When these little guys (Noisy Miners) make a fuss, something is invariably wrong. They have a high pitched tree-top alarm which usually marks the arrival of a hawk or a crow and a strange whoop whooping alarm when something such as a Blue Tongue Lizard is creeping along the lawn and yet another shrill alarm when humans or dogs are about, but today . . I heard quite a different sound as if they were gritting invisible teeth and chattering through them. I hadn't heard it before so I grabbed the camera and went to investigate. When Lily refused to come with me I wondered why!
See anything just over my neighbour's fence? It was lying still with it's head slightly raised.
I didn't have my zoom so this was as close as I was prepared to go with thongs on!
Cropped and trimmed . . . a fine looking juvenille. Apparently they grow up to 1.5 metres . . well I'm sorry but this guy was easily 2 metres. He's a red bellied black snake sporting shiny new skin and enjoying the first glimpse of sunshine we've had for two weeks . . . someone should tell him he should be getting ready to hibernate! He is poisonous. they are among the most common species on the Eastern Seaboard and enjoy wetlands, creeks and lakes. We we rarely see them although we know they're there. It's shiny black on top with a distinctive red underbelly. This one is displaying a salmon pink because his skin is 'new'. Apparently, it's preferred diet is frogs which may also explain why he's out and about after all the rain and they give birth to up to 20 live young. I went back with the zoom to get some better shots but he heeded the warning of my approach (couldn't have been the birds because snakes are deaf) and did a runner by the time I'd got back. . . must check the swimming pool . . .