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New week ? new photo. happy as a pig in >>>>>>>>frozen watermelon   make that a rather muddy pig  ....

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I love this thread - every photo is so special   this is my week 3.  We have had several very hot days, and this is Daisy enjoying the airconditioning  

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Oh no, I've fallen way behind!

 

37/52 Attila... a little kid with a big attitude!

42526445900_3a7e5e1269_c.jpgAttila by Amy Atherton, on Flickr

 

38/52 Beautiful Arya, sweetest and dopiest of dogs.

30467581888_78c505ac89_c.jpgArya by Amy Atherton, on Flickr

 

39/52 Bowie-boy

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40/52 More and more Bowie :love:

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31151779218_356bfe64ef_c.jpgBowie by Amy Atherton, on Flickr

 

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The White Chinese geese hatched sixteen goslings.  Quite a lovely surprise as they were co-nesting and squabbling over 22 eggs, so it's a wonder any hatched.  Now if they can just stay safe from foxes, magpies, crows and eagles while they are growing up I'll be happy-as. 

 

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The geese live in a little fenced orchard, and the magpies are always on watch for food scraps, eggs that they find before I do, and especially any chickens or goslings in the open.  It's good parent geese are vigilant and protective - but they can't defend against eagles.  And the funny thing is that magpies hate eagles so generally chase them off: if only they didn't return to orchard-watching.  (Edit to add: Nashi Pears just starting to flower).

 

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May I cheat ? 

I feel just so privileged to have been able to share the first hours out of the nest with one of my "grandchicks "  (the other, a day or so younger, was with several family members  safely in the  nursery tree..a huge pine tree under which live two dogs ) Oh the nursery treewhere everyone sleeps now there are babies  is NOT the normal family roost - neither is it the nesting tree ! These birds are amazing :love: 
 

 

 

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22 minutes ago, PossumCorner said:

And aren't they hard on one another from the start

Oh ...you think ? 

I see it another way . 
Each of the two have 4-5 attendees at all times . 
Every trip , every time they grab the wrong thing , or look like faltering ...someone's there..several someones!If there is a warning ..the adults surround the baby ..and shepherd it toward shelter .

Wish I had the camera when that chick came out the nursery tree the first morning ...it was like Dumbo with the crows  :) he /she was in the centre of a group , being guided on a downward glide/flight, which, when it ended was full of much yelling and preening and snuggling and feeding..then two of them sheltered the bub while it snoozed  for some time .
here is baby in the bath ..24 hrs exactly after fledging ...

experimenting ..as babies do ....often ...

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but then ,all is well 

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They remind me so much of monkeys  LOL

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2 hours ago, persephone said:

Oh ...you think ? 

Well I did til you explained, the preening looked bitey/pushy.  Interesting - the crested doves use a nursery tree also, a spreading very old apricot tree - also never use it to nest or roost, just take the kidlets there for the daytime after leaving the nest.  Likewise corellas drop the babies off in our gums at the front, disappear all day then pick them up to take home wherever to roost.

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On 10/1/2018 at 3:09 PM, grizabella said:

Oh no, I've fallen way behind!

 

37/52 Attila... a little kid with a big attitude!

42526445900_3a7e5e1269_c.jpgAttila by Amy Atherton, on Flickr

 

38/52 Beautiful Arya, sweetest and dopiest of dogs.

30467581888_78c505ac89_c.jpgArya by Amy Atherton, on Flickr

 

39/52 Bowie-boy

43213027220_890da8b3fb_c.jpgBowie by Amy Atherton, on Flickr

 

40/52 More and more Bowie :love:

43213028570_8e1c0135b1_c.jpgBowie by Amy Atherton, on Flickr

 

31151779218_356bfe64ef_c.jpgBowie by Amy Atherton, on Flickr

 

Oh my gosh, isn't Atilla just the most beautiful BT.  :love:   Hope he doesn't live up to his name.  :laugh:

(and the rest of the hounds are gorgeous as always, especially Bowie)

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Not seeing any this year, could be the weather, too cool so too early.  The plus - still no snakes about to be seen either.

 

 

Young crested dove about to launch into the unknown - I'll just jump off and fly like a bird:

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Or maybe not - I'll just think about it for a bit:

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