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by Troppoz
Wed Dec 18, 2013 12:46 am
Forum: Wildlife and the Natural World (Public)
Topic: Surfing swans
Replies: 13
Views: 1032

Re: Surfing swans

GREVILLE wrote:Need the soundtrack........"Ride a White Swan....." (Marc Bolan? Giving my age away)
How about this one instead? Far more appropriate considering the subject matter :lol:

by Troppoz
Mon Dec 16, 2013 10:34 am
Forum: Wildlife and the Natural World (Public)
Topic: Surfing swans
Replies: 13
Views: 1032

Re: Surfing swans

Looks like fun! :lol: I love the Kea, they need their share of play: Snowballs gil4q7FVRC8 Juveniles playing - http://www.arkive.org/kea/nestor-notabilis/video-17a.html Ive seen family groups of Australian magpies ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Australian_magpie ) playing tip chaseys and wrestling a...
by Troppoz
Sun Dec 15, 2013 6:00 pm
Forum: Wildlife and the Natural World (Public)
Topic: Surfing swans
Replies: 13
Views: 1032

Re: Surfing swans

Seemed to me that they were looking for some food from the people and became caught up in the swell. Not likely, there was no evidence of people feeding these birds and frankly that would not happen on a Gold Coast beach. Seems to me that the swans were in control of their actions and would have fl...
by Troppoz
Sun Dec 15, 2013 2:26 pm
Forum: Wildlife and the Natural World (Public)
Topic: Surfing swans
Replies: 13
Views: 1032

Surfing swans

Here in Australia our wildlife is a bit different...for example, our swans are black and like to do a spot of surfing:

http://news.ninemsn.com.au/national/201 ... t-swimmers
by Troppoz
Thu Dec 12, 2013 6:10 pm
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: Bringing festive cheer to a bleak time of year
Replies: 36
Views: 1442

Re: Bringing festive cheer to a bleak time of year

Kristen have a look here: http://www.bom.gov.au/jsp/ncc/climate_averages/frost/index.jsp And here: http://www.bom.gov.au/nsw/canberra/climate.shtml Canberra as an example has 99 frosts per year on average, I think Dave's is in the 30s. Earliest frost on record 7th March which would be like 7th Septe...
by Troppoz
Thu Dec 12, 2013 1:11 pm
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: Bringing festive cheer to a bleak time of year
Replies: 36
Views: 1442

Re: Bringing festive cheer to a bleak time of year

Your frost free season seems to be much shorter than cooler inland climates in southern Australia. If this garden was in somewhere like Wagga Wagga it would have been fried to death by frost long before a week prior to winter solstice! Not even a frond on a Dicksonia would be green and alive by thi...
by Troppoz
Thu Dec 12, 2013 4:03 am
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: Bringing festive cheer to a bleak time of year
Replies: 36
Views: 1442

Re: Bringing festive cheer to a bleak time of year

Thanks Sean, but there are a lot of plants dying back for winter, probably much as plants die back in the dry season in Darwin. The camera only picks out the major plantings like palms so looks better on the pic than in real life :wink: Bah to false modesty Dave, its a superb garden even moreso for...
by Troppoz
Wed Dec 11, 2013 9:48 am
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: Bringing festive cheer to a bleak time of year
Replies: 36
Views: 1442

Re: Bringing festive cheer to a bleak time of year

Dave quite seriously I would heap praise on anyone here in Darwin who had as lovely a tropical garden as yours to look out onto, but to think that you have achieved this in the UK...sensational! icon_thumleft
by Troppoz
Wed Dec 11, 2013 9:45 am
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: Germinating Gunnera seed - any tips?
Replies: 6
Views: 851

Re: Germinating Gunnera seed - any tips?

Ah thankyou everyone and thanks for the links Kristen. icon_thumright Ive laid the seed down now, half in a tray with very fine medium and half between 2 sheets of moist tissue paper. Seems the key is fresh seed, constant moisture and patience. Ill let you know if I have success with germination. Bl...
by Troppoz
Tue Dec 10, 2013 12:34 pm
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: Germinating Gunnera seed - any tips?
Replies: 6
Views: 851

Re: Germinating Gunnera seed - any tips?

Cheers, I hear what you are saying about Ebay seeds but I have had good success with seed from Ebay. All depends on the seller of course but you get to know who you can rely on and who you cant. I just discovered that there are Gunnera species that are native to cooler temperate parts of Australia, ...
by Troppoz
Tue Dec 10, 2013 11:44 am
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: Germinating Gunnera seed - any tips?
Replies: 6
Views: 851

Germinating Gunnera seed - any tips?

I bought some seed of Gunnera manicata from Ebay and wondering how to go about germinating it. Ive no prior experience with this plant but admire the large ruffled leaves so keen to give it a crack. Now keeping in mind my hot climate, what is the best method of germinating and raising this plant? No...
by Troppoz
Tue Dec 10, 2013 10:23 am
Forum: Wildlife and the Natural World (Public)
Topic: Anyone else grow native trees?
Replies: 77
Views: 4364

Re: Anyone else grow native trees?

Out of interest, how many generations does something need to be growing to be thought of as native? Doesn't work like that - it is based on the means of arrival (whether it got here by itself, or with human assistance), not the length of time it has been here. So the answer does not change with tim...
by Troppoz
Wed Dec 04, 2013 6:00 am
Forum: Weather and Climatology (public)
Topic: Typhoon Haiyan footage
Replies: 3
Views: 478

Re: Typhoon Haiyan footage

Agreed, words fail :(

Just had an online chat with the person who filmed this and he told me that everyone who was filmed survived, including the family trying to flee their house during the storm surge.

Small mercies...
by Troppoz
Tue Dec 03, 2013 10:12 am
Forum: Weather and Climatology (public)
Topic: Typhoon Haiyan footage
Replies: 3
Views: 478

Typhoon Haiyan footage

Some extraordinary footage from Tacloban filmed by American cyclone chaser Josh Morgermann. Truly unbelievable to watch the destruction and aftermath, and you cant help wondering if the people being filmed during the storm surge survived. The shock on peoples faces at the end is heartbreaking... 4wr...
by Troppoz
Mon Nov 25, 2013 1:33 am
Forum: Wildlife and the Natural World (Public)
Topic: Rare owl sighted at Darwin Botanic Gardens
Replies: 0
Views: 1625

Rare owl sighted at Darwin Botanic Gardens

A Rufous Owl has been sighted in the jungle at the botanic gardens, quite a rare event apparently:

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2013-11-21/r ... section=nt