Due to the fact that we will still be camping and birding when this goes online I thought I could share some photos of a well-known marsupial in the southern parts of Australia. We spent two months in Portland, Victoria in late 2009 with Grant’s work and whenever we could we were birding. It was challenging in tall trees, but what was surprising to us were the number of Koalas that we came across as we looked up. No doubt you would not see them if you were just walking through the forest, but once you are focussing on trying to work out what the bird call is and where the bird is they seem to be lounging around in the trees in significant numbers. In actual fact we heard of one area where they did believe contraceptives may need to be introduced! This seems a rather extreme measure, as in other areas you hear of a decline in numbers and you wonder that a relocation programme may be more beneficial. Koalas are not the most active of creatures and they always seem to be eating or sleeping and very rarely moving. They live in the eucalypt trees and eat the leaves and are very rarely seen on the ground.
Could this really be comfortable?
If I get this wrong I will fall!
Another busy day for this Koala!
Isn’t it lovely when you are birding and you get to observe other beautiful creatures?
Great photos, Clare! I love seeing the sleeping koalas, and the way they settle into a branch to lounge peacefully. What a treat to find koalas while seeking birds! Wish we had them here on the Olympic Peninsula…
Man, am I glad I wasn’t born a Koala. The exercise alone would kill me. 🙂
Thanks for the big, big laugh!