Wildlife, Cute Animals, Flying Monsters and Scary Snakes (part 1)
I have been reliably informed that a blog should include photographs. If that is the case, I would love to show you my pictures of the wildlife I have seen in the early stages of my stay in Australia. It is so exciting over here. Receiving a Winston Churchill Travel Fellowship is a chance in a life time. I am making the most of it and trying to squeeze everything in. It is the ultimate when a trip involves meeting lots of really interesting and inspiring people, travelling two beautiful countries and learning about their cultures. Here is a list of the wildlife I have seen so far.
To be honest, I have not seen many in the wild. They tend to be camouflaged in the woodlands and so it is often difficult to see them. However, if you do, they move so quickly it is difficult to take a photo. Sadly, most of the Kangaroos that I have seen so far are dead on the roadside. Seeing them lay there, is a constant reminder that a Kangaroo could jump into the road at any time whilst driving. It is quite nerve wrecking when you first start driving in Australia.
I have just found out that Koala bears are not bears, they are marsupials! Am I the only one that didn’t know that? Go on admit it you thought they were bears as well! The second day of being Australia I saw my first Koala bear in the wild. I cannot begin to tell you how excited I was. They are so cute and look really cuddly. I could nearly touch one. Everyone, including men and grumpy teenagers (who might not deem it to be cool) beamed as they watched them. In contrast, the Koala bears were oblivious that were even there were even being watched. They were so chilled out. I have seen four koalas in total. How cute is the photo below.
When I arrived in Mount Gambier I was informed that it was possible to see possums if I went to a certain location around dusk. This involved walking down a lot of steps (seen on the photo) near some natural woodland. Only a handful of people were waiting for them to come out of their little homes. As I am walking down the stairs a huge rat ran past my foot. Well I didn’t expect to see that! I also saw several mice as I waited and I wasn’t happy about seeing them either! It took a while before the possums came out, probably because of me shrieking ever two minutes. God knows what I will be like when I see a massive hairy spider! Anyway, back to the Possums, they are so cute and very tame. The babies travel on their mother’s back.
The following species has never been seen in Australia before. It is very friendly, does not bite, unless really provoked and is house trained. Apparently, it is usually seen in the North West of England, usually at the University of Manchester. Alright, I will be sensible. Remember, I am also on my holidays.
Scary snakes and spiders!
To date, I have only seen one snake in the wild. Thankfully, it was in the distance and moved very quickly. I hardly saw it, so that was good. I have not seen any spiders yet. I dread it when I do as I even struggle with daddy long legs at home. I have no doubt I will see some before I go home.
Take a look at post 2 if you want to see the ugliest bird ever!