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Re: Wildlife in your garden

Unread postby anne-marie » Tue Feb 05, 2013 9:31 pm

what a chance Elsa :dance:
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Re: Wildlife in your garden

Unread postby NetEk » Wed Feb 06, 2013 7:36 am

I heard via the grape vine somebody found a Nightjag in their garden in Johannesburg, like in the "city". Do any of the birders know about it?
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Re: Wildlife in your garden

Unread postby Tawny » Thu Feb 07, 2013 4:05 pm

On New Years Day, we had 2 slender mongoose in our garden. We have only ever seen one at a time. They initally had a bit of an altercation, then kept to themselves after that. We haven't seen too much of them since though. :(

They just make my day when they show themselves.

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Re: Wildlife in your garden

Unread postby threedogs » Thu Mar 07, 2013 3:38 am

Spotted Pardalote in our vegie garden.

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Re: Wildlife in your garden

Unread postby Jock » Thu Aug 01, 2013 2:09 pm

So I have been taking walks around my very big garden (a large stud farm in Australia) and always have my camera handy. Here are some of my sightings in my garden.

A beautiful Galah. They are pretty common around here and can be quiet noisy when they put their minds to it. I always think they are saying as they fly around "Whatsup" "Whatsup" "Whatsup". They are pretty entertaining and just before or after rain can be found hanging upside down on telephone lines.

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And then the Noisy Miner Bird, which I think does make a fair amount of noise, but I certainly would not say it was unpleasant.

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Then the Australian Wood Duck which is very pretty and plentiful around the dam

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The Crested Pigeon is just so cute with the hair do!! The envy of many teenagers.

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And then the last one I have at the moment, the stunning Sulphur Crested Cockatoo. These birds are also pretty common and farmers are not keen on them as they love coming in by the hundreds and eating the seeds as they start to germinate.

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Re: Wildlife in your garden

Unread postby impyim » Thu Aug 01, 2013 3:13 pm

Can Aussies join in this thread.
I have in my garden lots of birds - most of which only another Aussies would be familiar with but when visiting South Africa I notice similarity between some of our birds and SA ones - e.g. bee eaters, larks, spoonbills, shelducks.

We don't have anywhere near the amount of raptors as SA - maybe because we don't have the volume of wild animals. Also so many of our animals are nocturnal (kangaroo, wallaby, possum).

These are some of the birds that visit my garden - they are not all in the garden all the time but visit regularly.

Magpies (totally different than the English variety).
Magpie larks
Willie wagtails
Grey butcherbirds
Doves - laughting and peaceful
Ravens (crows)
Kookaburra
Rainbow bee eater
Honeyeaters- brown, singing, new holland, wattlebirds
Parrots - Ringnecks, Red-capped
Also in the parrot family -
Easter Rosella's
Pink & Grey Galah's

Flying over regularly we also have members of the parrot family - corella's, white tailed black cockatoo and red tailed black cockatoo (these last 2 are large birds with a wing span of about 50cms or more.

We live near a river so on my walks to the river I see
Black swans
Egrets (great & intermediate
Ibis (sacred)
Cormorants
Darter
Coots
Swamp hens
Dusky moorhen
Grebes - australasian and greater crested
Ducks - black, blue bill,musk,pink eared, shovelers, hardhead, Australian shelduck
plus all the birds I see in my garden.
As for animals in the garden -
We don't have hedgehogs in Australia - although we have echinas ( a hedgehog like mammal)
As far as I know there are no wild animals that visit our garden. We have small lizards, and bobtail goanna's. Never seen a snake (in my garden) only once in 20 years have I seen a dugite (snake) near the river. We of course have plenty of insects (who doesn't). And yes Aust. has plenty of redback spiders, but I never give them a thought except when I lift a pot plant under the rim !!! good place for redbacks.
So you can see why we love visiting South Africa (Kruger in particular) for the wonderful animal life.

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Re: Wildlife in your garden

Unread postby Jock » Sun Aug 18, 2013 10:43 am

So my camera has been busy and I have a few more pictures to share with you on wildlife in my big garden.

A rainbow lorikeet

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A wombat with a bad case of mange, which is apparently a very common condition. The vet nurse in me wanted to go over to him and help him out, but I doubt he would be happy with that.

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A European red fox, the quality is not great but it was taken under lights. This fox comes to visit me every night and enjoys the bugs that are attracted by the lights.

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An Eastern Rosella stretching his wings. They are very hard to get close too so please I have finally managed to get a half decent picture.

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And lastly a hare was found out during the day.

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Re: Wildlife in your garden

Unread postby Hugh » Sun Aug 18, 2013 10:49 am

Jock lovely to see the birdies and creatures from the otherside of the Indian ocean
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Re: Wildlife in your garden

Unread postby Oumie » Sun Aug 25, 2013 3:53 pm

This morning I heard a strange bird call.... :hmz: went outside and saw This Black Sparrowhawk was sitting in my neighbour’s tree watching the other birds feeding on our bird feeder tray…
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The birds feeding on the tray suddenly saw it and all fled into the bushes and trees till mister flew away.
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Re: Wildlife in your garden

Unread postby Jock » Sun Sep 08, 2013 5:39 pm

Wow Oumie, that is just beautiful.

So keeping me company tonight is this Australian Masked Owl who has taken to sitting on one of the foals to the foaling pens, watching the new arrivals appear.

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Re: Wildlife in your garden

Unread postby Carol g » Sun Sep 08, 2013 6:18 pm

Lovely owl watching over the goings on Jock :gflower:
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Re: Wildlife in your garden

Unread postby Elsa » Sun Nov 10, 2013 7:01 pm

Thanks for the lovely pics of the wildlife Jock, so interesting to see birds and animals from across the world. :clap:

Here are a few we have taken over the past few weeks!

First up a very pretty moth sitting by our back door.

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and the Reedfrog we found sitting on a leaf, really a pretty one.

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and a special sunset we had one night seen from our front veranda.

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This morning we had a Scrub Hare on our veranda, but unfortunately by the time I came too, it had moved on so SO only got to see it but didn't get a pic as they are very skittish and it would have fled if he had moved closer.
So he just enjoyed it from a distance but it did leave little muddy footprints behind. :wink:
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Re: Wildlife in your garden

Unread postby moobox » Sun Nov 10, 2013 7:30 pm

Sorry it's not my garden. My golf course, not too far away from my garden. And about two months ago.
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Re: Wildlife in your garden

Unread postby Goronta » Sun Feb 16, 2014 6:45 pm

A regular visitor in my garden


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Re: Wildlife in your garden

Unread postby Goronta » Sun Feb 16, 2014 7:37 pm

A second shot :D
We're lucky to keep the red squirrel in our forests and not the grey one,an invader and a real killer !

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