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This blog started when we lived in a Carwoola, a rural residential area close to Canberra. We are moving to a split lifestyle with an apartment in Civic in Canberra and a larger house at Mallacoota in Victoria. Posts about the new residences will start when we complete the moves.

Sunday, 1 November 2009

Wildlife happenings: snake, frog and kangaroo.

This morning  Frances squeaked fairly loudly from the garden.  On going to investigate it emerged there was a 1.3m long Eastern Brown Snake proceeding along the path.  Judicious placement of a few stones allowed it to decide to go somewhere else fairly promptly.

If it was looking for frogs "it should have been here yesterday".  This fat beast (about 4cm long) was found while Frances - why is she having all the reptile fun? - was panting some lavender.  I have sought advice on its ID but anyone who reads this and has an idea is very welcome to contribute it.  The best we have had thus far is Pobblebonk (aka Eastern Banjo Frog.Frances reported that once it had got over its initial shock it deBunterised itself to a more normal frog shape.

 The final element of this post was hearing a lot of roo-ish grunting, accompanied by many bangs, from a small, open-sided, shed on our neighbours property.  On looking there were about 6 very large Eastern Grey Kangaroos chasing each other around the shed, and through the shed, and grunting furiously.  Every so often one would hop onto a sheet of galvanised iron on the ground causing a bang.  There were however other bangs from within the shed which made us wonder if there was an injured roo in there.  In fact it appeared that a female roo was in the shed and she was expressing her opinion on suitors so that her tail whacked the galvo sides of the shed.  Once the hullabaloo dies down she and Mr Accepted seemed to be quite happy to stand in the shady shed while the losers licked themselves outside. {A few nights later - 6 November - a similar event seemed to be taking place around an old horizontal water tank used as a wood-store when wefirst arrived.}

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