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    We have a strong and justified idea that possums have been dumped at the ‘greenies’ place because they are “animal lovers”. Wrong on so many levers but rectifying those thoughts is nearly impossible with some folk around these here parts.

    The positives of having possums are that the rats have disappeared, maybe in fear of being eaten. Therefore we have more veggies that make it to our plates. The negatives are they are in the ceiling space and they are quite destructive.

    Anyhow, this mother Common Brushtail Possum (Jill) and her child (Joey) are very cute. Scientific name is (Trichosurus vulpecula) .

    Just to clear up the names in brackets, a female is a Jill, a Male is a Jack and the young are Joeys. A crowd of them is known as a passel.

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    This very large male kangaroo somehow survives (so far) the travails of living in an ever decreasing and increasingly busy habitat. It’s a pleasure having him around.

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    Some interesting birds from the shit farm today.
    A brolga! Very awesome for me. Not that common in Victoria.

    Striated Field-Wren

    A female White-Fronted Chat.
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    This is not really a backyard photo although it was “directly overhead…now” (Care of MASH) and there may be microbial life left there from human visits.

    Got up before 5 AM this morning to view the Geminids meteor shower. Unfortunately there was a lot of moisture in the air as the photo shows by the blur around the moon.

    Saw one meteor and a high flying jet. Even the lights on the jet were barely discernable.

    Hope others had better success.

    David
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    I was so annoyed with myself for forgetting little penguins in my question on the pub trivia thread i decided to walk to St.Kilda pier for the sunset and this photo.
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    This is a Tawny frogmouth (Podargus strigoides), possibly a male as it is reported that males do the sitting in daylight hours. We pass the nest every day and generally there is a female sitting close by which we may or may not see. It is uncertain if there is another young in the nest as it is fairly hidden. The adults have been here for as long as I can remember which is quite incredible considering the dangers they face with speeding cars and trucks and agricultural poisons. They are also prone to cat attack because of their habit of pouncing on prey on the ground from a low height. Amazing creatures.

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    This beautiful bird (aren’t they all) is a White-winged Triller (Lalage sueurii). They are very common to most of Australia. This is our second sighting in a couple of days over many years and it allowed me time to grab the camera. She/he arrived a few days ago and took us by surprise and it was thought never to be seen again. Wonderful that turned out to be wrong.

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    I've never seen one before, so even if they are 'common', keep posting them!
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    Here’s a male kangaroo and he is hot which is obvious. Along come a possum but not real sure a drink is necessary until the kangaroo leaves.

    David

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    Grown-up magpie didn't think anyone was watching.


    Was frolicking like a kid!

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