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Re: Sweeps the Desert

Postby CaptWilks » 09 Apr 2018, 22:39

Fairblue wrote:Somehow, I never expected an animal as large as a Camel to be declared a pest species.


Well, some think that, in northern Australia, crocodiles, nearly hunted to extinction, are now a pest species. But, for the camels, it is probably because Australia has no large land predators, like lions or tigers. That's why the common kangaroo can, basically, reach plague numbers when there are a few good years, weather wise.

I wrote "common" because there are smaller species of kangaroo and wallaby, living in restricted habitats, that are endangered. But not the "big red".
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Re: Sweeps the Desert

Postby Fairblue » 09 Apr 2018, 23:31

CaptWilks wrote:That's why the common kangaroo can, basically, reach plague numbers when there are a few good years, weather wise.

When I was in Australia 4 yrs ago, visiting RSG, they had great difficulty finding kangaroos for me to see. I saw some, in a field, from the roadside and that was it. I had had visions of them hopping about almost everywhere. No koalas either. Come to think of it, not a lot of anything. No snakes or spiders. I'm sure they must have been there but I never saw any.
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Re: Sweeps the Desert

Postby CaptWilks » 10 Apr 2018, 03:47

Fairblue wrote:
CaptWilks wrote:That's why the common kangaroo can, basically, reach plague numbers when there are a few good years, weather wise.

When I was in Australia 4 yrs ago, visiting RSG, they had great difficulty finding kangaroos for me to see. I saw some, in a field, from the roadside and that was it. I had had visions of them hopping about almost everywhere. No koalas either. Come to think of it, not a lot of anything. No snakes or spiders. I'm sure they must have been there but I never saw any.


A lot of Australian fauna is nocturnal; even kangaroos are not active during the middle of the day. Snakes and spiders are often sit and wait predators; and some are, again, nocturnal. Koalas have a restricted distribution.

In Darwin, wallabies (which are just small kangaroos) are easily observed at East Point, which I have mentioned in another post for its military history.
https://www.darwin.nt.gov.au/explore/out-and-about/find-a-facility/east-point-reserve

That page puts the wallaby population at 200 but it was earlier much higher (a research study put peak numbers at over 2,000 in an area of 185 ha)"
https://espace.cdu.edu.au/eserv/cdu:8295/Thesis_CDU_8295_Stirrat_S.pdf

Birds also tend to be most active around dawn and most are roosting by about 10 am here in the tropics. Others will be high in the canopy, where you will hear them but not see them. Darwin, alone, has over 200 species (cannot quickly find an exact number) but many are seasonal. Also, during the wet, they spread out over the flood plain.
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Re: Sweeps the Desert

Postby RAAF Spitfire Girl » 10 Apr 2018, 07:55

Fairblue wrote:
CaptWilks wrote:That's why the common kangaroo can, basically, reach plague numbers when there are a few good years, weather wise.

When I was in Australia 4 yrs ago, visiting RSG, they had great difficulty finding kangaroos for me to see. I saw some, in a field, from the roadside and that was it. I had had visions of them hopping about almost everywhere. No koalas either. Come to think of it, not a lot of anything. No snakes or spiders. I'm sure they must have been there but I never saw any.


It was very frustrating, wasn't it, FB? Up until a few months prior to FB's visit we still had a family of roos in the park opposite our house and we often saw koalas in the gum trees at the bottom of our street (a designated green belt). However, the encroaching urban sprawl has taken its toll. We had to take our eldest American granddaughter to Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary last September to see any of our wildlife. Next time any of you visit me, that will be our port of call :yay: (However, I can assure you there's no shortage of snakes in the nearby bush :lol: :lol: :lol: )
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Re: Sweeps the Desert

Postby CaptWilks » 10 Apr 2018, 23:16

RAAF Spitfire Girl wrote:However, the encroaching urban sprawl has taken its toll. We had to take our eldest American granddaughter to Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary last September to see any of our wildlife. Next time any of you visit me, that will be our port of call :yay: (However, I can assure you there's no shortage of snakes in the nearby bush :lol: :lol: :lol: )


Yep, urban sprawl. But I doubt most people would find "no shortage of snakes" reassuring! :D
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Re: Sweeps the Desert

Postby RAAF Spitfire Girl » 11 Apr 2018, 04:11

With regard to Biggles sweeping the desert and his encounters with camels, he could do some camel sweeping here. :flyinghat2: Australia has some to spare...

http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-22522695

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Australian_feral_camel
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Re: Sweeps the Desert

Postby Tracer » 11 Apr 2018, 08:06

Wasn't there a woman a couple of decades ago who walked across the desert in Oz with 2 camels?
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Re: Sweeps the Desert

Postby RAAF Spitfire Girl » 11 Apr 2018, 12:04

Tracer wrote:Wasn't there a woman a couple of decades ago who walked across the desert in Oz with 2 camels?


Yes. Robyn Davidson -
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/film/starsandstories/10773102/Tracks-The-true-story-behind-the-film.html
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Re: Sweeps the Desert

Postby Tracer » 11 Apr 2018, 15:26

I was so sad that she had to shoot her dog.
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