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    Animals in suburbia

    The following thread was partially inspired by Gunner's wedding and the photos of ducks, lizards and unconfirmed sightings of ibises. The following story might be of interest to nature loving readers here...

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    The so-called Evil Duck of UOW is pictured below...


    RIP
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    I saw a spoonbill in the top pond this morning. Normally the pond (and adjacent car park) is dominated by purple-breasted swamp hens.
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    That's pretty cool!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Miranda
    That's pretty cool!

    Miranda, RW has a really cool pet starfish. Maybe he'll post some recent pics

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    Quote Originally Posted by WhiteElephant
    Miranda, RW has a really cool pet starfish. Maybe he'll post some recent pics
    Alas no longer.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rincewind
    Alas no longer.
    Ohh

    What is a starfish's life expectancy?

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    There are brush-tailed possums fighting quite noisily in our roof at the moment.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kevin Bonham
    There are brush-tailed possums fighting quite noisily in our roof at the moment.
    I was lying in bed at around 10am (an coolish overcast day) a few weeks ago and looking at the window and I saw a ring tail walking along the top of the fence, around 5m away, and jump across to a nearby tree.

    There are heaps of brush tails at work. They can be seen and heard any time of the day or night. I don't see too many ring tails.
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    When the first settlers arrived here ringtails were commoner than brushtails by a margin of about two to one. It is the other way around now and the margin is probably bigger.

    I frequently see brushtails and sometimes ringtails around the city at night. Seeing any other marsupial is pretty unusual except on the fringes of bushland, but does happen sometimes.

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    Library Spider

    There is an impressive orb spider outside the library at present.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rincewind
    There is an impressive orb spider outside the library at present.
    A photo of that really early on a cold morning would be sick. Minus the background.
    And still, no one has satisfactorily proven, that it isn't opposite day.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Saragossa
    A photo of that really early on a cold morning would be sick. Minus the background.
    From a photo how could you tell the morning was cold? Also without the background how could you tell it was outside the library?

    Actually to get the web lit like that you basically have to take the photo between 11am and 1pm.

    The web is pretty cool. It is hard to get an idea of scale but it attaches to the supporting tree about 4m from the ground and goes down to the ground. The main circular section of web is nearly a metre across.
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    reminds me of the web I tie some posters here in when in good form, dat I always get barred for, animals

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    New sculpture immortalises ‘evil duck’

    Staff and students who have spent time on the Duckpond Lawn over the last few years have probably had at least one run in with the ‘evil duck.’ Now deceased, the large Muscovy duck was called evil because of his penchant for chasing people around the lawn or stealing their lunch.

    To commemorate this campus character the University commissioned sculptor and UOW technician Didier Balez to recreate the evil duck. The metal sculpture, which sits in the middle of the duck pond, was unveiled last Friday.

    PhD research student Blake Cochran has studied at UOW since 2003 and has fond and funny memories of the duck during his time at uni. When he heard that it had died, Blake set up a Facebook group where more than 1200 past and present students share their duck stories.

    “I'll always remember fondly... that day I put my foot out to kick it away and he went for me and pecked me!!!! I screamed and ran away,” one student wrote.

    Another wrote: “I love and loathe the evil duck of the duckpond at UOW. Is it really dead? Many a time in my four years did I encounter this duck, I will look back fondly at my memories of the evil duck and feel better for having known him. He filled my days at UOW with laughter and terror.”

    Blake said he thought the sculpture of the duck was a fantastic idea.

    “Not only is it a beautiful piece of art, I think it shows that the uni has a bit of a sense of humour, and has listened to students,” he said. “The duck was a part of people’s UOW experience, and despite its temper it was quite endearing.”

    “On the Facebook groups, there are even photos of people at their graduation ceremonies who are having their picture taken with the evil duck,” he said. “If only the statue breathed fire!”

    What it fails to mention is that a new evil duck has taken up residence on the lawn. Photos taken today (as well as a nice picture of some crested wood-pigeons).
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