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Amazing photos capture carpet python consuming king parrot

By Kate Higgins

Updated December 14, 2015 18:22:36

A snake consuming a king parrot on the Sunshine Coast. Photo: Snake catcher Stuart McKenzie was sent this image of a carpet python consuming a king parrot on the Sunshine Coast. (Supplied: Stuart McKenzie)
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A series of photographs show a large carpet python constricting and swallowing a king parrot as it hangs from the roof of a home.

The photographs, taken at Agnes Water in Central Queensland, were sent to snake catcher Stuart McKenzie by 1 of his Facebook followers.

A snake's body bulges as it eats a parrot Photo: The bulge in the snake’s physique is evident as it continues to consume its meal. (Supplied: Stuart McKenzie)

“Frequently if one particular of my followers sees a snake consuming a wild animal they will snap a photo and send it to me,” he stated.

“This is the coolest 1 of the season so far.”

Mr McKenzie stated it was practically impossible to tell the snake’s age, but guessed it could be 5 or six years old.

“It’s tough to tell the age with reptiles simply because they develop primarily based on the temperature of their environment,” he mentioned.

“Going off the size of the king parrot — they’re a decent-sized bird — I’d say [the snake was] amongst 1.5 and two metres extended.”

King parrots can reach far more than 40 centimetres in length.

Mr McKenzie, who performs on the Sunshine Coast, stated he had had a busy couple of months and was currently averaging about two get in touch with-outs a day.

“Nowadays I’ve currently had five contact-outs,” he said, adding that he had so far only encountered non-venomous pythons.

“It is hectic. I am expecting a lot more in the afternoon.

“Typically if we’ve had a bit of rain and it is a nice sunny day, you expect snakes to be out and about because the frogs will be out and the snakes will be chasing the frogs.

“In the absolute heat of the day, you will not anticipate them on the move simply because it is too hot.”

A parrot's tail feathers poke out of a snake's mouth Photo: The snake is at the tail end. (Supplied: Stuart McKenzie)

Topics: reptiles, animals, human-interest, offbeat, qld, agnes-water-4677

Very first posted December 14, 2015 18:18:39

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White water rafting business forced to move south as King River dries up

Posted December 12, 2015 14:45:22

White water rafting on the King River Photo: King River Rafting has started operating on the more tame River Derwent because of low water levels on the King River. (Supplied: King River Rafting)

Record low rainfall is forcing a Tasmanian rafting business to shift its operations from the west coast to the south in order to survive.

King River Rafting, run by husband and wife team Paul Steane and Michele Cordwell-Steane, started guided tours along the King River for the first time last summer, taking 200 people in four months.

Rafting on the River DerwentVideo: Rafting on the River Derwent (ABC News)

But the driest October on record has left Hydro Tasmania’s dams at extremely low levels and reduced the once-mighty King River, which relies on the regular release of water, to a whimper.

Ms Cordwell-Steane said the shift was another blow to the struggling West Coast economy which had already been hit hard by the ongoing closure of the Mt Lyell copper mine.

“We probably would have put about $ 80,000 to $ 100,000 into Queenstown and they will certainly miss that,” she said.

“[The rafting] just brings people in so what people mostly do is spend two or three nights’ accommodation in Queenstown and we have groups of up to 16 coming [on the trip], so it will have an impact.”

Paul and Michele Cordwell-Steane Photo: Paul and Michele Cordwell-Steane by the River Derwent as they prepare to take another group rafting. (ABC News: Michael Atkin)

The fledgling business has had to refund more than $ 20,000 in future bookings and there is no work available for some northern staff.

“We have had to refund lots of money so it hasn’t been good, hence our reason for doing the Derwent because we hope we can keep afloat, pardon the pun, until next summer,” she said.

Now they are rafting in the much milder waters of the River Derwent near New Norfolk.

Ms Cordwell-Steane said it was incomparable to the King River.

“It’s very different than on the King, on the Derwent … the rapids are probably level one and two on the King through the Gorge they’re three and four,” she said.

“Yesterday on a Derwent trip we saw a beautiful sea eagle and about five platypus.

“The Derwent is farm land, which is also beautiful but the King you go from the forest to the sea so you go through rainforest, there’s lots of Huon pine and then end up almost at Macquarie Harbour.”

Rafting the King River Photo: While the rapids on the River Derwent are not as wild as those on the King River it’s proximity to Hobart makes it more accessible to tourists. (Supplied: King River Rafting)

The new experience does offer the opportunity to learn rafting and, crucially, is a short drive from Tasmania’s tourism hot spot of Hobart.

It was the perfect holiday fun for engaged couple John Godwin and Rochelle Armstrong.

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Ms Armstrong said the calmer waters suited her.

“I’ve never really done anything like this before and I’m a bit nervous about the water, so it was very exciting,” she said.

“King River wasn’t really accessible for us because we were already visiting Hobart so we were just looking for something close.”

Mr Goodwin said they get married next week and were under strict instructions to come back unscathed.

“Rochelle is not allowed to go in the water, we’re not allowed to hurt each other,” he said.

“Always hold on to the T bar and the pole otherwise you’ll get a black eye,” Ms Armstrong added.

“The ab workout has been alright, I guess.”

The move south has given new guide 20-year-old James Wynwood the break he was been looking for.

“I’ve been studying for nine months at Tafe and I’ve been waiting for that opportunity to get out there and get into the industry,” he said.

“I’ve fished along the Derwent with my parents and I know a fair bit about it as well so it’s really good for me to be able to take people as a job down the river doing something that I love.”

Ms Cordwell-Steane said she hoped water levels in the King River would recover in time to recommence tours in the summer of 2017 and if the gentler experience along the Derwent River proved popular, King River Rafting might permanently expand its tours to both locations.

Just do not expect it to change its name.

King River Rafting happy to stay afloat Photo: Being forced to explore the River Derwent has opened up a new opportunity and King River Rafting may operate from both locations once the King River is back to usual torrent. (Supplied: King River Rafting)

Topics: lifestyle-and-leisure, travel-and-tourism, tourism, drought, new-norfolk-7140

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Scans suggest ’90pc’ chance of hidden chamber in King Tut tomb: expert

Updated November 29, 2015 00:13:55

King Tutankhamun's tomb in the Valley of Kings in Luxor Photo: The stone sarcophagus containing the mummy of King Tut is observed in his underground tomb in the famed Valley of the Kings in Luxor. (Reuters: Nasser Nuri)

Possibilities are high that the tomb of ancient Egypt’s boy-king Tutankhamun has passages to a hidden chamber, which may possibly be the last resting place of Queen Nefertiti, experts say.

Nefertiti, thought to have been Tutankhamun’s stepmother, died in the 14th century BC, and the discovery of her final resting spot would be the most exceptional Egyptian archaeological discover this century.

British Egyptologist Nicholas Reeves announced plans for additional investigations at a news conference with Egyptian antiquities minister Mamdouh al-Damaty, who stated data would be taken to Japan for study and that probabilities had been high that a chamber existed.

“We stated earlier there was a 60 per cent opportunity there is anything behind the walls. But now after the initial reading of the scans, we are saying now it is 90 per cent most likely there is anything behind the walls,” Mr al-Damaty said.

The discovery of Nefertiti, whose chiselled cheek-bones and regal beauty had been immortalized in a three,300-year-old bust now in a Berlin museum, would shed fresh light on what remains a mysterious period of Egyptian history despite frenzied international interest.

The Nefertiti bust is pictured during a press preview of an exhibition in Berlin Photo: The bust of ancient Egyptian Queen Nefertiti. (Reuters: Michael Sohn)

“There is, in truth, an empty space behind the wall based on radar, which is really correct, there is no doubt. We can not say at this point nonetheless the size of the space behind the wall,” Japanese radar specialist Hirokatsu Watanabe said.

“We have the data but we should analyse it to understand. But we are functioning in the Valley of the Kings, so we are expecting to discover antiquities behind the wall.”

Mr Reeves said in October that he believed Nefertiti may be buried in a secret chamber adjoining Tutankhamun’s tomb in the Valley of the Kings at Luxor, southern Egypt.

King Tut, as he is affectionately known, died around 1323 BC.

His intact tomb, comprehensive with his famous golden burial mask, was found in the Valley of the Kings in 1922 by one more British Egyptologist, Howard Carter.

Authorities have extended sought to realize why Tut’s tomb was smaller than that of other pharaohs and why its shape was much more in maintaining with that of the Egyptian queens of the time.

Egyptologists stay uncertain more than exactly where Nefertiti died and was buried.

She was lengthy believed to have passed away for the duration of her husband’s reign, suggesting she could be buried in Amarna, where her bust was identified in 1912.

Far more recently, most professionals, like Mr Reeves, have come to believe she outlived Akhenaten, who may possibly have been Tut’s father, but changed her name and may possibly have briefly ruled Egypt.


Topics: archaeology, science-and-technologies, history, egypt

1st posted November 29, 2015 00:ten:32

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