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Chomp! Tasty dinner for this Green Tree snake...

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Pale Headed Rosella

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There appears to be an extra frog's foot in #161. :bemused:

Tom, it does look a bit weird, but these Striped Marsh Frogs have long legs... :)

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I believe this is our largest assassin bug, the wheel bug. That big red beak can inflict a painful bite, from what I've been told.

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Nice macro!

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Here's another shot of that snake...5 minutes after the above photo was taken and the frog is halfway down the length of the snake and hardly a bump in sight!

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No, pretty harmless and docile if you are a human...too bad if you are a frog!

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Friendly Green Tree Frog

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Strolling around the garden early morning with the sun trying to break through all the cool misty fog, I happened upon this critter in one of the crotons. I've never seen a lizard that looks like this in my garden. Pretty certain its not a native (can any reptile fans ID?). The head had this strange looking "helmet" that colored a chocolate red. The underbelly has an orangish hue.The tail has dark banding. What I strange is that his fore feet are grasping the branch while his hind legs are straddling it. I guesstimate the overall length to be about 12 inches.

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Coral Gables, FL 8 miles North of Fairchild USDA Zone 10B

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Basilisk - Jesus Christ Lizard

Thanks Tulio - Any idea as to how large they get ? :interesting:

Coral Gables, FL 8 miles North of Fairchild USDA Zone 10B

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They get their name by being able to walk on water....I am sure you have seen videos of this as they run or their back feet....they do not get very big..

John Case

Brentwood CA

Owner and curator of Hana Keu Garden

USDA Zone 9b more or less, Sunset Zone 14 in winter 9 in summer

"Its always exciting the first time you save the world. Its a real thrill!"

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Couple of Spotted Doves through the window...

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It's always fun to revisit this thread to see what's been added -- frogs, lizards, birds -- great stuff!

Kim Cyr

Between the beach and the bays, Point Loma, San Diego, California USA
and on a 300 year-old lava flow, Pahoa, Hawaii, 1/4 mile from the 2018 flow
All characters  in this work are fictitious. Any resemblance to real persons, living or dead, is purely coincidental.

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Not exactly my garden but I thought I'd share here anyways. A group of Wallabys down at the dam. Took the photo from the verandah, the dam leaks and rains have been scarce lately. Also ran over a brown snake yesterday on the farm road to the house, signs of thirst ?

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Happy Gardening

Cheers,

Wal

Queensland, Australia.

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Brown snake eh? Wheres the close-up head shot Wal?

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Blue Faced Honeyeater trying to hide in a tree...

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I dont have a good enough zoom, but "every" morning and evening Platypus come out, they are "very" elusive so its so hard to get close as they must feel the vibrations of your steps when you move from 1 side of the dam to the other to try and get a shot, and "of course" when no camera is in hand they have been very close by. :)

Will, try and try with patience to get some close shots.

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That's pretty cool to have Platypus on your property Pete. Paul, you can keep the possums! I have a few here and they do a fair bit of damage to the garden. They moved in once they cleared the bush out the back.

Here are some other unwanted garden visitors...these paper wasps kept nesting in my Wodyetias, but would lose their nest every time the old leaves fell off...I found this out the hard way when picking up the discarded fronds, only to find a nest in them, along with being attacked by the wasps...they may only be small, but they punch above their weight! They have wisened up and now have made this small Ficus their home...not for too much longer though!

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Had this Rainbow Bee Eater hanging around the garden all morning...too fast to photograph when they are flying, but they are a vivid blue with wings extended...

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I've found these in the garden before but never this BIG. I think they are the larvae of what are called Christmas Beetles. Thankfully I think they only eat decaying matter.

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I've found these in the garden before but never this BIG. I think they are the larvae of what are called Christmas Beetles. Thankfully I think they only eat decaying matter.

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Neil, if a palm looks sick then falls over you can be near "guaranteed" that these Xmas beetle larvae have been enjoying a "very long" Xmas lunch of the palms roots, and gee yours are Big, feed em to the Kookaburras or Magpies :)

Pete

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Whilst taking Cordyline flower photos today, I noticed this little fly perched on one of them...the flower is only 6mm ~1/4 inch across, so how small is this fly? Smaller than a flea for sure..I think he qualifies as the smallest visitor to my garden!

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Not very welcome garden visitors...they weren't actually in my garden, but were circling overhead...looking for small fluffy animals! With a wingspan of about 8ft these Wedgetail Eagles have it easy with cats and small dogs...

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Whilst taking Cordyline flower photos today, I noticed this little fly perched on one of them...the flower is only 6mm ~1/4 inch across, so how small is this fly? Smaller than a flea for sure..I think he qualifies as the smallest visitor to my garden!

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Smallest visitor you've actually seen. :)

Tom

Bowie, Maryland, USA - USDA z7a
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Cool pics everyone, wallabies visit my garden and do lots of damage

Sol Cooper

Hobart Tasmania

42 degrees South

Mild climate - mostly frost free

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Weird Sol, they don't eat a thing here?

Here's a Red Neck Wallaby I saw early the other morning just on sunrise.

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Was doing some work down by the creek...had the camera handy and snapped these little birds playing around the rocks in the creek...

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Fantails are amongst the cheekiest birds in the garden...always up for a game!

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A couple more bird photos from the garden today...

Kookaburra in one of my Plumerias

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Blue Faced Honeyeater in a Plumeria

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