Friday, March 15, 2019

My first scaly encounter at Lake Mac

Lake McIntyre is as good as place as any to get out of the house, out into nature. I visited last week with my camera for a stroll around the walking trail.

This is when things got interesting. I walked away from the walking trail to photograph this bird. I think they are what people in other parts of the country call bin chickens aren't they? Well in these parts, so far at least, they stick to their natural environment. I've never seen one raiding the garbage, just as well when visiting here you need to take your rubbish with you as there are no bins. 

I was fairly aware there are snakes here and the weather has been pretty hot of late. This particular day last week, it had cooled off, but I was still looking around for them though as I stepped of the track to get a better view to photograph the birds.

I caught the sight of some small wrens and butterflies flittering about in the reeds and moved about four metres to the left to try to capture them. I think I should have been taking a bit more notice of what was on the ground instead of what was in the reeds, because I looked down and there I saw a snake!

In that quick moment the first thing my brain registered was a plastic toy snake to the snap fast reality I was looking at a real snake. A real snake, less than a metre in front of me! Dark brown scaly skin, which wasn't shiny at all, and a yellow underbelly. It had found a patch of sun to bask in, to warm it's cold body.

I turned on my heel and ran as fast as I could to the safety of the trail. As I turned I could hear the russle of leaves as the snake moved, in which direction I do not know. I think I startled him as much as he scared the hell out of me.

I think my brain was working much faster than my legs, as I nearly faltered running away. My heart was beating so fast and it took me a minute to register in disbelief at what had just happened. I am thankful it was a cooler day and this scale creature wasn't so active as would be normally. I'll keep telling myself that, and thank goodness I looked down and not taken a step forward or crouched down because it could have taken this story to a whole different level.

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  1. Yikes! It's so scary seeing a snake. Brown snakes are a worry cos they chase you - and I don't know the difference between a snake that is brown and a Brown snake! #OpenSlather

    1. I heard him move, and I don't care which way he went as long as I got away unscathed. Glad it was a colder day and he wasn't so fast. Lesson learnt to scan the area better!

  2. I hear you on the seeing of a snake. So far not here but in our country days. I recently went for a bit of walk around some scrubby areas close to the water here and had my eyes down more than anything...I also dislike anything lizard-like! Lovely pics..and thanks to Lydia for the Friday reminder. Denyse x

  3. Yep, that would scare the hell out of me, too!


  4. Glad you got away unharmed. Nice photos! #OpenSlather

  5. Glad that you are safe and that would scare me also. Otherwise it is a beautiful place.


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