Things got a bit hot in latte town today.

Submitted: Monday, Jan 11, 2010 at 21:52
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The temperature gauge in the Prado has always proved to be very accurate.

At 4pm it indicated 46 degrees where I live. After arriving home I inspected the gauge under the tree and it read the same value.

Out the back yard I fill up a large bowl of water for the birds, and they usually scatter when I come out of the house. Not this time.

There must have been 50 birds waiting for a drink. The reason being is because we are in a sand belt with little top water.

Within 15 minutes, two litres of water was finished, and I had to go out and top it up again.

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Kim

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Reply By: Brian Purdue - Monday, Jan 11, 2010 at 22:19

Monday, Jan 11, 2010 at 22:19
it is nice to find someone who is prepared to do things for our wildlife. Too many are only interested in destroying it. I am no "greenie" but I do like wildlife.
With my best wishes
Brian Purdue
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Follow Up By: Honky - Tuesday, Jan 12, 2010 at 09:29

Tuesday, Jan 12, 2010 at 09:29
Some years ago when a property near Cobar was converted to a national park the National Park Workers filled in all the dams because they where not part of the natural landscape.
This was told to me by a farmer who had a property next door who had to continually fix fences which where being destroyed by animals trying to get to their dams.

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Follow Up By: Brian Purdue - Tuesday, Jan 12, 2010 at 11:53

Tuesday, Jan 12, 2010 at 11:53
Honky, when I was at Exmouth in the late 1960's the government took over Yardie Creek Station and made it a national park. Now Yardie Creek was an "old established sheep station" and watering points were important to sustain sheep and the odd kangaroo and emu which roamed the property. The first thing the good 'ole ranger did was cut off the windmills and razed a heritage listed stone water tank. It was pitiful to see kangaroos out in the ocean trying to exist on salt water.
That is one of the reasons I am not a "greenie". They are all talk and no brains. Where are they when there are bush fires? Home in the airconditioning with a soft drink in their hands. Green my "royal Irish", wankers for sure - that is if they have anything to wank.
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Follow Up By: Mudripper - Tuesday, Jan 12, 2010 at 15:30

Tuesday, Jan 12, 2010 at 15:30
Brian Purdue,

Agree 100% with your view of the greenies!
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Follow Up By: get outmore - Tuesday, Jan 12, 2010 at 17:32

Tuesday, Jan 12, 2010 at 17:32
The DEC do that to converted stations here in WA as well.

and sorry I agree with it. otherwise you just let the station continue to breed ferrals which includes the excess roos and emus as well as ferral sheep and goats which the good old cockie has been breeding over the years overgrazing the fragile landscape
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Follow Up By: Brian Purdue - Tuesday, Jan 12, 2010 at 17:43

Tuesday, Jan 12, 2010 at 17:43
Strange thing "get outmore" I always had the understanding that Exmouth was in WA.
Mr. LeFroy mustered all the sheep and sold them before he moved.
Excess roos and emus "ferrals"? Strange thing that too I always had the understanding that they were natural in Western Australia.
You have not been on the sauce bottle so early in the day have you?
I clearly stated that the wonderboys from DEC had cut off the water points and smashed a stonewall watertank that was "heritage listed"
No water not only for livestock but for the emus and kangaroos that had been using those facilities for many, many years.
You sure you are not a "greenie"?
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Follow Up By: Bob of KAOS - Wednesday, Jan 13, 2010 at 07:56

Wednesday, Jan 13, 2010 at 07:56
Brian Purdue

I support Bush Hertage Australia.

An alternative is the Australian Wildlife Conservancy.

Between them huge tracts of bush are being returned to their natural state.

We buy up properties that have been grazed etc and rehabilitate them.

Eradicating feral animals (camels, goats, cats, dogs, stray cattle) is one of the major tasks.

Have a look at the site. A progressive thinker like you might want to contribute. Better still, leave a bequest. Hopefully before too long the environment will benefit from your passing.

Bob
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Follow Up By: Brian Purdue - Wednesday, Jan 13, 2010 at 09:12

Wednesday, Jan 13, 2010 at 09:12
Bob, I am with you 100%, perhaps with one exception. Over the past 100 years or so the pastoralists have established watering points for stock. These should be maintained as the wildlife has become used to drinking at such places. I ofter sit and watch the birds come in for their daily requirement and it would be a shame that they should perish for what may appear to be man's lack of forethought.

Some of the remaing buildings could/should be retained for interested CONSERVATIONISTS (not greenies) to camp. The derilect buidings should be quietly destroyed.

The ferals, yes get rid of them, Cats, dogs, camels (23,000,000 of them?) goats. Although some aspects could be explored. Take camels for instance, Camels cannot go days and days without water. Where are the camels getting water at such places as north-west of Alice Springs? There must be more water in Australia than ordinary people know.

I will look at your site and, hopefully, others will as well. Maybe you could start a thread and promote more discussion. This thread has, I think, run it's course.

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Brian (historiwa@hotmail.com)
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Follow Up By: get outmore - Wednesday, Jan 13, 2010 at 09:42

Wednesday, Jan 13, 2010 at 09:42
i said excess roos and emus - which refers to more than the natural holding ability of the land. With the artificial introduction of water it allows them to breed to excess and overgraze just as any animal will. Sheep may well have been herded up but you usually get stragglers and wild sheep arnt uncommon.

Its got nothing to do with being a greenie bu7t these stations are purchesed and returned to nature for a reason - toprovide habitat for our most endangered animals - which arnt roos or emus

both iof which there are now more than pre white man due to ready access of water and pasture.

as for exmouth being in WA the original follow up referred to Cobar -which is not
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Follow Up By: Brian Purdue - Wednesday, Jan 13, 2010 at 11:15

Wednesday, Jan 13, 2010 at 11:15
Get outmore,
You posted on my comment and it was to that that I responded. Had you posted to the original submission I would not have made all the comments that I did.
Maybe you are new to the forum and do not understand the system. If that is so, I do apologise as we all have to learn.

However, I disagree with your comment that "roos or emus" are not endangered. To a point they are nor in some areas in others they are not to be seen. In my post I commented that the dopey ranger cut off all watering points and left the kangaroos to die of thirst after trying to sustain life by drinking sea water.

I sincerely hope that you do not endorse such action. Cull them by shooting, yes, but to have them die a painful death by thirst is diabolical.
Have a good week.
Brian
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Reply By: Best Off Road - Monday, Jan 11, 2010 at 22:21

Monday, Jan 11, 2010 at 22:21
Well my OLD Mate,

A few things have happened since you were a lad.

The Internal Combustion Engine was invented.

Then some years later some dill decided that rather than serving a cup of hot coffee in a cup with a handle, they would serve up some lukewarm, milky swill, pour it into a glass and call it a Latte.

:-)

Jim.

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Follow Up By: Kim and Damn Dog - Monday, Jan 11, 2010 at 22:46

Monday, Jan 11, 2010 at 22:46
Gidday you old fart

We were only talking about that today in an air conditioned pub. I imbibed in two stubbies of light ale which tasted like moderated cats moderated.

When I was young fella, a real man’s mobile phone weighed two Kilograms

A Latta was used to take the polish off the teeth, Italian style. We didn’t give any thought to fancy engines.

LOL you soft old thing.

I'll give you a call

Regards

Kim
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Reply By: Dave B ( BHQ NSW) - Monday, Jan 11, 2010 at 22:23

Monday, Jan 11, 2010 at 22:23
Yeah, about the same where I am Kim, but it makes the beer taste good though.

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Follow Up By: Dave B ( BHQ NSW) - Monday, Jan 11, 2010 at 22:25

Monday, Jan 11, 2010 at 22:25
I meant to put in there that the birds were around my pond frequently today.

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Reply By: Willem - Monday, Jan 11, 2010 at 22:31

Monday, Jan 11, 2010 at 22:31
I stayed in the aircondioning for most of the day. It was a cool 40° here in the sticks


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Follow Up By: Member No 1- Tuesday, Jan 12, 2010 at 08:03

Tuesday, Jan 12, 2010 at 08:03
geez, even we got to 43
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Reply By: Member - Damien L (Cairns) - Monday, Jan 11, 2010 at 22:31

Monday, Jan 11, 2010 at 22:31
G'day Kim, I hope none of the birds were Indian Minors!
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Follow Up By: Kim and Damn Dog - Monday, Jan 11, 2010 at 23:05

Monday, Jan 11, 2010 at 23:05
Most of them were. If only I had a slug gun!

But in sort of heat the manic thoughts are some what deminished.

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Kim
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Follow Up By: Member - Royce- Monday, Jan 11, 2010 at 23:30

Monday, Jan 11, 2010 at 23:30
Hmmm young Indians or Mynas?
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Follow Up By: Member - Damien L (Cairns) - Tuesday, Jan 12, 2010 at 15:03

Tuesday, Jan 12, 2010 at 15:03
Sorry Royce, Definately Mynas. Very bad here in Cairns, they do hurt the the local birdlife.
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Follow Up By: Member - Royce- Tuesday, Jan 12, 2010 at 15:10

Tuesday, Jan 12, 2010 at 15:10
Ah... I'm sorry Damian.... I can't help myself 36 years of teaching.
I have just moved from the hills to near a town [Rosedale Vic]
The Indian Mynas seem to live near towns and the rotten things are into the chook food and pushing aside the local birds.

The local noisy miner is almost at bad apparently. You have to be careful what you encourage sometimes..

Hot again today and a bit humid.
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Reply By: Member - Duncan W (WA) - Tuesday, Jan 12, 2010 at 10:35

Tuesday, Jan 12, 2010 at 10:35
Well here in Perth it was mid 20's almost had to put a jumper on.
Our turn on the weekend.
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Follow Up By: Member - Lionel A (WA) - Tuesday, Jan 12, 2010 at 16:07

Tuesday, Jan 12, 2010 at 16:07
And the crazy thing is Northam, being 45 mins drive East of Perth was 34 degs.

As a rule, we here always add 6-7 degs to Perths temp and are generally spot on.

Cheers.....Lionel.
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Follow Up By: get outmore - Tuesday, Jan 12, 2010 at 17:28

Tuesday, Jan 12, 2010 at 17:28
Its the darling scarp and sea breeze lionel

At about 2pm when the temp is just starting to crank the doctor kicks in meaning perths max is often reached just after midday.

same with thunderstorms. the sea breeze keeps them the other side of the scarp as they build up in the arvos.

I really miss the summer storms in perth
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