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[personal profile] moonvoice
Went to Caversham earlier in the week and took some photos.
I don't have names for every animal because I am exceptionally lazy
when it comes to paying attention to signs
or scrolling through animal identification books.
So if I didn't know it off-hand, I didn't put it in.

Black breasted buzzard.

This guy cracked me up. He's so punk!

Australian kestrel.

Black swan. To which my brother said 'the idea of white swans is weird,' to which I responded 'I bet most people in the Northern Hemisphere feel exactly the same way about our black swans.'


Cape Barren Goose. I LOVED these. I want one. They're huge. And they look kind of dinosaurish when walking around.

Dingo. Not a great shot. But it amused me how it was lying down next to the sign.


Masked lapwing and bush thick-knee.

Masked lapwing.

Red fox.

Female swamp buffalo.

Female red kangaroo with joey in pouch. That joey probably doesn't need the pouch anymore, lol!

Semi-leucistic red kangaroos.

Leucistic red kangaroos. These guys were bullies. But still awesome.

Date: 2012-04-21 01:42 am (UTC)
ariestess: (Default)
From: [personal profile] ariestess
Gorgeous! I am in love with the kestrel and the black swan. For many years, one of my dreams has been to have a pair of trumpeter swans and a pair of black swans in a pond on my property.

Date: 2012-04-21 02:31 am (UTC)
avia: A mute swan in snow with a graceful curled neck. Black and white. (swan snowfall)
From: [personal profile] avia
Oh gosh, that's one of my dreams too (having any swans on my property, not just those kinds). If you ever do, I will want to follow you just to fuss over the swans~

Date: 2012-04-21 02:52 am (UTC)
ariestess: (Default)
From: [personal profile] ariestess
*nods* I'd be happy with ANY swans, but those two are my dream pairs, particularly the trumpeters.

And the only way I'll get my swans is to win the lottery, but if we do, you'll have a standing invitation to visit any time you want.

Date: 2012-04-21 02:56 am (UTC)
avia: A cute cygnet with a happy and blushing expression, drawn in a dramatic cartoon style. (happy cygnet)
From: [personal profile] avia
Oh, thank you! The thought is lovely~~~

Date: 2012-04-21 03:07 am (UTC)
ariestess: (Default)
From: [personal profile] ariestess
You're welcome!

Date: 2012-04-21 02:29 am (UTC)
avia: A cute cygnet with a happy and blushing expression, drawn in a dramatic cartoon style. (happy cygnet)
From: [personal profile] avia
All your birds are SO cute. *curls up with black swan*

Date: 2012-04-21 09:29 am (UTC)
avia: A cute cygnet with a happy and blushing expression, drawn in a dramatic cartoon style. (happy cygnet)
From: [personal profile] avia
Waa, you have actually touched their feathers? owo; I have not even touched a swan (well, they have put their beak against my hand and nibbled my fingers, but, I never have touched their feathers). And I'm a swan therian. ^v^

Date: 2012-04-21 09:35 am (UTC)
avia: Two swans in a painted style, with a soft purple color effect that looks fantasy. (mysterious swans)
From: [personal profile] avia
Hehe, yeah. We invade society and then look at you like you are broken when you don't give treats. ^v^

I think I would die if I actually got touch a swan's feathers...

Date: 2012-04-21 09:38 am (UTC)
avia: A little cygnet monster with big black eyes, rolling around on the floor. (cute baby monster)
From: [personal profile] avia
Wow. All of that sounds so amazing. owo; Wild parrots that feed from your hands! It sounds like a Disney movie...

Hehe, and I'm definitely more than happy to give lots of pets to cats!

Date: 2012-04-21 02:55 am (UTC)
clare_dragonfly: woman with green feathery wings, text: stories last longer: but only by becoming only stories (CM: Garcia: ordinary)
From: [personal profile] clare_dragonfly
Gorgeous pictures! As a matter of fact, black swans are so weird to this Northern Hemisphere-dweller that I didn't even know they were their own species, let alone that they were common somewhere in the world. Cool!

Date: 2012-04-21 04:09 am (UTC)
stephbg: I made this! (Default)
From: [personal profile] stephbg
The Northerner's assumptions about the correct colour of swans goes back a long way. "The black swan theory or theory of black swan events is a metaphor that encapsulates the concept that an event is a surprise (to the observer) and has a major impact. After the fact, the event is rationalized by hindsight."

Date: 2012-04-21 05:35 pm (UTC)
clare_dragonfly: woman with green feathery wings, text: stories last longer: but only by becoming only stories (Default)
From: [personal profile] clare_dragonfly
I suppose so! Hmm... I think on my list of things to do in life (which doesn't actually exist) I should put "go to Australia and see black swans" :D (And I'm pretty sure there are lots of other awesome things to see in Australia. I really want to go there someday.)

Date: 2012-04-21 03:18 am (UTC)
fadedwings: (Default)
From: [personal profile] fadedwings
Gorgeous photos! I especially love the black breasted buzzard!

Date: 2012-04-21 03:26 am (UTC)
white_rabbit: (Katara - Happy)
From: [personal profile] white_rabbit
I looove black Swans. We actually have them in some parts around here. :) Luke and I met a quite nice pair a few summers ago. They were coming over and we were like, "Are you coming over to attack us because we are close to your river, or are you just used to humans feeding you so you think we might have food?" I have actually not seen many white swans outside of zoos or themeparks.

The expression of the Boobook in the background of that first picture KILLS me. He/she seems to be all blissful.

Date: 2012-04-21 11:02 am (UTC)
feralkiss: Clouded leopard walking up to the viewer, intense look and tongue licking its lips. (Default)
From: [personal profile] feralkiss
Pretty pictures! I love these owls.

Date: 2012-04-21 03:48 am (UTC)
spider_fox: (Default)
From: [personal profile] spider_fox
Yea, you want a dino bird, feel free to interact with our Canada Geese. Such PUNKS, and they gang up on ya too when you're simply walking to your car.

And you're totally right in your swan response, lol. We have mute swans here because of colonialism, but we're supposed to have some trumpeters. Someday maybe, they're cool birds and not as punky as the geese, lol.

Date: 2012-04-21 09:42 pm (UTC)
spider_fox: (Default)
From: [personal profile] spider_fox
I googled the bird after making the comment last night, I think they're really pretty :)

Date: 2012-04-21 09:43 pm (UTC)
spider_fox: (Default)
From: [personal profile] spider_fox
I was making a reference to the behavior of the geese, not the look (even though you were referring to the look of your goose). My bad!

Date: 2012-04-21 10:10 am (UTC)
shistavanenjedi: (Default)
From: [personal profile] shistavanenjedi
The dingo has that bored look which my dog used to get. Great photos. When I take photos of animals, other than the chinchillas, they tend to be specks on the horizon, even with the digital camera.

Date: 2012-04-21 12:29 pm (UTC)
zirconium: Photo of graduated cylinder with black and blue feathers (measured 1)
From: [personal profile] zirconium
What a splendid gallery! Thanks for sharing it. (Here via [personal profile] ysabetwordsmith's link.)

Date: 2012-04-21 01:30 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] hrafn
Aw, the boobooks have the sweetest faces!

I've known black swans existed since I was a child, because my parents bought us a variety of books about animals, and one of them was all about Australian animals (I recall this one being my favorite, because the critters were so unusual and interesting compared to the rest . . . I can't even remember what the focus of the other books in the series were!). So I'm always slightly surprised when I meet another adult American who's like "BLACK swans?? what?"

The black feathers and red bill make them such striking birds!

Date: 2012-04-21 03:41 pm (UTC)
silverjackal: (Default)
From: [personal profile] silverjackal
The buzzard really is stunningly handsome, with those variegated feathers. I also chuckled at the Dingo photo. "Yes, that's me. And?" :D And the Boobooks are as exquisite as only small owls can be. I know the "inside" does not match the exterior!

Date: 2012-04-21 11:17 pm (UTC)
thnidu: my familiar. "Beanie Baby" -type dragon, red with white wings (Default)
From: [personal profile] thnidu
Love the buzzard! And I knew "leucistic" in < half a second! (Classical Greek is good for you!)

¡¡¡¡¡Too many exclamation points!!!!!

Date: 2012-04-22 01:24 am (UTC)
shimmerhawk: (narumi icon)
From: [personal profile] shimmerhawk
Love the dingo! Thanks for sharing these. :)

Date: 2012-04-22 08:05 am (UTC)
sundog: (DManHappy)
From: [personal profile] sundog
Love the fox and buzzard! Gorgeous pictures, as always!

Date: 2012-04-22 01:29 pm (UTC)
kath_ballantyne: Circle that is half Captain America's Shield and half Winter Soldier Star and lines representing the metal arm (Default)
From: [personal profile] kath_ballantyne
Oh these are fantastic.

Date: 2012-04-23 01:10 pm (UTC)
witchchild: (Default)
From: [personal profile] witchchild
Oh what bird love there is here!

Date: 2012-04-23 03:53 pm (UTC)
unaspenser: A lovely drawing of a little grebe. (Default)
From: [personal profile] unaspenser
So pretty! I'd never seen that type of goose before, they really do look like dinosaurs!

Also, yes, the first time I saw a black swan (when I visted Chenonceau castle in France) I was really amazed. I knew they existed, but it just totally went against my mental image of swans.

Date: 2012-04-24 10:05 pm (UTC)
unaspenser: A lovely drawing of a little grebe. (Default)
From: [personal profile] unaspenser
my mind, it has been blown.

Date: 2012-06-14 07:32 pm (UTC)
nashira: ((Women) Friendship)
From: [personal profile] nashira
Very, very late but ooooh I love that photo of the lone owl.


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