Saturday, 14 January 2017

Birds, Bees, Snakes, and Spiders

1. Lowland Copperhead Snake  (Austrelaps superbus) in Backyard

A family member sat down by our small pond to look for frogs only to find that a few feet away this Lowland Copperhead snake (Austrelaps superbus) was doing the same thing. I grabbed the camera to get a few shots. In the video you can see two frogs escape from the snake. It was fascinating to watch it as it slowly checked every nook and cranny among the pebbles. This is the condensed version. I was actually watching it for around half an hour. Please ignore the fact that my pond level is low and that is is taken over with Azolla :-)



Lowland Copperhead Snake - Click the play button)

2. Jumping Spider (Helpis minitabunda)
 
This Jumping Spider (Helpis minitabunda) was on a Cymbidium orchid in my backyard. It is known as the Threatening Jumping Spider.



(Jumping Spider - Click the play button)

3.  False Black Widow / Cupboard Spider - (Steatoda grossa)

Variously known as the Cupboard spider, the Dark comb-footed spider, the Brown house spider and the False black widow. It is related to the infamous Red-backed spider and the Black widow spider. I caught this one running across my kitchen bench. After a short photo shoot I released it in the garden.



  ( False Black Widow / Cupboard Spider - Click the play button)


4.  Red-necked Stints (Calidris ruficollis)

Red-necked Stints (Calidris ruficollis)  at Calverts Lagoon, Tasmania. See if you can spot the poor wee one legged one. Hope you don't find the music too annoying but to me it just seemed to fit. :-)

  (Red-necked Stints - Click the play button)

5.  Buff-tailed Bumblebee (Bombus terrestris)

The European, Buff-tailed Bumblebee (Bombus terrestris) was first found in the Tasmania in 1992. It is now well established in much of the state in both urban and natural environments. These were filmed in my backyard. They are also known as the Large earth bumblebee.  I was in a silly mood when I chose the background music. Hope you enjoy it.

  (Buff-tailed Bumblebee - Click the play button)


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23 comments:

  1. All excellent video. Loved seeing the snake hunt. Have a wonderful weekend.

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    1. Thanks for watching. The weekend is long gone but hope you had a good one.

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  2. I'm allergic to bees, I hate snakes and spiders...but enjoyed the birds. LOL
    All in all a great selection of critters.

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    1. Thanks. Just as well I included the birds :-) Thanks for not instinctively hitting the back button :-)

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  3. Great videos. Have a nice weekend!

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    1. Thank you Anu. I'm late replying so hope you had a good weekend.

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  4. Hello, these are all wonderful videos. The Stints was one of my favorites along with the bumblebee. Thank you for linking up and sharing your post. Happy Saturday, enjoy your weekend!

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    1. Thanks Eileen and thanks again for the link up.

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  5. gorgeous critters :)
    Re your comment. The papuan frogmouth is larger then the Tawny one :)

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    1. Thanks for watching and thanks for the info. Would love to see a papuan frogmouth one of these days.

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  6. Beautiful and amazing videos! Thank you so much for sharing, and I hope you have a great weekend! :)

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    1. Thanks. The weekend is now but a distant memory but I hope you enjoyed it :-)

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  7. Great videos. I like them.

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    1. Thanks Rajesh. Glad you enjoyed them.

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  8. Nice job on your videos. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Thanks very much and thanks fro watching.

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  9. Amazing videos, every one. I was happy the frogs escaped but thought, as I often do, about how hard wild creatures work for their food. The False Widow Spider seemed so "human" at times. I could have sworn s/he was a gymnast, doing handstands, etc. Fun choices of music too. Great post!

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    1. Glad you enjoyed the videos. Thanks for watching.

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  10. What a great way to learn about the critters in your part of the world!

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    1. Thank.s Yes that what I like best about blogger and youtube.

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  11. G'day Mosura'
    I suppose if you are going to have a frog pond in your backyard, the odd reptile visitor is guaranteed. Nice work.
    Gouldiae

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    1. Thanks. I put that pond there to attract wildlife. It's worked a treat. I've has tiger snakes come to the pond too.

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  12. Great videos - I am seeing lots of bumble-bees at present - although not in Tasmania!

    Cheers - Stewart M - (temporarily in) New Zealand

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