Today we farewell Winter and although it still feels cold in inside our house, the warmth of Spring has arrived and with it comes screeching Sulphur Crested Cockatoos and Rainbow Lorikeets. Our Grevillea trees are flowering, as are the Coco Magnolias and neighbouring Eucalypts. The Koala has been returning every few days and is showering our yard with Koala poo and small branches of gum leaves, Bundy is obsessed with sniffing everything that falls from the tree and is happy to be outdoors for several hours at a time during the night whilst the Koala is around.
This morning I noticed what looked like a furry, brown bottom in the fork of a eucalyptus tree to the left of our front yard, to my great delight it was the cute little bottom of a koala. We’ve been living in our house for over 7 years and have seen few koalas, we’ve seen plenty of possums, wallabies, lizards and birdlife but was only my second sighting of a koala in the bushland next door. As you can imagine, there was much excitement and I quickly ran for my camera as did a friend who had been visiting. We stood at the bottom of that tree for ages, taking photos from every possible angle, I even braved the scrubby surroundings beneath the tree (there could have been snakes or spiders concealed) to get a closer look. With so many photos of this gorgeous creature I couldn’t choose just a couple of shots to share 🙂
The little fella slept, scratched and slept some more, moving occasionally to escape the heat of the sun. It was hard going back indoors knowing that we could miss any attempt he or she made at relocating. Being such a hot day with temperatures predicted to reach the high 30s (degrees celsius), I decided to leave a bucket of water at the base of the tree in case the koala was thirsty when he or she eventually moved on.
Now it is late in the afternoon and I have been to check on the koala and our little furry bottomed friend is happily munching on eucalyptus leaves high in the tree. Although it is absolutely wonderful to see one of our native animals in the natural habitat, I hope the koala moves deeper into the bush where it is less likely that he’ll be injured by dogs or hit by a car.