Cape Cassini Wilderness Retreat, Kangaroo Island Hotel, hosted Bed and Breakfast Accommodation
Kangaroo Island, South Australia
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|28/1/06||On Fri Jan 13th Martine Kinloch from the Ki Natural Resources Marine Branch and instructors from Reef Watch came to check out our Pebble beach area for its suitability as a place to run a Reef watch activity. After an extensive look, they reported that our site is very suitable for their use with good water access, lots of reef and plenty of fish algae etc to view.After a meeting yesterday, it is proposed to use the site for a Reef Watch training activity in March where hopefully 20 to 30 people will come to learn about how to snorkel and do a reef survey.|
The normal wildlife sightings are continuing with wallabies seen every day, kangaroos, wedge tail eagles and superb fairy wrens regularly seen.We have seen fewer crimson rosellas (not every day ) but goannas more often ( almost every time we go for a walk anmd some times 2 and even 3 )
Our most recent guests were interested in seeing Little Penguins but it is the worst time now to see them. After doing a check of burrows several had freshly moulted feathers in them but there were no birds present during the day as they are feeding up for the breeding season only coming ashore at dusk in the evenings. Only several weeks ago we had taken guests to a favourite fishing and swimming spot and seen 2 birds in a nearby nest. The birds stay ashore during the day when they lose their feathers and grow a new set for several weeks.
|18/12/05||We have the family here to stay for a few days so we are a bit more on the lookout for wildlife and going out a bit more. Yesterday while everyone was out for a walk they saw an echidna on our track to the pebble beach.Late afternoon there were 7 wallabies eating our lawn and several kangaroos eating nearer the clifftop.|
This morning Pat saw 3 male superb fairy wrens at our bird bath although a dominant bird soon shooed the others away.At breakfast time there were two kangaroos drinking at the fish pond and as two wedgetail eagles began circling, a kestrel most likely rose up to harass them. It did the same thing later in the day when they returned.
We all went for a walk to pebble beach after lunch saw wallabies in the bush on the way down and an osprey on the walk up. Someone also saw quite a large goanna.
|16/12/05||Friday 9th was a good wildlife day. I took the dog for a walk up the track in the morning and on the run back we saw 2 goannas about 60 cms long which the dog sniffed out (but she is not allowed to chase them !) about 100 m apart. In the after-|
noon a member of the Native Fish Assosciation came to check out Orchid gully. We saw a couple of tadpoles above the waterfall and lots of fish in the pool at the bottom. In 3 pools we saw a total of more than 20 fish. We then collected a water sample and measured the flow rate and saw a couple of yabbies (fresh water crustacean).
Later in the day we were relaxing having a drink in the conservatory and a white breasted sea eagle cicled and then dived down below the cliff. Not long after, two wedge tailed eagles appeared, too. Yesterday in a lull between the wind blowing at about 7pm there were 5 wallabies eating the lawn. We haven't seen them very often doing that this summer. Alex took the dog for a walk today and this time came across a goanna about 90 cms long.
|30/11/05||This morning several crimson rosellas flew past as I went to look down into the bay from the cliff top. Down below lazily swimming slowly about over the sandy area were two female dolphins with a baby each. the smallest baby seemed to delight in swimming upside down showing its white underside regularly.|