Ken Boddie en Café beBee, beBee in English Ambassador • beBee 25/11/2016 · 1 min de lectura · 1,1K



Caught this fella doing the 'turkey trot' in Boondall Wetlands recently. The Australian brushturkey is normally found in rainforest and wetland areas, but has also been driven into the suburbs by man's destruction of his natural habitat. We have a couple where we live in the outskirts of Brisbane, and they can be noisy little buggers when they fly onto our roof.  Their attempts at short flight are about as graceful as Miss Piggy in a tutu taking ballet lessons. 

There are also a few in the grounds of our office compound near the Central Business District, which is a long way from the bush. They can be quite destructive in gardens, as they love to build mound-nests up to 1.5 m (5 ft) high, from leaf litter and mulch, and they certainly make a mess in the garden strips around the office.  

You can see the attraction that these curious creatures have for suburban gardens, where there aren't many natural predators, except for the odd unleashed dog and the occasional irate gardener.

I bet this guy's glad that he doesn't live in Canada or the US right now.

Happy Thanksgiving to all our North American Bees!

Here's a clip, by the way, of Little Eva's 'Turkey Trot' which inspired the heading for this post.



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The author of the above, Ken Boddie, besides being a sometime poet and occasional writer, is an enthusiastic photographer, rarely leisure-travelling without his Canon, and loves to interact with other like-minded people with diverse interests.

Ken's three day work week (part time commitment) as a consulting engineer allows him to follow his photography interests, and to plan trips to an ever increasing list of countries and places of scenic beauty and cultural diversity.

Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman 26/11/2016 · #12

#11 Thank you, Ken. I see your follow in my email. I can't seem to get your url to work. Can you furnish a live link?

Ken Boddie 26/11/2016 · #11

BrewNSpew looks interesting, Franci. I've saved it to my Reading List so I can look through it at my leisure. Thanks.

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Lisa 🐝 Gallagher 26/11/2016 · #9

#8 ha, good one Ken!!

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Ken Boddie 26/11/2016 · #8

#7 Sounds like your family's all 'gone to the dogs', Lisa. 😂

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Lisa 🐝 Gallagher 26/11/2016 · #7

#6 haha, I'm not that young Ken. I think I've heard of the Turkey Trot but never actually heard 'it.' She never killed a bird when hunting and was trained well. But, for some reason she goes after other prey when running free in the yard. They live out in the country. I think she's been quelled 3 times... you'd think she'd learn. My son has a pointer too but never had time to teach her to hunt, she went after a rabbit once and had it in her mouth in front of my daughter in law and grandson (she broke off her leash). My daughter in law ran in the house crying. I'm glad we don't have a hunting dog, we have a boston terrier who's a bit high strung but fun!

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Ken Boddie 26/11/2016 · #6

#4 Never heard the Turkey Trot, Lisa? Just goes to prove how young you are. 😉 Just love pointers and setters and retrievers - all hunting dogs! But I'm surprised she goes in for the kill unprompted. Pointers were originally bred to 'point' to where the kill had fallen, after the shooter had done his dastardly deed, and not to turn the prey into doggy dinner. Perhaps nobody told her this? 😂

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Ken Boddie 26/11/2016 · #5

#3 Trust you Canucks to be different, Kev. Or should I rather say trust the US to be different! 😂 Either way I stand corrected. Still surprised you're not yet a Canuck Canon Carrier, Kev! 😂