A view to a Roo

I have seen some amazingly moody skies here lately..they appear all gruff and angry and i taunt them…’come on give us your best shot’ ..but they are all bluff and no stuff!
When i get to the top of our road the view to the surrounding area is wonderful..you have the grey/blue of the gum trees and further in the distance the vivid green of pine plantations..even further still i can see the flat top of the mountains i think it is Mount Franklin..i must actually look it up!
So often i just stop the car and take some pics..if i am lucky i usually have the added bonus of the Ketchup Mob…which seems to be changing..a lot of young males and females many young females with joeys in pouch and only a few big boys..the really big boys have been absent..
They do go between all properties on our street and i think they are very generous to share their time with all of the neighbourhood.

We have one new house being built and i wonder what they think of that..the other block at the bottom of the street has sold and they are cleaning it up and doing a great job..a lot of work but we can see old fencing we have never seen before due to weeds and overgrowth..this too must make the roos wonder!

So the other day as we drove out i took a couple of snaps..the roos were a bit edgy and so we did not stay long.one young one in particular we have had to be super careful of as he seems to be very skittish and flies off in every which way ..always away from the others and with no real plan!
This one has us driving even more slowly down the street!
I decided to have get my own back on the sultry skies and really turned the picture into a moody one..

I hope you enjoy your day..i am off to bed..i have been test driving cars..and may have eaten something suss for lunch as my tummy is not a happy camper 🙂 and so i am pooped..literally…:) 🙂

Bravado

Bravado

All eyes on me

All eyes on me

Moody skies

Moody skies

The return

Hi guys..well i am super happy that the roos are back, they have been around but staying closer to water and food sources of which there are little to be found.
I had not mentioned it before but two weeks ago i found a dead roo..on the vacant property in our street.
I had thought it was sleeping and the next day no it was still in place..
I stopped my car and entered the property to find the big roo dead..no idea what had happened there was a pool of blood but the body had been dragged by foxes and no doubt Wedge tail eagles.
It was pretty smelly and flyblown..i tried to see if i could tell what had happened but no idea.
I took some pics on my phone to see if i could try and examine them further but nothing.
Nature is amazing this poor roo within a very short time had been reduced to scattered bones.
Roos can get ill and die,they age or are hurt but this stinks to me.
See our neighbours are ALL very protective of our mobs..but in town just when the big storm hit awhile ago the rescue was called to a female roo with a joey in pouch that had been shot with an arrow and the arrow was still in her.These amazing people went out in that storm dodging trees and danger to dart and catch her.
She is recuperating in their shelter as i type.
The thing is someone in this town has it in for the roos..and if i see anyone near our street or anywhere else with a bow and arrow they cannot outrun my car if you know what i mean.
So i hope and pray this roo i found was not a victim of this sort of thing.
My eyes are out now all the time..watching..
So i went today to see how low our dam is..super low..really bad..the roos have been drinking from it and from the sheeps bath tub of water so we are refilling it everyday.
There is roo poo everywhere and they are camping again on our property and the neighbours over the road.
I was super quiet but they heard me..they leapt through the bushes and stopped at the crest of our property and watched me..so i took some pics and they went on their way..a nice sized mob about 13 with a few joeys in pouch..glad they are here..where no man harms them..ever..

Caught him by suprise

Caught him by suprise

Striking a pose

Striking a pose

So proud looking

So proud looking

Time to go

Time to go

Bashfuls day in the Hot Air Balloon

Hi folks..i am continuing Bashful’s holiday with us by re visiting the Hot Air balloon ride..i had not shown his pics of the day as I was doing a more ‘serious’ as such post on the event .

But trust me the little guy WAS there and had a blast..you can read about the day here  https://dinz1234.wordpress.com/2015/01/02/floating-gracefully-into-2015/

I also remembered our Pilots name Shaun..so that was a bonus! Please enjoy some more pics of our fantastic morning in our beautiful Balloon..

 

Filling the Balloon in the morning

Filling the Balloon in the morning

Ready to go!

Ready to go!

And away

And away

Bashful admiring the beautiful scenery

Bashful admiring the beautiful scenery

Such stunning colour..no work needed on these images

Such stunning colour..no work needed on these images

Bashful up in the air

Bashful up in the air

Look at the gorgeous balloons

Look at the gorgeous balloons

All alone in the clouds

All alone in the clouds

This Balloon had finished for the day

This Balloon had finished for the day

I love the peach coloured sky

I love the peach coloured sky

Wow

Wow

As this Balloon comes down the Cattle move on..the calf was very curious!

As this Balloon comes down the Cattle move on..the calf was very curious!

Up in the air..the Balloon takes our picture!

Up in the air..the Balloon takes our picture!

Look who is in my safe hands up here in the sky!

Look who is in my safe hands up here in the sky!

Bashful thanks the pilot Shaun

Bashful thanks the pilot Shaun

Bashful also thanking Merv for picking us up and bringing us safely back to the resort

Bashful also thanking Merv for picking us up and bringing us safely back to the resort

So stay tuned as the holiday continues and there is more fun wit Bashful to come!

Wild on Wednesday

It has been a while since I did a Wild feature..the roos lately have headed to find greener grass and there sure is NO green grass here at the moment.

I miss their visits and I think they are mainly down the back paddocks where the dams on everyones properties ,including ours, provide much needed water that has dried from the grasses and foliage.

So apart from being busy and the roos being elusive I was kind of stumped as to what I could feature from our little property..i did the Stumpies and a lot of people were very amazed at them some people even kind of scared by them,funny the way we react to reptiles even when usually none of us will ever see the things that scare us so much!

Last night I ran out of milk, so Hubby headed off to the shops,it 7.30pm and still light..i got a call on my mobile

‘Hey grab some gloves and come down the driveway’

I could hear our sheep baa’ing but for some stupid reason instantly thought we had a cow loose somewhere! go figure..not a cow close by anywhere..

No what we had was a Tortoise! Hubby has driven down the driveway and seen an odd dirty looking thing and braked in time to stop..there he was..Tutor Turtle..

He bought him up to the house,he was very dry and had come from either the dam over the neighbours or the dam on the other side of our property.

Either way he was headed to bush without water and near the road of our street.

We popped him in the pups pool,added some big concrete blocks so he could get out and in and left him to settle and get some water ,after tea we came out and he was in the bottom of the pool happily swimming around,so off we went and took him to our dam down the back.

Here he will have shelter from reeds, food from the yabbies ,frogs, and leeches..and as much as we have had no rain our dam is much deeper than the one he has wandered from.

I am almost certain I have seen a Tortoise in our dam so he will have company also and there is not a road in sight so if he wanders again he will be safe!

We watched him as we set him just in the water’s edge..the sun was starting to go and when he was ready he stretched his neck out had a peek and off he went to discover his new home.

He left nothing but some bubbles in the surface..i wish you well Tutor..Drizzle Drazzle Drazzle Drone…time for this one to come home.

Tutor : He is an Eastern Snake necked Tortoise..he was most likely a male due to his smaller size.He was about 9inches in diameter and had a flatter body than the fuller females

They get the name snake neck because unlike other tortoises or turtles they do not ‘pop’ their heads in and out they wrap them around and under the shell.

They also have the nickname ‘Stinker’ because they have glands that release a really foul smell when picked up or scared..and yes PEE YEW he was letting them rip!

Please enjoy a very different Wild Wednesday with these pics and the little video.

 

In the pups pool..getting some much needed water

In the pups pool..getting some much needed water

Finally a little foot pokes out

Finally a little foot pokes out

Having  a peek around

Having a peek around

Lovely little critter

Lovely little critter

Putting some water on his little shell

Putting some water on his little shell

Showing Tutor his new digs

Showing Tutor his new digs

That neck right out and off he goes

That neck right out and off he goes

Nothing but some bubbles to know he is there

Nothing but some bubbles to know he is there

The sun setting on another great adventure here at home

The sun setting on another great adventure here at home

Wild on Wednesdays

Today was overcast..windy and very gloomy..in all I saw three roos today..even they have headed to shelter it seems..so I packed the camera and headed to a local Reservoir called Crusoe..

Here are some of the pictures I took today..not all brilliant as the lighting was shocking…and since my eyes were on birds..of course that adds to the complexity of getting a good shot…bad lighting..fast moving erratic creatures..wind…oh and a head ache 😉

Rufous Whistler

Rufous Whistler

Black Pacific Duck..showing me his rear end

Black Pacific Duck..showing me his rear end

Welcome swallows had a nest under this floating pontoon

Welcome swallows had a nest under this floating pontoon

A section of pathway showing egg and bacon plants wattles and gums

A section of pathway showing egg and bacon plants wattles and gums

Yellow Tufted Honeyeater

Yellow Tufted Honeyeater

Grey Currawong

Grey Currawong

Caterpillars eating their weight in gumleaves

Caterpillars eating their weight in gumleaves