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One of the most interesting days we had on our visit to Kangaroo Island included a stop at Seal Bay, now a Conservation Park. The Bay is home to a colony of up to 1,000 Australian Sea Lions, one of the rarest types of sea lions. Less than 15,000 of them exist and this Bay is home to one of the largest colonies.
When we visited, there were no other people on the Bay, or for that matter, any of the beaches we stopped at on the island. It seemed a little odd at the time to be on a miles long stretch of beautiful sandy beach and not have any other people about. But we took advantage of the opportunity …
Australia is a remarkable place to visit, with some of the most interesting flora and fauna anywhere. From flocks of colorful parrots to troops of kangaroos bouncing around, if you love nature and the out-of-doors, Australia needs to be on your travel bucket-list.
My wife and I were visiting Perth in Western Australia some years ago, a city we really enjoyed. Not far from Perth is the small port of Freemantle where many prisoner ships from England landed centuries ago and disembarked the ancestors of today’s Aussies. From here you can catch a ferry (or if you have more cash, a seaplane) to Rottnest Island, home to the charming Quokka. It makes for a perfect day-trip, but …
Today’s highlighted photo features a baby short-beaked echidna known as a “Puggle”. It likely is the rarest photo of an animal I’ve ever taken in the wild (note: this is not a zoo photo). Puggles are carried in their mother’s pouches and it’s rare to know the mother is with child unless you’ve closely followed her (in this case by a group of field biologists on Kangaroo Island, using radiotelemetry).
Echidnas, also known as spiny anteaters, are egg-laying mammals (monotremes) found only in Australia and New Guinea. The female lays a small soft-shelled leathery egg which is deposited into her belly pouch. The young echidna hatches in about 10 days, the youngster sucking on milk from one of two milk patches (monotremes …
Australia is a remarkable place to visit, with some of the most interesting flora and fauna anywhere. From flocks of colorful parrots, to medicinal smelling groves of eucalyptus, to troops of kangaroos bouncing around the bush, if you love nature Australia will fully engage you.
My wife and I were visiting Western Australia some years ago, attending a meeting in Perth before exploring the region. Not far from Perth is the port city of Freemantle; from here you can catch a ferry to Rottnest Island, home to the charming Quokka.
Quokkas are not much larger than a housecat and, like kangaroos, they are marsupials (with pouches for their young). They were once common in Western Australia but the introduction …