Saturday, February 14, 2015

A Photo a Day 44 - Critters

"Saturday's Critters" this week  is featuring some Australian critters. I hope you enjoy them.

We have frequent visitors from these furry fellows - the Australian Koala. Kenneth, pictured here, was a frequent visitor and used to visit every couple of weeks and stay for a few days, then wander off on his route. Check out more about Koalas on this link.

Koalas are very territorial, live alone and usually have a specific area that is their territory. Commonly thought to eat only a very limited variety of eucalypt trees, this has now been disproven. They prefer about 12 varieties, but will eat other eucalypts if their favourites are not available. They have been know to eat other species of native trees when hungry.



Kenneth spent so much time ine one of our trees, that the poor tree is in danger of dieing. This is very common because Koalas love the young new leaves and will move on to another tree when they have eaten the new growth.


Breeding season is from September until about January and during that time the koalas become more active and noisy, especially at night. In our experience it is the females who move around a lot while the males sit in their trees and make the most horrific growling, grunting noises to attract them.  It seems to work because we get visits from the ladies, often still with the baby from the previous year on board.
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Sadly, although we have had mother and baby visit, we haven't seen Kenneth since last August.


Liz Needle  -  linking with "Saturday Critters" and "Camera Critters".

15 comments:

  1. Cook photos of Kenneth the Koala. Hope he shows up again for a visit.

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  2. How wonderful to have Koala's in your garden. Kenneth is very handsome and perhaps heis away seeing what other females are around. Happy St Valentine's Day and have a lovely weekend.

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  3. Kenneth is so cute. It was cool to have these cute animals in your yard.. Awesome photos. I hope he returns.. Thank you for linking up and sharing your post. Have a happy Valentine's Day weekend!

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  4. How wonderful to have the koalas visit, although sad that Kenneth hasn't been seen recently. They sure do make strange noises at night. We holidayed in a house on Philip Island which had resident koalas.

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  5. It sounds so exotic to me to have koalas climbing trees in your yard! Kenneth is very cute but I'd be upset if he were eating a favourite tree. :)

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  6. An interesting story about Koalas! The most charming creatures must be a joy to follow closely :-) Love the picture of mother and baby!

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  7. This is a truly fascinating post delightfully illustrated by your excellent photos. Great stuff.
    I guess that you miss Kenneth. We get like that about some of the animals that visit our garden. Let's hope that he's OK.

    Have a great weekend.

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  8. they are unique and adorable looking critters.

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  9. Wonderful photos of the koalas. They're adorable. I hope Kenneth is okay.

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  10. Sweet, adorable little love bug!

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  11. I do hope Kenneth shows up again for more photos. Sweet shots of the mom and baby.

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  12. what beautiful creatures. so apparently they become fairly tame...yes?

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    1. These are wild koalas, but they live quite peacefully in our garden without being afraid of us or the dogs. I wouldn't attempt to touch them as they scratch rather nastily. However if hand reared or rescued and handled, they are quite friendly and cuddly.

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  13. Awww.....very cute shots! I really like your first one.

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  14. Oh what wonderful visitors! If I posted a koala, it would be a zoo shot. These amazing creatures were in your yard! Loved seeing the baby! All the shots are just great.

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