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Natures Special Moments

Discussion in 'Off Topic' started by David H, Aug 12, 2019.

  1. Ninga

    Ninga Well-Known Member

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    I didn’t know they existed until quite recently either TeeBee but was we’re all very excited they chose our garden to visit.:) Shows that the native flora really attracts some amazing creatures. Stay tuned... more pics to follow. ;)
     
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  2. Ninga

    Ninga Well-Known Member

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    That’s cool Mark! No European V‘s Aussie bee blues in the garden. :D
     
  3. Grantus

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    And here I was, thinking all bees were yellow & black......... cheers for the education Chrissy! :)
     
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  4. Ninga

    Ninga Well-Known Member

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    Thought my eyes were playing tricks on me the first time I saw it Grant. :)
     
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  5. KahunaKombi

    KahunaKombi Super Moderator Staff Member

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    Truly amazing the colours that adorn many of our little friends :D

    We have some small wrens that come to get nectar from the miniature Bird of Paradise - they're too fast to snap a picture of but yesterday afternoon one lands on the window sill while I'm on the computer :eek: checked himself in the window (reflection) "Good looking Dude" then off he flew :)
     
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  6. wirrah

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    Here you go! Lipotriches australica resting in our front yard.

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  7. wirrah

    wirrah Well-Known Member

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    And your EU spec honey bee making her way through the grevillea.

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  8. oldman

    oldman Super Moderator Staff Member

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    My bees aren’t EU !
    They were born and raised in Oberon :rolleyes:
    Cheers,
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  9. wirrah

    wirrah Well-Known Member

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    Méthode traditionnelle then.
     
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  10. Nozza

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    OK, I've become obsessed by sea urchins - looking for them on the morning walk, trying to collect.
    Yesterday I found these things in my search.

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    No idea what it is, maybe a smashed up abelone or something.

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    Other side is a shell.

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    Found a couple of them, other shells growing on them.

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    Maybe part of a cuttlefish?
    But today paddling I spotted a live one in the water that appeared to be moving.

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    Only the size of the thing I found on the beach.
    Consulted the mailing list of my daily blog with no response.
    Anyone know what they are?
     
  11. Subdub67

    Subdub67 Well-Known Member

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    Minnie Waters NSW Camping on the beach, sun about to rise :)
     
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  12. wirrah

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    I'm only making a guess as it's difficult to tell without seeing them for real. To me it looks like sea squirts (urochordate/tunicate) that have attached themselves to a vacant shell that was stuck somewhere then dislodged. But then they are sedentary so you wouldn't see them moving around.

    But I only did one year of Zoology...
     
  13. oldman

    oldman Super Moderator Staff Member

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    Agree with Greg.....if he’s referring to cunji , or cunjevoi....?
    They cut the 5hit out of your feet when scrambling off a rock shelf, entering the surf on a big day.....
    Our kids used to have fun on calm days, by putting pressure on the top of the creature and causing a vigorous squirt of sea water ....common way that coastal kids (and adults) amuse themselves :rolleyes:
    Cheers,
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  14. Nozza

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    Not sure, and surprised I have never noticed them before.
    Not a foot hurting shell, not sharp, and only shell on one side.
    But apparent moving may have been ripples on the water from above
     
  15. oldman

    oldman Super Moderator Staff Member

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    ...they are prolific on the rocks down here......fishos cut the top, dense part away from the shell base to reveal a meaty centre and use it for bait. Wonder if it’s the same critter.....?
    https://australianmuseum.net.au/learn/animals/sea-squirts/cunjevoi/

    Cheers,
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  16. wirrah

    wirrah Well-Known Member

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    Yes cunjevoi are a tunicate. Lots of different forms of sea squirts though. Plenty of variety to choose from!
     
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  17. Nozza

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    Sea urchin hunt continues almost become an obsession.
    Been looking for urchins with no luck - been pretty wild onshores with high tides.
    Today I found a broken bit with the spines still intact.
    The urchin name came from an old word for hedgehogs - now I can see why.

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  18. David H

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    Love the sunsets the cooler months bring:). Almost like it's trying to warm things up;)
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    Cheers
     
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