Cape Cassini Wilderness Retreat, Kangaroo Island Hotel, hosted Bed and Breakfast Accommodation
Kangaroo Island, South Australia
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|29/11/10||Fri 29/10 Koala attempts house assault!|
Well, not quite but it did seem that way at first. Sitting in the lounge watching the ABC news and was surprised by a large thump on the window. Went outside to see what the cause was to see a big male Koala apparently jump at the window. He moved to the next window after a my attempts to shoo him away and then jumped up the middle window frame as if it were a narrow branch. After more shooing, he moved to the downpipe and attempted to jump up and climb that, too, leaving claw marks on the light brown paint. After that he gave up and trotted off. That's the second time we have had a big male Koala around our house and it must be 300 metres from the nearest Sugar gums!
Sat 27/11 Small, thin, shiny dark brown 50 cm snake seen near our house. Most likely a young tiger snake.
Sun 28/11 A White Bellied Sea Eagle spotted diving in front of the cliffs 100m North of the house before heading West. It sat there in the cliff updraught stationary for quite some time when first seen.
"Dive bombed" by a fledgling Wedge Tail eagle (cream coloured head instead of dark ) on our track just up from the house as I drove to town. No doubt surprised on the ground by the approaching vehicle and not quick to gain height.
A pleasant sunny day and a 1.2m Tiger snake spotted on our front lawn. It slowly moved to our end of the house and disappeared under our front porch where we hang out the washing !
A Tiger snake spotted by pat in our Orchard, most likely the same one.
Our KI endangered Eutaxia Diffusa plants are in bloom at present so easy to spot. A survey of our known plants reveals 5 along our track below the house and 4 nearby. An extended look finds 5 more. Most plants have animal damage with broken, bent or split stems.
|12/9/10||Sunday was sunny most of the day; lovely spring weather to bring out the flowers and animals also great for a walk. Saw Blue Fairies Orchids just off our track.|
What do kangaroos eat ? Grass and lower needles of Drooping Sheoaks but also one was spotted from our greenhouse chewing on a prickly Kangaroo Thorn Accacia
Wattle in bloom. A little later the Tammar Wallabies came onto our front lawn to graze at dusk, one with a cute joey with his head out having a feed with mum.
Earlier in the week a pair of birds were spotted sitting on the dead bush about 100 metres away overlooking the cliff. Have seen them harassing Wedge Tail Eagles that like to use the cliff updrafts but not been able to positively identify them due to distance. They conveniently sat for long enough to get the telescope focused and they could clearly be seen as Peregrine Falcons.
Lots of fresh diggings with snout marks made by an Echidna seen near the house but no sighting yet.
|1/9/10||What a wet August ! Our Bureau of Meterology rain gauge recordings show we received 110.8mm which is not unusual but that it didn't record on only 3 days is. |
Wedge Tail Eagles !
Thurs Aug 12
Mending the orchard net I looked straight up to see one immediately above perhaps 200 metres up sitting still in the updraft, almost stationary as if he were watching what I was up to !
Fri Aug 20
Working in the orchard again out to the East, a long way up, 4 eagles, one detached the others flying around one another. Quite a bit of wing movement with 2 of them flying around the other one, with some calling. This went on for quite some minutes.