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    Quote Originally Posted by Mendip View Post
    their underside is bright orange.
    I'd say that around here the underside is mostly white with a strong red or pink stripe. If you look on the Interwebby thing you can find lots of pics of these and most are much more vividly marked than the ones I see locally. I din't keep any pics of the overturned roadkill, I'll look out for one.

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    Here's one we had in the garden a while ago. As soon as the dogs started sniffing around it curled up it's tail and showed the orange underside.

    I guess this is maybe a defense mechanism as brightly coloured snakes tend to be venomous?


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    Striped Kukri

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    What's in your garden?-deadkukri-jpg

    Here is one from this morning's walk along the lane. To be fair, the colour reproduction is poor, the end of the tail particularly is pinkish. However, nothing like as bright as some pictures I have seen.

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    Would you believe me if I told you that I have a pic of a Tokay gecko eating a sparrow, but can't find it right now.

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    Found it.

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    ^ Wow!


    As I've mentioned before, orchids aren't the gardener's strong point. Several of our orchid coconut shells have been taken over by nesting birds.



    These are the birds... this one was about to add to her nest. I have no idea what they are. Nev?



    And in this coconut shell we have a huge birds nest and a blooming orchid.



    To be honest I find the birds' nests more interesting than flowers. This nest has chicks in.



    Our best orchid is growing on a tree at the far side of the pond. I don't think the gardener knows about this one which is probably why it's doing so well.


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    That looks like it might be a Scaly-breasted Munia. Best wait for someone who really knows.

    Nice orchid there. Given a tree it likes it will flower without any human intervention. My gf's neighbour has a beautiful orangey-coloured orchid that he told me he found in the forest years ago. It gets a lot of direct sunlight where it is, yet it seems to prosper.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shutree View Post
    That looks like it might be a Scaly-breasted Munia.
    That's exactly what it is, Shutree.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mendip View Post
    And in this coconut shell we have a huge birds nest and a blooming orchid.

    To be honest I find the birds' nests more interesting than flowers. This nest has chicks in.


    Yes, scaly-breasted munias have interesting nests, with a side entrance. Last year, there was one where I live and it was in a very precarious position. The first one fell down after a week, but they rebuilt it and it lasted until well past the time the chicks hatched and had flown the nest.
    It was interesting to see the parents feed their chicks. Both male and female arrived at the nest with food but they took it in turns to feed the chicks and also to keep a look out while the other was feeding the young. While keeping a look out, the look out bird would make a particular sound continuously. When they were disturbed or saw danger (me usually), the sound would change and they'd both fly off.

    The young chicks don't have scaly breasts. That comes as they get older.
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    Nice spot and educational form, Nev.

    Cheers.


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    ^^ That's exactly what happens with this nest, Nev.

    When the parents turn up with food this loud, high pitched chattering sound starts up for a few seconds... I'd assumed it came from the nest but it must be from the look out bird. And there's always two birds that turn up with food together, I guess the mum and dad. Thanks.

    The other night Maya was absolutely transfixed by this big preying mantis that landed nearby.



    She couldn't keep her eyes off it.



    Until eventually she had to investigate and poked it with her paw. The preying mantis was having none of it and defended its patch.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Mendip View Post
    ^^ That's exactly what happens with this nest, Nev.

    When the parents turn up with food this loud, high pitched chattering sound starts up for a few seconds... I'd assumed it came from the nest but it must be from the look out bird. And there's always two birds that turn up with food together, I guess the mum and dad. Thanks.
    The sound will be from both the chicks and from the look-out bird; the chicks telling their parents to hurry up 'cus they're hungry and the look-out bird giving the all clear signal. You should be able to distinguish between the two different sounds. The chicks usually kick-off first, often slightly before the parents turn up. From my observation, the parents usually perch nearby briefly to see if all is clear and after that fly on to the nest. I guess the chicks sense the presence of the parents before they arrive at the nest.

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    ^ I was sitting down in the sala today when it felt like I was being watched.

    It was a couple of your scaly-breasted munia chicks on the look-out for their parents with food.



    They must be just about ready to fledge.


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    Beautiful colours on that mantis Mendip.

    This captive cricket was well camouflaged in brown when I caught him at the weekend. He enjoyed eating chopped grapes but turned up his mandibles at broccoli in my entomological dietary experiment.

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    He earned his freedom from the jar after keeping me company in the kitchen for 3 days and is back roaming the garden (unless he was eaten by one of the kookaburras who were kicking up a racket in the tree 10 minutes after he hopped off).

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    First ripe strawberry of the year...

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    What's in your garden?-keeled-jpg

    A Keeled rat snake. Maybe two metres. The photo was from a distance, at first glance these things look quite similar to cobras so I wanted to be sure before I got close. Then it took off before I could get a close-up. They move quickly.

    The gf seemed disappointed that I didn't catch it. It makes a tasty soup, she says.

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    ^^Superbly manicured nails Chitty!

    Missing my long legged friend today. The kitchen feels empty without him. Just looking through some old photos of the time we spent together.

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    In my garden this week are massive fuck off thorny bushes

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    I taught them a lesson they won't forget...

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    I have been practising the art of procreation with the help of Miss Lusty Luzon

    She has a tangerine tree and I have 5 orange and lemon trees so brought me a tangerine scion and I grafted it on to one of my orange trees.

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    You cut the scion tip to a taper, then cut off a twig on the tree and split the stem and then wedge the scion into the split and tape it up with plumbers tape.

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    If the graft takes then I will have tangerines growing on one branch and oranges on the others.

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    Hawkmoth caterpillar (?) first I've seen with these colour variations

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    A few inhabitants this week...

    I deliberately haven't fixed this door to an outside storage area for several years... at least that's what I tell the wife!

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    Had the wife spotted this guy first it would have been deep fried in stale oil...

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    This guy comes out every night and hides behind the back door. The daughter's taken to leaving tidbits out on the windowsill and they always disappear. I love hearing the call of the tookay.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Mendip View Post
    A few inhabitants this week...

    I deliberately haven't fixed this door to an outside storage area for several years... at least that's what I tell the wife!

    A Green if you can guess the meal?



    Had the wife spotted this guy first it would have been deep fried in stale oil...

    A Green if you can guess the sport?



    This guy comes out every night and hides behind the back door. The daughter's taken to leaving tidbits out on the windowsill and they always disappear. I love hearing the call of the tookay.



    Listening carefully, you find that their usual 3-4 calls degenerate into a rhythmic sounding "fuck you" in a special Tokay kinda manner.

    ตุ๊กแกพูดฝรั่ง.....

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    Yeah, foj.

    It really is about no more than…foj.

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    ^^^^Beutiful caterpillar
    ^^^and cricket

    Indulged in a bit of cross-fertilisation at Miss Lusty Luzon's place with a cutting from my finest orange tree.

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    Wedged my scion tightly into a split in her tangerine

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    Bandaged it up and bob's yer gender-neutral parent's sibling

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    Sneaked into the kitchen while she was asleep and raided the freezer for some well deserved Philippine ice cream for a reward

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    I am not sure what flavour Ube is supposed to be but it is a fairly lurid purple colour

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mendip View Post
    A Green if you can guess the meal?
    Toad in the Hole


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