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#1 May-27-2007 06:25:am

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Wildlife photos

This section is devoted to photography which has become a passion for me over the past 12 months or so.
If you have some wildlife or landscape captures you would like to share here please do.
If you have questions regarding taking photographs or editing I will try and assist.
Photography is an expression of what we see in our lives and some can be very powerfull images which can record history, culture and be viewed by future generations.
I hope this section will be an enjoyable and free from the pressures of everyday life.   
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#2 Jun-12-2007 06:51:am

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Re: Wildlife photos

Jabiru is indeed a mighty bird.
Old Salty
http://www.dreamtime.net.au/emu/text.htm
Emu and the Jabiru - Text version
told by Kevin Smith
Introduction |  Text version |  Audio version |  Low-quality video |  High quality video |  Glossary |  Free RealPlayer

Once at a place called Nurrurrumba lived a person called Gandji and his children, and a man call Wurrpan, with his children. The men were brothers-in-law.

One day, Gandji and his children went down to fish for stingray. When they got to the salt water, they saw the water was clean and clear to the bottom. It was easy to see all types of stingrays, which they started to spear as they walked through the water up to their knees.

After spearing the stingrays they went back to the shore and started gathering firewood and cooking the stingrays, separating the meat from the fat.

They grabbed some bark and wrapped up the meat and the fat and went back to the camp where Wurrpan and his children were.

When they got to the camp, they sat down and Gandji called out to one of the Wurrpan children to get their share. But when they had separated the fat and the meat, they had kept the sweet, fresh ones for themselves and gave the old bits to Wurrpan and his family.

So one of the Wurrpan children ran over and grabbed the bark parcel of stingray and took it over to his father, who quickly untied it. When he opened it he noticed that he and his family had been given old stingray pieces, and then he said, 'They must have kept the fresh, sweet ones for themselves.'

So they ate what they had been given and then afterwards, Wurrpan stood up and said, to the other family, 'You gave me and my kids old stingrays, while you and your family had the fresh ones.' So they started arguing.

Gandji said, 'You should have gone stingray fishing for yourselves.' So they argued and argued and argued until Gandji grabbed a handful of hot coals and threw them at Wurrpan. He turned around and grabbed a smooth rock called Buyburu, which he used for grinding cycad nuts. He threw it at Wurrpan and hit him right on the chest.

Then Gandji started jumping around in fear of what Wurrpan might do to him. From jumping he started flying, higher and higher. As he flew he turned into a Jabiru without a beak and flew away.

Then Wurrpan told his children to bring him his spear, which was called Wandhawarri Djimbarrmirri. He tried pointing the spear up in the air where Gandji was, but he noticed the spear was too long because it was bending backwards. So he told his children to bring a sharp rock to cut the spear shorter. The second time he aimed it was just right.

He aimed at Gandji and said to the spear, 'Please don't let me miss.'

Then he threw the spear up into the sky where Gandji was flying around. The spear went right through Gandji, from his behind through to his face, until it poked out, making a beak. Gandji fell from the sky and landed at a place called Ngurruyurrdjurr.

Wurrpan said to his children, 'Let's get out of here while we are still alive. Come on, as fast as we can. We'll head towards Milindji Dhawarri.'

As they were running, they started to change into Emus. That made them move faster. Their feathers were grey because of the ash that Gandji threw and they had a bump on their front where the stone had hit.

Today, Yolngu remember this story in the way they cook Wurrpan meat in the fire. They always half-cook it, wiping off the ash before they eat it. That's the story of the Emu and the Jabiru. Today, the Emu has eggs the same shape as the rock that hit him.


A few more photos.
http://photo.ringo.com/216/216857538O402432988.jpg Rainbow Lorikeet not real clear but incredible colours.
http://photo.ringo.com/216/216858144O979440321.jpg Pelican Touchdown
http://photo.ringo.com/216/216589508O192312401.jpg Wedgetail

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#3 Jun-16-2007 09:30:am

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Re: Wildlife photos

Thankyou Mark,
The Heron looks a lot like our Blue Heron here. Earlier this year we did a trip a couple of hundred miles up the coast and I realised
much of our east coast is wetland or flood prone.This no doubt has helped preserve much of our wildlife.
Besides that you have had nearly 400 years of European settlement in New York and surrounding states, where as our part of the coast has only had a little over 120 years. Fortunately much of our area is also National Park includeing our lake so this helps a lot also. There are many projects takeing place for protection of wetland areas and some very committed groups.
In many respects I am thankfull my ancestor migrated here from Canada however I have missed out on the cultural and folklore aspects of my earlier ancestors in the US and Canada.
I feel good to be able to give you all an insight into Australian life as many of you have shared with me your culture and history.
For this I am gratefull.smile
Brett

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#4 Sep-12-2007 09:14:am

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Great pictures as always!

My youngest son was getting ready for school this morning and asked me (out of the blue) what a dingo looked like.
I brought him to the computer and showed him your picture, he's so interested he made me promise after school to show him your other pictures of animals in Australia. Thanks oldsalty. wink

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#5 Jun-27-2008 08:32:pm

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These are fruit bats or flying foxes and I would estimate that there were somewhere around 5000 in these trees.
Old Salty
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#6 Jun-27-2008 08:34:pm

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This ones for the hunters.
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#7 Jun-28-2008 10:15:pm

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Glad to see you posting pictures again, Old Salty. Those are the biggest bats I've ever seen. No wonder they're called flying foxes. Creepy. Love the deer. They're looking right at you. Thanks for sharing with us.

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#8 Jul-04-2008 08:22:pm

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This is an Eastern Spotted Tail Quoll a rare and vulnerable species thought extinct on mainland Australia.They were only rediscovered recently and some are located in the area I live.They are regarded as Australias Marsupial cat and this is the largest of four species.They are carnivorous and Ive only seen one in the wild late at night on a remote coastal road.It was lightning fast and a sight to see. Anyhow a good one to show especially to kids for educational purposes.This live specimen was recently acquired by a local wildlife park.
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#9 Jul-04-2008 08:29:pm

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This wallaby was also taken at the wildlife park.I think he was very curious about the camera and whether it was edible but it was a real buzz when he placed his paws in my lap. Anyhow hope you enjoy seeing these great animals and one day I hope I will be able to photograph some of your great animals.
Old Salty
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#10 Jul-04-2008 08:38:pm

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Wow they are so cool! big_smile

Edit to add:

Do wallabies usually get that close?

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#11 Jul-05-2008 04:47:pm

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tree hugger wrote:

Wow they are so cool! big_smile

Edit to add:

Do wallabies usually get that close?

Only those raised in captivity Tree Hugger.When I first moved to this area I had a property where a mob of wallabies would come to the house to feed on fresh grasses.The leader had a torn ear and after about 10 years he was the only one I could get close to and at times hand feed.They are really beautifull animals.
Old Salty

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#12 Jul-05-2008 05:11:pm

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mob of wallabies

Now that conjures up some mental pictures! tongue

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#13 Jul-05-2008 05:20:pm

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tree hugger wrote:

mob of wallabies

Now that conjures up some mental pictures! tongue

Never thought of it that way Tree. I have become known around here as the crazy photographer but Id never bite one on the ear!!
Old Salty

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#14 Jul-07-2008 04:48:pm

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This waterfall has a 200 metre drop and is the second largest in the southern hemisphere. Located on the Comboyne Plateau just west of here.

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#15 Jul-07-2008 04:52:pm

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Another shot from the Comboyne Plateau. The soil is really rich up there and they grow Macedamia Nuts, Advocados,Mangos,Blueberries as well as Dairy Farming,goats,sheep and others.

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#16 Jul-11-2008 04:35:am

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This was todays sunrise down here. Not sure what the vertical stripe was on the horizon but it was there and I have had thoughts of a meteor.
Old Salty
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#17 Jul-12-2008 04:12:am

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This is what makes a lot of Australian animals so different!!
Old Salty
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#18 Jul-12-2008 02:50:pm

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Yes.  Our only marsupial, here (in NJ), is the opossum.

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#19 Jul-12-2008 05:47:pm

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Thanks sschkaak I wasnt aware of that. The builders on a job Im working on caught a possum in the building a couple days ago. While the doors were off he moved into the roof. Probably quite settled in for winter!! We had a minus 2 degrees yesterday and it was so cold down on the beach before sunrise.I didnt have any feet coverings so I really felt it!!
Old Salty

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#20 Jul-17-2008 07:49:am

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biloowarra is an aboriginal word from far north Queensland for pelican. It means something like bad hip because of their awkward walk on land.The Australian Pelican is a lot different to the North American Pelican I think?
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#21 Jul-18-2008 10:00:pm

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Took this shot thismorning of a friend and his Cattle Dog paddling out into the sea through the lake mouth. Did a little editing with Picasa which is a free download from the net.
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#22 Jul-19-2008 10:44:am

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That is really neat! I'm going to have to check into that editing program.

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#23 Aug-01-2008 06:52:am

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This mornings sunrise at home.The tree is a coastal Banksia overlooking the entrance to Lake Cathie.
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#24 Sep-28-2008 03:59:pm

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The Green Sea Turtle we assisted with yesterday.He was covered in barnacles and living crustaceans of which some were already removed.Apparently he recovered in the vets freshwater bath and his heart was good.He was an older juvenile male.
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#25 Sep-28-2008 05:25:pm

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Poor thing. Thanks for the pic.

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