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#26

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13 August 2019 01:20 pm

Nightjar wrote:

When I found the Orb I transferred it to our garden where it lived out its short life.

https://www.prospectingaustralia.com.au … pider3.jpg

Yep, someone like me or Ded Driver saw it and stomped on it playful


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13 August 2019 01:46 pm

Wow, those pics are terrifying!


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13 August 2019 02:10 pm

i too dont kill them anywhere outside & away from the house .. but i dont like em devil
Orb Spiders webs can be awesome. I have seen them over 2m in diameter!
I am a bit paranoid about scorpions tho .... I have a UV torch in my gear & i scan the area around where I camp at night argh
stems from a childhood near hit with 1 ... luckily not stung, but .....


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13 August 2019 02:34 pm

Eeeeeppp scorpions!! yikes
No thanks..


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13 August 2019 03:00 pm

Nightjar wrote:

Many of us walked into a Golden Orb Spider web while heads down concentrating on swinging in our search for gold.

https://www.prospectingaustralia.com.au … pider3.jpg

I've had one very unimpressed golden orb spider hanging off the peak of my cap, doing just that.


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13 August 2019 03:02 pm

Ded Driver wrote:

I am a bit paranoid about scorpions tho .... I have a UV torch in my gear & i scan the area around where I camp at night argh
stems from a childhood near hit with 1 ... luckily not stung, but .....

Fair few around in the GT, in the dry. hiding under bits of rock or branches, in the main.


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13 August 2019 03:27 pm

I don't like spiders no matter how big they are... awful


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13 August 2019 03:34 pm

I don't mind spiders. I used to have a pet huntsman who roamed around my apartment. I called him Harry and made a deal with him that he was cool as long as he stayed on the walls, and not on my bed! He agreed and we were good mates.

But I was digging around a fallen tree when I was up at the Turon River on the Hill End meet up trip, and a big black bastard came out fighting - scared the bejesus out of me! I found another spot and left him to his tree! Yikes! Give me a friendly huntsman any day!


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13 August 2019 03:42 pm

He was probably protecting his pension stone of yella. a 20 oz'er sad


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13 August 2019 04:38 pm

creatures of this earth should have either 4 legs or 6 (or fins/flippers)
anything with 8 legs is an Alien ... & dont trust them dodgy Octopus either ... they're probably the intelligent Aliens that brought the other 8 legged fiends here in the 1st place! cool


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13 August 2019 05:35 pm

Jaros wrote:

He was probably protecting his pension stone of yella. a 20 oz'er sad

lol He probably was - he was fighting for that spot! But I conceded, since he was determined to keep it.

I'd say that spot's under water now now though - so good luck to him! smile


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13 August 2019 06:01 pm

This is why i wear gloves when digging.

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Huntsmans are cool though. When cutting firewood you can have 40-50 running around and on you. Cool little buggers.

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13 August 2019 06:31 pm

That reminds me of a time camping when a big log was thrown on the fire, and about 50 huntsmen came running out of it and across the camp. You should have heard the screaming from the women sitting around the fire! lol


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13 August 2019 06:41 pm

Ded Driver wrote:

i too dont kill them anywhere outside & away from the house
I am a bit paranoid about scorpions tho .... I have a UV torch in my gear & i scan the area around where I camp at night argh
stems from a childhood near hit with 1 ... luckily not stung, but .....

Early days of prospecting, used to doss down in a sleeping bag under the stars. Gave my boots a shake one morning and a huge scorpion fell out. From that day forth have always jammed a sock in each boot before retiring.
AND.... Bought myself a army camp stretcher and a small tent.


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13 August 2019 06:54 pm

Hey Deepseeker i was in longbush last week and i dug up a funnel weeb it may "have been" your friend. The little bugger gave me such a start i dropped my pick and you wouldn't believe where it landed. Ooops sorry.
Jim


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13 August 2019 07:58 pm

Australian wildlife is a fascinating study, my favourite is our feathered friends, however another interesting creature we often come across while prospecting is the - Goulds Perentie;

https://www.bushheritage.org.au/species/goannas

In the earlier days when horses were used extensively it has been reported, startled Bungarra's were known to climb up on the horse and then sometimes to top of the rider if no trees were available.

Luckily a tree was nearby when we disturbed this one:

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Had this young one hanging around our camp so I invited him to breakfast, he readily accepted:

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13 August 2019 08:16 pm

Aussiedigs wrote:

This is why i wear gloves when digging.

https://www.prospectingaustralia.com.au … 2d14fd.jpg
https://www.prospectingaustralia.com.au … 14d836.jpg

Huntsmans are cool though. When cutting firewood you can have 40-50 running around and on you. Cool little buggers.

They Bite Too and it stings a bit, and they are fast when they need to be, thumbsdown mad mad


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#43

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13 August 2019 08:18 pm

Nightjar wrote:

Australian wildlife is a fascinating study, my favourite is our feathered friends, however another interesting creature we often come across while prospecting is the - Goulds Perentie;

https://www.bushheritage.org.au/species/goannas

In the earlier days when horses were used extensively it has been reported, startled Bungarra's were known to climb up on the horse and then sometimes to top of the rider if no trees were available.

Luckily a tree was nearby when we disturbed this one:

https://www.prospectingaustralia.com.au … garra5.jpg

Had this young one hanging around our camp so I invited him to breakfast, he readily accepted:

https://www.prospectingaustralia.com.au … garra4.jpg

I love our fauna no doubt, but one of those two may have ended up on my menu for dinner! yikes

Really like the table setting, did he stay to read the paper ?
smile


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13 August 2019 09:06 pm

Greenhornet_au wrote:

I love our fauna no doubt, but one of those two may have ended up on my menu for dinner!

Quote from one of the Crocodile Dundee movies: "You can eat it, but if tastes like sh1t"...


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13 August 2019 11:35 pm

I had a buddy years ago. Hard as nails type of bloke. He'd go hunting, Shooting, Fishing, Camping alone, except he didn't like spiders either. But in all the years I knew him he never really let on that he was scared of them.

We used to go fishing at sunset after work, on a deep sharp bend in the Yarra river up in the mountains near Warburton in Victoria, where it mostly runs clear instead of the muddy color that most tourists see when in Melbourne. It was a terribly steep and high river bank, from where at the top you could just park your car on the edge of a dirt road. We'd find our way through trees, bushes and undergrowth, down to the narrowest little flat area at the bottom where two people could just sit at the rivers edge with just barely enough room for your rods and stuff and a lantern. It took a long time to get down to the river because if you took a wrong step you'd end up tumbling all the way down and it would be hard to stop yourself from falling in......

It was a great little spot where sometimes if you were patient & lucky and you sat still, you could watch a platypus weave in and out of the tangled tree roots by your feet near the edge of the bank, as it tried to catch its dinner. Because of this great habitat and difficulty getting to it, it was abundant with river Blackfish, Trout, and Eels.

We sat there one starlit night, crouched low just waiting to see the tip of the rods indicate a bite. The surface of the water was almost Millpond still, when all of a sudden this bloody creepy spider of some type, much larger than the permissible 20c coin size, came running across the surface of the water towards us like it was Jesus. I never knew before that, that some critters can actually walk on the surface tension of the water. And this bloody thing was making a bee-line for us and the lantern, and most probably all the midges and gnats it saw hovering around it like an all-you-can-eat spiders smorgasbord.

We both saw it at the same time, and without a word to each other screamed in disbelieving horror as we both tried to take off up the steep bank through the ridiculously thick undergrowth masking the skinniest of worn track, to get away from it. I swear we must have climbed over the top of each other at least once each before we suddenly realized that we wouldn't get any further in the darkness without the lantern. And, one of us had to go back for it.

We just stood there looking at each other with the adrenaline pumping, then all of a sudden we both burst out laughing as we realized at the same time we were both scared of the bloody things, and how ridiculous it all was. Once we'd stopped laughing and got our breath back we both gingerly walked back to the spot and had a good look around before we sat down and continued fishing. And, hardly a word was ever said about it again.......... cool

They Be Creeeeeeeeepy!!!!

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#46

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14 August 2019 09:50 am

Top story that, and great country between Warburton and the dam too.


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14 August 2019 10:50 am

Yes there are some great little spots up there. There are some good trout fishing locations around Millgrove & Wesburn too, but Suburbia is creeping ever closer like a lot of places, and I guess one day it will be all housing estates scattered around it. Do you mean Maroondah dam, or the Upper Yarra near Reefton?


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14 August 2019 03:43 pm

I meant the Upper Yarra Dam, DS, around Reefton & McMahons Creek. thumbsup


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14 August 2019 04:05 pm

Yep. nice spot. Used to hammer my motorbike through there as a young bloke. Stop at the Reefton Hotel, then cut across to Marysville and back home. Gods country big_smile


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14 August 2019 06:45 pm

Nightjar wrote:
Reeks wrote:

Interesting nightjar, thanks for posting
I recall seeing hundreds of trapdoors with a certain pine needle looking leaf placed in a pattern around each door from the nearby scrub around Redcastle in W.A but I never saw the spiders, would you know what they were?

Most likely one of many species of "Trapdoor Spider." Most are nocturnal, would be interesting to dig one up and identify it.

https://www.agric.wa.gov.au/mites-spide … nopaging=1

If you take a walk at night with a bright headlamp in our bush it is not uncommon to see tiny sparkling lights on the ground. If you bend down and look closely you will most like see a tiny spider.

https://www.google.com/search?q=Images+ … Zp9nQ0UIDM:

Did that after mowing the back yard in Summer, later in the evening I would shine a big arse light up the yard and thousands of tiny little eyes would glow back at me, almost like looking at the sky at night, there were that many stars.


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