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AlohaStation
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From: So FL
Posted: 2011-12-27 10:51 am   Permalink

At first I thought you were refering to the Harry Potter character (2 kids in the house - I've seen that movie dozens of times). After a quick searchg you were correct!
http://www.wildflorida.com/wildlife/lizards/Brown_Basilisk.php

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MadDogMike
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From: The Anvil of the Sun
Posted: 2011-12-27 11:22 am   Permalink

Looks like he was rockin' out on an outdoor speaker. Since he's a "Jesus Lizard" he was probably listening to some contemporary Christian music
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Hakalugi
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Posted: 2011-12-27 12:36 pm   Permalink

Quote:

On 2011-12-27 11:22, MadDogMike wrote:
Looks like he was rockin' out on an outdoor speaker. Since he's a "Jesus Lizard" he was probably listening to some contemporary Christian music




Or maybe the latest release from The Jesus Lizard:


 
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Jungle Trader
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From: Trader's Jungle Outpost, Turlock, Ca.
Posted: 2012-01-06 9:07 pm   Permalink

Very early this morning (4:47am to be precise) I was awakened by,....the sound of,.........something. Twas not the train blowing it's horn 2 miles away, twas not a barking dog. Puzzled and befuddled as I was, I grabbed my cell and walked out to the front window to see what was amiss. Nothing. Walk to the back of the house, listening listening. Sure enough there it was the sound of WHO WHO WHO about every 15 seconds. I have seen the silhouette of a very large bird flying low across the carport. This time I heard the bird. Opened the sliding glass door so slowly, stuck my head out to listen, there it was again WHO WHO WHO. Mister owl you can hang out anytime.

 
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Club Nouméa
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From: Wanganui
Posted: 2012-01-16 5:07 pm   Permalink

I finally got some decent photos of some local pukekos recently.

Wikipedia link:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pukeko

(I didn't know that these birds also live in Australia, PNG and Indonesia...)









A colony of these birds live along the stream across the road from my place. Back in March, one got hit by a passing car and it took shelter in my garden. I called in Bird Rescue to take it to the vet, but unfortunately it did not survive:



CN





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MadDogMike
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Posted: 2012-01-16 5:23 pm   Permalink

When I first saw your bird it reminded me of our mudhen



When I read that the common name is the Purple Swamphen, the connection made sense


 
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Jungle Trader
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Posted: 2012-01-16 7:32 pm   Permalink

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On 2012-01-16 17:23, MadDogMike wrote:
When I first saw your bird it reminded me of our mudhen



When I read that the common name is the Purple Swamphen, the connection made sense



These are also called coots round these parts. It's feet look diseased.


 
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MadDogMike
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Posted: 2012-01-16 7:47 pm   Permalink

They're usually in the water and you don't see their funky feet



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Club Nouméa
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Posted: 2012-01-16 10:07 pm   Permalink

Yes, they look sort of similar - they must live in quite similar environments.

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komohana
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From: western australia
Posted: 2012-02-16 06:15 am   Permalink

just got back from doing some work in that fishing town i mentioned earlier,
named Cervantes by the way, after an American whaling ship that was wrecked
there in 1844, i believe there was no loss of life but the poor buggers had
to walk all the way to Fremantle - our port city - a distance of about 250
kilometres, there not being any other settlements along the coast in those days.

anyway, on the way to buy some hardware, i spotted two emus on the football
field.

unfortunately i didn't have my camera with me so could only use my phone, i've
re-sized the photo but still not so clear, sorry.

these two birds were adults and stood over six feet tall.



on the way back down to Perth, there were another two - an adult and a chick -
on the side of the road, i had to brake when the adult ran out in front of me but
luckily the chick - about 4ft tall - stayed put or i probably would have hit it.

saw plenty of fresh snake tracks while there but no actual snakes.

lots of kangaroos though, there are four in this photo, again from my phone.



the sky looks overcast but was mostly smoke from a bush fire south of Perth.



 
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AlohaStation
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From: So FL
Posted: 2012-02-29 09:23 am   Permalink

Last night while riding my bike on some MTB trails, I cam eacross a racoon lazily following the trail. Once he became aware that I was approaching him he kicked it into high gear. Surprising to me, was that he stayed on the trail for at least 100 yards. I slowed down and allowed him a slight cushion till he finally saw a dead tree and flew to the top. That was fun!

 
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Gavin
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From: San Diego
Posted: 2012-03-05 6:20 pm   Permalink

Spring is in the air.
My first Reptilian Encounter of 2012. A pair of San Diego Alligator Lizards mating on my front porch yesterday.
Yup, Lizard Porn...


 
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TikiRootsRocka
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Posted: 2012-03-08 07:59 am   Permalink

From a trip to Yellowstone about 5 years ago. Beautiful place.
Elk, moose, bison, otter, and golden-hybrid? trout, that was released.
Sorry for the lack of quality on some as they're pretty zoomed in.













I actually got to watch an alpha grizzly chowdown on a bison carcass and defend it against smaller grizzlies. I was about 300 yards away and got to watch it through a professional telescope that was focused in perfectly. Probably the coolest thing I've ever seen.

Also got to see some wolves but they were too far away for photos.

If you haven't been, I highly recommend it.






 
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MadDogMike
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Posted: 2012-03-08 08:54 am   Permalink

Did you do "filet and release" on the trout?
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AlohaStation
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Posted: 2012-03-08 12:12 pm   Permalink

Quote:

On 2012-03-08 08:54, MadDogMike wrote:
Did you do "filet and release" on the trout?



Once caught an filet'ed it becomes a Finless Brown Trout. They tend to swin in circles till finally escaping into small holes in the rocks.


 
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