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Sulphur-crested Cockatoos are notoriously mischievous and destructive when they are bored, as such we usually scare them off the bird feeder in case they should start to destroy the house.
However, they’ve now learnt to be quiet. I still hear them cracking the seed with their beaks though.

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Tonight's Moon - April 2nd 2020
69% Illuminated

Canon SL2/200D - Tamron SP 70-300mm DG VC USD Lens - ISO 100 - f10 - Exposure 1/160 sec

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"Okay, here's the scenario. You are a crew member on a starship."
"Space travel is slow, you'll be stuck with your crewmates a long time."
"So we must get along."
"Yes. Communicate, listen, share limited resources."
"I can do that. What's the starship called?"
#MicroFiction #TootFic #SmallStories

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Please enjoy the sunset from Phu Quoc Island Vietnam. With all the pain and suffering perhaps it’s nice to take just a moment to enjoy a sunset. I took this last year on the island. Wherever you are. Whatever Timezone you call home. Take a moment and see the world.

A White-bellied Sea-Eagle (Haliaeetus leucogaster) spotted at Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve on 4 April 2020. It flew in as we watched and landed on the branch to preen itself.

This is one of the resident sea-eagles at the reserve, and often seen by visitors who are delighted by them, especially when they fly low overhead.

On iNaturalist [ ].

A Sapphire Flutterer (Rhyothemis triangularis) spotted at Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve, Singapore, on 4 April 2020. My first photos of it. 🙂 This was at the pond near the entrance, which was buzzing with dragonflies today.

The Sapphire Flutterer is an uncommon local dragonfly with distinctive purplish blue patches on its wings. I knew what it was the moment I saw it.

On iNaturalist [ ].

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From Wednesday last week: Spiral galaxy M58. 20cm f3.9 Newtonian, 7 min L, 3 min each RGB. Located in Virgo, M58 is part of the Virgo cluster of galaxies. It's about 60 Mly away from the Earth.

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From last Wednesday, elliptical galaxy M49. 20cm f3.9 Newtonian telescope. 9 min L, 3 min each RGB. Located in Virgo and part of the Virgo cluster of galaxies, M49 is about 52 Mly away from us. #astrophoto

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The moon, as clear as I’ve ever seen it, from my back porch. Bonus: Venus, also bright and high in the sky, with one of the bright starts of the Pleiades in the background. 4” reflector, 10mm eyepiece.

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Tonight's Moon - March 31st 2020
47% Illuminated

Canon SL2/200D - Tamron SP70-300mm DG VC USD Lens - ISO100

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The King Parrots popped in this morning for a feed and then came back in the afternoon, but were scarred off the feeder by a Currawong, so they went around the front and called to me until I put a plate of seed out.

Not the best picture of a Pink-necked Green-Pigeon (Treron vernans) I've taken, but I find it shows off the colours on the tail region very nicely.

On iNaturalist [ ]

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Hope everyone is doing ok. I have my moments myself.

Here's a picture from early morning last Saturday.

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Just got an alert for some new data for this nebula. I've been waiting months for it to go public domain. Here's an image I made seven years ago that uses WFPC2 and NICMOS data. Anxious to see how the new data compares. Downloading new data now.

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From last Wednesday, Open cluster M48 - 20cm f3.9 Newtonian telescope, 8 min L, 5 min each RGB. It is located about 2500 ly from Earth in the constellation of Hydra. #astrophoto

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.:: Chilling with butterflies ::.

Have a good & safe week Mastodon ! You're not alone in this !

A peek of the peaceful outside world ... :)
Imagine you're in a grass field, moss tickling your toes, and take a deep breathe !

- #mastoart #art #nature #peaceful -
:: Better res on website ::

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We had to pop down to the parcel locker to collect a parcel and decided to go at night (less people). Turns out this was a most excellent plan as we encountered this Echidna on our driveway.

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