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  1. #21
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    i dont recommend you come to oz if thats what you call a big spider don ! lol
    thats some backyard...i'd kill to live there. looks stunning.
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    When I lived in southeast San Diego County near the Tecate border crossing, every September was mating season for Tarantulas. We'd get those hand sized little buggers coming into the house. And, at night driving up the dirt road to the house, there would literally be hundreds of the little buggers crawling along the roadway ... talk about road kill.
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    Red face The ... Uninvited

    Well, to be honest, I wasn't looking for a "passenger" on my canoe of this size. There aren't too many places to go on it to avoid a confrontation without one of us going over the side.

    I know you guys grow 'em big in the Southwest and in the Land Down Under. I guess I just didn't quite expect it to take up residence in an aluminum canoe. It was sitting right under that tree, as in the picture, for the past two weeks. Great shelter from the storm, I suppose.
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    th big ones arent a big issue. its the little buggers that scare you. sydney funnel webs are the ones to fear the most. not only is it deadly but its common and its aggressive. terrible combination.
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    Rooz I had read that of the huge ass spiders you guys have that it is the funnel web guy that bites most people in Oz, also something about how they really like to move inside if they can, small, mean and pack a huge punch!
    Have you read Bill Bryson's book 'In a sunburnt country' It is about his travels through out Oz very funny, I really like his style of writting, be interesting to see what a local thinks of the book. I love that he has a whole chapter on all the things that can kill you in Oz.
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    Talking A parting shot ...

    Here's another spectacular sunset ... on the lake.

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    I will miss that window. It provides a lot of entertainment value for a simple piece of glass.

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    Remember: It really is where you stand.
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    Quote Originally Posted by seanhoxx View Post
    Rooz I had read that of the huge ass spiders you guys have that it is the funnel web guy that bites most people in Oz, also something about how they really like to move inside if they can, small, mean and pack a huge punch!
    Have you read Bill Bryson's book 'In a sunburnt country' It is about his travels through out Oz very funny, I really like his style of writting, be interesting to see what a local thinks of the book. I love that he has a whole chapter on all the things that can kill you in Oz.
    haven't read that book, but we have heaps of docos about it. alot of it is actually info rather than entertainment cos it is quite an issue here. redbacks and funnel webs are all over the place. i doubt there would be a house in sydney that doesnt have several of them somewhere.

    funnel webs, white tails and huntsmen all try and find places inside cos they are not web spiders. they catch their prey by moving around and actively hunting them which is why they are seen so often roaming around the house. then there are the big orb weavers...chills.

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    And of course the snakes, the crocs, and the box jelly fish!! Man it's like a killer elite down there, there are even some plants that can kill you I hear! Bryson also has a book called 'A walk in the woods' a humorous tale about his adventures hiking the Apalachin Trail in Eastern USA.
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    this season has been more about the sharks. there were quite a number of serious shark attacks on subrurban beaches very close to shore. its the only country in the world where the wildlife are so blatantly telling humans to pissoff or else. we seem to prefer to take the "or else" option. lol
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    Talking Okay ... the eagle takes flight

    Well, over the weekend 8/22-23, back to the Northwoods and my old friends, the Eagles, on the distant shore. Well, one hopped over my shoulder and I got him with the 500mm @ f/11, heading back across the river.


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    Soaring right past his normal perch spot ...

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    Last edited by DonSchap; 08-25-2009 at 01:13 AM.
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