they fly overhead in flocks but seldom stop on our trees.This one did.Nov 10, 2017 at 10:11 pm #3501543
A very happy day for me yesterday.
We bottled three of our wines and had a nice home made pizza for dinner drinking some .
After dinner I took the cat for a walk up to the dam. Coming back he stopped to look very intently at something in the bush. I was a bit ahead and from my point of view there was nothing there that I could see so I called him and walked down to the house.
Later as we were losing light I felt that I had to go up to the dam again. At about the same point where the cat stopped I heard the mating sound of a koala . It’s a much deeper and loud sound that the size would suggest but I had heard it before so I knew what it was.
After a few minutes I spotted the koala towards the top of a tree hidden inside the foliage. I raced to the house to get the camera and just managed to get a shot before it got too dark.
Crappy shot by I have now added a koala to our passing open air zoo.
I went looking for it this morning but he was gone.
I have no idea why he made that call last night. There is no way I would have found him otherwise.
(about 60′ up that tree)Nov 11, 2017 at 3:10 am #3501580
jeffrey armbrusterBPL Member
@bookLocale: Northern California
For some reason I imagine him sounding like Roy Orbison.Nov 11, 2017 at 4:28 am #3501585
I felt the vibrations about from 80′ away…
From around that spot I can hear the train passing by about 2 miles away.
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