A Beautiful but Deadly Visitor

I was going through my photo’s and came across these from about a year ago. This “little” guy (3+ metres) came for a leisurely stroll through our backyard. Little did we know that he had deadly intentions.

After checking out the lower deck and the dog beds, he slithered up the side driveway and then up one of our massive trees. Watching him climb was fascinating. He gracefully slid up the tree holding on with just the last metre of his tail. The rest of him just moved upwards. What strength they must have in their bodies.

The reason for his tree climb – the family of possums that lived up there. We didn’t see the snake again – but we did find 2 baby possums dead on the ground over the next couple of days. He must have gone up there and taken the mother leaving the babies to perish. Very sad – but that is Mother Nature at work….

I wonder how big he is now and if he will pay us another visit before hibernating this winter????

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New photo’s uploaded

I was doing a bit of a clean out of my photo files and came across some of the beautiful family of deer that came to visit us during our 2012/2013 holiday to USA. It was the last night at our cabin on the frozen lake at Moosehead, Maine. I just happened to be looking out the front window when down the driveway walk a family of about 5 deer. So I grabbed my camera and quietly headed outside. They were so trusting and came up very close – not trusting enough to be hand fed but close enough. You can see the photo’s on my Photo Gallery page.

A New Backyard Visitor

About a week ago we started receiving visits from this gorgeous juvenile Budgie. He (or is it she?) continues to visit twice each day. He still has the tiny facial feathers that baby budgies have and his tail feathers are still very short. But he is holding his own. He visits with the pigeons and again with the Rainbow Lorikeets – but they tend to keep him on the outer.

I’m not sure if he is a truly wild budgie or if he has escaped from being somewhat hand raised… He is such a darling. He lets me walk right up to him. I can put my hand out and place it next to him but he isn’t quite ready to let me touch him. I have nick-named him “Budge” – very original don’t you think  🙂   we have a nice conversation every evening when I get home from work before he flies away to wherever he spends the night.

As I can get so close to him I am hoping to get a better picture of Budge over the weekend.

Budge - just one of my wild visitors

Budge – just one of my wild visitors