General chat

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

Do it here. Please no personal attacks or bickering. Anything abusive, provocative or inflammatory may be deleted.

17 Comments

  1. Pickled Possum

     /  January 19, 2018

    This song has been successfully covered by many bands

  2. Pickled Possum

     /  January 19, 2018

  3. Pickled Possum

     /  January 19, 2018

    David and Roger sing just for you … then.

  4. Pickled Possum

     /  January 19, 2018

    Any body else got lots of Stick Insects Phasmatodea
    They are almost plague portions here …
    well maybe not plague, but they are every where and when one lands on your bare skin
    it’s FREAK time cause they stick hehe to your skin.
    I have had them showering with me, big ones, little ones, green ones, brown ones.
    The longest being Humongous.

    Stick insects can reproduce parthenogenetically,
    without the need for males. … like that. 😎

    but nothing beats the Lord Howe Island Stick Insect for the Freak Factor
    Warning; video has Australian narrator with an unusual voice

    • Kitty Catkin

       /  January 19, 2018

      We have them, but of course they are seldom seen unless one is lucky-they are masters of disguise. A twig suddenly moves and is seen to be a stick insect. I find them in the trees at the side of the house. The tiny, tiny mantis on the house wall was very sweet. I don’t think that I have ever seen one so small.

      Do you have coloured ladybirds ? I have blue ones and a few black ones-but the dear little red and black ones are a bit scarce. Once I decided to clear all the dead leaves and mess out of the fork in a tree-only to uncover a lot of blue ladybirds. Back went all the twigs and leaves in a hurry.

      Have you ever seen a picture of a smiling spider ? I wish that we had those. It’s been a very spidery summer. I keep evicting two lots that make a disgusting mess on the windowsills below them.

      • Pickled Possum

         /  January 19, 2018

        These Stickies are every where today Got Humongous out of the bath last night
        he was thrown outside, gently and today there He was, dead in my bath.
        At least I think hes dead he hasn’t moved for ages since this early arvo.
        He better get out of there before I go for my nightly swim.
        The wood pile has the little brown ones, dead.
        They just think they own the whole world, next minute SPALT! squashed by a human.

        The NZ Mantis Orthodera has been slowly killed off by the
        Southern African Mantis Miomantis caffra.
        We have heeps of them here as well.
        http://www.forestandbird.org.nz/what-we-do/publications/forest-bird-magazine-article/springbok-invasion

        I was just saying to a youngster the other day Wish we had Blue Lady Bugs
        We have in large quantity the little red and black ones.
        I have seen a picture of the scariest blue smiling spider YICK .

        Spiders they give me the willies. So they don’t seem to come into my peripherals much.
        But they are the mozzies catchers, they keep the flies down with their intricately woven webs so they live to GTF another day. As long as they outta my sight pronto!!! for that reason.

        We have an array of insect life up North, things I have never seen the like of.
        All I have to do is read till late at night by bed side lamp with the door wide open.

        • Pickled Possum

           /  January 19, 2018

          and then they come in, some sound like bombers, some sound like spitfires
          I’ve got a flax fan that swats them outta here. Gently of course, unless they don’t want to go then it’s catch them in the handy jar then ceremoniously thrown out.
          I Love Winter, so may it roll on.

        • Kitty Catkin

           /  January 20, 2018

          I used to be terrified of spiders, but have gradually desensitised myself to a great extent. There’s nobody here to get rid of them for me, and it seems a shame to kill something just because I dislike it (mozzies excepted, of course) I must confess to being maddened by the number of cobwebs in the house-I remove them, but the bloody things are back 5 minutes later. Once someone told me that spiders are far more afraid of me than I am of them, I felt rather silly about fearing them.

          I accidentally cut off two or three agapanthus leaves with those dense webs that are little spider incubators, so stood them in water in the hope that they would stay fresh long enough for the little ones to survive. I became quite fond of my spiderlings. As they grew, I put the leaves in water outside. It was fascinating to see the wee spidies moving around.

          The green smiling spiders are so ridiculous that they are not frightening-they are more likely to make someone die laughing than scare them to death. They have grinning faces on their backs that look as if a child has painted them.

          I have tiny insects with a bit of fluff on their backs, like fluffy backpacks. I seem to be forever waiting for some tiny creature to move away so that I can turn the page…the caddises (?) are sweet. One had a tiny raincape made of a piece of thin green plastic from the back of a canvas folding chair.That’s what it looked like. It was too small to photograph, alas.

  5. Gezza

     /  January 19, 2018

    Ok, the day’s notable happenings at Gezza’s stream, for the nature lovers.

    Daphne Duck is almost always out of camera shot in my gifs posted here. She’s a guts & a bully, & she drives other ducks off the parenga where I’m feeding the pooks & even grabs their food from under their nostrils at times – not entirely without incident, but she does get away with it quite often.

    So I’ve taken pity on the poor ducks she’s monstered after they’ve flown back down into the wai, and thrown some soggy bread to them, twice lately.

    The only problem with that is that both times it’s created such a fuss down there it’s attracted this lady from somewhere downstream. This is from 1pm today.

    She hasn’t bitten one – the water’s about 6 inches deep there and she’s just brushed against one when swimming unseen underneath her.

    • Kitty Catkin

       /  January 19, 2018

      DOC !!! There is a wonderful series of nature films on YNZ.

      • Gezza

         /  January 19, 2018

        Ok, so this is Daphne. The bitch. The one with the white wing tips. From two nights ago.
        And this is typical of what she does to other ducks.

        Daphne’s permanently ravenous & always loudly demanding. She even now runs the risk of barging right into the middle of the 3 pooks & their pooklet while they’re all picking up wheat grains, and she’ll steal them. They can be surprisingly tolerant of this, but every so often they’ve just get hacked off enuf, and one of them will have a stab at her and chase her off, temporarily …

        The ducks can hoover up wheat grains at a phenomenal rate, they’re like vacuum cleaners. The pooks can only manage to pick up one at a time. So it’s irritating when she does this. I’m trying to feed them & she’s grabbing it all.

        The small pukeko in the above clip is Sweetie. Yesterday evening Daphne butted her out of the way with her bill to get at Sweetie’s supper. I wish I’d known it was coming & videoed it.

        Sweetie took umbrage. She stood upright, she positively GLARED at Daphne busy hoovering up HER supper for a moment & then she stretched up & stabbed straight down, hard, right into the middle of Daphne’s back! I even heard the thump. Daphers quacked and took off to a safe distance immediately.

        I tell ya. It’s a jungle here.

        • Kitty Catkin

           /  January 19, 2018

          I love it that this is such a small space but has so much going on in it.

          • Kitty Catkin

             /  January 19, 2018

            The other birds are just walking harmlessly along, minding their own business, and along comes the School Bully.She could be called Lucy.

        • Pickled Possum

           /  January 19, 2018

          Jez Gez Daffy Duck might have come from a dysfunctional family,
          father farked off to the bright lights of the city … more kai there.

          Mother got a new boyfriend and he didn’t want the kid duckling.
          Or they could be you know all dead and she has been homeless,
          living under the bridges of main highways and has had to scavenge
          for her kai most of her life.

          So she is pushy and demanding but to be honest.
          Free Kai is always gonna bring trouble, you may have a rap for being
          the wheat kitchen of the Wai.
          Better than having a Bad Rap, I suppose.

          As long as she doesn’t pick on Pickles all is well I reckon. 😎

          Hope you are collating these spectacular vids pics and korero
          for your soon to be released book onto the unsuspecting nature lovers of
          Te Ao.

          • Gezza

             /  January 19, 2018

            Lol. There’s plenty of food in this stream and on the banks for these birds. That’s quite clear. They don’t need mine, they’re just happy to take advantage of it. Aspen seems to be in my backyard every hour these days. But none of them are tame. The pooks let me get very close, but only with that fence between us.

            Hey, at 3 pm I one of them called me (Aspen) and when I looked over the fence, over on the opposite parenga were Bluey & Sweetie with Pickles. I’m sorry I missed the crossing. Pickles might’ve swum over. Either that or one of the adults picked her up and carried her over somehow. (I’m gonna call Pickles “her” until I learn otherwise.)

            By 4pm they were all safely back over my side. It’s a bit risky for the pooklet swimming down there with eels as big as the one in the gif I posted above around all the time.

            Man, Pickles is growing fast – in size & self-confidence. She can feed herself pretty much I think. She was only hatched on 3 Jan & she’s 3 times as big as when I first saw her already. Her feet are huge (I’m not telling her that). They’ve been the fastest growing part of her anatomy.

          • Gezza

             /  January 19, 2018

            Yes Possum. I’ve got so much video now it would take me weeks to view & sort thru it. I need to go thru the General Chats sometime, copy these reports & paste them into a document or iPad Notes.

            I just got lucky the pooks decided to make a nest & raise a pooklet thru the first few weeks right below me. And they’re now happy to let her join them over the fence. They feed Pickles because she cries for food. When she stops, they don’t feed her any more.

            You know, looking at how quickly Pickles is growing, & how well she can walk & run & feed herself already (I’ve seen her catch an insect) I’ve been wondering if Sweetie is actually Jojo. She’s about the right age.