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Re: Meanwhile...back in Australia

Postby OzBiggles1963 » 22 Apr 2018, 09:10

RAAF Spitfire Girl wrote:One of my favourite places, W. Had a lovely hike around Dove Lake many years ago.


Absolutely beautiful! Was very fortunate to visit Cradle Mountain a few yrs ago & again in April 2017...saw wombats & snow for the 1st time, wow!! :D
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Postby OzBiggles1963 » 23 Apr 2018, 07:04

OK, back to the deadly critters, lol. And you thought it was sharks you had to worry about when you go for a swim on the beach in Australia...don't forget about about the dingoes eating sharks while watching deadly snakes fighting in the background! Suit of armour anyone?? :? :shock: :toomuchcoffee:

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Re: Meanwhile...back in Australia

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OzBiggles1963 wrote:OK, back to the deadly critters, lol. And you thought it was sharks you had to worry about when you go for a swim on the beach in Australia...don't forget about about the dingoes eating sharks while watching deadly snakes fighting in the background! Suit of armour anyone?? :? :shock: :toomuchcoffee:

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Re: Meanwhile...back in Australia

Postby OzBiggles1963 » 23 Apr 2018, 08:31

Indubitably, lol. Actually, I was wondering what kind of unknown sea monster or "stinger surprise" has killed the shark, which then washed up on the shore for the dingo to mung on... ;)
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Re: Meanwhile...back in Australia

Postby RAAF Spitfire Girl » 23 Apr 2018, 22:21

Here's a story that warmed my heart! We used to live in Albany Creek (the suburb, not the creek itself!!! :lol: ) - not far from the area featured in this article about platypuses (or should that be platypii :D ). We had been told that platypii could be found in both Albany Creek and nearby Sandy Creek - we regularly took our children on sighting expeditions, but never had any success. For anyone who's interested in preserving rapidly vanishing wild life, this article is encouraging :yay:
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Re: Meanwhile...back in Australia

Postby Fairblue » 23 Apr 2018, 22:46

RAAF Spitfire Girl wrote:Here's a story that warmed my heart! We used to live in Albany Creek (the suburb, not the creek itself!!! :lol: ) - not far from the area featured in this article about platypuses (or should that be platypii :D ). We had been told that platypii could be found in both Albany Creek and nearby Sandy Creek - we regularly took our children on sighting expeditions, but never had any success. For anyone who's interested in preserving rapidly vanishing wild life, this article is encouraging :yay:
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-04-24/health-of-platypus-habitat-trumps-development-brisbane/9688872

No chance for me. My trip to Australia was quite devoid of wildlife. I could almost feel cheated.
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Re: Meanwhile...back in Australia

Postby RAAF Spitfire Girl » 24 Apr 2018, 03:15

Fairblue wrote:No chance for me. My trip to Australia was quite devoid of wildlife. I could almost feel cheated.


Next time, FB, we'll make sure you see 'roos, koalas, wombats at the very least...We'll go over to Lone Pine (wish I'd thought of it last time!! :oops:). Platypuses, however, well - we could go back to Albany Creek and do some hunting...
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Re: Meanwhile...back in Australia

Postby Fairblue » 24 Apr 2018, 08:41

RAAF Spitfire Girl wrote:
Fairblue wrote:No chance for me. My trip to Australia was quite devoid of wildlife. I could almost feel cheated.


Next time, FB, we'll make sure you see 'roos, koalas, wombats at the very least...We'll go over to Lone Pine (wish I'd thought of it last time!! :oops:). Platypuses, however, well - we could go back to Albany Creek and do some hunting...

I am willing to forgo sight of the Platypuses, RSG.
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Re: Meanwhile...back in Australia

Postby RAAF Spitfire Girl » 28 Apr 2018, 22:18

Apparently Oz has been home to the world's oldest spider (now deceased). Who knew?
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-04-28/worlds-oldest-spider-dies-aged-43-in-western-australia/9707422
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Re: Meanwhile...back in Australia

Postby RAAF Spitfire Girl » 29 Apr 2018, 06:09

Yet another snake tale...How a Kiwi born Aussie vet saved a python from death-threatening facial injuries in North Queensland.
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-04-29/snake-with-smashed-face-receives-life-saving-treatment-cooktown/9708254
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Re: Meanwhile...back in Australia

Postby Fairblue » 29 Apr 2018, 08:28

I wonder if that vet went to Australia because New Zealand critters didn't give the same opportunity for excitement as the Aussie ones do? And I've learned something new today. I had never heard of a quoll before. Had to look it up. And try and remember it for scrabble. :roll:
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Re: Meanwhile...back in Australia

Postby Tracer » 29 Apr 2018, 08:56

Yes: that could cause a very satisfactory Scrabble moment.

I don't play Scrabble but I like crosswords - maybe I'll find it in a crossword one day.

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Re: Meanwhile...back in Australia

Postby OzBiggles1963 » 29 Apr 2018, 09:33

RAAF Spitfire Girl wrote:Apparently Oz has been home to the world's oldest spider (now deceased). Who knew?
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-04-28/worlds-oldest-spider-dies-aged-43-in-western-australia/9707422


Fascinating...I had NO idea that spiders were that long lived. :shock:

I wonder how many "spider years" that is?? If it was a horse, it would be 172 yrs old!! 8-)
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Re: Meanwhile...back in Australia

Postby RAAF Spitfire Girl » 29 Apr 2018, 10:06

Fairblue wrote:I wonder if that vet went to Australia because New Zealand critters didn't give the same opportunity for excitement as the Aussie ones do? And I've learned something new today. I had never heard of a quoll before. Had to look it up. And try and remember it for scrabble. :roll:

Another good one could be a quokka, FB - although you may be familiar with them.
https://www.google.com.au/search?ei=O4rlWsSaL4OC8wXDgIyoAw&q=quokka&oq=quokka&gs_l=psy-ab.1.0.0i67k1j0j0i67k1j0l7.3114.5035.0.7451.5.5.0.0.0.0.268.981.2-4.4.0....0...1.1.64.psy-ab..1.4.981...35i39k1.0.jWq4eVRKips

(When our eldest American granddaughter first visited us a few years ago, she couldn't get over all the "interesting" names. She commented that when she went home, she'd just make up names and if anyone challenged her, she was going to say, "It's Australian!" :lol:
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Re: Meanwhile...back in Australia

Postby Fairblue » 29 Apr 2018, 10:27

RAAF Spitfire Girl wrote:
Fairblue wrote:I wonder if that vet went to Australia because New Zealand critters didn't give the same opportunity for excitement as the Aussie ones do? And I've learned something new today. I had never heard of a quoll before. Had to look it up. And try and remember it for scrabble. :roll:

Another good one could be a quokka, FB - although you may be familiar with them.
https://www.google.com.au/search?ei=O4rlWsSaL4OC8wXDgIyoAw&q=quokka&oq=quokka&gs_l=psy-ab.1.0.0i67k1j0j0i67k1j0l7.3114.5035.0.7451.5.5.0.0.0.0.268.981.2-4.4.0....0...1.1.64.psy-ab..1.4.981...35i39k1.0.jWq4eVRKips

(When our eldest American granddaughter first visited us a few years ago, she couldn't get over all the "interesting" names. She commented that when she went home, she'd just make up names and if anyone challenged her, she was going to say, "It's Australian!" :lol:


I’ve never come across a quokka before, either. They look cute but I imagine they could give a nasty bite.
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Re: Meanwhile...back in Australia

Postby Tracer » 29 Apr 2018, 14:18

A new one for me too.
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Re: Meanwhile...back in Australia

Postby Wanderer » 29 Apr 2018, 14:22

Fairblue wrote:They look cute but I imagine they could give a nasty bite.

They are generally very placid but if harassed can give a nasty nip: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/1453997
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Re: Meanwhile...back in Australia

Postby Kismet » 29 Apr 2018, 14:44

The quokka are gorgeous. I'd like a colony of them living nearby. They have personality!

I'm astounded at how long the spider lived. I didn't realise they could live anything like that long.
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Re: Meanwhile...back in Australia

Postby VickersVandal » 29 Apr 2018, 15:44

Fairblue wrote:I’ve never come across a quokka before, either. They look cute but I imagine they could give a nasty bite.


They're native to Australia, so there has to be some way they can kill you :mrgreen: :mrgreen:


I was loving that shark-dingo-snakes photo when I first saw it on facebook and was about to post it here but then realised it's just two separate pictures jammed together, so I was quite disappointed. The sentiment is still true though.....Australia is pretty much summed up by various disparate members of the animal (and plant!) kingdom intent on annihilating humans and each other.
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Re: Meanwhile...back in Australia

Postby Sizzling Sausages » 30 Apr 2018, 03:36

Just imagine being on the receiving end of one of these:
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Re: Meanwhile...back in Australia

Postby Sizzling Sausages » 01 May 2018, 22:51

And now... vicious kangaroo addicts! Yes, really! :shock:
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Re: Meanwhile...back in Australia

Postby Kismet » 01 May 2018, 22:54

I blinked when I read that carrots were a high sugar food for kangaroos. The things I learn on this site.
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Re: Meanwhile...back in Australia

Postby CaptWilks » 02 May 2018, 05:25

From Wikipedia:

Kangaroos: a large male can be 2 m (6 ft 7 in) tall and weigh 90 kg (200 lb).


The famous Skippy the Bush Kangaroo may have given some the wrong idea. Skippy was "played" by several different female kangaroos and the females are considerably smaller than the males. I think the Skippys were also rather young kangaroos.
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Re: Meanwhile...back in Australia

Postby CaptWilks » 02 May 2018, 06:06

More, back in Australia:

Strangers on the doorstep rarely bring good news. But a Darwin woman received a visitor like no other on Monday night when a juvenile saltwater crocodile paid her a surprise visit in the city's rural area. Jessica Burton was letting her dog out when she spotted the 60-centimetre reptile at her door and was so shocked that she thought it was a practical joke. "I kind of had a look and thought, 'No way, you've got to be kidding'," she told ABC Radio Darwin's Conor Byrne.


This is not in Darwin. Noonamah is 40 km south of Darwin and the croc may have wandered over from the Elizabeth River. That river feeds Darwin Harbour. Large crocs wandering around Darwin are captured and taken to one of the crocodile farms.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-05-02/rural-resident-gets-shock-as-crocodile-turns-up-on-doorstep/9718444
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Re: Meanwhile...back in Australia

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Re: Meanwhile...back in Australia

Postby RAAF Spitfire Girl » 12 May 2018, 22:59

This is a good article about a wonderful spot in North Queensland, Cape Hillsborough (outside Mackay) where wallabies hang out on the beach and enjoy the surf. I've been there a couple of times (back in the dim, dark ages) and also have photos (somewhere) of the wallabies on the pristine beach. Recently, we seem to be having increasing incidents of people feeding inappropriate snacks to our wildlife in an effort to get a selfie with the particular animal. Consequently, there's an increase in the number of attacks on tourists by the wildlife, as the animals don't realise the food has run out and then become aggressive. (Also, it's usually inappropriate food that's not suitable for their diet.) Anyway, there are some really good photos of beautiful Cape Hillsborough and wallabies on the beach in the article.

FB, this place is about a 2 and a half day drive north of our place - probably not ideal for a quick afternoon jaunt looking for 'roos :D

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-05-13/cape-hillsborough-wallaby-tour-animal-concern/9754922
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Re: Meanwhile...back in Australia

Postby Fairblue » 12 May 2018, 23:12

RAAF Spitfire Girl wrote:FB, this place is about a 2 and a half day drive north of our place - probably not ideal for a quick afternoon jaunt looking for 'roos :D

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-05-13/cape-hillsborough-wallaby-tour-animal-concern/9754922

No, but it looks beautiful.
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Re: Meanwhile...back in Australia

Postby RAAF Spitfire Girl » 13 May 2018, 05:52

Fairblue wrote:
RAAF Spitfire Girl wrote:FB, this place is about a 2 and a half day drive north of our place - probably not ideal for a quick afternoon jaunt looking for 'roos :D

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-05-13/cape-hillsborough-wallaby-tour-animal-concern/9754922

No, but it looks beautiful.


It certainly is beautiful, FB. Maybe if you and Mr FB were to plan a trip to the Great Barrier Reef, Cairns and the Tableland area, you could fly down to Mackay and pop out to Cape Hillsborough (and then continue on down to us :D )
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Re: Meanwhile...back in Australia

Postby OzBiggles1963 » 20 May 2018, 09:44

For those of you who think koalas are vicious, meat eating tourist killers [aka 'drop bears'], there are some who just enjoy the quiet life:

https://www.9news.com.au/videos/nationa ... the-murray
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Re: Meanwhile...back in Australia

Postby Kismet » 20 May 2018, 11:34

That's great. I like this one. There aren't enough koalas (or drop bears) on this thread.
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