owlice wrote:Emil, thanks for posting that! Seeing the movements of the telescopes reminds me of corps de ballet. What are the different birds in the video? Inquiring owls would like to know!
Love the ending, too; made me laugh! That was not what I was expecting to see!
These were all taken while I was "Duty Astronomer" at the ATCA (it's kind of like Jury Duty but for astronomers i.e. we take turns to donate a week of our time to help support other observers). Being here for extended periods and at all hours of the day and night you tend to notice all kinds of wildlife around (and in) the observatory itself
The birds are known as the Apostlebird (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apostlebird
) because they were believed to form groups of 12 (although this number actually varies). They're not the prettiest of birds around here but they are very sociable within their groups and can be quite comical to watch - they typically huddle together in their groups and often chatter amongst themselves whilst foraging for food or joining us for breakfast
The frogs are a constant and welcome companion during observing nights. Many of them tend to reside inside pot plants that are in the control room and they tend to just "hang out" waiting for other insects to walk past. You tend to see the frogs elsewhere in the control room i.e. on walls, sitting on powerpoints, cables and other bits of equipment. There are also large geckos and mice in particular are a bit of a problem (eating on cabling) ... and on the odd occasions snakes (one was found "in" a toilet a few months back! ... presumably looking for frogs). There are of course plenty of cockatoos and various types of parrots ... which unfortunately I haven't yet had a chance to video during my current Duty Astronomer session (I'm still at the observatory so when I get a chance I have to hunt a few down with my camera ... they are usually most active in the mornings and evenings but I've be stuck with my job during these periods recently).
Oh, have to rush to set up another observation ....