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Australian Bush

Discussion in 'Off Topic' started by David H, Dec 2, 2017.

  1. Ninga

    Ninga Well-Known Member

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    They’re just gorgeous, tiny creatures Mark! I’m glad your rescue ended up positive also. Don’t like to see them distressed but it’s so cool being that close to wildlife.
     
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  2. oldman

    oldman Super Moderator Staff Member

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    They are known, in our house, as Godzirra !
    Cheers,
    Mark
     
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  3. Alpal

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  4. tintop

    tintop Well-Known Member

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    some nice Australian bush down at Green Patch (as long as this guys in a good mood)

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  5. David H

    David H Well-Known Member

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    Great show today from this fellow crying out. Gee he was having a big whinge!! Could you good folk identify please.
    The odd part was the bird that was feeding him. 3.JPG 2 (2).JPG 1.JPG
    No ornithologist but guessing that's not mum or dad!
    Cheers
     
  6. oldman

    oldman Super Moderator Staff Member

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    David, that is Channel Bill Cuckoo, sometimes referred to , incorrectly,as a Koel.......mongrel parents lay their eggs amongst Currawong or Magpie eggs ......Host feeds the cuckoo until the cuckoo kills it. Cycle repeated every summer round here...known as a brood parasite.
    If I was allowed to shoot anything, these would be on the top of my list....
    Cheers,
    Mark
     
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  7. melissa

    melissa Administrator Staff Member

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    So are you saying the magpie is feeding it thinking it is it's offspring cause it came out of it's nest?
     
  8. oldman

    oldman Super Moderator Staff Member

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    Exactly what happens Mel.
    Many Maggie chicks die as a result of the parent trying to keep the food up to the needy/greedy cuckoo....the natural offspring slowly starve.....
    Cheers,
    Mark
     
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  9. Barry

    Barry Well-Known Member

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    Just to clarify these are not Koels

    Koels are migratory bird

    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Koel
     
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  10. David H

    David H Well-Known Member

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    Thanks for your identification & education Mark. Don't think this pair had any other chicks so at least they didn't die :)but to think the ba****d will kill the birds that feed him just peeves me off. Ungrateful bugger:(:mad:. I let him know he's not welcome! Gee mother nature can be harsh.
    Are they a native bird?
    Cheers
     
  11. Barry

    Barry Well-Known Member

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    The channel bill would have thrown the eggs / hatchlings out

    Find the best and look on the ground
     
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  12. oldman

    oldman Super Moderator Staff Member

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    No David, not native.......migratory, brood parasites.....
    Cheers,
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  13. Barry

    Barry Well-Known Member

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    Koels to me mean summer is here

    I like them at 5:30 am
     
  14. Grantus

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    Cool new resident has moved in, just outside our front door. :)

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  15. AC-T3

    AC-T3 Well-Known Member

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    Any body following the impacts that the record breaking summer temperature regime has had on our wildlife? For years the focus was on climate change impacts on the higher altitude populations of pygmy possum in Kosciusko National Park. Now the concern and science is more wide spread with flying foxes literally falling from the trees, and other critters being seen at serious risk of extinction in the tropics.

    Is this a result of natural events? Or is it a sign from God that the Ardani coal mine will deliver quite serious and irreversible consequences.

    PS: where is the current concern about the Townsville floods causing siltation and pollution on the Great Barrier Reef?
     
  16. Grantus

    Grantus Well-Known Member

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    I had an interesting conversation with a scientist I respect, over dinner around 5 years ago, when the debate as to whether it was “global warming”, or “climate change” was still current, or if in fact either was a reality.

    His views were that with either, it’s not just a possible 1 or 2 average temperature increase, the problem is that each weather event will be much more severe.

    Currently, we have just had the hottest January since records began, along with the driest winter and spring, and Townsville has also had the highest rainfall ever........ Northern hemisphere is also suffering more extreme cold and snow events.


    Luckily, there are still some reassuring politicians world wide, to assure us there is no such thing as “climate change”, or “global warming”........they should really look out the window, or watch some current world weather reports on TV. :confused:
     
  17. syncro

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    No it has had the highest rainfall on record which we don't have.

    Records are really current affairs.

    Yes climate change is real. We have been having it for millions of years.
     
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  18. David H

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    For Ninga...Blackbutt reserve Newcastle. Must be waiting to steal your food:D (& they do once you've cooked it) IMG_0930 (2).JPG
    One for each day of the week:)
    Cheers
     
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  19. Alpal

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    The whole family. Blackbutt is a nice place for a visit.
     
  20. Ninga

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    That’s magic! Beautiful feathered friends.

    We’ve had a few of our good luck charms visit close to the house over the last week. Something special about a kooka. ;)

    We have also had the privilege of a few Rainbow Bee Eaters visiting! A very pretty call caught my attention one warm afternoon and spotted such a pretty bird. Didn’t get too close for a good photo for fear of scaring it away but thanks to Google, this is what they look like... 96BCF297-57F8-4CD1-863D-71BF0DB935BA.jpeg
     

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