General chat

“Is there any way we could have a thread for the more lightweight stuff like music and general chat?”

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  1. Gezza

     /  October 14, 2017

    COME ON TRAV WHERE ARE THOSE BLIMMIN PICS? 😡
    I feek like I’ve been hangin’ out for bloody weeks dying to see them !!! 😭
    (No pressure though 👼🏼 )

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    • Gezza

       /  October 14, 2017

      GOD! 😡
      … and feek should say FEEL! 😠

      (Still no pressure though, I’m cool with waiting, if you’ve got OTHER LESS IMPORTANT THINGS TO DO!! 👼🏼)

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    • Gezza

       /  October 14, 2017

      Ella’s down in the stream, the top quarter of her length poking out from the tree stump, again.
      0644hrs

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      • Gezza

         /  October 14, 2017

        I’ve just come back up from the stump. That’s not Ella down there this morning – that’s Elvis.
        He’s only three feet long, she’s four, and more rotund.

        But, I took a soaked piece of bread down to see if I could entice her (now, I know him) out from the lair. And it worked a treat. He came right out. He came up, opened his mouth & tried to take the wet bread chunks off the surface but seemed to have trouble – seems to feed them I’ll have to use meat, or something that sinks or floats below the surface.

        He swam around the gereral area checking out several bread chunks but deciding they were not for him, cruised on back to the stump, swam around it lifted his head and part of his body out onto some of it – maybe grazing something ? and was about to slip back down into one of the hidey holes I can see now – when ducks began assembling to get the bread.

        He swam around under a few of them, they spotted him & avoided him – but suddenly Vera, busy mothering, so distracted, swam upstream & right over him, shepherding her 8 brand new ducklings with her. He roared up from below, opened his gob (it’s way bigger than I thought) and lunged at them! He just missed one! She freaked, lunged at him, fkapped the water, drove him deeper, squawked the kids into a group, two males came over and ran interference, & she moved them all upstream asap, keeping up an alarm call to them.

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        • Gezza

           /  October 14, 2017

          He just dropped down low, avoiding the ducks, and, smooth as, slid into the stump again – I’ll bet when I check again later that he’s poking out again, in a different place to where he went in, just pretending to be a tree root.

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          • Gezza

             /  October 14, 2017

            Yup. The clever lad’s on station underwater already. He doesn’t realise he’s distinctly two-tone in clear wai: gray on top, & creamy white or silver along the bottom half! So he’s easy to spot! That whole area around the stump, and for at least 20 metres either side, is currently a duck-free zone!

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        • Gezza

           /  October 14, 2017

          One of the many things I love about my stream is it’s not polluted. There are no dairy farms. Its wai comes straight off the hills all around – East, West, & South, filtered thru the forests & the ground. Even with street dirt & dust in it from stormwater drains on wet days, it runs muddy brown quickly, but only for a short period of time. When the rain stops, it rapidly turns a translucent olive as the dirt particles settle onto the stream bed or wash away downstream.

          So the water is generally crystal clear! The only things that in places or at times block my view of the underwater happenings are depth, ripples, deep shade, & sunlight sheen off the flat or rippled surface. That episode with Elvis just described was like watching it thru glass.

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          • George

             /  October 14, 2017

            And probably no rural villages upstream from you

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          • Conspiratoor

             /  October 14, 2017

            You’re a lucky man G. Intensive farming brings prosperity but does a lot of damage to our rivers and streams. Fencing doesn’t stop the runoff. Any ideas?

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            • Gezza

               /  October 14, 2017

              I don’t know c, I haven’t had to think about it. The nationwide tuna status is “rare and declining”, whether that is a result of dairy polluted streams I couldn’t say. But I’ve seen (in size order) Ella, Elvis, Tameiti, Nuthafulla, & a foot long baby eel – hovering in the current, just by looking at the stream for 10 minutes, more frequently than I used to, in the last 3 weeks.

            • Gezza

               /  October 14, 2017

              And you are right again c (it’s a bit unnerving, tbh, it’s not normal 😉). I am lucky. In fact I’m doubly lucky because, when I go back home to my turangawaewae, New Plymouth (Ngamotu), te awa that I grew up alongside, te Waiwhakaiho, which was polluted by Taranaki’s intensive dairy farming, has been the subject of joint Maori/community/farming community to clean it up & restore it. It comes straight off te maunga Taranaki. I always go to it & spend time alone there when I go home. It heals whatever assails me.

        • Gezza

           /  October 14, 2017

          ☘❤️🌴🏊🏽🏊🏾

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        • Conspiratoor

           /  October 14, 2017

          They are learning to trust a human G, a bond is forming. Sorry to break it to you but the bros are coming for them. Maybe not tomorrow, or the next day. But they will surely have your new friends. One night you will hear humans accompanied by loud splashing …and by next morning one or both will be gone.

          Sadly very few make it back to Tonga as you have observed. Tick tock…

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          • Gezza

             /  October 14, 2017

            Quite possible, they have already walked up the stream with lights one night last year. But the go to place to get the tuna at the moment is the Porirua Estuary, 3 k up the road. The Maori boyz are pulling 6 -7 footers out of there, roofie moss proofer bros said.

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          • Gezza

             /  October 14, 2017

            Sun’s come out. Shadows are making it harder to see round the stump, vegetation shadows move so Elvis moving is less detectable too. Vera’s got her 8 little fluffies up on my landing area bottom of the parenga. Ella’s stump is 10 feet away, directly opposite. She took them all Upstream, South, 10 m or so, for a little bit of jetski practice just before. I couldn’t see Elvis in position so thought maybe siesta time. Then I saw him. Out in the open. Tracking them. He got seen & she moved them out of harm’s way. He returned & slid into the stump.

            Bluey tried to steal one this morning. Vera attacked him. He’s very tame with me, compared to the others – still wary, but comes closer, often in his own, & likes to talk. But he’s vicious. He attacks sometimes just charges & attacks my ducks for no reason if I don’t watch him. The other two don’t do that.

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            • Gezza

               /  October 14, 2017

              Tuff world down there. Vera’s down to 7 ducklings already.
              1448 hrs

          • Gezza

             /  October 14, 2017

            PS: From what I’ve read, & what I saw him doing around the stump this morning, I’m pretty sure he can climb to where she’s got the ducklings.

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    • This lady was apparently disturbed by another leopard while she was finishing off an Impala carcass in a Marula tree. The reason she’s hissing and growling is that immediately below her are a pack of hyenas feeding on any morsels she dropped. She wants down and they won’t accommodate her. A few seconds later she does jump and is immediately followed by the hyenas.

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    • Pickled Possum

       /  October 14, 2017

      Absolutely fab! Trav. Look forward to more brilliant shots.
      Any way Welcome Home Missed You and your writings.
      Hope you get a chance to fill us in with travel high times. 💅

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  2. After the first two camps I didn’t have comms and then was on a whirlwind tour of friends and relatives. I will get around to some more – promise.

    I got some good bird shots Gezz!

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  3. Himba children in Namibia

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  4. This ele was covered in concrete grey mud. It contrasts with the darker mud she’s found here. I got this on my Nikon D500 which is quite fast.

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  5. Young cheetah, one of three brothers. We saw them kill!

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  6. A Steppe Buzzard. This is a migrating bird. It’s of interest as it was the first seen this season in Etosha

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  7. A desperately busy Southern Masked Weaver bird. In the tome I was to and from from friends he built 6 of these. Couldn’t catch a break and win a lady. So sad. The picture captures his dementedness, even though it’s much reduced in clarity from original. I’ve included a pic of one of his efforts.

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    • Gezza

       /  October 14, 2017

      I know how the poor beggar feels – the one I was after is married & her hubby’s not interested in swapping her for a large petrol flymo! ☹️

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      • Throw in smoked Ella and Elvis

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        • Gezza

           /  October 14, 2017

          No good!
          She’s the Maori, not him!

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          • Gezza

             /  October 14, 2017

            And anyway, she told me she wouldn’t leave him for me – becoz that would make him happy!! 😃😃😃 ❤️

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            • So – prepared to sacrifice her own “shot” ( that’s as good as it’ll get for you btw) at happiness to ensure another’s misery. Result three miserable people.

              You gotta love that sort of sacrifice.

              🤣

            • Gezza

               /  October 15, 2017

              Garn. It’s just a matter of time trav. 🕶

              If you could see “Hinemoa”s face when I breeze in to the Super, all casual & cool-like, & she spots me, & I give her the eye – you’re a woman – you’d know – she loves me more every time!!

              Her grin’s a kilometre wide! If I get a Busking Licence, hubby’s history! (l reckon) And it’s not like I’ll be breaking up a happy marriage! Is it??

  8. phantom snowflake

     /  October 14, 2017

    Just ‘tripped over’ this random AC/DC cover:

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  9. Gezza

     /  October 14, 2017

    A song with some grunt. Several grunts in fact.

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