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Old 12-03-2015, 12:29 PM
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This sort of thing happens all the time in 'Straya.

And no, that is not a spoof news site, that is for reals.

And if you think that's a big lizard, you should see the size flies those things catch!

Something about drumming in the interests of being properly off topic.
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Old 12-03-2015, 12:55 PM
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By crikey!

Not for the first time, I'm glad that I live in a country where the most dangerous wild animal is the hedgehog.
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Old 12-03-2015, 02:09 PM
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This photo was going around Facebook last week. Normally I get JW's knocking on the door. This would be a bit unexpected:
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Old 12-03-2015, 02:21 PM
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This vicious beast hangs around the school where I work. Last week we had a hot day, so he came down very low by the edge of our sports fields.

Now I know what a koala's tongue looks like.
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Old 12-03-2015, 09:45 PM
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Very Neighborly Morrisman!

Was that Chardonay or Reisling? ; )
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Old 12-03-2015, 11:43 PM
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This sort of thing happens all the time in 'Straya.

And no, that is not a spoof news site, that is for reals.

And if you think that's a big lizard, you should see the size flies those things catch!

Something about drumming in the interests of being properly off topic.
Amazing! I never considered that lizards this big, could scale walls. When I lived in Mexico, there were tons of small, super fast lizards that used to jet between the exposed brick walls and the tejas (red roof tiles), and a few iguanas here and there, but nothing like this. :|
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This photo was going around Facebook last week. Normally I get JW's knocking on the door. This would be a bit unexpected:
Perfect deterrent. I'll have to remember that one.

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This vicious beast hangs around the school where I work. Last week we had a hot day, so he came down very low by the edge of our sports fields.

Now I know what a koala's tongue looks like.
Luckily you escaped with your life. ;) Nice photo, Mo.
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Old 12-03-2015, 11:53 PM
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...I'm glad that I live in a country where the most dangerous wild animal is the hedgehog.
I have a question for them.
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Old 12-03-2015, 11:56 PM
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When I was a kid, we used to saddle 'em up and ride 'em to school.


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This vicious beast hangs around the school where I work.
Wait, you're standing directly underneath a drop bear???

After all the warnings we give the visitors to our shores, you go and risk your life like that?

Gutsy move mate.
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Old 12-04-2015, 12:34 AM
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This vicious beast hangs around the school where I work. Last week we had a hot day, so he came down very low by the edge of our sports fields.
Aww how cute is that!

Has anybody else seen the face in the tree trunk?
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Old 12-04-2015, 12:40 AM
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When I was a kid, we used to saddle 'em up and ride 'em to school.




Wait, you're standing directly underneath a drop bear???

After all the warnings we give the visitors to our shores, you go and risk your life like that?

Gutsy move mate.
Easy mistake to make, and at first I shared your concern, but Morrisman was perfickly safe; the ear tufts are all wrong for a DB, that's just a koala.

Of course there's always the chlamydia risk with koalas...
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Old 12-04-2015, 01:08 AM
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And it's not much safer in the water... This picture was taken by a drone off the NSW coast, showing the surfers and the sharks just below them...

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Old 12-04-2015, 02:01 AM
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In Australia's wildlife, everything is larger than anywhere else, anyone remember Pollyanna's avatar with the giant cockroach?



That's a BIG... and I mean BIG cockroach!!!
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Old 12-04-2015, 10:09 AM
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That shark picture is scary. Great use for drones though.

I remember evacuations at my local beach as a kid. A plane would start circling over the water, sirens would go off. We'd all sit on the hot sand and complain.
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Old 12-04-2015, 07:17 PM
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Has anybody else seen the face in the tree trunk?
A couple of protruding eyeballs, but that's about it. ;-)
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Old 12-04-2015, 07:35 PM
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A couple of protruding eyeballs, but that's about it. ;-)
If you look at the lower eyeball, and then pan slightly left and down, you'll see a nose, and if you look a bit further down you'll see a mouth. It's a 3/4 profile.
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If you look at the lower eyeball, and then pan slightly left and down, you'll see a nose, and if you look a bit further down you'll see a mouth. It's a 3/4 profile.
Got it, thanks!

I was looking toward the right, then down to find a nubbin nose, but then the mouth was waaaay left making it look like Picasso done in tree-bark.

Yours makes more sense!
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Old 12-05-2015, 05:30 PM
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Did someone say everything was bigger in Australia?
"Ladies and gentlemen... Please keep your arms inside the boat.."
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Old 12-05-2015, 07:13 PM
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There are quite a few pheasants in the fields in my village.
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Old 12-05-2015, 07:57 PM
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There are quite a few peasants in the fields in my village.
I fixed that for you!
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Old 12-06-2015, 12:33 AM
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Did someone say everything was bigger in Australia?
"Ladies and gentlemen... Please keep your arms inside the boat.."
The Sydney Harbour ferry trip to Manly can be a bit startling for first timers.
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Old 12-06-2015, 05:19 PM
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Well if chavs count as peasants then sure!
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Old 12-07-2015, 07:20 AM
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Well if chavs count as peasants then sure!
They certainly count as "wildlife".
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Old 12-08-2015, 04:57 AM
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Did someone say everything was bigger in Australia?
"Ladies and gentlemen... Please keep your arms inside the boat.."
Hey, It's Brutus the one-armed crock. He's over 70 years old. Lives in the Adelaide River, Australia.
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Old 12-08-2015, 01:10 PM
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Did someone say everything was bigger in Australia?
"Ladies and gentlemen... Please keep your arms inside the boat.."
I would be very careful playing with the baby croc like this - his mother and father might be around and they might be less playful.
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Old 12-08-2015, 03:36 PM
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So Brutus lost an arm in a fight. How big must the other one be?
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Old 12-08-2015, 08:11 PM
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And it's not much safer in the water... This picture was taken by a drone off the NSW coast, showing the surfers and the sharks just below them...

Dutch
Gah. That is definitely a shark to be worried about. Less than about 6-7 foot isn't really a worry, but that guy could easily go after a surfer.
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Old 12-08-2015, 11:18 PM
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Gah. That is definitely a shark to be worried about. Less than about 6-7 foot isn't really a worry, but that guy could easily go after a surfer.
Yeah, except Australian surfers fight sharks!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xrt27dZ7DOA
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Old 12-09-2015, 03:41 AM
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Albeit, with varying levels of success.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/0...n_1677290.html
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On Sunday a local drummer friend of mine went kayaking with his wife at one of our Adelaide beaches. She took some photos.

Anyway, when they looked at this photo the next day, they noticed a visitor, in the left foreground.
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On Sunday a local drummer friend of mine went kayaking with his wife at one of our Adelaide beaches. She took some photos.

Anyway, when they looked at this photo the next day, they noticed a visitor, in the left foreground.
I think I'm gonna be sick.
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In the Gulf of Mexico we have tiger sharks, hammer heads, and bull sharks that come in real close-within a few feet of beach when tide is right. The last five years I've see larger sharks coming closer to shore. Surf fishing I had a bull shark give me fright and about fifteen years ago I was surf fishing near a deep hole on the beach and suddenly about a 10-11 foot tiger comes rolling in there scared the shit out of me. I grew up in South Ga which has lots of swamps-pretty much contiguous with Okefenokee Swamp so lots of gators. It was always a creepy shock to be walking in a few inches of water and then fall in a gator hole. Never heard of anyone having a problem with gators other than loss of pets and livestock. But gators generally aren't a threat as I see crocs. I'd never survived childhood if the area was saturated with crocs over gators. I think we have about 7 species of venomous snakes-mostly pit vipers, but dang Australia has about 100 with 25 or so the most venomous in world. If I was blindfolded and dropped off there I bet I'd be grabbing brown snakes for a meal thinking they are non-venomous and would surely die. After that said I'd love to travel and explore Australia-on my bucket list of things to do. Bop over to New Zealand while in the vicinity.
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Old 02-02-2018, 01:06 AM
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Cuter than sharks...

http://www.smh.com.au/environment/an...01-h0sakt.html
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