Kangaroos, Koalas and Kookaburras

Kangaroos, Koalas and Kookaburras – otherwise known as the Australian KKK.

So, we’ve been in the condo a week now. We’ve settled in, got to know a few people – nice ones too, played golf, bet on the Melbourne Cup horse race (we lost every dollar we bet, by the way, so if you are feeling generous please wire money as soon as possible). We have not, as yet, used the pool or tennis court – we are getting used to the amenities in small doses. Both Russell and I have joined a golf league (me the ladies, he the men, in case you were wondering), and we play a competition every Monday morning.

Our day starts and ends with a view of kangaroos grazing on the golf course. They also don’t give a damn whether you’re on the course trying to play. Being the animal lover I am, and the “not-so-consistent with my aim” golf player, it’s pretty important to me to chase them away in case I hit one by accident. I actually have to get quite close before they deign to slowly hop away. Here I am, looking as frightening as I can, waving my golf club and shoo-shooing, but I am obviously not very intimidating!

On the golf course one also finds koalas, although this one was up a gum tree on the road in front of someone’s house. Our new friend, Max came by to let us know he had spotted one. Max plays the didgeridoo (to be elaborated on in a future blog). This is the first time I’ve seen a koala in the “wild” and boy, are they cute.

My first Koala!

This area is known for koalas, and it is rather sad to know they are sometimes killed on the road. 22 fatalities have so far been recorded for the year.

Now, to the last of the “Ks”. The famous kookaburra. They are rather plain looking birds, and have no real redeeming features. They have the most arrogant, mocking chirp. No, they don’t chirp. Imagine a hyena trying to sing. KKKKKKKKKKKKKK.

Whatcha looking at?

This one, obviously the black sheep of the family, a real slob, was washing himself in the mud! How do I know it was a him? Give me a break – no woman with any self respect would bathe in public!

I will end on a pleasant note, though. Also seen from the porch was this rosella. They are very shy birds, and fly away at the slightest movement, so I was really lucky to capture this one on film (well, on the digital camera).

OK, that’s it for now. You know all you need to about the KKK. I leave you hanging on to your seats waiting with bated breath for the next update.

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