We are living in and travelling through a country that has the most deathly animals: venomous snakes, spiders, crocodiles, sharks and jellyfish. How are we doing so far? Here is the result of a one week journey to the Sunshine coast.
We came here thinking koala’s and kangaroo’s could be seen behind every corner. As probably most other Europeans do. Well, they are either very good hiders, or we are very bad searchers. Since the only ones we have seen so far are the following:
So enough about what we did not see. Here is what we did see. There is a lot of wildlife in Australia, especially the bird life is very colourful and abundant.
The other animals which we saw on our trip along the Sunshine Coast, but that where too quick for our camera, are: dolphins, a turtle, a crab, a lizzard and finally also a possum. I had seen a possum before and got very excited about it, until I discovered that the possum is what the impala is in Southern Africa, but the rest of the family had not yet. Note: the kids were at least as excited as I was….
Oh, in case you were wondering “what is so dangerous about the first duck picture?”. Here is the answer, look at the size of those creatures here:
Want to read more? Then also read about our Sunshine Coast hinterland/hiking adventures.
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For what it may be worth, kangaroos and wombats are not uncommon within Canberra itself. We live in one of the southern suburbs and have had kangaroos resting in the shade of a tree at the front of our house. In a nearby suburb there is a road sign encouraging people to watch out for the local wombats crossing the road.
Your Kingfisher is a Kookaburra, biggest of all the world’s Kingfishers.
Thanks for letting us know! That is a nice extention. Do you happen to know what the young birds on the pole are? We could not figure it out.
I believe they are Ospreys. They look like Ospreys to me and their nest is quite typical of the species, as is the nest location. Some of our airports actually care for Osprey nest sites until chicks are fledged. They are not encourage on airports but if they are already there they are cared for!
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Those shy kangaroos can be found if you know where to look. If you are near the northside of Brisbane, see if you can visit the Tinchi Tamba wetlands, very early in the morning.
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Thanks for the advise! We have not been actively looking for them yet.