Thursday, January 26, 2017




Australian National Flag

The Australian National Flag was first flown in 1901. It is Australia's foremost national symbol and has become an expression of Australian identity and pride.

National Anthem

Australians all let us rejoice,
For we are young and free;
We've golden soil and wealth for toil;
Our home is girt by sea;
Our land abounds in nature's gifts
Of beauty rich and rare;
In history's page, let every stage
Advance Australia Fair.
In joyful strains then let us sing,
Advance Australia Fair.

Beneath our radiant Southern Cross
We'll toil with hearts and hands;
To make this Commonwealth of ours
Renowned of all the lands;
  For those who've come across the seas
We've boundless plains to share;
With courage let us all combine
To Advance Australia Fair.
In joyful strains then let us sing,
Advance Australia Fair.

Western Grey Kangaroo
Laughing Kookaburra

Ligurian Bee
Glossy Black-Cockatoo

Koala & Joey
Wedge-tailed Eagle
Superb blue-wren

Australian Pelican

Stumpy Lizard
Sulphur-crested Cockatoo

Brown Snake
Monarch Butterfly
Bearded Dragon
Blue-banded Bee
Black Tiger Snake
Australian White-backed Magpie
Eastern Rosella
Blue Tongue Lizard
Tawny Frogmouth
Fur Seal
Black Swan
Australian White-backed Magpie
Fairy Penguin
Redback Spider
Cape barren Goose
Southern right whale
Australian Dolphins
Mob of Kangaroos
Once a jolly swagman camped by a billabong
Under the shade of a coolabah tree,
And he sang as he watched and waited till his billy boiled:
"Who'll come a-waltzing Matilda, with me?"
Waltzing Matilda, waltzing Matilda
You'll come a-waltzing Matilda, with me
And he sang as he watched and waited till his billy boiled:
"You'll come a-waltzing Matilda, with me."

Down came a jumbuck to drink at that billabong.
Up jumped the swagman and grabbed him with glee.
And he sang as he shoved that jumbuck in his tucker bag:
"You'll come a-waltzing Matilda, with me."
 Up rode the squatter, mounted on his thoroughbred.
Down came the troopers, one, two, and three.
"Whose is that jumbuck you've got in your tucker bag?
You'll come a-waltzing Matilda, with me."
 Up jumped the swagman and sprang into the billabong.
"You'll never take me alive!" said he
And his ghost may be heard as you pass by that billabong:
"Who'll come a-waltzing Matilda, with me?"
Waltzing Matilda, waltzing Matilda
You'll come a-waltzing Matilda, with me
And he sang as he watched and waited till his billy boiled:
 "You'll come a-waltzing Matilda, with me."
Australian Coat of Arms



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Tuesday, January 24, 2017

"TURNER" Australian Koala


Australian Koala Laid to Rest

It was another humid day here in South Australia, the weather once again not quite what we South Aussies are used to living in the driest State in the driest Continent on Earth.
The weather pattern seems to have certainly changed and not only are we humans not enjoying this change, Wildlife could be suffering as well.

Well we, Colin and I, called him Turner as his abode was Turners Gully Road, Clarendon. A Grand Old Man was this Koala but very sadly he was humanely euthanized just a few days ago. 
"Turner" the Grand Old Koala

We moved to the Hills of Clarendon a few short months ago, an amazing change from living by the Ocean. It was a move that we both desired as being Wildlife Photographers the Hills we felt this offered us a new challenge and greater variety.
It was a rough start for us as the big rains in South Australia came last September. They came with such a force there was so much flooding and damage, rains that most of us have not seen for many, many a year.
We cleaned up, we re-established waterlogged gardens and started to enjoy the very reason we had moved to the Hills. We listened to the vast amount of bird calls but one call that we were not ofay with and which upset and scared our two Border-collies and cat, was the loud bellowing of the male Koalas and especially on a still night.
The males bellowed, they grunted, they beat their chests with their fists, testosterone filled the air and our dogs and cat simply scuttled inside seeking refuge from the amazing noise that came from these males.
Turner was the first Koala we spotted, well actually one of my Border-collies spotted him first.
She, LittleB, became our Koala spotter. We made her keep her distance as we did not want to upset nor scare the Koalas while keeping her safe as well.
My Border-collies have been taught to stay behind when we are out in the field. They have been taught to never chase any form of Wildlife which for Colin and I is also paramount with our Photography.
Last November LittleB spotted a Koala sitting on the ground next to a large Gum Tree. She seemed distressed, she kept going near the Koala then retuning back to us, we thought the Koala was possibly just resting as it was a rather humid day again, unusual for the month of November.

LittleB and "Turner"

It was late afternoon and Turner stayed where he was until dusk. We could see he was keeping an eye on us and the pups with Oscar the cat not overly interested. The sun was going down and the air was beginning to cool and Turner was on the move looking for a suitable tree to climb and have his supper. He seemed quite normal to us as we are novices with Koala knowledge, he simply munched away on his juicy Gum leaves. We went inside and the day for us closed down but later again that night we heard the bellowing of the Grand Old Man.
That clear and starry night Turner was joined in harmony with another male close by, now two were bellowing out their calls to each other and what a racket they both made boasting quite possibly who owned what female and who owned what piece of territory in Turners Gully Road. Colin and I smiled and we both realised we had truly moved to the Adelaide Hills.
Kookaburras calling their glorious laugh, Koalas grunting and bellowing, Kangaroos bounding through the neighbours property.
What more could we possibly ask for.
The weeks went by, Christmas came and was gone and we found our other male Koala, a lot younger but no less timid as Turner was to us. This male is small by comparison with possibly being from a mating only last year. He lives up in the neighbours back trees only sometimes venturing onto our acre of paradise. One day while walking down our driveway there he was sitting in the fork of a tree only two metres off the ground. Again LittleB was fascinated as now she had another Koala to sit, mother and watch. This little man also watched with curiosity possibly trying to work out what was staring at him. He stayed around for a few days enjoying the Gum trees on our property but finally left as Turner was it seemed, becoming a bit grumpier day by day.

Young male Koala

Turner again appeared only a week ago when the temperatures soared into the low 40's. Hot, humid conditions once again and this time LittleB found him at the base a Plum tree right out the front of our home. He was near the tap and hose and we had already placed water out for all the Wildlife. Birdbaths a plenty and this time many bowls on the ground as we noticed even the smallest of Skinks were seeking out a water supply. What we Wildlife enthusiasts do to help give every animal a much needed water supply in very, very hot conditions. The Australian Magpies also are a treat to watch jumping, running and simply laying down under the sprinklers on the lawns, comical to say the least.
Back to Turner at the base of the Plum tree. I turned on the hose and sprayed the tree butt with water, Turner woke and started lapping the water off the tree. I had been informed that Koalas don't drink water, they get their moisture from leaves but this Koala certainly was lapping up all he could get so we placed a bowl of water not too far from him.
Night fell again, more rains came and the next morning he was gone back up into the trees feeding on those ever delicious Gum leaves.
Last Sunday 22nd January 2017 was not a good day for Turner. Colin was out hand watering due to the dreadful humid conditions once again and found Turner this time on the ground next to a Gum tree a couple of metres down an embankment. The soft earth was damp and Turner appeared to be asleep. Colin called to me and I suggested he hose the butt of the tree again and see what response we got from him.
He immediately responded and started lapping the water from the tree so again we got another bowl and this time Colin placed it on the ground next to him. No arguments from Turner and to our amazement his sense of smell took him straight to the bowl. He stumbled a bit but we thought it was the soft earth unsettling his balance. He drank and drank and kept drinking so much we felt possibly he may have been dehydrated. After what seemed an eternity I dashed and got my camera so I could video a Koala lapping water. I have also aired another video of Turner doing what Koalas do in trees so all those around the globe may have the privileged of seeing the antics of an Australian Marsupial.
It was then that Colin noticed Turners eyes were very congested and he seemed to have a palsy on the right side of his mouth and his head was also tilted to the right.
We rang Fauna Rescue SA (Koala Rescue) immediately, it was Sunday, they came straight away and checked him over, Turner was gravely ill.
He was very gently placed into a cage and taken away to the Vet who would assess his situation but very sadly for Turner he was euthanized immediately. Turner was suffering with the dreadful disease Chlamydia which for a Koala is a very painful death. Euthanasia was the best and most humane option for Turner and we will sorely miss the bellowing from the Grand Old Man of Turners Gully Road.
His progeny live on and who knows if the young male Koala is one of his ..
We do know that this Joey certainly is.... 
Female Koala and her Joey
Asleep amongst the Gum trees

A short video of Colin helping the Koala we named "Turner"
Fauna Rescue SA (Koala Rescue) promptly attended, reviewed the situation and took appropriate measures for him.
Chlamydia in the Koala population is a highly contagious disease with a severely painful death so Turners suffering was laid to rest by qualified Veterinary Surgeons.


"TURNER"  A sad and moving story but from Turner his heritage will live on forever.
Female Koala & "Turners" Joey

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Sunday, September 27, 2015

Corella Companions Forever

Who said Birds don't have Soul!

They came daily to Carol's front yard the old Corella couple, time and time again seeking each others company.
Never did the old birds mix with the rest of the flock, they flew in at dawn and left at dusk seeking their personal little bush to sit under all day as both were too old and tired to fly high up into the trees above and were at risk from ground predators. Age was against them both but this is where they chose to take refuge.
Carol looked after them, she watched over them, she helped to feed them, they became her special little friends...

Frolicking Little Corellas
Little Corellas high up in the trees

Many years earlier this couple would have been a thriving pair, playing as they do high in the trees, frolicking just being a pair of Little Corellas.
Time stands still for no one! Not even Little Corellas.
This little pair most probably raised many young over the years and still they never parted.
They became such a term of endearment for Carol, a daily treat for her when they would arrive in the late afternoon taking longs sips of water from the many bird baths in Carol's front gardens.
A place of beauty, a place of serenity, a place where Carol called home on Kangaroo Island, a place where Carol shared with all her beloved fine feathered friends, including her two most precious pups.
We, Colin and I were most privileged to be a part of this story, also permission being given to photograph around Carol's wonderful home and neighbouring gardens for us was a real treat indeed.  
Perfect Little Corella Pair
As you are all guessing by now this story has indeed a very sad ending!
It was only a few weeks ago that the old Corella couple had started to fail, their life coming to a close and Carol's friends were going to be no more.
It all happened very quickly, the pair appeared late in the afternoon as they always did unfortunately the male had lost his beak, it had simply worn off with very old age and Carol found him the next morning quietly lying on his side, he had passed away...
The old Corella couple as I mentioned shared this bush every day and as you can see from where they are hiding they form a heart.. "A Companion Heart"

Heart formed Little Corella's
A very sad day indeed for Carol but what to do now with his lady companion!
Carol very carefully picked the old boy up and wrapped him in a towel, placed him in a box and quietly buried him all the while the female was looking on.
It is said that many birds mate forever, this Little Corella pair were "Companions Forever" as two days later Carol found the little female had also passed away probably from a broken heart as she had lost her true mate and soul companion.
For Carol now! She had lost her companions, Carol wept, for her grief was complete having shared many years with these special Little Corellas that a bond had naturally been formed.
Carol removed the body of the male Corella from where she had first buried him and placed the two perfect little pair together creating a new burial site in a section of her garden where flowers were blooming as it was the first day of Spring.

Burial site for the Little Corella's
While this story is a sad one it goes without saying that Carol had befriended these two Little Corellas. They had shared many years together and Carol has many stories to tell of not only the Little Corella pair but many other birds that share her beautiful abounding gardens.
The Little Corella pair are now flying high again full of youth and exuberance, flying above the trees frolicking as they used to, flying off into the remarkable Sunsets of breathtaking Kangaroo Island.

Flying high into the trees again
Off into the Sunset go the Little Corellas
We hope you enjoyed Carol's story as we have enjoyed being a part of it and sharing it with you all.
~ Thankyou ~

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