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Predator! Gorgeous photo of a dragonfly by +Delon Thompson 
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There is a lot of noise around the shut down of major industries ... this is a different perspective on what is happening from what you will see in the mainstream media.
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Blue Tongue Skink

We bought our house a year ago. It has a lot of garden beds which are now nicely wild rather than trimmed into squares and rounds.

I'm not a fan of chemical pest control, and at first the pests bloomed. Now we are starting to see more of a balance. Many of the aphids and Cabbage White caterpillars are parasitised (quite a few are not too, but the chickens appreciate that), and now our army of Water Skinks has been joined by the heavy artillery of a Blue Tongue Skink. Watch out snails!
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You naughty girl. Your punishment is to take pictures everyday for a month now.
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Emerald Dove (Chalcophaps indica)

This little Emerald Dove was a daily visitor to my 'forest escape' cottage last week. I've seen the Crested Pigeons, and of course the feral pigeons, adapting to being fed, but have not seen these hanging around people before.

It foraged on my verandah every day, no doubt used to people regularly leaving food around. I thought that they were fruit eaters, but maybe they have a more cosmopolitan diet that includes bacon and eggs (the daily breakfast, meant to be prepared on the outside BBQ).
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Stocking the Larder

The guided tour of the Macquarie University sculpture collection last Wednesday was interesting, but for me it couldn't beat finding this hard-working little wasp dragging a rotund spider off to its lair.

I wonder whether #BuggyFriday still exists?

Apologies for the re-post. I unintentionally posted an album instead of a single photo.

#BuggyLunch +BuggyLunch
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Thank you for the share +Buggy Lunch. The spider does look a bit like a seed at first glancr.
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Australian Ministry of Truth annonces  Abbott's choice for Human Rights Commissar
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I don't miss the cold, but Tassie is a wonderful place. +Grant Murray has some lovely pictures that give you an insight into this place that can still give you a wilderness experience.
 
Good morning world, Mt Hesperus, Western Arthur Range, South West National Park, Tasmania.
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Little Red Flying-foxes (Pteropus scapulatus)

I was trying to zoom from Tenterfield to Kyogle so that I could have plenty of time at the fabulous Daleys Fruit Farm before driving on to Murwillumbah. The road was steep, and twisty, it was narrow and bumpy and there were a few caravans that must have been regretting their choice of route. The slow trip meant that I was able to enjoy the scenery, and as I went over the bridge at Drake, I spotted (and smelt) a colony of flying-foxes. Time was short, but it is never too short to take a few photos of these gorgeous critters.

They have been very poorly treated over the last couple of hundred years, and never so badly as now. Most people don't tolerate the loss of their fruit, or the smell and noise of the colonies. Politicians in Queensland have now decided that Flying-foxes are fair game. You still need a permit to shoot them, but now local authorities can use horrendous ways of evacuating them from their towns resulting in stressed bats with nowhere to go and plenty of dead and dying young.

We need Flying-foxes. They are the major pollinators of our eucalypts and many other plant species. Can you imagine an Australia without gum trees?
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How'd you do that, Maria? Hahahahaha lol lol lol :-D:-D:-D
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Pink Bellied Moth (Oenochroma vinaria) - Urban Wildlife #2

The lights are on until all hours in the toilets at the Depot at work. It makes them a good spot for moth hunting.

This Pink Bellied Moth spent the day trying to ignore the comings and goings.

It is so much like a eucalypt leaf, in nature you'd probably not notice it.
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I always feel a bit strange about taking the camera into the toilets +Tarun Bhushan, but I think the Works guys in the building opposite already think everyone in my group is a mad greenie anyway.
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Enjoy getting out and about, taking photos of things that catch my eye. My eye is mostly attuned to nature, I'll see the beetle on the wall and miss the fire engine going by.
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Loving life on the Central Coast of New South Wales. It has been a varied journey, from Africa, the Seychelles to Queensland then Tasmania. Where I am right now is the best place to be. But I always seem to say that!

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