What invaders visit your garden?

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I have just put up a new Blog of a regular invader to our garden.

This link will take you to my Blog

What regular invaders visits you?


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Reply By: OzzieCruiser - Friday, Nov 20, 2020 at 12:49

Friday, Nov 20, 2020 at 12:49
Amazing - I guess you have to be a special member of this forum to put up some posts - not having a go at you Stephen but a while back I put up a similar post about the possums that invade my place and the Forum quickly pulled it down and I got a terse email as it supposedly broke the off topic rule and you can only post about 4wds, Caravaning, Touring, Camping etc.

I hope your post stays up , even if it breaks the rules, as I will be able to contribute some stuff on my possum family and my new clutch of Crimson Rosellas doing well in my nest box.

No Brown Snakes this year but also the Blue Tongues have not been around when usually I have about 10 around my house and living under my front step.
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Follow Up By: Member - David M (SA) - Friday, Nov 20, 2020 at 13:09

Friday, Nov 20, 2020 at 13:09
I learnt my lesson when I posted about a wombat Ozzie. Never again. :)
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Follow Up By: Stephen L (Clare) SA - Friday, Nov 20, 2020 at 13:15

Friday, Nov 20, 2020 at 13:15
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Follow Up By: Stephen L (Clare) SA - Friday, Nov 20, 2020 at 13:20

Friday, Nov 20, 2020 at 13:20
Not sure if you received my reply,

I has been removed by the mod team
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Follow Up By: OzzieCruiser - Friday, Nov 20, 2020 at 14:19

Friday, Nov 20, 2020 at 14:19
You need to be smarter than that :-)
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Follow Up By: axle - Friday, Nov 20, 2020 at 19:38

Friday, Nov 20, 2020 at 19:38
We have got Tojo parrots, Nissan Frogs, and mitsubishi, pigeons in our garden !, all doing well.




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Follow Up By: Banjo (WA) - Saturday, Nov 21, 2020 at 19:24

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Reply By: OzzieCruiser - Friday, Nov 20, 2020 at 14:32

Friday, Nov 20, 2020 at 14:32
Here are some of mine.



Two weeks later


Three weeks after the last pic - click on the pic
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Follow Up By: Stephen L (Clare) SA - Friday, Nov 20, 2020 at 14:46

Friday, Nov 20, 2020 at 14:46
Wow, that’s fantastic and it would be so special to see that.

Did you make your own nesting box?
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Follow Up By: OzzieCruiser - Friday, Nov 20, 2020 at 21:24

Friday, Nov 20, 2020 at 21:24
Mum and Dad having breakfast

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Follow Up By: Stephen L (Clare) SA - Friday, Nov 20, 2020 at 21:32

Friday, Nov 20, 2020 at 21:32
That’s so beautiful
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Reply By: b1b - Friday, Nov 20, 2020 at 15:35

Friday, Nov 20, 2020 at 15:35
Guess this post will be moderated but i can at least try.
This forum is called ExplorOz. Does that mean we can't talk and share photos of our magnificent Aussie wildlife, I've seen photos of wildflowers, etc etc, by moderating SL's post is a load of politically incorrect crap.
Bad enough that we can't have Friday Funnies and Doug T's Sunday History Lesson, I understand but won't agree with the reasons. Thank you Stephen and Ozziecruiser. Please keep trying to post your work.
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Follow Up By: b1b - Friday, Nov 20, 2020 at 15:39

Friday, Nov 20, 2020 at 15:39
also just thought of invaders in your garden, have a look at Minton Farm's Facebook page. Wiil admit to being involved as a volunteer. Simply heartbreaking.
that's two moderations, no 4W driving, camping, etc mentions. I'm probably going to be exorcised forever. oh bugger, that religion i've just mentioned, Three moderations
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Follow Up By: Stephen L (Clare) SA - Friday, Nov 20, 2020 at 15:48

Friday, Nov 20, 2020 at 15:48
Thanks for the support b1b, but unfortunately I don’t think I am going to post anymore, it’s getting beyond a joke.

Exploring Australia is about experiencing all aspects of Australia, and I thought Australian possums, native birds are all part of our great nation and part of our freedom to get out and about and post our personal experiences.

From what it now looks like, the site is being controlled by China and you can not speak freely.

All the best

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Reply By: ModSquad - Friday, Nov 20, 2020 at 15:49

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Folks,

We have received a suggestion that discussion of native flora and fauna be included as "on-topic".

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Follow Up By: b1b - Friday, Nov 20, 2020 at 18:53

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Dear Mod Squad - you have received a suggestion that discussion of native flora and fauna be included as "on-topic". Well good on you, this used to be an informative chat room of just about anything involving the great Australian Outback and not so remote areas. And also the great Australian dream of investigating and sharing the posters adventures,
Let's see what develops, eh ?
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Reply By: B1B2 - Friday, Nov 20, 2020 at 16:41

Friday, Nov 20, 2020 at 16:41
All I have is - and it's not on the toilet seat. It has the most haphazard web, but seems to be collecting enough tucker.

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Reply By: George_M - Friday, Nov 20, 2020 at 20:46

Friday, Nov 20, 2020 at 20:46
All very cute.

...until I was late home one day and they'd shredded the fly-screens over the kitchen windows trying to get in for a feed.

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Follow Up By: Stephen L (Clare) SA - Friday, Nov 20, 2020 at 20:56

Friday, Nov 20, 2020 at 20:56
What a special relationship you must have with them George, that is so special.
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Follow Up By: Bazooka - Friday, Nov 20, 2020 at 22:04

Friday, Nov 20, 2020 at 22:04
I'd swear that was Ricky Ponting enjoying the company of some jackasses George.
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Reply By: Ozi M - Friday, Nov 20, 2020 at 21:20

Friday, Nov 20, 2020 at 21:20
Last year about now, we were feeding this little monster after he fell out of the nest on a windy day.

The photos are one month apart

It was a lot of work but so much fun, he had so much character.

He was released into the wild by the local birdman in an area known to have healthy flock of satin bower birds
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Reply By: OzzieCruiser - Friday, Nov 20, 2020 at 21:38

Friday, Nov 20, 2020 at 21:38
My little mate :-)





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Follow Up By: Stephen L (Clare) SA - Friday, Nov 20, 2020 at 22:12

Friday, Nov 20, 2020 at 22:12
We have 2 possums that visit our place and I have been able to hand feed it a couple of times
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Follow Up By: Bazooka - Friday, Nov 20, 2020 at 23:45

Friday, Nov 20, 2020 at 23:45
Girl or boy Ozzie? Looks like the former. Certainly well-fed. Have had ongoing "relationships" (friendly) with a few generations of these critters. They're quite friendly when you get to know them.

A while back one got evicted from the box I made her by a swarm of bees - which proceeded to then fill the box with honeycomb over the next few days. Amazingly quick home builders "our" honey bees. Eventually an apiarist (#2) arrived to take the whole lot away. About 2 years earlier we had a swarm hanging off a large bush in the backyard and had another bee bloke box them up for one of his hives. After I told apiarist (#2) that story he said they'd probably be back next year and sure enough some scouts (maybe 40 or 50 ) turned up and tried to occupy the new possum box. I just happened to hear a lot of bashing about in the box and saw what was happening so put a misty spray on them. Took a while but they eventually gave up and we haven't seen any since. Possum wasn't pleased and abandoned the box for a few days.

Here's one for Stephen. Last night I heard a noise like a possum feeding in the bottle brush tree at front so went to investigate. Something had been chopping off the flowers - including, sadly for the wattle birds, semi-opened ones - and leaving a mess on the driveway. I'd blamed mischievous parrots as possums tend to lick the flowers not chew them off (as much). Anyway, found nothing so wandered around the back where we have two more thick bottlebrush trees and as I waved the torch about I heard this whoomp whoomp whoomp and saw a large bat wing disappearing into the night. Seems we're a feed station for a lone (thank heavens) flying fox. He/she was back tonight - as were 3 possums chasing each other along the back fence. It's all go in the burbs.
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Follow Up By: GarryR - Saturday, Nov 21, 2020 at 07:26

Saturday, Nov 21, 2020 at 07:26
We have mum and baby brush tail possum that live in the garage. At night, the pair come inside through the cat flap, go up stairs to the kitchen and take an apple out of the basket on the floor to eat. When they are full they then return through the cat flap and do their own thing. This is almost a nightly activity, and the dog and cat do not worry about them, and treat them as part of the family. We also have a ring tailed possum that lives just outside the bedroom window, and it comes down and eats the cat biscuits on the bedroom verandah.
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Follow Up By: Stephen L (Clare) SA - Saturday, Nov 21, 2020 at 08:46

Saturday, Nov 21, 2020 at 08:46
Bazooka

That sounds great great and to have your new Flying Fox visitor is very special indeed.

Garry

Having your extra mini family sounds very special and good to hear they enjoy their safe home.

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Follow Up By: Bazooka - Sunday, Nov 22, 2020 at 21:02

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Seems I owe the flying fox(es) mentioned in my post above an apology. Two nights in a row one visited the front yard bottlebrush, last night three of its mates joined the party, and yet there was very little damage the next morning. This afternoon I came home and found two sulphur-crested white cockies in the tree and a whole mess of newly-clipped flowers on the drive. Prima facie I found them guilty of wanton damage and their sentence was immediate, if temporary, banishment. One of them showed his scorn by alighting on a neighbour's bb bush over the road!
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Reply By: Erad - Saturday, Nov 21, 2020 at 08:05

Saturday, Nov 21, 2020 at 08:05
We have a Coel. We are yet to see the damned bird. Apparently they fly in from a long way away overseas and lay their eggs in other bird's nests and let the other birds rear them as their own. That budging activity is bad enough, but they have this annoying whistle. It is like a small child and it goes on and on and on and on and on - all bl--dy day. They seem to move around to different trees. Last night, one was still going at 10:30 at night, having started up at 04:00 hrs in the morning. They never stop. A few years ago, we went for a break to Ulladulla, on the NSW South Coast, and the bl--dy things were there as well. A friend who lives in town went to Singapore for a few months and they were there as well. Anyone got a cat they can lend us?

I shouldn't complain really. I lived and worked in SE Asia for many years, and what I found particularly noticeable was the lack of bird life. In the middle of the jungle beside the River Kwai, not a sound, not a movement of any animals at all. Sterile. The same the highlands of Central Java, the highlands of Northern Malaysia. Australia has such a magnificent range of fauna, and although some of the larger ones tend to jump out in front of your car, we are really a blessed country.
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Follow Up By: Member - Jim S1 - Saturday, Nov 21, 2020 at 08:49

Saturday, Nov 21, 2020 at 08:49
Isn't the Coel also what we call a Storm Bird ? Their arrival must coincide with the summer storm season.

We plant native shrubs and have enjoyed the visiting native birds for many years.

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Follow Up By: Stephen L (Clare) SA - Saturday, Nov 21, 2020 at 08:50

Saturday, Nov 21, 2020 at 08:50
Sounds very special Erad and enjoy your new friend, as you never know when it might go
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Follow Up By: gke - Saturday, Nov 21, 2020 at 13:05

Saturday, Nov 21, 2020 at 13:05
Yes a Koel is also called a Storm Bird. A shy green bird like a baby crying could be a Catbird.
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Follow Up By: Erad - Saturday, Nov 21, 2020 at 20:24

Saturday, Nov 21, 2020 at 20:24
No, this is nothing like a crying baby. it is a clear whistle, like a 10 year old kid. Right now, 8:15 pm and it is dark, it is just ramping up for its nightly crescendo, having been 'quietly' whistling away all day. Everyone around here complains about it. We have never seen it - WE ONLY HEAR IT! And then, during the day, the crows caw on and off thoughout the day. Their cawing really grates after a while. Gee - I am grumpy these days....

As I said earlier, We shouldn't complain because we have such a magnificent assortment of birds and other wildlife, and we really appreciate them. We live below a nature reserve and when there is bad weather, all the birds come down into our garden for shelter and some nectar from our native bushes. It is beautiful to share with them. JUST GET THAT DAMNED COEL OUT OF HERE......

The house next door used to have a tree which was twice as high as our roof, and over shadowing it as well. There was a family of possums which used to take great delight in playing in the tree a night, about once a week falling from the tree onto our roof. BANG at 2:30 am. Luckily, the tree was removed. I don't know where the possums went, but we still have the males fighting each other in our front yard at night. I love this country and our locality in particular. Not the coel though....
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Follow Up By: Batt's - Sunday, Nov 22, 2020 at 14:31

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I've always liked the call of the storm birds it can go on well into the night but still enjoy it they only visit once a year
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Reply By: Member - Outback Gazz - Saturday, Nov 21, 2020 at 10:15

Saturday, Nov 21, 2020 at 10:15
Couple of the sleepy's on my property -


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Follow Up By: Stephen L (Clare) SA - Saturday, Nov 21, 2020 at 10:22

Saturday, Nov 21, 2020 at 10:22
How very special Gazz.

It reminds my of a clip years ago when the late Malcolm Douglas when Blue Tongue lizards walked into his camp. He picked it up and it gladly ate some fruit salad that Malcolm was eating.
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Follow Up By: Member - Outback Gazz - Saturday, Nov 21, 2020 at 11:38

Saturday, Nov 21, 2020 at 11:38
G'day Stephen

I've got a few acres outside of Murray Bridge and have about a dozen sleepy's that wander around the house. I have been leaving old fruit for them since I moved here and now the older ones know that I won't harm them and they can get a feed they often wait at the glass sliding door for food. There are about six of them that will eat from my hands but the younger ones are still very cautious and only eat what is on the ground.

Bring out the soft juicy strawberries on a very hot day and the older ones will walk up my hand to get to them. I even had a couple of them on their hind legs waving their front legs in the air for more. The cheeky buggers often get into my veggie garden and eat the cherry tomatoes that fall to the ground or grab the low lying ones.

Also have three sand goannas living along my drive - dad is about 1100mm long - mum is about 900mm and junior is now about 600mm. Have also seen a couple bearded dragons running around here.

The missus isn't overly keen on the goannas but they just run away when you get too close.


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Follow Up By: birdnerd - Saturday, Nov 21, 2020 at 11:56

Saturday, Nov 21, 2020 at 11:56
Wow, you are so lucky. What a joy to be able to live with these guys and get so close. Are they Shinglebacks? They are just beautiful...
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Follow Up By: Member - Outback Gazz - Saturday, Nov 21, 2020 at 12:34

Saturday, Nov 21, 2020 at 12:34
Depending on what part of this big brown land you live - they can be called Shinglebacks, Stumpy-tailed or here in SA we call them sleepy lizards.

I'm not into lizards but just happy to have them on my property as they are harmless.

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Reply By: OzzieCruiser - Saturday, Nov 21, 2020 at 13:29

Saturday, Nov 21, 2020 at 13:29
Some more visitors









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Follow Up By: Stephen L (Clare) SA - Saturday, Nov 21, 2020 at 14:32

Saturday, Nov 21, 2020 at 14:32
More great visitors, but you can keep the bees...thank you.....lol

Did you know that bees kill more Australians each year than any other animal attack, including, sharks, snakes, box jellyfish and other Australian wildlife.


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Follow Up By: OzzieCruiser - Saturday, Nov 21, 2020 at 15:51

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The bees mug my house each October long weekend - they get into the wall cavity but after a day or so they move on. A bee guy said that at one stage they must have had a hive in the walls and when they become active after winter each year when a new queen is looking to set up house the drones can smell the old honey and come to check it out.

Any way this year after checking the house out they, they descended on that bottle brush in the backyard - spotted them while mowing the lawn and I can tell you bees do not like lawnmowers.

They stayed for two days and then literally in 10 secs the whole lot took to the air and took off - I think they went next door and set up a hive in a wine barrel that the neighbour uses as a table on his veranda for "vertical drinking" - that is SA police commissioner talk for standing up while having a beers. I spotted the neighbour last week getting all agitated with something in the hole in the side of the barrel so I assumed he was having a barney with the bees in his barrel.
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Follow Up By: GarryR - Saturday, Nov 21, 2020 at 16:45

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Don't knock our bees - as they say no bees no food, as we rely on them to pollinate our fruit and veg. Judy and I are also hobby apiarist's with 13 hive's in our backyard. That's a lovely small swarm that Judy loves collecting. Yes we get stung a few times, but in the long run it's all worth it. Last year we only took half the honey, and left the other half for the bees. I didn't feel like hand feeding bees over winter, and we still managed to get 52kg. It enough to keep the family and friends supplied for a while
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Reply By: Ozi M - Saturday, Nov 21, 2020 at 17:09

Saturday, Nov 21, 2020 at 17:09
We live on two acres, we have been here for 20 years and taken lots of local wildlife photos, this is our favourite photo
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Follow Up By: Stephen L (Clare) SA - Saturday, Nov 21, 2020 at 17:20

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That is so cute and very special.

You are indeed very lucky to have them at your place
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Reply By: Genny - Saturday, Nov 21, 2020 at 21:28

Saturday, Nov 21, 2020 at 21:28
These are a few of my favourite things!



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Great set of photos Genny
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Reply By: Michael H9 - Sunday, Nov 22, 2020 at 06:32

Sunday, Nov 22, 2020 at 06:32
You have to be very careful feeding wildlife as it can do more harm than good. Attracting a lot of birds and animals gathers them together into a single point where if a sick one visits for an easy feed, they all get it. We found this out to our dismay quite a few years ago. We get a lot of cockys, rosellas, king parrots, lorikeets, kookaburras etc into our garden and we really play hard ball about giving them food anymore because its bad for them. And cockys get really destructive and become like the wild party guest who won't go home. BTW, can anyone tell the difference between cockys? I'm buggered if I can unless they've got a deformity or injury. They all look identical to me.
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Follow Up By: GarryR - Sunday, Nov 22, 2020 at 08:26

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Hi Micheal, what do you mean by the difference between cocky's, ie types of cocky, or sex of such. We have many types of cocky's here at home eg, Sulphur Crested, Yellowtailed Black, Gang Gangs, Galah's and Corrella's that come and go pending the time of season. A good example is the Yellow tailed Black cocky that comes in early November for about 2 weeks, then again at the end of February for about the same time. The love stripping the Hakea's around the property.Could you please enlighten me about the difference. You can tell the difference between male and female mainly by the colour of their eyes. The males have a very dark to black eye compared to a brownish, reddish colour for the female
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Follow Up By: Michael H9 - Monday, Nov 23, 2020 at 18:16

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Most people I know assume a sulphur crested cockatoo if you just say cocky. It's too complex for most cockys to mimic if you say scratch sulphur crested cocky to most birds I've met.
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Reply By: Member - McLaren3030 - Sunday, Nov 22, 2020 at 08:22

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We have two and sometimes three koala that stay with us for a few days at a time. This is at our our property near Apollo Bay in Victoria. There are a few blue gums around, so they swap trees every few days. Can be quite noisy at night. We have even had them walk along the veranda as well, even though the house is a fair distance from the trees.

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Reply By: Member - Jim S1 - Sunday, Nov 22, 2020 at 09:12

Sunday, Nov 22, 2020 at 09:12
Koalas ........ reminds me of a funny incident when we were walking and came across a koala wandering towards
us. He kept coming until he realised we were there , and rapidly headed for the nearest tree. Problem was it was a thin bush, not more than 3m high, and he was left rather stranded on a very bent over branch as we walked on by smiling.

We have just had our first corellas here feasting on our cyprus. Our lawn regularly gets carpeted with the leftovers. Many years ago, while watching them, I noticed one that was very different, and sure enough it was a long-billed corella ..... a very long way from home.

Not really supposed to have corellas of any sort here on the Gold Coast, but we've been visited most years for decades.

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Reply By: Batt's - Sunday, Nov 22, 2020 at 10:42

Sunday, Nov 22, 2020 at 10:42
My story about Invaders in my yard is an irresponsable neighbors cat trying to kill wild life like birds that are the visitors on their annual migration cycle as the op's headline asks about. Currently I have a pair of Rainbow Bee Eaters nesting underground with chicks and have a neighbors cat trying to dig them up to kill them. I logged a complaint a few weeks ago with with some follow up complaints to the Mackay council who have visited the cats owner with little result in stopping the cat. So I expect the invader "the cat" will ultimately kill the birds.

I was told I could hire a cat trap refundable $80 but I have to pay for my own fuel for the 4 trips needed to pick up and return the trap. I believe the cats ower should be responsable for any costs involved the council didn't want to go there no big supprise there.

I expect this may be sadly deleted because a name was mentioned but some people may get to read it before this happens.

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Follow Up By: Bushranger1 - Sunday, Nov 22, 2020 at 11:19

Sunday, Nov 22, 2020 at 11:19
G'day,
Rainbow Bee Eaters are very special birds.
We seek them out to photograph when they nest in the bushland near home.
We have many different birds that visit & live on our remote conservation property. We have many nest boxes & old hollow trees that are used by lots of different birds & mammals.
Dumped feral cats are a huge problem & we have purchased our own cat traps as part of our management plan.
Due to its remoteness the solution for the captured moggies is "Deep hydro therapy".

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Reply By: Kenell - Sunday, Nov 22, 2020 at 11:11

Sunday, Nov 22, 2020 at 11:11
We made a tree change last year and now enjoy a plethora of wildlife around us and on our property. Kangaroos, echidnas, wombats, ringtail possums, kookas, wedge tail eagles, wood ducks and my personal favourite king parrots.

We also have wots and wots of wascally wabbits. Please let me know if you want some wabbit skins to make a hat or something. You can have as many as you want as long as you don't mind the little varmints still wearing them. My old man used to call them underground mutton. I am sure to attract the attention of the mod squad if I relate what I call them.
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Follow Up By: Member - Jim S1 - Sunday, Nov 22, 2020 at 11:34

Sunday, Nov 22, 2020 at 11:34
I once watched enthralled as a family of ducklings came tumbling down from their nesting tree onto the golf course, and were then led straight to the nearby water by mum and dad. Not sure if he parents booted them or if they just jumped.
Little fluffy balls just landed with a light bounce and off they went.

Cheers
Jim
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Follow Up By: Frank P (NSW) - Sunday, Nov 22, 2020 at 12:13

Sunday, Nov 22, 2020 at 12:13
Further to the duck/duckling theme, Jim,

I used to work in the control tower at Bankstown, which overlooked not only the airfield, but the golf course behind which had a dam just inside the boundary fence, across the road from the tower.

One day during a lull in traffic I watched a family of ducks being harassed by a rather fat Labrador being exercised in the golf course.

One parent kept watch over the brood, the other pretended a broken wing and enticed the dog to chase it. Of course, it kept ahead and, maintaining its act, went into the dam where it continued to flap about in the water.

The dog went in, as I supppose a Labrador would, but could not keep up and started going under. Owner had to leap in to save it and when that was done, broken-wing went back to the brood and continued doing what duck do.

They're clever, those ducks - cleverer it seems than man's best friend, and perhaps it's owner. At least on this occasion.
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Follow Up By: axle - Sunday, Nov 22, 2020 at 14:44

Sunday, Nov 22, 2020 at 14:44
Good looking king parrot there Kenell, the males have that dominating yellow on their wings.


How times change, years and years ago our family used to make a living out of vegetable growing and during the winter months when the peas where on the king parrots were our biggest enemy. , flocks of thirty or forty could destroy a crop within days, so managing the situation with a rifle was the most effective way
of control. Would be hard to bring myself to do it now!.

Cheers Axle.
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Follow Up By: nick g1 - Tuesday, Nov 24, 2020 at 07:59

Tuesday, Nov 24, 2020 at 07:59
On the ducks and dog theme;-
We had a dam on our property that ducks would breed on so one day l went up there to find mother duck with 4 chicks swimming about. I had our mini foxy dog with me and he spotted the ducks and jumped in and proceeded to swim about chasing them. The mother flew off, which l thought was odd, but it turned out she had confidence in her little ducklings. They where too young to fly but they paddled around furiously with dog dog paddling behind them. They then all split up and the dog picked one and paddled after that one. He was gaining on it and just when he was about to get it, and l was thinking the poor duck, it dived underwater! The dog was totally confused with head going every which way looking for it
It spotted another duckling and paddled for that only for the exact same thing to happen again! This went on for 15mins and l called my kids up to watch the show. We eventually had to call the dog out of the water, which it did, and proceded to pant and fall asleep in exortion. No duckling was hurt and the dog learnt a lesson. Its one of my and my kids favourite memories of our time at that place!
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Reply By: B1B2 - Sunday, Nov 22, 2020 at 14:48

Sunday, Nov 22, 2020 at 14:48
G'day All,
The possums were nested in the scroll of my rear roller door, which I never used much, BUT when I did it spun them around a bit. So one took up residence in my fern,
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Follow Up By: Stephen L (Clare) SA - Sunday, Nov 22, 2020 at 16:16

Sunday, Nov 22, 2020 at 16:16
That looks so cute
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Reply By: Member -Pinko (NSW) - Sunday, Nov 22, 2020 at 20:09

Sunday, Nov 22, 2020 at 20:09
Living is a journey,it depends on where you go !
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