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What wildlife is in your Woods / Backyard?


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#441 Caracal

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Posted 07 January 2017 - 04:25 AM

@Geoff  I am surrounded by farmland and live on a no through tree lined road a couple of kms from a small country town pop.645

 

Koalas will wander through backyards in the town and also favour some eucalypts in the median strip in the middle of the main street right outside the supermarket and shops.

Unfortunately crossing highways can be perilous for them.

 

I imagine you have them in your area too.


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Posted 07 January 2017 - 07:23 AM

@Caracal  Yep, a short drive down the Great Ocean Road for reliable koala sightings.

 

Pop 645 that's a nice quiet town. As you can imagine with the current school holidays the population of my home town has tripled and now all the Great White shark sightings are keeping a lot of tourists out of the water with numerous beach closures.


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#443 Tom Kellie

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Posted 10 January 2017 - 03:08 PM

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Female Cygnus atratus with Four Cygnets Dabbling in a Lotus Bed

 

 

~ Photographed on 7 January, 2017 at 3:55 pm, in Dongtan Nature Reserve on Chongming Island, Shanghai, 上海崇明东滩鸟类国家级自然保护区, at the point where the Yangtze River enters the East China Sea.

 

1/200 sec., ISO 2,000, f5.6, Manual shooting mode, 400mm focal length, handheld, with an EOS 1D X camera and an EF 400mm f/5.6L super-telephoto lens on a heavily overcast afternoon during steady rain.

 

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After observing a male Aix galericulata climbing out of water onto a grassy bank it seemed improbable that there'd be any other sighting of high interest, especially given the steady rain in cold conditions.

 

Presumably due to the weather, there were no other visitors in the Dongtan Nature Reserve, despite it being a Saturday. Birds and a weasel were observed with ease in the undisturbed area.

 

The seldom visited eastern tip of Chongming Island, which is part of Shanghai Municipality, is a major stopping point in the north-south flyway, being where the freshwater of the Yangtze mixes with the saltwater of the East China Sea.

 

The naturalized Cygnus atratus were released decades ago. It was a lovely moment when rounding a bend to encounter the two black plumage parents and a quartet of fluffy grey cygnets. 


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Posted 10 January 2017 - 05:55 PM

Nice sighting @Tom Kellie. Glad you are getting time to check out the wildlife nearby. I had to look up the other bird you mentioned....
Manderin Duck!
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Posted 11 January 2017 - 10:37 AM

Nice sighting @Tom Kellie. Glad you are getting time to check out the wildlife nearby. I had to look up the other bird you mentioned....
Manderin Duck!

 

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Male Aix galericulata at Dongtan Nature Reserve, Chongming Island, Shanghai

 

(for @wilddog, with appreciation)

 

 

~ Photographed on 7 January, 2017 at 3:26 pm, in Dongtan Nature Reserve on Chongming Island, Shanghai, 上海崇明东滩鸟类国家级自然保护区, at the point where the Yangtze River enters the East China Sea.

 

1/400 sec., ISO 2,000, f5.6, Manual shooting mode, 400mm focal length, handheld, with an EOS 1D X camera and an EF 400mm f/5.6L super-telephoto lens on a heavily overcast afternoon during steady rain.

 

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This male Aix galericulata swam alone along a small channel between reeds. It clambered up a moderately steep bank to rest among fallen reeds, affording a clear glimpse of its distinctive plumage.

 

Given the ceaseless rain, which may be discerned in the image, the duck was fairly lethargic. Such a sighting of a wild Aix galericulata so near to Shanghai brightening the otherwise overcast afternoon.

 

Called 鸳鸯, or “yuanyang”, it's revered as a symbol of marital fidelity. With about 1,000 pairs remaining in China, such a sighting is an especially auspicious event at the beginning of 2017.


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Posted 11 January 2017 - 06:01 PM

Elephant seals at Ano Nuevo State Park

 

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Posted 12 January 2017 - 02:01 PM

Very nice @Patty. I love Ano Nuevo state park. But it has the highest tick density of anywhere I have ever seen! All those mammals in the coastal chaparral I guess...
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Posted 12 January 2017 - 02:02 PM

Super find of the Mandarin Duck @Tom Kellie! Seeing a wild one is a rare treat.
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Posted 16 January 2017 - 12:48 PM

@Tom Kellie, what a beautiful Duck, every colour of the rainbow.
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Posted 19 January 2017 - 09:21 PM

Taken from tour kitchen window, some might say this Wood Mouse is habituated, I just think he's hungry.

32370466726_1da44bc894_b.jpgWood Mouse by Dave Williams, on Flickr


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Posted 27 January 2017 - 06:46 AM

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Chirping Away

 

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Spotted Dove

 

 

~ It's 除夕, Lunar New Year's Eve. The firecrackers haven't yet been lit. It's certain to be a long, loud night.

 

These neighborhood birds visited the feed and water station on the balcony of my apartment this afternoon.

 

To celebrate the arrival of the Lunar New Year they're presented with best wishes to everyone.

 

 


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Posted 28 January 2017 - 03:25 PM

31726781004_9ed9c73b8e_b.jpgFox by Dave Williams, on Flickr

Haven't seen one in the garden for a couple of years now, used to be a regular. 

 

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Posted 30 January 2017 - 06:26 PM

Tawny Owls are not uncommon in our garden but you don't normally see them in daylight unless they have young Owlets they are keeping an eye on. For a few consecutive days nearly 4 years ago we were lucky enough to have one perched right outside the house hunting in broad daylight as there had been a cold snap and the Owl was looking for food at our bird feeders. The seed offered was of no interest of course but the Bank Voles that pop in and out of the dry stone walls to gather the fallen grains are indeed exactly what the Owls prey on. Despite a few attempts I never saw one being caught but it was a privilege to witness a pretty rare daylight event from the warmth of our house.

32227942950_8e16b66b1c_b.jpgTawny Owl by Dave Williams, on Flickr


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Posted 06 February 2017 - 04:36 AM

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Female Tarsiger cyanurus from my Kitchen Window

 

~ Photographed on 6 January, 2017 at 12 noon, looking down from my third floor kitchen window in Hanzhong, Shaanxi province, China.

 

1/80 sec., ISO 1,600, f7.1, Manual shooting mode, 400mm focal length, handheld, with an EOS 1D X camera and an EF 400mm f/5.6L super-telephoto lens in heavily overcast midday conditions

 

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Washing a tea mug in the kitchen sink, I looked down three stories to the plants below. An unfamiliar bird was rapidly flitting about, unlike any bird I's seen here.

 

After an initial hesitation I ran to get the camera and mount the EF 400mm f/5.6L super-telephoto lens which is well-suited for photographing moving birds.

 

It turned out to be a female Tarsiger cyanurus, Red-flanked Bluetail. Not only had I never seen this species, I'd never heard of it.


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Posted 01 April 2017 - 06:54 PM

Got real lucky yesterday - had a wonderful sighting of a Stoat:

 

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Posted 04 April 2017 - 12:01 PM

@michael-ibk

A great sighting - where were you when you saw this?



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Posted 04 April 2017 - 04:24 PM

Thanks, @TonyQ - this was at a hide at Chiemsee (Germany) where I am sometimes passing through on the way to visiting my parents. Totally unexpected, I can´t remember ever having seen a Stoat.


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