JCC [Animals] What wildlife visited my yard today

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

  1. jp-30 Manager Emeritus

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    If you cast your mind (or mouse) back to the start of this thread, I posted a Cave Weta. Here is a lovely Tree Weta which, while similar looking is actually from a different order altogether. The kids found it in their playhouse last week. They're a primitive cricket, and in the shot on the planter box he's trying to scare us away by raising his hind legs and splaying his jaws & waving his antenna around wildly. Mighty impressive. The head-to-body length which you can see better in the picture in he tree is about 7cm/ A pretty good specimen all round.

    [image=http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v194/jaepee/treeweta1.jpg] [image=http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v194/jaepee/treeweta2.jpg]

    You'll see a swarm of giant versions of these attacking someone in the King Kong movie (a nice in-joke play on the Weta Studios name)

    Then a couple of days back this hedgehog had fallen down a drain in our path. So I put on a glove & pulled him out. He was a decent size too. Goodness knows how long he was stuck down there, but considering the rain we'd had, I'd say probably less than 2 days.

    [image=http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v194/jaepee/hedgehog1.jpg] [image=http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v194/jaepee/hedgehog2.jpg]

    Hedgehogs were introduced to NZ by european settlers. They're a bit of a pest, raiding the nests of our numerous ground-dwelling birds etc, but you don't see them too often. And they are kinda cute.



  2. The Bigger Fish Manager Emeritus

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    A Carpet Python shed it's skin outside my bedroom Saturday night. It's 6-feet (2 meters) long. Nice.
  3. beezel26 Force Ghost

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    we got hawks around the dealership and they swoop in and try to pick off the local crows every now and then.

    One once while I was driving took off from a stump 0n the side of the road. he was level with my car for about a hundred yards. He was ten feet from me. It was awesome. A coworker behind me saw it all.

  4. Tabula Rasa Administrator Emeritus

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    Very cute, JP. The Hedgehog, that is, not the Weta. The Weta looks like it packs a mean pinch. Good job on rescueing the little guy.

    Two meters is about six feet seven inches, btw, Fish. Six feet is about a meter 83.

    I noticed my Moth images have gone down. I'll have to re-upload them tomorrow. I will also take my camera with me to the park when I go bike riding in a few hours. There are usually a few interesting critters about early in the morning.
  5. jp-30 Manager Emeritus

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    Loking forward to seeing if you snapped anything at the park Gabe.

    Here are four Welcome Swallows (I'm sure there's a joke in there somewhere) sitting on my TV Aerial.

    [image=http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v194/jaepee/welcomeswallows.jpg]

  6. jedi_john_33 Jedi Grand Master

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    African or European swallows?
  7. Balrog_Paradox Force Ghost

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    Alright, here's a silly question. Your strange bugs and marsupials seem more than exotic to a humble New Yorker such as I. Just out of curiousity, do you see animals like deer and bears and eagles as exotic? Or are they still simple creatures not as col as yours? :confused:
  8. jp-30 Manager Emeritus

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    Well, no marsupials in New Zealand except for introduced Brushtailed Possums. New Zealand has no native land mammals, though things like rabbits, goats, deer, pigs, mice, rats, fettets, stoats, weasels have been introduced by settlers hundreds of years ago.

    So things like deer and pigs are cool to see, as they tend to live in secluded areas. And when I visited the USA & Canada I was thrilled at seeing things in the wild such as elk, mule deer, beavers, squirrels, chipmunks, mountain goats, skunks, bighorn sheep, bison, lizards and all the different birdlife to what we have back home (hummingbirds are awesome!).

    So, for me, seeing any sort of wild creature is thrill. But generally speaking things you find common, like squirrels, are cool to us.
  9. jp-30 Manager Emeritus

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    Neither. Welcome Swallows are Australian, though they got to New Zealand naturally (ie. flew / were blown across the Tasman Sea) during Maori times - the Maori named them their equivalent of "stranger".

    Here's a better photo (not mine).

    [image=http://www.daintreecoast.com/pc_images/172_pc.jpg]

  10. Terr_Mys Force Ghost

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    There's a flock of turkeys in my backyard right now, but I couldn't find the camera. We've had flocks before, though...I found some pictures my dad took a month or so ago (before the snow...and I think the current flock is larger):

    [image=http://www.noerf.com/irk/turkey1.JPG]
    [image=http://www.noerf.com/irk/turkey2.JPG]
    [image=http://www.noerf.com/irk/turkey3.JPG]
  11. Healer_Leona Manager Emeritus

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    I'm gong through this thread, thinking, look how cute all the cuddly animals.

    Then I get to jp-30's pics of the monstrous and ugly spider on his hand. I had to explain to co-workers why I cried out.

    I'm going to have the creeps all day now after seeing that. bog fear of spiders here. EWWW!!!
  12. -Commander_Thigh- Jedi Master

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    Dinner!

  13. Tabula Rasa Administrator Emeritus

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    Think you could crop those a bit, Terr? They're 1,25MB each. That's enough to make some people's computers explode.
  14. Jedi_Master_Conor Manager Emeritus

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    nice pics.... **computer explodes**
  15. Terr_Mys Force Ghost

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    Sorry about that; resized 'em. :)

    A bit too late to catch dinner, though, I'm afraid. They've moved on, although they left their mark by kicking up patches of snow to look for food.
  16. FruityTooty Jedi Master

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    Thread delivers. Very good.
  17. jp-30 Manager Emeritus

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    One of the cats caught this little field mouse an hour or so ago, I locked the cat in the laundry and caught the little guy in the kid's butterfly net and we let him go down at the bottom of the garden.

    [image=http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v194/jaepee/wildlife/fieldmouse.jpg]

  18. The Bigger Fish Manager Emeritus

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    Here's a carpet python I caught going into my roof last night. I think we'll be seeing a lot more of him over the next few months. He's not very big.

    [image=http://img78.imageshack.us/img78/3585/snake0ka.jpg]

    A possum:

    [image=http://img90.imageshack.us/img90/6786/possum1qo.jpg]
  19. YodaJeff Manager Emeritus

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    I actually was looking for this thread the other day.

    Recently, I have had some swans, geese, and ducks in the pond behind my apartment:
    [image=http://yodajeff.com/jc_stuff/100_0764.jpg]
    [image=http://yodajeff.com/jc_stuff/100_0759.jpg]
    [image=http://yodajeff.com/jc_stuff/100_0757.jpg]

    Those are a week or two old, the pond is completely thawed now.
  20. rhonderoo Former Head Admin

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    Geez, Fish. You get a lot of snakes. Really big snakes. [face_worried]
  21. The Bigger Fish Manager Emeritus

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    The latest one isn't very big. :p

    He needs to eat more.


    Ah crap....
  22. The Bigger Fish Manager Emeritus

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    A Rainbow Lorikeet I took yesterday. :)

    [image=http://img56.imageshack.us/img56/1438/rainbow024ke.jpg]
  23. PrincessChattyCathy Manager Emeritus

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    The Lorikeet is beautiful. When I first saw mention of a carpet python I was afraid it was some kind of innuendo like a trouser snake. Glad you took a picture. :)

    I used to have a pet Ball Python. It loved to eat rats.
  24. The Bigger Fish Manager Emeritus

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    White-headed Pigeon

    [image=http://img60.imageshack.us/img60/886/whp7vp.jpg]

    I was lucky to get this pic. It?s a very secretive bird. I followed him for about 10 minutes until I was able to snap a few photos.

    :)
  25. Miana Kenobi Admin Emeritus

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    jp, seeing this thread makes me miss Aotearoa a lot. :(


    I got the true NZ introduction to a cave weta. I was in the caves of Waitomo going black water rafting. We were going through this really tight spot (feet first and wiggling through) and I looked up and there was a huge cave weta right next to my face. I got out of there SO much faster. ;)


    I live on campus, but around here we have our fair share of rabbits and raccoons.