Gardening for Wildlife forum: Sharing the pond.

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Name: Vanessa
Northern Tablelands NSW Austra (Zone 8b)
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Oct 2, 2013 8:21 AM CST
You usually never have a camera in your hand when you see rare wildlife occurrences, but fortunately by chance this time I did. The kangaroo and magpie were drinking together from the plastic pond at the same time! By the time I turned my camera on and set up for a shot they were no longer drinking, but I still caught them together, although very poor quality photos. The plastic pool was my kids' sandpit/paddling pool when they were little and is down by my in construction rose garden to help with watering as it's so far from the hose down there. This was taken in winter, but I this spring I saw a kangaroo climb right inside the pool and turn round and round trying unsuccessfully to get its tail in. Wish I had a camera that time! Hilarious!
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Name: Linda
Medina Co., TX (Zone 8a)
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LindaTX8
Oct 2, 2013 2:35 PM CST

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Awww! So cute!
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Name: June
Rosemont, Ont. (Zone 4a)
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JuneOntario
Oct 2, 2013 6:05 PM CST
I hope you're planning a bigger pond that the kangaroo can fit its tail into. Hilarious!
That magpie looks huge, so it would probably like a bigger pond too.
Name: Vanessa
Northern Tablelands NSW Austra (Zone 8b)
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Handed
Oct 2, 2013 6:46 PM CST
Australian Magpies are quite big birds, related to crows and ravens but not as big as those birds. When the magpie bathes in the pond, it sits on the little step half way in and it's claws make a lot of scuffling and scratching as it dunks parts of itself in. They are the most fascinating birds to learn about, with a very lovely song. Many Australians hate them because they sometimes swoop and peck people in nesting season. They learn to know the people who live near them and only attack unfamiliar or unfriendly people. I love them, they eat a lot of pests like lawn grubs (Christmas beetle larvae). My magpies know me and my habits: they know what I'm doing when I feed the chickens, and hang around to see if I'll leave the food unwatched for a minute while I'm in one of the pens. Sometimes I put some food on the ground for them to eat, but they won't do it while I'm watching, they prefer to steal it behind my back. Once there was a young Magpie that was tame for some reason, and used to let us hold it. It would stand at the back door and if we opened it would walk inside! It used to play like a child, sliding down the kids' slippery dip or hanging by its feet upside down from washing on the line! Once you have known a Magpie that closely you always love them!
Name: June
Rosemont, Ont. (Zone 4a)
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JuneOntario
Oct 3, 2013 7:42 AM CST
Very interesting! Thanks for sharing your observations.

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