Weekend Wandering: Australian Wildlife in Warrandyte.

Hi Friends,

Once again, I have gone for a wander in my “own backyard” for some photography practice and exercise. The following pictures are the result. I will also share some tips for spotting Australian wildlife in the wild.

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The walk I did was at Pound Bend Reserve which is an excellent place to take a fairly easy and relaxing hour long stroll. This is also the place to go if you would like to spot Australian wildlife -from Marsupials (such as Kangaroos and Wombats) to birds (such as cockatoos, rainbow lorikeets, and kookaburras).

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The following are my tips for spotting Australian Wildlife in the wild: 

-If you are interested in spotting a specific species of animal ask a local or Google where you can find them.

-Get to your viewing place at around dawn or dusk (pretty much around the golden hours). This is especially important for viewing marsupials because many of them are mainly nocturnal (they sleep during the day time).

-You need to be very quiet so that you do not scare the animals away! I was a bit annoyed because kids were screaming near the banks of the river where kangaroos normally hang out. However, after walking for 30 minutes away from that area I started to spot more animals. If you are with another person try to speak quietly.

-Walk very slowly and scan your surroundings slowly. This will help with not scaring animals away and give you a better chance of spotting animals. Some Australian Wildlife have brown or grey coats and they blend right in with trees and the ground so you need to look very carefully.

-Safety tip: DO NOT try to get close to kangaroos – especially males and babies (babies because the parents might not be happy seeing you scaring them). These creatures can be very large and can sometimes be very aggressive when they are intimidated. I have seen tourists do this before and I was very close to yelling at them – they walked away before it came to that. After they had walked away, daddy kangaroo came out and let me tell you – he was not happy!

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Kookaburra framed beautifully by wattle trees

When I spotted this Kookaburra I walked very slowly and as quietly as possible to get a closer shot (I need a telephoto lens hehe). Luckily for me, this beautiful bird seemed to be happy to model for me.

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Kookaburras are well-known for their song which sounds like they are laughing.

I am really happy to announce that I spotted a living wombat for the first time in the wild!!! I have seen many unfortunately as road kill on the side of the road… so I was totally elated to finally see one alive!

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I couldn’t believe my eyes when I came across this creature 🙂

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I was looking very carefully when I spotted this wombat. You can see how this wombat could very easily blend into its surroundings – as it blends into the tree.

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Wattle Tree up close

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I hope you enjoyed this post! This little adventure has made me want a telephoto lens so desperately :’).

Mikki 🙂

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