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Re: Meanwhile, in Australia.....

Post by kylie_koyote » Wed Jan 30, 2019 8:42 pm

Good grief.
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Re: Meanwhile, in Australia.....

Post by RAAF Spitfire Girl » Wed Jan 30, 2019 9:07 pm

She kept her cool! I know I'd have been freaking!!

Here's another intriguing one. Who'd have thought a Daddy Long Legs could defeat a Brown snake???

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-02-11/ ... ke/7154766

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Re: Meanwhile, in Australia.....

Post by RAAF Spitfire Girl » Wed Jan 30, 2019 9:45 pm

And the monsoon up north is bringing the crocs out. This one wandered across the main highway, startling an unsuspecting motorist...

https://www.news.com.au/technology/scie ... df042dadee

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Re: Meanwhile, in Australia.....

Post by Saladin » Wed Jan 30, 2019 9:55 pm

RAAF Spitfire Girl wrote:
Wed Jan 30, 2019 9:07 pm
She kept her cool! I know I'd have been freaking!!

Here's another intriguing one. Who'd have thought a Daddy Long Legs could defeat a Brown snake???

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-02-11/ ... ke/7154766

Not me. I'm sceptical on this one. Imo, even a 1mt brown should have more than enough body mass and strength to break out of a Daddies web if it wanted. I also doubt a Daddy has the fangs to pierce a snake skin (given that I've let daddies crawl on my arms I'd hope so! :shock: ) . I'd guess that snake died of something else and the spiders took the opportunity to tuck in.

The field mouse and redback I can believe though. I've actually come across a lot more Reddies recently, they seem to be returning. I found one living on my motorbike last week which was disconcerting! Saw lots as a kid but over the last decade or so it's often white tails that seem more prevalent.

There was also a recent video of a huntsman spider trying to drag a dead mouse up a cupboard door! Astonishing. And freaky.

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Re: Meanwhile, in Australia.....

Post by VickersVandal » Thu Jan 31, 2019 6:49 am

I hate white tails. I hadn't seen one in a long time then last night sitting on the couch a dirty big one crawled out and marched past my feet. Big one it was. I'm inclined to get a fumigator in. Reddies I don't mind so much because they hide away in their webs in dark crannies but whitetails are marauding hunters and way too likely to end up strolling across my bed in the night....

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Re: Meanwhile, in Australia.....

Post by Saladin » Thu Jan 31, 2019 9:53 am

Yep, white tails get instant death around my place. Evil little buggers imo.

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Post by RAAF Spitfire Girl » Thu Jan 31, 2019 10:28 pm

I'll definitely join the Anti-White Tails club. Instant kill whenever I see them. I came face to face with one whilst picking limes from the back of the tree a while back.
whitetails are marauding hunters and way too likely to end up strolling across my bed in the night....
As part of their advertising, a pest-control company up here used to comment on the number of spiders the average person either breathed in or ate during their sleep in the course of a year!!! :shock: :shock: Not sure how their data stacked up, but it was a funny ad. Consequently, I don't like seeing any trace of spiders in the bedroom... :roll:

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Re: Meanwhile, in Australia.....

Post by Fairblue » Thu Jan 31, 2019 11:29 pm

Oh, how ignorant I was when I visited you, RSG. I might not have dropped asleep from jetlag if I’d read all this before I came.
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Re: Meanwhile, in Australia.....

Post by RAAF Spitfire Girl » Fri Feb 01, 2019 2:30 am

Fairblue wrote:
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Oh, how ignorant I was when I visited you, RSG. I might not have dropped asleep from jetlag if I’d read all this before I came.
Shhhh, FB, you might put others off coming 8-) And I point out <great indignation here> all was well. We didn't see any spiders during your visit (of course, we didn't see any koalas or 'roos, either... :? )

Seriously, though, like the majority of Queenslanders, we have our house treated annually for spiders, silverfish and other nasties.

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Re: Meanwhile, in Australia.....

Post by VickersVandal » Fri Feb 01, 2019 7:17 am

RAAF Spitfire Girl wrote:
Thu Jan 31, 2019 10:28 pm
I'll definitely join the Anti-White Tails club. Instant kill whenever I see them. I came face to face with one whilst picking limes from the back of the tree a while back.
I had one on the bed once about two feet away fully rear up and run straight AT me! No exaggeration. Front legs up, running full tilt toward where my feet were (I was standing on the bed). Aggressive buggers, and fast. Most spiders I'm happy to trap under a jar and transport outside (including massive huntsmen) but I take absolutely no chances with white tails. Instant summary execution for them. I have no desire to experience the possibly necrotic bite. They're also ridiculously hard to kill for their size.

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Re: Meanwhile, in Australia.....

Post by kylie_koyote » Fri Feb 01, 2019 11:50 am

Nope. Nope. Nope. I'm out.

:lol:

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Re: Meanwhile, in Australia.....

Post by VickersVandal » Fri Feb 01, 2019 8:26 pm

Enough about whitetails for the moment, here is another hazard for foreigners travelling to Australia:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5zkLZJg4u9s

Yeah nah, deffo don't want that happening ay.

(Fun fact: most poms who think they're mimicking an Australian accent are actually doing a Kiwi accent. Funner fact: not one single American in history has been capable of anything that sounds even remotely like either :P )

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Re: Meanwhile, in Australia.....

Post by RAAF Spitfire Girl » Fri Feb 01, 2019 9:26 pm

VickersVandal wrote:
Fri Feb 01, 2019 8:26 pm
Enough about whitetails for the moment, here is another hazard for foreigners travelling to Australia:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5zkLZJg4u9s

Yeah nah, deffo don't want that happening ay.

(Fun fact: most poms who think they're mimicking an Australian accent are actually doing a Kiwi accent. Funner fact: not one single American in history has been capable of anything that sounds even remotely like either :P )
:imao: :imao: :imao:

Having just had 7 weeks of our 15 year old American granddaughter mangling the Aussie accent and being eternally surprised (and offended) when we (and her mother) laughed uncontrollably, I find this absolutely hilarious. Will be forwarding it to said granddie.

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Re: Meanwhile, in Australia.....

Post by RAAF Spitfire Girl » Fri Feb 01, 2019 9:33 pm

On a more serious note, North Queensland is in danger of being swept away...Not sure if we have any forum members in this region?

https://www.couriermail.com.au/news/que ... =editorial

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Re: Meanwhile, in Australia.....

Post by Wanderer » Sat Feb 02, 2019 6:02 am

Saladin wrote:
Thu Jan 31, 2019 9:53 am
Yep, white tails get instant death around my place. Evil little buggers imo.
Ditto. Wanderer's General Amnesty For Spiders is immediately withdrawn for them. Despite the efforts of many supposed experts to say they don't cause necrotic wounds, it's one case where I believe in the oral history...

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Re: Meanwhile, in Australia.....

Post by Wanderer » Sat Feb 02, 2019 6:07 am

VickersVandal wrote:
Fri Feb 01, 2019 8:26 pm
Enough about whitetails for the moment, here is another hazard for foreigners travelling to Australia:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5zkLZJg4u9s

Yeah nah, deffo don't want that happening ay.

(Fun fact: most poms who think they're mimicking an Australian accent are actually doing a Kiwi accent. Funner fact: not one single American in history has been capable of anything that sounds even remotely like either :P )
In fact its the best fake Kiwi accent I've heard in a while :-))

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Re: Meanwhile, in Australia.....

Post by Wanderer » Sat Feb 02, 2019 6:09 am

kylie_koyote wrote:
Wed Jan 30, 2019 8:42 pm
Good grief.
No, just grief :-))

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Re: Meanwhile, in Australia.....

Post by Wanderer » Sat Feb 02, 2019 6:14 am

kylie_koyote wrote:
Thu Jan 24, 2019 11:30 am
That is scary. I hope you get some relief soon.
Would you believe it's still going on. We've had a couple of cool days that have let the firefighters get the upper hand, but tomorrow is going to be another hot and windy one. Rather distressing as I happen to have a boat in a marina that is right in the middle of the Huon River fires, and the area is still off limits to non-residents, and even residents have only been allowed back to their homes yesterday. As of mid-last week 2.7% of the entire state had been burnt, including some priceless temperate rain forest and alpine scrub....

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Re: Meanwhile, in Australia.....

Post by Foolscap » Sat Feb 02, 2019 8:24 am

Wanderer wrote:
Sat Feb 02, 2019 6:14 am
kylie_koyote wrote:
Thu Jan 24, 2019 11:30 am
That is scary. I hope you get some relief soon.
Would you believe it's still going on. We've had a couple of cool days that have let the firefighters get the upper hand, but tomorrow is going to be another hot and windy one. Rather distressing as I happen to have a boat in a marina that is right in the middle of the Huon River fires, and the area is still off limits to non-residents, and even residents have only been allowed back to their homes yesterday. As of mid-last week 2.7% of the entire state had been burnt, including some priceless temperate rain forest and alpine scrub....
Sorry to hear that, Wanderer, I hope more favourable weather follows.
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Re: Meanwhile, in Australia.....

Post by RAAF Spitfire Girl » Sat Feb 02, 2019 10:52 am

Wanderer wrote:
Sat Feb 02, 2019 6:14 am
Would you believe it's still going on. We've had a couple of cool days that have let the firefighters get the upper hand, but tomorrow is going to be another hot and windy one. Rather distressing as I happen to have a boat in a marina that is right in the middle of the Huon River fires, and the area is still off limits to non-residents, and even residents have only been allowed back to their homes yesterday. As of mid-last week 2.7% of the entire state had been burnt, including some priceless temperate rain forest and alpine scrub....
That's not good, Wanderer. The fires are doing so much damage down your way. Really hoping that the cool change will make a difference and help the firefighters really get on top of things.

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Re: Meanwhile, in Australia.....

Post by Fairblue » Sat Feb 02, 2019 9:26 pm

Not a lot I can say except that I hope everyone stays safe.
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Re: Meanwhile, in Australia.....

Post by RAAF Spitfire Girl » Sat Feb 02, 2019 9:28 pm

And this morning we see the devastation caused by the monsoonal floods up north. Up to 20,000 homes face inundation in Townsville alone, a city that just two weeks ago was on water restrictions.

https://www.couriermail.com.au/news/que ... =editorial

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Re: Meanwhile, in Australia.....

Post by Kismet » Sat Feb 02, 2019 9:52 pm

Best wishes to everyone in Australia. You're not having much luck with the weather.
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Re: Meanwhile, in Australia.....

Post by Tracer » Sun Feb 03, 2019 8:56 am

My thoughts and prayers to all who would like them.
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Post by Kismet » Sun Feb 03, 2019 12:38 pm

The situation at Townsville was on our latest news bulletin. It is very worrying.
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