Cape Cassini Wilderness Retreat, Kangaroo Island Hotel, hosted Bed and Breakfast Accommodation
Kangaroo Island, South Australia
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|28/7/11||Fri 8/7 An Echidna spotted on our track hurriedly climbing the bank as we drove past. This one was medium size, light brown quills. They come in all shapes, sizes and quill colourings. Some quills are cream with black tips, others dark with white tips...|
Wed 12/7 A family of Silver Eyes spotted at the bird bath, about 10 in all excitedly flying up, bathing,jumping together, nearly all at once. Only for a minute or two and then they are all gone......
Thurs 28/7 More Kikuyu weeding in the orchard. Don't have to do anything but wheel a barrow about and the kangaroos come to check where the grass gets put out.
|7/7/11||Its now cool & wet on KI but the hardy birds are still bathing in the birdbath !|
We are still seeing Kangaroos on our front grassed area if we put Kikuyu grass out from the orchard. We have never had that happen before in winter.
Fri 22/6 Our plumber came out to check the anode for our Solar Hot water tank
(which was half gone after 10 years so was replaced) Up on the roof with a great view he saw a pair of White Bellied Sea Eagles. The eagles are often about now when the wind is from the West to North as there is updraft from the cliffs. On one day recently I saw 4 Wedge tailed eagles at once all using the updrafts.
Thurs 7/7 Yesterday I nearly tripped in a quite large new hole while moving the ladder whilst net mending our orchard. For quite a few weeks now walking about near the house I have been coming across new Echidna diggings easily identified when there is a snout impression in them !
|13/5/11||Wednesday 11/5 Our guests left after having our Coastal Guided Walk.|
On the way down our track to Pebble beach, we spotted kangaroos and wallabies in the bush and pointed out a Eutaxia Diffusa (endangered on KI)in the middle of the track which our grader driver was instructed to leave when grading was done recently . On the last little section of walking track to the beach, we looked for Little Penguin burrows. These are invariably on the eastern side of slopes protected from the heavy weather from the W to NW. An active burrow was spotted near the top of the last 25 metre slope into Pebble Beach creek, easily identified by the white mess in front of the opening. Further down we spotted 2 old inactive burrows, located by the extra weed growth around the entrances. Following the creek bed down a number of steps onto the beach, a Penguin nest in a rock cleft had a possum in it. As major predators of Glossy Black Cockatoo chicks, they probably eat Penguin chicks, too. We found 5 more burrows, all active, around the base of the cliff and the last one had a Penguin in it, possibly sitting on eggs.
Our guests then enjoyed a walk along our pebble beach and its wave cut platform, taking lots of photos of the scenery. We did the "Drunk Seaman's Nerve Test", looked under "The Overhang", a nice place to shelter on a hot summer day, walked past "Whispering Brook" to "Driftwood Cove" where we had a shot at "Stone Age Baseball". I will have to go back along the creek to survey the extent of the Bridle Creeper outbreak that was spotted.
Thursday 12/5 The brown bird was back again and a view through the telescope enabled positive identification as a Peregrine Falcon. Another new entry for our bird list.
Friday 13/5 A wonderful sight watching a family of Silvereyes and a few Superb Fairy Wrens all interacting and bathing at the bird bath. As many as 8, then some would leave and then others fly in, at least 5 over a period of some minutes.
|8/5/11||Finally at last the login details have been located ! lots to mention since last entry; but briefly:|
This morning: A large bird seen again on the dead Juniper bush at the cliff edge. Last night a Wedge Tailed Eagle roosted in the same bush overnight.
Last week or two: We have serious mouse, locust and mite plagues. Also hundreds of small white patterned moths around the house.
Three weeks ago:Wonderful Glossy Black Cockatoo sightings as two birds flew overhead several times in Orchid Gully while we had a BBQ lunch.
A dead Brushtail possum found in our private garden close to the house. As we have seen a Tiger snake there several times and heard a quick russle on going out our door as well, we suspect the snake didn't appreciate the possum being nosey.