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 Mt Ebenezer, NT, then and now
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 Return to top of page · Post #: 1 · Written at 11:37:57 AM on 2 March 2020.
Wa2ise's avatar
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Was poking around with Google streetview, and found what I think is the same view of Mt Ebenezer that I captured in a picture back in 1986.

in 1986
Google street view today.

Assuming that these are in fact the same viewpoints, I see a few changes, as one would expect over 34 years. Windmill is gone, and they may have relocated the cattle barrier on the road. And a few less trees on the right side of the pictures.

Can't really do this comparison with my other pictures at my Australia holiday pix, as those towns are way much bigger than Mt Ebenezer.


 
 Return to top of page · Post #: 2 · Written at 1:26:17 PM on 2 March 2020.
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Yep, been through there a few times and little change. A lot of our country towns are like that ... until they get 'discovered' .... maybe for mining, or resorts if on coast.

Good to see that you got out of the Cities and into the 'Outback' .... however, your comment in your Aussie pics album ..."Only place we saw kangaroos was at the zoo" ... was a surprise. I was a Member of a golf course where kangaroos were always on the fairways, hundreds of them ... and they got so used to the golfers that they would not move ... Smile

WHEN YOU COME BACK, ask the Forum for touring ideas .... I'm sure that you will be swamped with suggestions.


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Cheers, Ian

 
 Return to top of page · Post #: 3 · Written at 4:16:58 PM on 2 March 2020.
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Millions of roos ! About the same number as flies!
Since I moved to Albury I see them most days at the end of my streetas the sun sets, When I lived in Sydney I would see them too in Cromer near Dee why. No shortage of roos in Oz.


 
 Return to top of page · Post #: 4 · Written at 5:11:33 PM on 2 March 2020.
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Driving anywhere in country areas at dusk can be a risky business. They come out of nowhere.


 
 Return to top of page · Post #: 5 · Written at 8:51:36 PM on 2 March 2020.
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When I hit the Red Centre in 2010 (I think it was) there were heaps of red kangaroos out there but back in NSW and most of SA, the grey kangaroo was the dominant creature.

They are almost in plague numbers despite there being a drought for the last few years. When I camp at Hill End, NSW I see dozens of them at a time and they do graze at the camping ground at night.

Next time you are bored, search for "kangaroos fighting" on Youtube. They can be mean buggers when defending joeys, territory or otherwise annoyed. A dominant male can weigh close to the 100kg mark.


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 Return to top of page · Post #: 6 · Written at 2:29:50 AM on 3 March 2020.
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In the USA it's deer. used to never see them, now they've invaded the suburbs.
In my front yard:

They may have figured out that deer hunting is not allowed in populated areas...


 
 Return to top of page · Post #: 7 · Written at 3:35:14 AM on 3 March 2020.
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I never saw a koala in the wild in Oz.
I told my sister that and she said "I've seen them". She had an advantage living in the more forested, far southern, redneck, crystal-meth, exurbs of Brisbane.


 
 Return to top of page · Post #: 8 · Written at 5:26:45 AM on 3 March 2020.
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Wildlife moving into urban and suburban areas has been an issue for a number of years worldwide, usually attributed to loss of native habitats. Deer and 'roos are one thing. Consider those who have to put up with invasions of monkeys and man-eaters.


 
 Return to top of page · Post #: 9 · Written at 8:13:56 AM on 3 March 2020.
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I had a Bat in the house last night!
A couple of days ago my lady said to me, Pete I heard mice noises coming from underneath the house! Hmmm knowing my lady is terrified of mice, possums and all little creatures ,I rolled my eyes and thought ohhh here we go and I didn't check it out.
Well last night while having dinning a Bat appears out of nowhere and is flying the kitchen! So I caught the bat and let it go,but in doing so it started making a noise!!
Ohhh there is the mouse sound !!
Yep I have bats living under the house!
I'm trying to find a safe way to get rid of them. I read that moth balls do the job ,but I also read they are very dangerous and a known to cause cancer ,plus lung issues.
I have a 5 year old daughter so I need to be careful what I have about the place.
The search for the answer continues!

Pete
Oh lucky my lady was on a plane heading out when this happened , otherwise the screams would of been heard in Antarctica.....


 
 Return to top of page · Post #: 10 · Written at 10:04:01 AM on 3 March 2020.
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Lucky if one is not superstitious; A Bat in the house has been associated with being the messenger of a death. Possibly dates to era's of pandemic's like Bubonic Plague.

However, here if there is a specific knock on the door, or often the wall, alternatively a "spirit bird" (not the locals lining up at the kitchen door, free loading, as food is scarce) something is going down.

Marc


 
 Return to top of page · Post #: 11 · Written at 10:22:33 AM on 3 March 2020.
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Yes, she is superstitious About dogs howling or if a bird comes in the house etc etc .
She pays attention to dreams etc
I'm not .
Strange she is so scared of mice or little creatures when in my last house the yard had tons of snakes and funnel webs spiders and she never gave them any thought at all no matter how much I said about shoes on out side and my yard would often have lots of snakes


 
 Return to top of page · Post #: 12 · Written at 12:04:47 PM on 3 March 2020.
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Seen heaps of kangaroos and wombats - but never seen a platypus or an echidna. Haven't seen a koala for many years.

There's a mouse in this house, somewhere. Saw it once, thought I had it trapped, but somehow it escaped.

Plenty of reptiles around at the moment, despite the kookaburras. Saw a green tree python, and a few blue-tongue lizards - all harmless of course.


 
 Return to top of page · Post #: 13 · Written at 5:43:46 PM on 3 March 2020.
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.Pete: I'd be far more wary of the danger of bats than moth balls. Bats are the hosts of most of the fatal viruses we see today.


 
 Return to top of page · Post #: 14 · Written at 6:40:40 PM on 3 March 2020.
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 Location: Albury, NSW
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GTC,....Hi G, I have Asked around a bit and moth balls seem to be the best option.
Apparently this area was all fruit trees dating back 100 years so the bats have probably been living in this area a long time.
They are small bats.
I will get some moth balls and the place can smell like the Salvos for a while

Pete


 
 Return to top of page · Post #: 15 · Written at 7:08:47 PM on 3 March 2020.
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I get very noisy fruit bats by the score here at this time of the year, and the buggers spew all over my car. It's highly corrosive -- has eaten into the finish of the Colourbond fencing in the back yard -- so I wash it off the car as soon as possible making very sure that I don't come into contact with it and wash my hands well afterwards.

There are some commercial bat deterrents that transmit frequencies that allegedly annoy/disorient them. Sounds feasible in theory but dunno if they actually work in practice.


 
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