Wildlife Wednesdays; Return and Recap

Trip Start May 31, 2012
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Flag of Australia  , South Australia,
Tuesday, August 21, 2012

First off, I apologize on behalf of Kara Powell who posted one much heralded 'Wildlife Wednesday' and then never posted again. In her defence, we haven't seen as much wildlife as we expected, and certainly not enough to justify a weekly post. So, I've decided to post all of the wildlife we've seen since that initial post, in this, the "Wildlife Wednesday; Return and Recap".

While still in Vietnam, we saw lots of roosters, chickens, pigs, ducks, horses, cows, water buffalo and dogs. I saw one salamander which I took a picture of, that was in Halong Bay. Oh, and we also saw a jellyfish in the water there. Ewwwwww.

Since we've arrived in Australia, we've seen (in no particular order, other than from dead to living specimens); a dead sea lion on the beach, 3 or 4 dead kangaroos on the side of the road and 2 dead foxes on the side of the road. What can I say, we've done a lot of driving. Let me also just say how disconcerting it is to see such large roadkill. Kangaroos are pretty big and it is pretty sad to see such a large fuzzy body on the side of the road. But don't be too sad, because we've also seen SIX LIVE KANGAROOS!! Granted, they were fenced in and weren't doing much hopping (check the photographic evidence), but they were still very cute and brought me a lot of joy. We have yet to see any wombats or koalas, but believe me, you'll be the first to know when we do. And, this may go without saying, but we've seen lots and lots of sheep.There are probably some in our backyard as I type this.

Now, as Kara would say, looking toward our avian friends, we have seen many. We've actually become quite the amateur birders because there are such beautiful tropical looking birds here, and they're all so new to us. So here we go; we've seen an emu (fenced in with the kangaroos, lucky bird), some black swans (indigenous to Australia), a dusky moorhen (had to look that one up), plenty of galahs and Australian magpies, some noisy miners, crested pigeons and rainbow birds, some extremely loud sulphur-crested cockatoos, possibly some red-winged parrots and a few huge pelicans! The pelicans were hanging out on the bank of the river beside some fishermen, I guess just hoping for some handouts.

And finally, on to animals that don't fit anywhere else here. We've also come across Gabby the happy dog, Bill the happy cat and a plant that tried to eat me. Attached is photographic evidence of all of these things.

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