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365 Days – Round 2 by Samantha Goode! Day 2 – Wednesday 25th March 2015

  

This afternoon, as I was sitting outside, a little Mynah bird visited my veranda with what seems to be a gift – it brought me what I thought was a hermit crab! A live one. It left it on the wooden rail and flew off straight away! It wasn’t frightened by me, it was like it purposely came here to leave it. 

As it had survived being in the mouth of a mynah bird, I thought I’d try and save it and put it in some water until I could take it to a beach. 

As I gently knocked it off the railing, it fell, but as it fell, it spun a thread…it wasn’t a crab, it was a spider! Like nothing I’ve ever seen before. I don’t do spiders. But as it was now submerged in water, I didn’t want it to die, so I released it into some grass far enough away from my home. 

I actually kind of felt sick when I realised it was a spider – it was a fair size one!! 

I’ve researched it and it’s actually called a bird poop spider! You learn something new every day! It’s given that name because it looks like bird poo.

Here’s some info on them; 

Identification

One of the best known Bird-dropping Spiders is Celaenia excavata. Other names for this spider are the Death’s Head Spider, as its markings can also resemble the shape of a skull, and the Orchard Spider, because it is often seen on fruit trees where moths, its main source of food, may be abundant.

Its large size, distinctive colour pattern and resting posture all make this dung mimicking spider hard to mistake. The abdomen is broad and triangular in shape, concave along midline, and has a pair of roughened humps towards the rear. The legs are usually held folded against body.

Size range

12 mm (female); 2.5 mm (male)

Distribution

The Bird-dropping Spider is found throughout much of eastern and southern Australia and have even been recorded from Uluru in central Australia. They are moderately common in suburban gardens but often overlooked.

Habitat type

Vegetation Habitat: open woodland

WHAT DOES THIS MEAN?

Feeding and Diet

The Bird-dropping Spider also uses mimicry of a quite different sort to capture its prey, which consist almost exclusively of male moths. At night the Bird-dropping Spider hangs from the edge of a leaf or twig on a short silk thread, its forelegs outstretched. While doing this it releases a chemical scent (pheromone) that mimics the airborne sex pheromone released by female moths to attract their mates. The unfortunate male moths that are attracted by the spider’s deceiving pheromone eventually flutter close enough to the spider to be grabbed by its strong front legs.

- See more at: http://australianmuseum.net.au/bird-dropping-spider#sthash.SYYOD0kT.dpuf

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After 365…Archive 12

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Starfish

This shot was taken on Sydney Harbour, at a beach called Clontarf. I love starfish, for some reason, they make me smile.

After 365….Archive 10

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Wild Kangaroo

Came across this beauty, back in December. :-)

After 365…Archive 9

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Proud

I love kookaburras, they make me smile, I love their call….for it sounds more like a monkey than it does a bird song.

This shot was taken in Sydney a couple of months go. Do you remember a shot I took of a kookaburra with the light on its wings, staring out across Sydney Harbour, looking across to the City? Well, this was the same beautiful bird. Haven’t they got beautiful eyes!

After 365…. Archive 5

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Wild Goanna

This is a photo that I took whilst we were camping over Christmas, of a wild goanna, that came very close to our tent. I think it’s really beautiful!

After 365… Archive 1

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Little Yellow Bird

As promised, here’s the photo of the little yellow bird that I took last weekend, but I chose another photo that I took on the same day to represent my day, in the 365 project.

Today was the first day in a year that I haven’t taken a photo and I must say, it feels really strange!

Over the next week, I will share some photos, like this one, of shots that I took during my 365 project, but didn’t make it in to the project itself. They will be put on here in no particular order… After or maybe during Easter, I will start my 365 project part 2, so stay posted. :-)

Day 361 Saturday 24th March 2012

A Day of Tranquility

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Today has been such a lovely day, as went to a place called The Forest of Tranquility, which is located on the Central Coast, NSW, Australia, where we went for a 5km walk and then had a picnic.

Afterwards, we drove back along the coast and stopped off at a lake which is where I took this photo. Both the water and sky were so blue.

If I hadn’t taken this shot, my other choice for today,would have been a photo that I took of a yellow bird…it was really beautiful. Perhaps I will share with you, after my 365 project comes to an end.

This photo, of the pelicans ties in really with me and my passion of water, of peace and well….tranquility.

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