Thursday, 3 September 2015

Across the Nullarbor

Mulga Snake, or King Brown snake, or Pilbara Cobra, is a species of venomous snake found in Australia. It is one of the longest venomous snakes in the world and is the second longest in Australia.

We came across this snake not that far from the Nullarbor Roadhouse on the walk to see the Whales in the Great Australian Bight.

Also there were some little birds.  I have not taken many photos of birds in the past, but was pleased with my effort.  I did not photo shop other than make the photos smaller.

Currently we are in Streaky Bay in SA, enjoying the spring weather....rain, wind and sunshine at the beach.






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  1. Beautiful bird photos! I hope you had a long lens to get the picture of the snake! It must have been a bit frightening.

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    1. Thanks. I didn't have a tripod with me. No, no long lens. I do have a camera that has one long lens but didn't bring it with me.
      My husband spotted the snake and I was wary as we walked back up the path..

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  2. Pretty bird photos, and venomous snakes are a bit scary.

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    1. Lovely birds. Yes, was surprised to see the snake this time of year..

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  3. The birds are so beautiful. Such a unique coloring. You can keep the snake picture.

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    1. Very pretty those birds. I took several photos of the snake, the one shown has turned out not too clear. I do believe that is due to the software I used to upload it...Blogger.

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  4. Wow ! These are so fantastic shots !!!
    Greetings

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  5. You'd be wise to keep your distance from the King Brown. They are what I would term
    "deadly deadly" and they take no prisoners. I sure hope that the snake photo was taken with a long lens
    and that you carefully checked behind you in case that photographed snake's mate was not sizing you up.
    The birds look like swallows - the tail!!
    Getting back closer to civilisation now - Streaky Bay, SA.
    Now you trip seems to have gone so fast!
    Shanks will enjoy that pasture and be well away from that bloody King Brown.
    Cheers
    Colin

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    1. Oops!
      I should have referred to that deadly King Brown in the Aussie lingo - "Mr
      Joe Blake" of the King Brown family.
      In the Bryce Courtenay novel, made into a TV mini-series - "Jessica",
      the "mate" of the King Brown which Jessica shot, "flew" out of
      the scrub and in revenge killed Jessica.
      So I really hope you did LOOK carefully behind and around you!!!
      Colin

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    2. Kept well away from the snake.
      Didn't bring a long lens, do have one for my old camera but being a different make to the one I have now, won't fit.
      Swallows they are. Welcoming Swallows.

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  6. Love the swallows.
    The snake? From a distance. That looks like a big brute too.
    We do live in an amazing country...

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    1. They are very pretty those Swallows.
      Not a nice snake to be near, that one was long, but I suppose that kind are long..

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  7. I shiver at the sight of the snake. Are swallows a pest? They are an attractive bird, for sure.

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    1. Snakes are a bit like that, making us shiver. Once had one go over my big toe, a great big black snake, but that was at home.
      I have no idea about swallows being a pest. I do know where I was, they have nests along with Eagles in the caves near where the photo was taken...at the Nullarbor.

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  8. I was going to ask if you knew what type of birds they are, but EC has answered that question.
    I've seen quite a few brown snakes, once almost stepping on a couple that were coiled together and looked like a pile of you-know-what. They were smallish, but I've seen a really big one slithering away across some rocks.

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    1. Welcoming Swallows I believe is a common name for them in the Nullarbor area.
      I bet you have seen many a brown snake where you once were :)

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  9. Last night I returned from my vacation, and now I can continue with the visits to your blog.

    I like animals , but of the snakes , I prefer the distance

    kisses

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    1. Hope you had a lovely holiday.
      I think most of us like to keep the distance from snakes.

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  10. margaret thev snake is terrible we don;t have them in poland. the birds amazing

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  11. The snake - no thank you, but the birds are lovely - they look the same as our Swallows!

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    1. Oh they do...I suppose the Swallows are similar if not the same in many places in this world..

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  12. The little town I grew up in meant "home of the brown snake" in Aboriginal language! I've seen a few of these in my time.

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    1. Oh really, that's interesting. I bet you have seen a few :)

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  13. I'm with Rosemary,...I skipped the snake. I am not a lover of snakes...with reason. I do love the birds, though. :)

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  14. Janice, your photos are wonderful. Of course, not being a fan of snakes, I much prefer the photos of birds! :D

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    1. Jean, I don't think there are too many people who like snakes close up..
      Birds are always beautiful.

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  15. I love your photos of the birds, Janice, how lovely! :)

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  16. Great bird shots - but the snake I can do without!!!

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