Cape Cassini Wilderness Retreat, Kangaroo Island Hotel, hosted Bed and Breakfast Accommodation
Kangaroo Island, South Australia
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When you stay with us you are treading lightly on the environment.
|11/10/05||On Wed 5th Oct we saw an echidna foraging by the side of our track and then on Sat a much bigger one was walking across the track as we drove home from Kingscote.|
On Mon,yesterday, a nice sunny day the Sun Orchid I have been watching(which is covered by wire netting so the animals don't eat it)finally flowered.The digital camera took a few nice shots which we should be able to put one of on our website.
Alex and David headed down Orchid gully in the afternoon to try to catch one of the native fish for photograghing for identification purposes.Biscuit was not the right bait to entice them into the trap placed in the waterfall pool. We saw a few yabbies and weeded out quite a few scotch thistles.
|18/9/05||Animal and bird behaviour can be unpredictable!|
This last 2 weeks or so we have had a pair of magpies around the house and one of them seemed to be regularly flying into our back laundry window. There were also some teardrop shaped masses of beetle exoskeletons left on our window sills (we hear they are most likely magpie regurgitations). And then we had a male superb fairy wren repeatedly flying up to and pecking our toilet window over the last week or so. Now we have had male fairy wrens fly up and peck at our vehicle mirrors. A quick check outside in the mornings revealed that the back windows show a good reflection....
Tues 13th was a lovely warm sunny day. At about 4pm, much earlier than we might expect,2 kangaroos
spent a good 45 mins eating our front lawn.
Last night we took our guests down into Orchid Gully to do the Annual Frog Census there. We saw a good number of different orchids, quite a few of each.Some bulldogs at the top of the gully, then blue fairies and pink fairies with lots of veined helmet orchids which I think have all finished as well as the greenhoods above the waterfall. The frog calls seemed be just as numerous as last year ( analysis of our tape then suggested 50 + ) along the creek
|5/8/05||Last Wed I went for my usual walk/run along our track and on the way back came across an echidna wandering along our track.|
We have been seeing the wedge tail eagles usually a pair, sometimes three using the cliff updraughts. If we see just one, it is uisually being chased by a smaller bird, most likely a kestrel.
Returning from town yesterday I looked into the tree where we have seen a koala previously to see it was empty. However,only 100 metres further on and further from the road a koala was clealy visible. As the tree was very low, it made wonderful koala viewing!
|13/7/05||On Saturday 9th John Ayliffe and his wife Jenny Clapson came for lunch. John runs the Marine Centre in Kingscote and also does Little Penguin tours from there, too. So in the afternoon we went for a walk to see the peguin burrows along our coast.We would have seen possibly 15 or so with birds sitting on eggs in 4 of them. As we walked along the clifftop we also saw 4 New Zealand fur seals playing just out from the wave cut platform.|
On Tuesday 12th there was great excitement as Pat came rushing back from her walk after she had seen Glossy Black Cockatoos up the track only 300m or so from the house. I raced up with the camera and managed several photos and made 12 sightings, some repeats and from the sound of birds eating as well was happy to report a flock of about 10 birds had been seen to the Rescue Program Coordinator,Trish Mooney when I took in our Orchid Gully water sample.