Some birds and a bird-catching spider
The picture of the spider is at the bottom of this post,
so if you’re an arachnophobe – Run. Away. Now.
I see loads of birds on my daily dog walk around the farm. I try to get pictures of them, but sometimes they’re just far too elusive. Some look pensive, some look cute and some look annoyed.
I thought I’d start off with the annoyed ones. I could just imagine the first two birds could be the baddies in a Pixar movie.
This is a Metallic Starling which is native to Northern Australia and New Guinea
This Figbird looks like he’s had a big night out on the town with those eyes!
The Kookaburra below must have felt very pensive that day
This little cutie is one of my favourites – the Olive-backed Sunbird chick
The Cattle Egrets often walk around the freshly cut cane fields looking for insects
There are over 630 bird species in Queensland, Australia. I need to get a little faster with the camera so I can get more pictures for you.
But in this beautiful bird paradise there are also bird predators. The Golden Orb spider is one of my favourite predators because it’s so awesome to look at. Many years ago I ran straight into a golden Orb web and I didn’t think it was great at the time! Neither did my neighbours who thought I was being murdered. But I’ve learned to keep an eye out for large webs now. These spiders will hurt if they bite, but they’re not aggressive (unless you run through their web) and their venom is potent but not lethal to humans.
The Golden Orb spider can catch small birds as well as snakes.
Hubby came across this fine specimen on the dog walk (I told him not to leave the trail!). He noticed it an inch before it touched his face – maybe he needs glasses.
The photo is taken from the underside of the spider. It was about the size of hubby’s face.
Phew – you made it to the end of this post! 😀
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