JCC [Animals] What wildlife visited my yard today

Discussion in 'Community' started by jp-30, Sep 5, 2005.

  1. Katana_Geldar Force Ghost

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    yeh gotta be careful of those dropdears ;)
  2. jp-30 Manager Emeritus

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  3. Katana_Geldar Force Ghost

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    sorry, I see them every day so don't have images

    Have yo seen them divebomb someone else? (Like your dog) Very impressive, reminds me of a starfighter with Anakin in the cockpit.
  4. Terr_Mys Force Ghost

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    In my backyard at home we've had turkeys, deer, black bears, and fisher cats (goodness those creatures make the most HORRID noise you've ever heard), among the smaller beasts (and a few rare birds)...unfortunately I live in Los Angeles at the moment so I won't be able to take any photos. :(
  5. Katana_Geldar Force Ghost

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    I'd love to have deers and bears in my yard. Better than plovers wallabies and rabbits.

    And don't ever hit a wombat with your car!
  6. Terr_Mys Force Ghost

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    Sounds unpleasant, but certainly can't be worse than hitting a moose. [face_worried]

    That's why New Hampshire has these:

    [image=http://www.thewanderingwoods.com/EastCoast/moose.jpg]
  7. JawaChef Force Ghost

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    The apartment I live in now isn't surrounded by many trees, but the one I recently moved from had plenty of trees. We had northern cardinals, red-bellied, downy, and pileated woodpeckers, carolina wrens, various other birds and squirrels. Also lots of cicadas in the summer. Now I do see a lot of mockingbirds, but not much else. Whenever we manage to get a house, I plan on having all kinds of feeders to attract birds.
  8. FlareStorm Force Ghost

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    I get visited by snails and Sammy, the dog next door every day. Pics forthcoming
  9. Balrog_Paradox Force Ghost

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    Man we never get cool animals in my yard. Great blue heron once, and nothing since. :(
  10. gabe Administrator Emeritus

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    I took these a few months ago, when I was in Atlanta Georgia. Not a big deal to most I'm sure, but I had never seen a moth this big before - it was the size of the palm of my hand, and I have pretty big hands. I spotted it when I reached for my towel after a morning dip in the pool. Unfortunately I haven't been able to find any information on what particular species of moth this is. I thought it was a Ceratomia undulosa for a while, but it's not, the wing patters are too diverse.

    [image=http://images.oaxz.com/PICT0490.JPG] [image=http://images.oaxz.com/PICT0491.JPG] [image=http://images.oaxz.com/PICT0494.JPG]

    Great idea for a thread, JP. I'll be sure to keep an eye out when I venture outside, and keep my cam handy.
  11. Loopster Jedi Youngling

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    I've got some photo's of spiders and possums and such but I don't know where to host them so I can post them.

    Any ideas?
  12. The Bigger Fish Manager Emeritus

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    try http://www.imageshack.us/
  13. Balrog_Paradox Force Ghost

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  14. Loopster Jedi Youngling

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    Thanks, TBF.

    A Ringtail Possum with a baby hanging on to it's back in a tree in my front yard. Look close, it's hard to see.

    [image=http://img172.imageshack.us/img172/9559/ringtailpossum9ts.jpg]


    gabe I get moths very similar to that, we just give them the generic name Hawkmoth. Buggered if I know the scientific name.
  15. The Bigger Fish Manager Emeritus

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    *Hits Balrog with a Moose*

    Anyway, this is a pic of a Kangaroo at my back door. She was kind of a pet.

    [image=http://img134.imageshack.us/img134/1135/standoff5aq.jpg]
  16. Balrog_Paradox Force Ghost

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    Oh yeah? Well this fish is bigger than you!

    [image=http://www.congiano.com/Photography/Exotic/4-15%20Big%20Fish.jpg]

    Ha!
  17. Loopster Jedi Youngling

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    SKIPPY!!!

    What's that Skip? TBF's fallen down a well?
  18. jp-30 Manager Emeritus

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    My connection is being stupid, and I can't see that moth Gabe, but I'll keep checking back and hopefully it'll let me soon enough.

    I just went out looking for one of these spiders, and obviously found one. I don't know what it is, but I think it may be a type of Huntsman Spider. One variation, the Avondale Spider, was used in the movie Arachnophobia a few years back. The one I have in my hand isn't as big as those ones, but still pretty impressive.

    [image=http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v194/jaepee/spider1.jpg]
    [image=http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v194/jaepee/spider2.jpg]
    [image=http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v194/jaepee/spider3.jpg]


    It seems my digital camera's limited zoom and shutter speed is making taking pictures of small or distant birds difficult, but I'll keep perservering and cropping the shots down. Maybe I'll get useable shots of some native birds soon enough (tuis, wood pigeons, fantail, grey warbler).
  19. Jedi_Daniel Manager Emeritus

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    I don't really have any animals visit my backyard. But occasionally one visits my couch (and has a coke).

    [image=http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v76/Jedi_Daniel/insanekitty.jpg]
  20. JediofJade Jedi Grand Master

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    I'm so jealous, TBF.

    jp, I'll try to post some pictures this weekend, if my mom will let me borrow her digital camera. I seem to be taking the area's wildlife for granted- we have cool creatures right outside; I just need to find them.


  21. Jedi_Dajuan Admin: FanForce and Games

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    A family friend (of sorts) from Greeze last summer was totally taken with squirrels. She took pics of them at every opportunity. Before she left I gave here a stuffed one. Amazed and amused me.

    Cute thread and cute animals jp. I'll keep on the look out for yard critters.
  22. The Bigger Fish Manager Emeritus

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    I love squirrels as well! I took pictures of them when I was in England. I'll have to get a few scanned.
  23. jp-30 Manager Emeritus

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    That possum is cool, Loopster. The only type of possum introduced to NZ (thankfully) is what I think you call a brushtail possum. They have no predators here, so rose to noxious pest levels, destroying native forest and eating birds eggs. Major eradication programmes have severely reduced its numbers in some areas, allowing bird species that had been wiped out to be reintroduced.

    That kangaroo snap is awesome!

    You do tend to take the wildlife in your own yard for granted, even if it is just bugs and birds. Hopefully this thread'll encourage people to go outside and look under stones & logs to see what scurries out...
  24. AmazingB Manager Emeritus

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    I love squirrels as well! I took pictures of them when I was in England.

    I think this is why I don't get this thread. They're squirrels. It's like taking a picture of a rat. The most exciting thing we get is bats, but they don't usually stick around long enough for picture taking. We're supposed to have chipmunks too, but they haven't quite made it yet.

    Amazing.
  25. The Bigger Fish Manager Emeritus

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    I think this is why I don't get this thread. They're squirrels. It's like taking a picture of a rat.

    We don't have squirrels in Australia. I think they're cute. They remind me of possums, which are also cute.

    Rats are not cute.