Village Pets And Wildlife

The Village is very pet friendly and residents have a variety of pets as well as a range of local wildlife which seem to enjoy visiting us…

December 2019

Dianne is an avid wildlife “spotter” and noticed this poor wet and bedraggled bird trying to dry itself off after a recent storm. It was flapping its wings furiously as can be seen…

November 2019

Dianne thought that this photo of a Willy Wagtail having a “bite to eat” near her balcony window was worth sharing..

Nature at work
October 2019

Jill sent in this photo of Robins much loved cat…

Nice photo!!

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September 2019

Joan opened the kitchen blind this very rainy morning and there were these two very wet and bedraggled looking pair of lorikeets sheltering out of the rain and cuddling together on our walkway.

Give us a kiss luv….
June 2019

Barbara sent in this photo of a Tawny Frogmouth taken during one of her recent walks.

April 2019..

Helen D sent in this photo of her visiting friend….

 

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April 2019… John M and Jan C sent in these photos of Waterfront Willy, who enjoys making friends with residents. No doubt he picks up the odd morsel at times too…

Here are Johns photos….

And Jan added to this photo from when she was out gardening.

Anyone out gardening is automatically a “friend” of Willys..

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A beautiful tawny frogmouth, February 2019.

Thanks Kerrie and Gloria….

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Kooka’s on the rail, February 2019

Kerry also sent in this photo of Brian getting chummy with a friendly Kooka….

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Bird Baths, February 2019

Many residents maintain bird baths on their balconies and in gardens and these have seen plenty of action lately with our continuing extremely hot weather.
Barbara sent in these photos of her recent visitors thoroughly enjoying themselves..


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Bower birds Bowery November 2018

Jan forwarded this photo of a Bowerbirds nest over at the waterfront…

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Blue tongue lizard, November 2018

John sent in this recent photo of his resident lizard, Cody, who has been out and about enjoying the sunshine….

Did you know;
Blue tongue lizards are a great asset to have in your garden as they love eating snails, caterpillars and other pests. Using chemicals and snail pellets is the quickest way to wipe out your local Blue Tongue population. Blue tongues need plenty of places to hide such as rocks and logs on the ground, piles of leaves and low shrubby bushes. Old ceramic and poly pipes around your yard will also provide good hiding places and escape routes for your lizards.
Other main threats to Blue Tongues are cats, dogs, cars and lawn mowers. They do not run away when danger threatens, but puff themselves up and stick out their tongues. Not a good defence against a lawn mower. To protect your lizards, keep your cats locked up, take great care when mowing long grass and ask your neighbours to also not use chemicals. Dogs can be taught when young not to attack Blue tongues, but when older it can be difficult. One lady retrieved a dead Blue Tongue from her dog, covered it in a non toxic nail polish with extremely bitter taste designed to prevent nail biting, and then gave it back to her dog. This worked very well and her dog never touched another lizard, even though it would bark frantically at them.
Blue Tongue lizards can live as long as 30 years, and will become quite used to you and your family. They are a wonderful native animal to share your garden.

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Plover & 3 Chicks, August 2018

Spring must be in the air and John sent in this photo of a Plover with her 3 chicks on his lawn…

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Female Koel, October 2017

Barbara sent in this photo of a female Koel.

 

“I was sitting in the sunroom with my phone nearby when she landed at the bird bath but I wasn’t game to move any closer or she would have flown away.”

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Visiting Owl, June 2016

Dianne sure seems to attract a few visitors.

1606 Lewis owlShe wrote  “……. I don’t know who got the biggest surprise – came out one evening to walk Cooper and there he/she was on the railing outside my front door…….”

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Tawny Frogmouths, April 2016

Dianne zoomed in on these with her camera from her window recently..

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They really blend in with the tree bark… Is that an attempt at camouflage???

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A cat and friend, April 2016

Rosemary sent in this photo of her cat and stick insect friend.. she claims ownership of the cat but not the stick insect…

1604 Stick Insect

 

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Tawny Frogmouths, December 2015

Rosemary and Dianne have taken interest in a family of three Tawny Frogmouths now resident in a tree near the Waterfront complex…. What a great variety of wildlife we get around here..

1512 Tawny Frogmouths 1 1512 Tawny Frogmouths2

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Strange Bird, December 2015

Barry… reported a strange visitor to his backyard recently. Does anyone know what type of bird this is???

1512 Pickersgillbird

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The Stick Spider,  July 2015

Kay reports,
Last week I had a stick spider take up residence on my kitchen window sill. He was there for about a week moving from one end to the other. My grand daughters thought this was great.

1507 Kays Garden6

But then he had a visit from a couple of lorikeets.

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I shooed them off a couple of times but the next time I went out the stick spider was nowhere to be found.
                  I just hope he wasn’t desert.

 Thanks Kay…

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Freddo the Frog, July 2015

Heather recently found this visitor in her yard….
1507 Heathers frog 1

1507 Heathers frog 2
Freddo settles in..

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Bain the Dog, June 2015

Clive and Gloria have a house guest who has accepted their apartment as his own. Say hello to Bain if you see him around the village as he takes either Clive or Gloria for a walk. (Love the front teeth….)

1506 Bain Dog

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Million Paws Walk

Jan, George and Molly went for a stroll in the “Million Paws Walk” (to raise funds for the RSPCA) recently.  It was a beautiful day and they all completed the 4.5km walk around the foreshore at Gosford in one and a quarter hours, which was a great achievement. molly1 (2)The three walkers – or should that be two walkers

molly2 (2)Sometimes it’s just easier to not walk

molly3 (2)And some just love to dress up a bit

 

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Heather J

Heather has a new houseguest.. That is really fat fur…

Heathers houseguest
Heathers houseguest

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Brian

Brian has not just reported one example of wildlife but estimates that there were around 50 of them….. They must love this village.

Its an invasion...
Its an invasion…

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Gloria

Gloria has advised that the village has a new resident called Tillie….

Tillie 1

Tillie3
Tiny but very cute…

 

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Ian & Dorothy

Ian & Dorothy had a visitor who enjoyed this prime sun baking spot in their garden..

Ian and Dorothy's recent visitor
Ian and Dorothy’s tiny visitor

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Rosemary

Morpheus was not too sure about this… but it all turned out well in the end…

1411 Rosemary dog 2
OOOO… I dont know if im happy about this..
1411 Rosemary dog 1
Ahhh.. now Im happy, he is a nice man….

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Danny

This Kookaburra knows where to get a feed.. Danny has discovered that it just loves tucking into a feed of Chinese finger food.. But it is a messy eater and usually  leaves crumbs all over the balcony only liking the interior of a juicy dim sim.

1409 Kookaburra
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This instant family arrived on a Sunday morning in Miriam & Pauls garden. Miriam had counted 19 eggs, but the ducklings bobbed about so much she can’t be sure if all are there. Life be in it.

Off on walkabout..
Off on walkabout..

This photo was taken by Hazel on her lawn.

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Robin

Robin has advised of some new residents nearby.

New residents
New residents

Robin reports “Two Tawny Frogmouth birds have taken up temporary residence at Alloura Waters in the driveway.  They were there all day yesterday when I took a number of photos.  This morning they were there again … holding on tight in the very strong winds.

Snuggling up against the winter weather
Snuggling up against the winter weather
Not so cosy after winters night
Not so cosy after winters night

They do look a little the worse for wear after a dark and stormy night….

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Cooper
Cooper
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Hurley
Sugar
Sugar
Harry
Harry
angel
Angel
Oscar
Oscar

5 thoughts on “Village Pets And Wildlife

  1. Great work Robin and others. ItS so so good we have dogs, cats and many types of birds and other friendly friends in the village.

  2. I always read your posts = have been searching thru Bird Books to try to identify that strange biirds – love to see the pets and wiidlife – keep up the good work.

  3. Thank you all for beautiful photos of your pets and for sharing all the glorious wildlife we are so fortunate to be near.

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