Tuesday, 26 October 2010

Snoozing in the sun

It's been sunny now for two days. Almost a record. The pademelons certainly seem to be enjoying the warm weather.

This is Red, one of the adult males. I haven't seen any of the others snooze like this. I'm thinking about giving him a pillow for Christmas.

(Sorry about the quality in the first photo. It was taken through the screen door.)


biobabbler said...

Hee. That's great. I LOVE your idea re: pillow. I wonder how he'd respond to a doggie bed half in the sunshine? =)

Sherrie Y said...

Firm interior with a soft, cushy exterior aspect for me, please. Preferably in a nice shade of green.

Sun for you corresponded with our first day of snow (in town). You'd think we were on opposite sides of a large, semi-spherical object or something.

And precisely how does one "unwaggl"? 'Tis a command from the verification box.

desertnutmeg said...

Looks like a good idea to me! He's a good looking lad. His underfur looks so thick! Do they shed and have winter/summer coats?

Snail said...

Biobabbler, I suspect the turkeys would shred a dog bed before the paddies got anywhere near it! I've heard of two wild paddies that like sleeping on lounges --- one outside, one inside.

Sherrie, I can't explain the corresponding weather. Most odd. You might be onto something with your theory about the sphere. *strokes chin sagely* Not sure how to unwaggl. Doesn't sound like much fun to me!

Meggs, not sure about shedding. I've thought about whether their fur could be spun into wool. It's not long, but it is very soft. I know this because the have lots of fights, which usually involve chunks of fur coming out. (The birds think that's great and collect it to line their nests.) I keep wanting to pat their tummies because that fur does look very pattable. I'd probably lose my hand --- they've got quite sharp incisors and very sharp claws!

mick said...

I'm always intrigued with how close those paddies stay around your place. I've seen friends' gardens where the birds are unafraid and stay close around but never where the larger creatures are as tame as they seem to be at your place. I can't help thinking what a shame it was that the balance of nature was upset so soon after white people came to this country.

Snail said...

I'm delighted that they're so tolerant of me!

They tend to only hang around when I'm inside the house. They keep their distance when I go outside. They haven't quite worked out that I'm not going to eat them. This is probably a good thing!

When one of the neighbours' dogs got out and paid a visit, they cleared off for a couple of days. I wish they were as savvy about cars as they are about pooches. Not only did Poppet get run over by some arsehole down the street, but I think Pookie went the same way. (Pookie is the young male that I think was hand raised. The first time I saw him, he was hurtling towards me, hoping for some food.)

Anonymous said...

Both dogs and cars are major dangers for all macropods and its especially heartbreaking to find creatures you 'know' smashed by a vehicle.
After years of actively discouraging visiting 'pig dogs' we finally have one Swampy who is not afraid of us and her joey is really big now....here's hoping.

Snail said...

Good luck with the Swampies, Wildwings.

The dogs here are also a big danger to the tree kangaroos --- at least two tree roos have been killed by a little black Staffie cross left to roam. (Haven't seen that dog for a while, so I'm hoping that the owners have sorted out the problem.)

Cars. I'd better not start talking about my neighbours who don't slow down. Once you get to my place, there's only about another 400m to the end of the road, but they still hurtle along. Makes me very angry!

Neil said...

I have put roo shoo on my car so i don't hit any roos, had a close call one day as I was driving to the coast.

forestwalk/laura k said...

oooooooh....Red certainly looks content...enjoying the nice weather...the sun and shade at the same time! he's found the perfect spot!

Snail said...

Neil, a close call is better than the alternative! Fortunately, there aren't too many big roos around here. (Mind you, there are wandering cattle, which is a worry.)

Laura, the paddies are very good at making themselves comfortable. They're almost like cats in the way they find the best spots. I once saw a paddie that had found a nice seat on the scrubfowl mound --- a backside-sized excavation that fitted him perfectly.