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Imagebromadorer
Feb 23, 2010 2:57 AM CST
Coffs Harbour, Australia
We have a wide range of weird and wonderfull wildlife, here in Australia. Please add your pictures here, to share with the rest of the world! Thumbs up
Where I live, there are quite a few groups of kangaroos (mobs), mostly eastern greys. They are not tame, and will attack if you come between them and their babies (Joeys). The big males (Boomers) can be aggressive if you approach, so best to view them from a safe distance and use your zoom lens to get photos.
They eat grass, mostly, and pull it out by the roots. Hence the farmers get annoyed when they graze in the paddocks. They make a growling/grunting noise during territorial disputes and mating, but are otherwise quiet.
A pair of 'boxing' kangaroos is quite a sight. The two males face each other, and lean back on their tails in an effort to make themselves look taller than the other. They takes turns in grabbing each other with their short arms, while trying to kick their adversary in the torso with their extremely strong back legs. Their heads fold right back at a really strange angle! Usually the "Roo's" are of equal size, and I guess its a fight over dominance.
The Joeys are really cute, especially when they first emerge from the pouch. They are all legs, and jump about all unco-ordinated, in short bursts. Usually they do a quick lap of mum, before diving head first back in the pouch. Its quite common to see Mums with long legs poking out of their pouches! When they are born, they are the size of a peanut, and make their way from between their mums legs, up and into the pouch.
In a drought, or unfavourable conditions, the small baby can go dormant, then continue to grow when conditions are more favourable. Usually when a kangaroo has a Joey at foot, there is already a new baby in the pouch.
true or false?
Australian children ride to school in a kangaroos pouch? (don't laugh) FALSE!
Kangaroos jump out in front of cars? TRUE. (especially at dawn and dusk, when they are most active)
Kangaroos can disembowel you? TRUE. They have very sharp toenails, and have been known to gut dogs when being harrased. They also head for water and try to drown their assailant, by holding them under the water with their powerful hind legs
Anyway, I hope I haven't put you off our cute and cuddly looking mates, but remember to keep your distance if you should meet one in the wild.
BA

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Sue
ImageChrissy100
Feb 27, 2010 5:41 PM CST
Name: chrissy
rural Sydney Australia
be a light, not a judge
Sue why don't you change your name back to weed woman ...people know you by that name.
to visit others just click onto their name in the posts
it's a beautiful day don't let it get away.
Imagebromadorer
Mar 8, 2010 9:00 PM CST
Coffs Harbour, Australia
no thanks, I prefer the new name.
Sue
ImageChrissy100
Mar 8, 2010 10:53 PM CST
Name: chrissy
rural Sydney Australia
be a light, not a judge
Ok have fun at the show Rolling my eyes.
it's a beautiful day don't let it get away.
Imagebromadorer
Mar 19, 2010 2:46 AM CST
Coffs Harbour, Australia
This is a Perons Tree Frog. It has a crazy call, that sounds like a long, drawn out laugh! We have a few of them living here, but don't hear the call very often, which leads me to believe they are a relatively quiet frog, compared to the calls of other species in our area.
They are quite easy to recognise, as they have a 'cross' in the pupil of their eye.
They aslo change colour, depending on the surface they are on. It ranges from a dark brown/olive, to a cream/pale apricot. I guess this helps them to blend in with their surroundings.
I find them amongst the bromeliad leaves, and sometimes hiding in terracotta pots around the pool.
There are quite a large number of species of frogs in my area, and I will attempt to post as many as I can find/identify.

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Sue
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Imagebree
Mar 22, 2010 3:25 PM CST
Name: bree
North coast NSW Australia
theres a white kangaroo at our place.

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Image77sunset
Mar 22, 2010 11:52 PM CST
Name: Jean
Victoria, Australia
This cuddly fellow dropped in for a visit about a month or so ago. We do get the odd koala coming in for a look and also had a wallaby in the garden once.

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ImageRidesredmule
Mar 25, 2010 5:40 PM CST
Name: Charleen
Barnesville, Ga. Zone 7b-8
Walk in Peace / I'm Charley's Mom.
Oh, You all know, I found you. How wonderful!!! Love your Aussie Animals. They are so wonderful. Thank you all for sharing.
Charleen
Imagebromadorer
Mar 28, 2010 10:01 PM CST
Coffs Harbour, Australia
Bree, that white roo is amazing. There used to be one here in the local zoo, but they closed down and I don't know what became of it. Do you see it often?
Jean, I don't know much about Koalas, have you got any information on them?
Hi Charleen, this thread is meant for you! So you can see what a different type of wildlife we have here.
Is there a thread showing the wildlife of america?
Sue
Sue
ImageRidesredmule
Mar 29, 2010 7:42 AM CST
Name: Charleen
Barnesville, Ga. Zone 7b-8
Walk in Peace / I'm Charley's Mom.
I don't think so, but I'll get some of the girls interested. they have birds and butterflies cubits. I love those too.
I have one for my mule Charley, but he is not wild.
http://cubits.org/awate/thread/view/14589/
the above link is one.
http://cubits.org/awate/thread/view/16438/
Go here and she will get some American wildlife.
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Image77sunset
Mar 29, 2010 3:39 PM CST
Name: Jean
Victoria, Australia
Hello Sue. We do get Koalas around here but not as many as elsewhere. They seem to come from down along the local creek, which has trees all along in an otherwise fairly bare countryside. Koalas are not the dear little cuddly things people think. They can be quite aggressive during mating time and have vicious claws for climbing.
Contrary to the perception if them being slow and lumbering on the ground, they can actually move very fast .
They prefer a menu of several particular types of eucalypt but will eat other types if very hungry. They are being seen in the blue gum plantations down here so must be adapting their diet likes. There is no shortage of blue gum plantations around this corner of Victoria.. Clamidia is a disease that has been devastating their numbers, but in some areas, they can breed to unmanageable numbers.
As seen on the news during the terrible bushfires last year, they can be very badly injured as they are not fast enough to escape fire. They can be quite docile and those in zoos etc are used to being handled.
Bree , love white kangaroos but they are rarely seen outside zoos as they usually die or are killed.
When in West Australia, I lived in an area wher there was a mob of beautiful kangaroos known a marloos over there. They have more white markings than any other breeds especially around the face. There were several that were pied with large white patches on their bodies plus a few that were nearly all white. I hope they are still there but I doubt it . People move in to these areas and sadly some think the roos are fair game to be shot just for fun.

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Imagegwhizz
Jul 25, 2010 3:02 AM CST
Name: anthony Gloriosoides[ sure!]
Rosetta,Tasmania,Australia
idonthavemuch-but i have everything
this chap,'The sulphur crested cockatoo' they have flocks into the hundreds,very destructive.a large flock can strip a walnut tree in about 20 minutes.they are great mimmickers,but are often killed by farmers because of their destructive nature.great pets,especially for single people,who spend a lot of time outside.they are a creature of habit and routine and have been known to die of boredom or a broken heart.they do not accept change easily.'cocky'is 46-47 yrs old,i have been caring for him for about 6 years and recently inherited him.absolutely amazing vocablary and 'in cage' stunts.he suffers massive mood swings and cant be trusted.today he had 4 'wild' friends over for afternoon tea and tried to bite their toes off on the roof of his big cage

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lily freaks are not geeks!
ImageRidesredmule
Jul 25, 2010 8:39 AM CST
Name: Charleen
Barnesville, Ga. Zone 7b-8
Walk in Peace / I'm Charley's Mom.
Anthony! Group hug So wonderful to see you. Cocky is looking very well for an old Chap. wouldn't you say. He didn't want those strange birds on his cage. What a wonderfl bird.
Imagegwhizz
Aug 11, 2010 4:37 AM CST
Name: anthony Gloriosoides[ sure!]
Rosetta,Tasmania,Australia
idonthavemuch-but i have everything
i tell ya what,you oussies are a bit slow on the upkeep of this thread,.,.anyone would think it is raining cats'n' dogs outside,.,.heres a 'blue toungue lizard' Sticking tongue out Thumb of 2010-08-11/gwhizz/cc8761
lily freaks are not geeks!
ImageRidesredmule
Aug 11, 2010 7:06 AM CST
Name: Charleen
Barnesville, Ga. Zone 7b-8
Walk in Peace / I'm Charley's Mom.
Where's his tongue. I have a pic of a blue-tailed skink.
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You will show me some animals of Australia. I am looking forward to it.
Imagekevin51
Sep 22, 2010 6:27 AM CST
Name: (Kevin51)
SouthEastern US Zone 7
I'm not getting old, I'm 'maturing'
I so enjoyed looking at the pics. of the AU wildlife as it has always interested me.
Thanks.
Kevin51
Imagebromadorer
Sep 27, 2010 4:35 AM CST
Coffs Harbour, Australia
Sorry i've been so Thumb of 2010-09-27/bromadorer/f3c7a9
slack with the forum Anthony. Too much to keep up I might open it up for you lot to start threads eh?
Here is a good old kooky! (Kookaburra) he visited with me while I was gardening recently.
Sue
ImageRidesredmule
Sep 27, 2010 7:06 AM CST
Name: Charleen
Barnesville, Ga. Zone 7b-8
Walk in Peace / I'm Charley's Mom.
It is so cute.
I haven't seen much of either of you.
That mule was getting worried. Thumb of 2010-09-27/Ridesredmule/7dd1bb
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The donkey kids are at the gate too. We will breathe better knowing our friends are back....
Charleen and the Longear gang..
Imagebree
Sep 28, 2010 4:07 PM CST
Name: bree
North coast NSW Australia
Anyone ever seen brolga's (the grey bird) up close? Im thinking thats the pair of massive birds we have in our neighbourhood. I'll have to get a photo but there huge and sound like terodactyl dinosaurs.
ImageRidesredmule
Sep 28, 2010 4:13 PM CST
Name: Charleen
Barnesville, Ga. Zone 7b-8
Walk in Peace / I'm Charley's Mom.
Please get a pic. I love seeing wildlife you have. Biggest thing we have is Buzzards, smallest are the hummingbirds. so, do you have hummers down there. I thought I read that you do and they are very beautiful. Thumb of 2010-09-28/Ridesredmule/7904ec
Here is one of our little hummingbirds, they are feeding up to travel back to Mexico soon.

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