I’m very lucky to live somewhere that allows me to walk about freely enjoying nature. This is what I saw today out in our yard, with one exception -I had to walk to the local Recreation Park to see that one.
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A bee on some Tacoma buds.
A Kangaroo, the first I’ve ever seen in the Recreation Park. We’ve lived in the area for 35 years.
On 10th March I found a tiny baby possum on the ground, it made me feel sick seeing the little creature blindly scrabbling in the dirt. It didn’t look developed enough to be out of the pouch. I couldn’t see a mother nearby but eventually did spot an adult on a branch further away. I knew the chances of survival were very small because I’d spoken to a Fauna Rescuer only days before about another, bigger baby. Eventually I decided to put the tiny one in the fork of a tree closer to the adult possum.
I watched from a distance for a while but the adult made no move to come down to the baby. A while later I saw the adult climbing up in the tree canopy. I couldn’t bring myself to go and check on the baby at that time.
Last night, on the same branch that I’d seen the adult possum before, there was a mother Ringtail with two babies on her back. It thrilled me.
South Australia is enduring another heat wave, it was 40 deg. this morning and these possums aren’t happy. I’ve misted them with the hose in the hope they’ll survive but one died a couple of weeks ago even though I’d sprayed it until it moved out of range.
I don’t think I saw any Fairy Wrens last year at all, they didn’t even come when the “Stinky Bush” was flowering and they seem to love that. Today they reappeared and although the Red Wattlebirds chase them off as soon as they’re aware of them I did manage to get a couple of shots.
Below is a flower of the stinky bush, I have no idea what it is but it’s certainly tough.