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    That's a handsome kookaburra. A young one perhaps? Very neat.
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    Quote pipbarber said View Post
    That's a handsome kookaburra. A young one perhaps? Very neat.
    Nah, that's Punky J Copperbottom, who's part of a mated adult pair.

    I noted earlier (06 Sep 2019) that Punky's mate seemed to have a clouded right eye.
    2019-09-06-IMG_8007-kookaburras.jpg
    I can now verify that it must be a trick of the light, as the clouding appears in some shots, but in others the eye is perfectly okay-looking.

    the phenomenon seems to be limited to that one bird.

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    Your shot has probably captured its nictitating mebrane in action?
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    We have more pobblebonks calling now. There was just one.

    They're pobbly bonking.
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    It’s a bit of a worry but it’s nature that the bottom goanna has been replaced from its sunning position by the goanna in the top photo. The top one is much larger and it may have had the other for a meal as it has not been sighted since the big goanna arrived and stayed. Hoping the smaller is just gone to another spot.

    David

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    This is our cat, Pepper. Caught her casually strolling past ‘Gordon’, a resident Gould’s goanna (Varanus gouldii). They both know of the other’s existence but seem to put aside any differences or food preferences for a calmer life.

    The teeth and claws on these goannas are something else and they may have poison glands in the mouth. They have been known to eat kittens but taking on a large cat is possibly too dangerous for them.

    Pepper is difficult to see because of her dark mottled colours and Gordon is lying flat not to expose too much body.

    David
    Pepper & Goanna 1 Reduced.jpg
    Pepper & Goanna 2 Reduced.jpg
    Pepper & Goanna 3 Reduced.jpg

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    Pepper testing my first Youtube upload.

    Yes, I'm a cat person (unfortunately)

    David

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    Boring old Biteys and peppers again, I fear.
    2019-10-23-IMG_0848-leucophylla-throat-hairs.jpg
    Sarracenia leucophylla pitchers are well-evolved for catching bugs.

    2019-10-23-IMG_0848z-leucophylla-throat-hairs.jpg
    Here's that highlighted area made a bit larger. All the hairs point down to the bit where the enzymes are.

    2019-10-23-IMG_0849-leucophylla-throat-hairs.jpg
    A different perspective.

    2019-10-23-IMG_0849z-leucophylla-throat-hairs.jpg
    Apart from the throat hairs, there's a beautifully scented nectar exuded around the lip of the trap.

    Some other species, like S. flava, include a neurotoxin in the nectar, just to help the bugs go where they'll do the pitcher some good.

    2019-10-23-IMG_0872-red-ribbed-rocket-sprout.jpg
    One of the next generation of Red Ribbed Rocket peppers.

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    Two of last year's brood of magpies grew up and got booted out a few weeks ago.

    The third, Squark! here, seems to be a holdover, and their adult plumage is only beginning to appear now.
    2019010-22-IMG_8830-magpies-pie+squark.jpg

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