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  1. Gezza

     /  July 17, 2018

    The Eel Stump stump is GONE! 😭

    My awa iti has been steadily running muddy & high over several days now, because of all the rain we’ve been getting. Some of it overnight has been heavy enuf downpours to wake me.

    I could see that it was washing away chunks of the far parenga, creating small clay & stone cliff faces, & that this was leaving the the now-protruding section of bank around the stump exposed to high water, starting to carve out the parenga around behind it. I wondered if this would happen.

    I’m a bit sad. Having at least one large “eel in residence” always there, & being able to tempt it out & have it come up really close when I’ve gone down to my eel spot, alone, in the early evenings has been a really thrilling nature lover’s experience. ❤️ 🐋

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    • Oh, that is unfortunate.The Waikato has had half as much rain again as usual for the year to date !

      The stream that goes through the paddocks, under the road and on through more paddocks seems to have been very high indeed lately. I’d say well over 1 metre; I am 5′ 7” and I’d say that it could have been over my head.

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      • Gezza

         /  July 17, 2018

        Four pooks, outside the kitchen window. I have climb up onto bench & look out to see them properly. There they are, standing in a little group, all excited and all looking up expectantly.
        It’s hopeless. I can’t resist that scene. I tossed a couple of handfuls of grains out amongst them the next minute they’ll head down, bum up, away silently & happily.

        They look just like domestic chickens.

        They’re getting used to the fact, now, that that’s it. No extra’s – that’s their lot, whether thry squawk, or fly up & stomp around on my roof (Aspen), or whatever else they do to get my attention.

        They’ll trim a bit of grass & soon return to the stream.

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        • Alan Wilkinson

           /  July 17, 2018

          I’ve got the horses trained that my ute does not mean carrots now. Makes getting thru the gate much simpler.

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          • Gezza

             /  July 17, 2018

            Bugger.

            *they’re head down, bum up, pecking away silently & happily.

            Yes, wild horses are a bit like pukekos, when I think about it, extremely wary of strangers. You have to break or patiently charm horses to domesticate them.

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      • Gezza

         /  July 17, 2018

        You must be a crack bloody marksman to put a bullet up its areshole. Odd aiming point, but I guess if it gets the job done all’s good.

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      • Gezza

         /  July 17, 2018

        Oops – another random occurrence of the WordPress Wilkinson Effect.

        Good news. Just went outside at 5 pm for a sneak peek to see where the pukekos have gone (upstream, they’ll return near dark: Jojo & Sweety’s current separate sleeping spots are nearby on the opposite bank).

        The stream’s still a bit muddy-greyish from the hill runoff, but it’s reasonably translucent. And there were two large eels slowly undulating upstream over the far side, separated by about four metres, in the same channel. One of them I’m sure is Granville, the Australasian short fin – he’s an olive colour on top. He’s got a lot bigger since I last saw him several months ago.

        The other looked like a native longfin tuna, black on top. About the same size, though difficult to make out in the rapidly fading light.

        I ran inside & microed some frozen meat chunks & tossed them into the stream around the area where I’d seen Granville, & he rewarded me with a flash or two of upturned silver belly as he heard the splashes, rolled over, got onto the scent, & came gliding back downstream, to turn & start swimming up again,mside to side, tracking the meat by its smell.

        It’s too dark to see now, but it looks like it’s not going to be a problem summoning eels if I want to at my eel spot.

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        • You should have seen the chooks running madly after that car like people trying to make a bus stop ! ‘STOP ! STOP ! STOP !”

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  2. Griff

     /  July 17, 2018

    My nature news for the day .
    Bunnykins just got .177 of lead up his arse.
    Bloody things have eaten all the leafs of five Avocados and two Figs plants which makes rabbit an expensive way to feed the dog.

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    • Gezza

       /  July 17, 2018

      You must be a crack bloody marksman to put a bullet up its areshole. Odd aiming point, but I guess if it gets the job done all’s good.

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      • Griff

         /  July 17, 2018

        He was facing east.
        I did not check to see the exact point of impact . Dog knows as soon as I crack the gun whats happening. I have to lock dog in the bathroom so he does not run out looking for dinner before I have a chance to shoot . Open the door and Mr Rabbit is doggy din dins . Twenty meters I hit a bic lighter 99% of the time (even a used one results in an explosion). 1250 FPS will drill a .177 wad cutter target slug right though a rabbit at that range, They can still run off with a clean though and though. After losing rabbits from them running down holes after being shot a few times I switched to crossman hollow points as they transfer force better. Stops them…dead out to sixty or seventy meters.

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        • Gezza

           /  July 17, 2018

          Very interesting. What’s the possum situation like there?

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          • Griff

             /  July 17, 2018

            Good nature auto setting traps.
            I have two A24’s set one each for rats and stoats and one A12 for Possums.
            https://www.goodnature.co.nz/
            First month or so I killed a dozen possums in my hectare of bush.
            Since then about one a month. Else where around the block the dog tells me if he finds one in a tree so it can get a lead present. He does the same with hedgepigs . Boxers have distinctive barks for prey, play, warning or danger so I know what he is telling me. The bloody mice have been a problem thirty odd trapped inside so far this winter. Must have been a mast year for the trees.

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        • Conspiratoor

           /  July 17, 2018

          Griff, I’d be interested to know. What are you using to send that 177 up the bunny’s arsehole?

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  3. Blazer

     /  July 17, 2018

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