Sunday, May 29, 2016

Sunday Selections

Others, including River, will have more original photos for Sunday Selections than these that arrived in an email entitled "Only in Australia". I suspect many of them are faked. My opinions may not agree with yours.

No reason for this one to be untrue.


Quite possible. I would be using a lot of camera zoom to take the shot. They are fast. In spite of us having an Alligator River, we don't have alligators in Australia. Our crocodiles are bigger and nastier beasts.


Hmm, it is a very docile sheep, if true. Lucky it is an Australian scene and not a New Zealand one.


A joey, a young kangaroo, might tolerate being picked up like this. An older one would have to be half dead.


The list rules and regulations that this scene would breach would be very long indeed. Fake. They do jump out of the water though, for meat dangled on a string on a stick some distance from the boat.


Maybe a fish blinded by the mud in the water could accidentally swim onto a hook. Unlikely.


This has been around for years. Fake.


The unusual thing in this photo is not the car attempting to foolishly cross using the flooded ford; it is the fact that appears to be succeeding instead of the usual of being washed downstream and the driver having to be rescued.


Fake or the crocodile is il morte.


A flooded outback airstrip is not unusual.


Unlikely, kangaroos are quite good swimmers. I suppose they could be being transported for some reason.


Trivia - Crocodiles have no predators in Australian except for humans and other crocs. They are therefore quite fearless. But, have you ever stood under a helicopter as it is taking off? Even a crocodile wouldn't do that.


We hope you brought your foot blister cream.


I reckon this would be true.


When they are very young, wombats can be cute and great fun but they soon become too strong and dangerous just because of their strength, weight and bulk. Unless this one is still very young, pretty unlikely.


Our cats used to do this. No reason why a kangaroo would not enjoy some tasty fat from a lamb chop on the barbeque plate.

Maybe, so long as he is not actually driving. Koalas don't make good pets either.


Forget about the great Australian wave, as you try to keep flies off your face. There is the great Australian dance, and I have done it, where the flies are so bad  you start dancing around with your limbs flailing about to get rid of them. It works only for as long as you  remain in motion.


Yes, kangaroos do come into back yards but it is unusual. This seems to be at a wildlife park.


Sure, why not. Emus can run very fast.


Kangaroos eat grass. I am at a loss to understand what on the road could be of interest to them, unless it is dried fodder blown from a truck.


I am slightly doubtful about this one because the toilet pan looks to me to be American and not Australian. The are quite different.


True, I reckon. After the monsoonal rains in the Northern Territory, crocodiles are removed from human swimming waterholes that have been flooded and the crocs relocated, so the waterholes can once again be used for swimming. Trust me, I am from the government and your waterhole is now safe for swimming.


By the size of its body, the python snake has recently eaten, probably a curious little boy, so I am not sure why it would have its mouth open and caught on wire.  If true, its quite a distressing photo. Pythons tend not squeeze humans to death and then eat them, but a small child is a possibility.



25 comments:

  1. Andrew your land is extremely interesting much more animals than people, Looking at the python snake I am scared what an ugly creature

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    1. Gosia, much smaller and venomous snakes are more of a problem.

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  2. No arguments. And, while I am not comfortable around snakes I agree that the last photo is distressing.
    I have a friend on the outskirts of my city who regularly gets roos in her yard. Most mornings.

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    1. EC, your city seems quite overwhelmed with kangaroos, to the point where they are culled at times.

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  3. Yes, we used to get wallabies in our front yard in Townsville ~ the backyard was fenced off.

    I would hope the last one isn't some idiot's idea of fun after the snake ate their yap dog.

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    1. Carol, I love wallabies. That must have been nice. Your last sentence is clever.

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  4. Hard to tell what is true and what is fake. I have seen sheep being transported on motorbikes, often a sick or lame one is picked and brought to the homestead for treatment(sick) or killing(lame). The crocodile by the white truck looks fake, I know they're quite fat when well fed, but that one looks too rounded; when on land their weight tends to flatten out, they stay low but spread. Unless that one is dead and bloated, in which case watch out, he looks ready to explode.
    The barbecuing roo looks fake, I don't see enough shoulder muscle at the top of those skinny little arms.
    The wombat may have been raised from birth as a pet, so could possibly be used to walking on a leash.

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    1. River, oh god no. Not an exploding crocodile. Another thing about the roo and the barbeque, it is in the middle of the bush. Wouldn't it be packed up before it had cooled enough to be licked?

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  5. The island in the background could be where the kangas were rescued from.
    Antikva can tell you about Kangaroos in the backyard, frontyard and racing through the carport.
    Miss O'Dyne's lovely new car was targeted by a large beast last week, car came off best which was unusual.
    And I wouldn't be fishing with my feet in flood waters, I like to see what's floating around.

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    1. Jah Teh, so why would they need to be rescued from an island? At what speed was Miss O'Dyne travelling? Was she breath tested?

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  6. The photo that drives me nuts is the car driving down a totally flooded street, faked or real. That someone would be so moronic to risk drowning is silly, and also dangerous to the rescuers.

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    1. Hels, people do it all the time. You must hear how when it rains heavily in Melbourne, the South Melbourne Market underpass and the Dudley Street underpass flood and people just drive into the water. At least they can't we washed away there and are only terribly embarrassed, well they should be.

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  7. Lol the sheep on the motorbike, does that bike rider have a glazed expression :) you made me laugh again Andrew, merci beaucoup:)

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    1. Ah, you noticed that too, Grace. I can see a cigarette ready to be lit once the his eyes unglaze.

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  8. These photos are extremely entertaining even if many are faked. Who knows nowadays? The giant croc straight up by the tour boat is a winner.

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    1. Strayer we experienced them jumping as I described. They are terrifying beasts.

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  9. I am so gullable I would never have thought they were fake.

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    1. Marie, I am really speculating as to which is fake, but certainly some of them must be.

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  10. Miss O'Dyne was 10kpm under the speed limit and the logging truck that speed past was way over the speed limit and I have no idea what speed the kangaroo was doing.

    Wouldn't you rescue the poor things from an island that looked like it was about to disappear in flood waters?

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    1. Jah Teh, just one of those hazards of driving in the area Miss O'Dyne lives. The idea of herding wet and stressed kangaroos on to a boat just does not sound plausible to me.

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  11. These are 'great' Andrew - have seen most of them in the past but good to see again - I think I would never tire of Only in Australia.

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    1. Margaret, you have made me wonder if there is an 'only in Australia' that does not involve animals.

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  12. Gosh, I have never seen any of these images before...
    Living up in the north of Europe... it is different.

    Great images! HappY New week!

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    1. Hi Gunn. Thank you. Indeed, northern Europe is very different, depending how far north you live and I guess I am about to find out.

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