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« Reply #50 on: 09/06/2008 15:01:50 »


AWWWWWWWWWW Seany... THats adorable.. I love polar bears! AWWWW!

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« Reply #51 on: 09/06/2008 15:04:45 »
I took these with my little digital camera 6 miles over at the marsh in Arcata!















Arcata Marsh.. Humboldt county, Arcata, California

These are mud ducks and Egrets and sun going down.. overcast day!

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« Reply #52 on: 20/06/2008 18:38:10 »

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« Reply #53 on: 12/07/2008 18:47:14 »
Is that picture of the Blackbird an the Hawk really true? or is it just a montage?... its really unbelievable!

This ist a baby european red fox called Didi, so cute!


and thats a young bussard called "Horst" (its the german Name for a nest of an eagle...the eyry, but its also a german mans name)

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« Reply #54 on: 06/10/2008 11:27:02 »
hey guys where u get this all stuff.....its soooooo cute and nice to watch and to keep them at home too......

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« Reply #55 on: 08/10/2008 04:50:09 »
One of my favorites. Grey tree frog[attachment=4794]
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« Reply #56 on: 28/10/2008 05:58:49 »
cool frog!

Check this critter out.. a Pangolin

I have never seen such a critter.. has anyone else ever seen one... tell me about it eh?

Picture from Wiki!
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« Reply #57 on: 15/02/2009 17:39:03 »
I got this baby land turtle, no clue what species it is but its not eating any fruits i give it...(i had a bigger one a long time before so i am doing the exact same things food wise). I have it in a section of my garden where i've placed water for it and everything. Please help its loosing body mass! [:(]
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« Reply #58 on: 17/02/2009 08:47:49 »
You really do need to identify the exact species of tortoise you have there. It may be a Redfoot or a Russian.

Tortoises may take some time to settle into new surroundings.

Ensure your tortoise has access to good daylight and somewhere to get out of the sun. He/she needs to be able to find shade as much as sunlight in order to regulate body temperature.

Get a good supply of broadleaf weeds, such as dandelion, hedgemustard, chickweed, hawkbits, hawks beard and sow thistle. Your tortoise needs high fibre, high calcium food. A little fruit is OK, but until you have identified the species, you will not know it's nutritional requirements. In all cases avoid brassicas such as kale, cabbage and spinach. These are high in oxalic acid, which prevents calcium absorption.

You might try tempting your tortoise with a little Romain (Cos) Lettuce and some cucumber.

I suggest you visit the Tortoise Trust website for the best possible information. Go to www.tortoisetrust.org They can help you identify your tortoise and have very good care sheets to download.

Other useful sites are http://www.tortoise-protection-group.org.uk/site/1.asp - http://pets.groups.yahoo.com/group/TortoiseNutrition/ - www.tortoisefirst.com
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« Reply #59 on: 18/02/2009 12:15:57 »
Hi SETF, Glad to have been of some assistance with your new Tortoise. Now that you have been able to establish that it is a Redfoot, you will be able to supply the correct nutritional needs for him/her.

This species is to some extent omnivorous.

You should try to maintain a high calcium diet, with plenty of the weeds I described in my previous post. In addition to these weeds, your Redfoot will eat some fruit and animal protein. Allow your tort to eat worms, slugs or similar, or you can give a little cat food or cooked chicken. This protein should be given once a week.

Typically your torts diet should consist of 65 - 70% weeds, 25 - 30% fruit and 5 - 10% animal protein. You can sprinkle a multivitamin such as 'Nutrobal'ô on the food two or three times a week and also a calcium supplement is a very good idea, this can be given daily. Always ensure your tort has access to fresh water.

In order to drink, your tort will need a dish he/she can get right in to, with the water level up to the lower edge of the carapace (upper shell). Tortoises do not have an upper pallet in their mouths' so they cannot suck up water, they need to be able to immerse their head into the water right up to and covering their nasal passage.

Sexing your tortoise can be difficult. Tortoises usually reach sexual maturity at around 8 years. On the male the tail will be long and straight and the plastron (lower or underside of the shell) will be slightly concave. The female has a shorter stubbier tail which tends to curl to one side and the plastron will be flat. These signs may not become fully evident until your tort reaches maturity.

I hope this will be of use to you, and wish you & your Redfoot well.

Don't forget HIGH CALCIUM intake. MBD (Metabolic Bone Disease) is a terrible thing for torts. This is the result of calcium deficiency in a California Desert Tortoise:

www.tortoisetrust.org

Your tort has very good healthy shell. Nice even shape and no 'pyramiding' of the scutes as in the picture above.


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It is a common myth that omnivorous turtles do not suffer from nutritional disorders to the same extent as herbivorous species. Not true. This poor box turtle (Terrapene carolina) was raised on a diet of canned dog food without adequate calcium supplementation....
www.tortoisetrust.org

One last point, which so many people neglect; your tort, well looked after, can live for well over 100 years. You need to make provision for him/her, when you are no longer able to care for him/her.
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« Reply #60 on: 18/02/2009 13:41:11 »
hey so thanks again for the further advise, i have been giving it calcium supplements on a chunk of damp bread. Can any other multivitamin work?....uhh as for the weeds I live in the tropics and I'm not sure what other plants besides my neighbor's hibiscus plants is good for it (i haven't been driven to take any lol)

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« Reply #61 on: 18/02/2009 14:39:00 »
I would give the calcium on fruit, such as tomato, cucumber, strawberry etc., rather than bread.

I'm not sure which of these grow in your part of the world, but you may find these lists helpful.
http://www.tortoisefirst.com/nutritional-common-weed-pictures-t305.html
http://www.tortoisetrust.org/articles/feeding_redfoots.html
http://www.tortoisetrust.org/articles/webdiet.htm
http://www.tlady.clara.net/TortGuide/Diet.htm#plantlist
http://www.shelledwarriors.co.uk/site/Caresheets_and_Articles/Entries/2007/11/27_Redfooted_Tortoise_Caresheet%2C_by_Darren_Langford.html

These tortoises are quite fond of hibiscus (flowers and leaves), papaya, bouganvillea, cactus, aloe vera and many other naturally occurring Caribbean plants.
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« Reply #62 on: 26/03/2009 21:06:50 »
Whist looking for a photo for my reversing snail question I found this..

Do ewe think it is real or a fake ?

I can't seem to locate any proper info about it !

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« Reply #63 on: 09/04/2009 08:46:30 »
lol.. truthfully I thought it looked real but all I could find was hoax stuff.... and Jimbobs opinion too. But I thought that Old Rabit you posted was a real rabit too you naughy Sheepy! Lol..

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« Reply #64 on: 09/04/2009 08:48:40 »
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« Reply #65 on: 04/05/2009 20:06:01 »
A Lactrodectus sp.(Black Widow) that I saw last summer while collecting crinoids in Kentucky.


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« Reply #66 on: 17/05/2009 21:14:07 »

I was out in the field when they came over.
Deepest droning noise I've heard in a while.
Rather disturbing until you realize they only want to find a place to rest for the night.

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« Reply #67 on: 18/05/2009 06:16:41 »
Rather disturbing until you realize they only want to find a place to rest for the night.
Aha! But that's exactly what they want you to think! When you are relaxed they come get you!

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« Reply #68 on: 19/05/2009 08:58:35 »
They are still there after about 48 hours.
I would have thought that was a temp nest, that they would look for a hollow in a tree to make a permeant hive.
I wonder if they  will stay.

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« Reply #69 on: 28/07/2009 05:41:26 »
This was just beating against the sliding glass door.
It's a regal moth.








Its caterpillar stage is the most impressive.  As a caterpillar it is know as "The Hickory Horned Devil."
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« Reply #70 on: 28/07/2009 06:46:22 »
Wholly moly again! That last one looks grotesque.

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« Reply #71 on: 28/07/2009 07:35:43 »
"The Hickory Horned Devil." is impressive and not at all grotesque. Very Handsome specimen actually!

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« Reply #72 on: 28/07/2009 07:39:09 »
Maybe it's because I've never seen it in my life.
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« Reply #73 on: 28/07/2009 07:44:04 »
Maybe it's because I've never seen it in my life.

Really??? Wow I have held and seen many You need to come visit me and hang out around here a bit.. My yard, and this area are full of life like that! Amazing is'nt it?

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« Reply #74 on: 28/07/2009 08:01:29 »
Yes, maybe I should!
It does look very strange to a newbie.

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« Reply #75 on: 26/08/2009 10:52:11 »
Eagle eyes!

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I took this shot at the weekend. (French = weekend)

Quite pleased with it, myself.
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« Reply #76 on: 26/08/2009 12:56:43 »
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Isn't it "Le weekend" en France.

[Damn, I missed a distracting bit of red on the left].
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« Reply #77 on: 28/08/2009 15:31:23 »
Here's another shot of an Eagle, this time its a Bateleur Eagle.

These beautiful eagles were at the Old Warden Park Birds of Prey Centre.

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« Reply #78 on: 20/11/2009 16:38:34 »
"Suppose there's a significant proportion of people who are born because their parents were incompetent at using contraception. If thereís a genetic tendency to be incompetent or fumble at the crucial moment, then there would be, by definition, natural selection in favor of contraceptive ineptitude"

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« Reply #79 on: 23/11/2009 14:47:25 »
"Suppose there's a significant proportion of people who are born because their parents were incompetent at using contraception. If thereís a genetic tendency to be incompetent or fumble at the crucial moment, then there would be, by definition, natural selection in favor of contraceptive ineptitude"

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« Reply #80 on: 07/09/2010 11:33:21 »
Not exactly wild, but these turtles are resident in the greenhouse pond in Hall Place, Bexley.

I've seen them on the odd occasion swimming in the pond, but this was the first time I saw them basking and got a better look at them.

Nobody knows how they got there, but its reasonable to assume they have been brought there by people who bought them as pets and when they got too big, they released them into this pond. Fortunately, they are well fed by the staff, so they don't bother the fish too much, although the odd one or two have been found with chunks bitten out of them.

I'm not 100% sure, but the turtles basking on the side look very much like Yellow Belly Sliders and the one trying to get out to do a spot of basking is a Red Ear Slidder. Both species are from North America and are popular pets. Many, along with the Box Turtles are captured from the wild and sold or exported by the pet trade.

As these sliders can get quite big, they are often released into the wild when their owners find they do not have the space for the tank required. A turtle needs a 10 gallon per inch tank capacity, so a single Red Ear Slider adult may need a 150 gallon tank.

Release of these turtles into the wild can result in the demise of the turtle or devastation of other wildlife in the locality and is illegal.

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Yellow Belly Sliders

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« Reply #81 on: 28/10/2010 11:19:29 »
Here's a wasp nest (Yellow Jacket)

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« Reply #82 on: 28/10/2010 11:25:57 »
In the words of John Cleese, and now for something completely different.

As part of their pre hibernation check up, my two Mediterranean Spur Thigh Tortoises (Testudo Graeca Graeca) were Xray'ed, so I thought you might find these pics a little different to the usual.

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« Reply #83 on: 29/10/2010 13:18:28 »
Don - great pics.  Hope the strange build-up/brightness on the centre left (as we see it) of the top picture is nothing to worry about - it looks anomalous compared to the rest of the two pictures, its so solid I wonder if it is shell injury(?) that has scarred or the like.
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« Reply #84 on: 29/10/2010 17:24:35 »
Your assumption is spot on imatfaal. Or at least, I believe so. I am waiting for a response to my query on the matter from our vet. Although they have checkup's before and after hibernation each year, this is the first time I have had them X-rayed.

We gave these two a new home after their original owner (a neighbour) decided they were taking up too much space, time and pennies.

I do wish people would think ahead before committing themselves to pets, especially exotic pets.

When they were little more than hatchlings, they were allowed to roam their owners kitchen floor while their vivarium was being cleaned out. Not that they should have been in a vivarium in the first place. (Owner's first mistake, well, sort of; the real first mistake was in taking notice of a pet shop owner, out to make as big a sale as possible, with no regard to the animal's welfare.)

While roaming the kitchen floor (owner's 2nd mistake; dangerous for the tortoise and for humans, since tortoises can carry salmonella and/or have worms or other parasites. I hasten to add these two are in the best of health) they had access to the owner's dog and cat food. (3rd mistake; animal protein can(and did)cause pyramiding of the scutes. It can also cause other bone problems and can kill).

Unfortunately Mr Pastry (the other one we named Pork Pie) was an object of great curiosity  to one of the 3 dogs and was picked up by her. Although the injury was slight, it did leave a scar on the shell's surface and some internal damage. The vet who tended to her deemed the internal shell damage was no so great as to warrant any action and that Mr Pastry would be better off left to recover naturally. Obviously, any invasive operation on a tortoise's body under the shell involves cutting into the shell. Not a procedure any herp vet would undertake unless absolutely essential.

The external scar (6 years on) is now almost undetectable and Mr Pastry has suffered no ill effects from the broken pieces under the shell.

Unfortunately, pyramiding of the scutes caused by eating dog food and other incorrect foods (such as Brasicas) is not reversable, but it has not got worse.

Just look at how bad it can get:


A California Dessert Tortoise raised on a high protein diet.


A Marginated Tortoise also raised on a high protein and low calcium diet.


This poor Box Turtle, though omnivorous, was raised on dog food alone.


Perhaps most disturbing, this Horsfield Tortoise was raised in a vivarium on lettuce and fruit.

Above pictures from the Tortoise Trust.
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« Reply #85 on: 31/10/2010 20:55:58 »
Most distressing - keeping animals (especially those from such a different ecosystem) is a real responsibility
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« Reply #86 on: 27/12/2010 19:09:05 »
You can look at the local vervets, they are having a very fecund year, with a dozen or more babies, and a whole lot of adolescents around.

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« Reply #87 on: 04/01/2011 21:03:20 »
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« Reply #88 on: 27/09/2012 10:11:55 »
Praying Mantis



Taken in the south of France.

Please excuse the quality, this was rather a hasty shot, hand held with a Sigma 105mm macro lens.
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« Reply #89 on: 30/07/2014 16:43:30 »
Here's something I recall seeing often when I was mere lad in short trousers. I haven't seen one for years. I had to go like a mad thing to get my equipment out & set up for this shot. I'd quite forgotten how fast a caterpillar can move.
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Caterpillar of the Privet Hawk Moth

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« Reply #90 on: 21/08/2014 23:48:49 »
This is a mug shot of one of the pesky little varmints that have been making a meal out of the clematis.



Bush Cricket.

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« Reply #91 on: 17/10/2015 04:13:50 »
Some Feral bees 2015 Sydney NSW Australia (various "macro" full size pics)

(Macro HD 720p) Transplanted hive hand feeding on honey supplement (also has to be fed pollen in the hive)
*note if you need/compulsory/unshakable-belief/require "cheap" and "effective" : This camera (Nikon Coolpix L340) did well at depth of field in Macro and it's cheap, the video here is at basically max depth.
Only this video and the 21MP picture are from this camera. It's difficult to find a camera that does well at macro and on Auto functions!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UGmlQY5pevU

3 weeks later, Transplanted/grafted to hive is now starting to build full length "brood cells" (can't quite be seen - covered in bees) (server filename change to correct the problem, the server machine throws a tantrum about some filenames - filename woes twice now!)
(3000 x 2259 changed for size on server)  http://www.windsolarhybridaustralia.x10.mx/transplantedlFeralBeesCloseUp.jpg


(3000 x 2259 changed for size on server)  http://www.windsolarhybridaustralia.x10.mx/brood-comb3000.jpg


The above two photos are around medium tele-macro , the next two are an "avarice" and "greedy" to gather such a small quantity.
A large part of the technique is holding still with 2 or 3 hundred stingers ready and at a distance of around 2 inches from the lens.
Movement shake is the biggest problem and getting the field depth for tele right.
I have used many cameras and the 8MP was better than a top brand but essentially useless because of battery complications, so i got this one and its delivered the pics.

(3000 x 2259 changed for size on server)  http://www.windsolarhybridaustralia.x10.mx/bees-feeding-position-MAX-AVERICE-telemacro3000.jpg


(3000 x 2259 changed for size on server)  http://www.windsolarhybridaustralia.x10.mx/bees-MAX-AVERICE-2inchfieldepth-telemacro3000.jpg




Drones everywhere on the origin wild hive entrance.
(21MP)  http://www.windsolarhybridaustralia.x10.mx/dronesevertwherefirsthotweatherofspring.jpg


Wild hive entrance - these wild hive pics were taken after a week of cold weather, it had been the second day since the cold it had reached near 30 degrees Celsius and there had been swarm behavior. It has been well over 16 days (swarm cell gestation period) since the last swarming occurred(when i scraped them into a box off the wall and put them in the Langstroth 10) on the first hot day of spring that was over 30C, it was actually 37.4C degrees Celsius around October the 5th when they were boxed.
(21MP)  http://www.windsolarhybridaustralia.x10.mx/hiveentranceboltholes.jpg



Feral-bees in a swarm trap hive and forage can be seen under the frame top by translucency through the frame wax foundation sheet.
(8MP)   http://www.windsolarhybridaustralia.x10.mx/Feral-bees-in-swarm-trap-hive-and-forage-translucency-through-wax-foundation.jpg


(8MP)   http://www.windsolarhybridaustralia.x10.mx/IMG_0057-Feral-Bees-Being-Fed-inSwarm-trap-hive.jpg
Feral Bees Being Fed on the landing board of the Swarm trap hive (1).


(8MP)   Feral Bees Being Fed on the landing board of the Swarm trap hive (2).
http://www.windsolarhybridaustralia.x10.mx/IMG_0057-Feral-Bees-Being-Fed-inSwarm-trap-hive-2.jpg


(8MP)   Sydney Industrial Feral Bee Lineup for honey to feed on on their new hive landing board Day13 October 2015
http://windsolarhybridaustralia.x10.mx/IMG_0067Feral-Bee-Lineup-to-feed-on-landing-board-Day13.JPG


(8MP)   Sydney Industrial Feral Bees - Origin wild hive in building wall (middle right of picture - four bolt holes)
http://windsolarhybridaustralia.x10.mx/Industrial-building-feral-behive.jpg


(8MP)   Sydney Industrial Feral Bees - Standard vertical feeding position
http://windsolarhybridaustralia.x10.mx/standard-eating-position-Sydney-feral-industrial-bees.jpg


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Re: Pictures of Wildlife...the Birds and the Bees etc etc
« Reply #92 on: 05/01/2016 13:15:13 »
Stag Fallow Deer.

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Taken at Knole Park, Sevenoaks.
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Re: Pictures of Wildlife...the Birds and the Bees etc etc
« Reply #93 on: 08/01/2016 12:21:45 »
Bald Eagle

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Re: Pictures of Wildlife...the Birds and the Bees etc etc
« Reply #94 on: 11/01/2017 03:08:58 »
Australian Native Burrowing bees
(the top two are Blue banded bees)