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Wild and Not So Wild World
MadDogMike
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From: The Anvil of the Sun
Posted: 2012-04-29 12:07 pm   Permalink

My barn owl is back ~ keeping me awake all night with his infernal hooting!

Looks like crawdads are one of his favorite foods


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MadDogMike
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From: The Anvil of the Sun
Posted: 2012-05-06 11:50 am   Permalink

That damned gopher ate my fig tree off just below the ground AGAIN!


Bet that dirty rat-bastard won't do it again!


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Club Nouméa
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From: Wanganui
Posted: 2012-05-07 12:35 am   Permalink

I have been having a similar problem with opossums climbing up onto my fruit trees (mere saplings that aren't fruiting yet) and breaking off trunks and branches....

Here is a visitor that I snapped the other day - a New Zealand kingfisher:





It's a shame he decided to sit in the ugliest part of my garden just when I was clearing the bank behind him - never mind...

More info:

http://www.wildaboutnz.co.nz/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=69:kotare&catid=31:birds&Itemid=76
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tikicoma
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From: wakinekona
Posted: 2012-05-26 9:12 pm   Permalink

One of our cats has become our official wildlife greeter this year, he'll invite anyone into our yard!



aloha, tikicoma


 
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MadDogMike
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From: The Anvil of the Sun
Posted: 2012-06-07 8:17 pm   Permalink

Will, what's new on the promiscuous lizard front? Any news on Studly Skink and his horny harlot?

I thought I saw them here on the Anvil of the Sun but my contacts were melting to my eyeballs so I wasn't sure.
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pjc5150
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Posted: 2012-06-08 10:21 am   Permalink

so, after spending a little time at Will's house, I have given him a new nickname....

"THE LIZARD KING"....

So I'm sitting out there watching Will do his thing, carving it up, and all of a sudden I hear this weird noise, and Will sits up and says "Good mornin' fella, you ready for some breakfast?"...

and I'm thinking "who the hell is talking to??? He knows I've already had coffee and donuts???"

And then I look up to see a big-ass wild lizard on one the base of one of his massive yard tikis, and I'm thinking to myself "ok seriously have I lost my friggin' mind? did that lizard just come up and ACTUALLY TALK TO WILL??? did that really happen???"

The night before, over some pork chops & rice, I noticed a bowl of wood chips on the table & asked him what that was all about, and he explained that it was where he kept the worms that he feeds the lizards. I didn't think much of it.

So anyway, he goes inside & grabs a few of these worms, and the damned lizard comes right up and eats the worm right out of his hand!!!

So I grabbed my cell & snapped this shot....because I'm thinking to myself "he's actually domesticated a reptile??? no one is gonna f'n believe this!!!"

So here's the proof....he is the lizard king, he can do anything!

Dos Equis's "most interesting man in the world" ain't got shit on Will Anders...




 
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pjc5150
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Posted: 2012-06-08 10:25 am   Permalink

I've got more pic in my actual camera of the EPIC LIZARD SMACK-DOWN that transpired about 30 minutes later...I'm trying to find the damned cable so I can download them onto the laptop, and I'll share those too...

 
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MadDogMike
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Posted: 2012-06-08 10:29 am   Permalink

"Dos Equis's "most interesting man in the world" ain't got shit on Will Anders... "

I have no doubt!
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Will carve
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Posted: 2012-06-10 04:50 am   Permalink

Here's my lil buddys.
It's Mom & Jr.
Big daddy chased Jr. away when he woke up from his winter snooze. Kicked his butt.
Big daddy may have been eaten by something bigger than him. He vanished 2 weeks ago. Then Jr. showed up. Never a dull moment.




 
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komohana
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From: western australia
Posted: 2012-06-26 8:04 pm   Permalink

A while back there were a few comments about removing one
species and I'd thought about what might take their place...

I'll try to keep this ramble as short as...
Regardless of the style in which the interior was decorated
- in the end I was utterly compelled to make it Tiki -
the entire structure adjoining my shed needed to be torn down
and rebuilt, in sections when time permitted, as it was all built in
the 50's and falling apart/damaged by termites and rot etc.
Prior to this we had quite a few paper-wasps around the place, which
I didn't mind, if you leave them alone they don't bother you...
anyhow, while I was about the work mentioned I was forced to kill most
of the wasps to protect myself.
Australia is well known for venomous spiders and I had theorised that the
wasps had kept many of them away as I'd never found any around the place,
which is highly unusual for these parts. Sure we had Orb spiders, Daddy
Long Legs, Black house spiders and Huntsman etc. which are all largely
harmless but I'd never seen a Redback anywhere on the property before.
Since the wasps have been gone however, I've found several in the shed and
the wife spotted this small female in the bathroom...



These have a very painfull bite and 'though there haven't been any recorded deaths
since antivenin was introduced in 1956 my mother told me once that when she was
a little girl, which would have been in the late 1930's, one of her equally young
cousins had died as a result of a bite.











 
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MadDogMike
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From: The Anvil of the Sun
Posted: 2012-07-02 5:42 pm   Permalink

Not such a good picture through a tinted dirty window, but these swallows had built a nest on the window of our 4th story hotel room in Guadalajara Mx.




EDIT - I replaced my crappy pic with some better ones my niece took.


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Club Nouméa
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Posted: 2012-07-02 7:56 pm   Permalink

Redback!!!! This is my cue to introduce non-Antipodeans to Slim Newton's immortal "Redback On The Toilet Seat":

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TjDAiq2-xeU




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MadDogMike
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Posted: 2012-07-11 7:51 pm   Permalink

Had a nice kingsnake swimming in the canal next to my house, about 2 1/2 feet long. I went back with the camera and he was gone It's been 115+ this week, I don't know if they eat little fish or if he was just cooling off?
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Will carve
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Posted: 2012-07-15 05:08 am   Permalink

I don't know what's in the water at the 417 1/2 club,
but,
I've been passing out cigars left & right lately.








 
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Posted: 2012-07-19 04:20 am   Permalink

Look how much this bird grew in 3 days.




 
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