Well I Did Warn You..

 

So shall we get it over with all in one go? Yes, I’m sorry, there are going to be a few.

Mike informed me, with his most practiced long suffering look, that we walked 6.4km in one relatively small wildlife sanctuary alone just looking for koalas. Luckily they had a cafe. So we could break for lunch and resume.

 
 

 

“Oy, who goes there..”

But we’ve seen koalas in plenty of other places as well, too many to count. It helps when you’ve developed the knack for spotting them, often jammed into a fork between the tree trunk and a branch.

The koala, a marsupial not a bear, lives almost entirely on eucalypt leaves and only certain species at that. Sadly this diet offers little in the way of energy which is why, with its low metabolic rate, the koala sleeps for 20 hours of every day. If you could ever call them active it’s most likely to be at night.

 
 

 

The population is threatened across Australia as a whole yet on Kangaroo Island, in South Australia, it is booming. So much so that the government has undertaken control measures including sterilisation and relocation. It’s either that or see a decimation of manna gums, the koalas favourite. Bad not only for the manna gum trees, ultimately it could even lead to koalas eating themselves into starvation.

 
 

 

Peek-a-Boo..

But it is about population management, not significant reduction. There are still plenty of babies about and how utterly adorable they are.

 
 

 

A mum does need her sleep though, even if baby has other ideas..

 
 

 

Humph.

 
 

 

Now that’s much better.

 
 

 

Say aaaahhhh..

 
 

 

“And what did you do today then?”

”Just hung around, basically.”

 
 

 

Koalas do move about in daytime. Occasionally. This one has a baby too. Unlike the kangaroos, koalas have a rear facing pouch. The muscles of the pouch have to be strong, for obvious reasons!

 
 

 

A koala can move fast if of a mind..

 
 

 

So much so that we struggled to keep up with the camera..

Believe it or not it’s not unusual for koalas to leap between trees and we did actually witness this happen.

 
 

 

Eucalypt leaves are always greener on the neighbouring tree (fabulous shot, by Mike).

Koalas have poor eyesight but excellent hearing. They seek out food mostly by smell.

 
 

 

They tend to rest in the uppermost branches of the trees, surrounded by leaves, reaching out and pulling across a nearby bunch whenever they fancy a snack.

On a hot day koalas may descend to find a cooler spot but usually, to get a clear shot, a long lens is required. I caught the one above in an unfortunate moment, not realising until seeing the photo blown up on the screen. And doesn’t s/he look indignant. I therefore apologise to it and to you if you’re still having your breakfast. But hey, everyone has to do it. Even the Queen!

 
 

 

Thanks for ‘bearing’ with me for the koala fest..

 
 

 

“Can you see her mama? I think she might have gone. At last..”
 
 
 
 

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42 Comments

  1. grammapenny December 17, 2018 at 12:22 pm - Reply

    These were tons of fun.. loved them all

    • Jessica December 19, 2018 at 10:20 am - Reply

      Thanks Penny. I could have watched them for hours. Ummm.. possibly did!

  2. Lee@A Guide to Northeastern Gardening December 17, 2018 at 1:48 pm - Reply

    Wow! These photos are amazing and you were so fortunate to experience these amazing and adorable animals. I have never seen a Koloa in person and probably never will, so thank you so much for walking the 6.4 km and sharing your journey with us!

    • Jessica December 19, 2018 at 10:25 am - Reply

      The koalas can move freely in and out of the reserve although their favourite trees have been planted within it! The truly wild ones, of course, even more difficult to spot. We were very lucky to find so many.

  3. FlowerAlley December 17, 2018 at 1:58 pm - Reply

    This was precious. I loved seeing their paws up close. Thanks Jessica.

    • Jessica December 19, 2018 at 10:35 am - Reply

      Their paws are fascinating aren’t they? Two opposable thumbs on each front paw for climbing, holding on to trees and gripping food. The second and third digits of the rear paws are fused together to form a grooming claw (from blog.queensland.com).

  4. Sue Garrett December 17, 2018 at 2:55 pm - Reply

    Beautiful photos ….aaah

    • Jessica December 19, 2018 at 10:37 am - Reply

      🙂

  5. Peter Herpst December 17, 2018 at 3:25 pm - Reply

    Adorable! Loved every picture.

    • Jessica December 19, 2018 at 10:39 am - Reply

      Truly adorable. They seem to have had a good year if the number of babies is anything to go by.

  6. Alison December 17, 2018 at 4:20 pm - Reply

    Oh My! The cuteness overdose. Thanks for sharing these.

    • Jessica December 19, 2018 at 10:43 am - Reply

      We seemed to be in the right place for koalas. So many times we saw people on the side of the road with cameras pointed up trees. Of course we had to stop for every one!

  7. snowbird December 17, 2018 at 4:28 pm - Reply

    Delightful creatures! I am enjoying your trip, especially as it’s so grim here. My advice would be to stay there, such a wonderful country.xxx

    • Jessica December 19, 2018 at 10:46 am - Reply

      Oh, if only I could, I would. Sadly the immigration opportunities have really tightened up.. ask me how I know.

  8. Kris P December 17, 2018 at 6:44 pm - Reply

    I’ve only seen them in zoos and even that’s been years now so I appreciate an opportunity to see them through your lens. I guess dealing with relentless paparazzi is the karmic burden one must pay for being so adorable.

    • Jessica December 19, 2018 at 10:49 am - Reply

      Yes indeed. Unfortunately, as ever, the selfie seekers take it too far. We drew the line at climbing trees.

  9. Heather December 17, 2018 at 7:02 pm - Reply

    What wonderful pictures!! I love Koalas!! My boys were lucky enough to hold a Koala many years ago now, but that made their trip!! Enjoy your continuing journey!!

    • Jessica December 19, 2018 at 11:03 am - Reply

      Hi Heather, thanks. We did get close enough, last trip, to discover they are just as soft and fluffy as they look!

  10. janesmudgeegarden December 17, 2018 at 7:27 pm - Reply

    This is a wonderful collection of koala closeups, thank you, Jessica. It’s good to know there’s at least one place in Australia where they’re flourishing.

    • Jessica December 19, 2018 at 11:38 am - Reply

      Yes indeed. I read today that one third of the population of spectacled fruit bats died in the recent Queensland heatwave. It’s getting dire.

  11. Heyjude December 18, 2018 at 12:03 am - Reply

    Ahhh… they really are sweet and your photos are adorable. I am lucky to have seen them in the wild and glad that they are doing well in at least one part of Australia.

    • Jessica December 19, 2018 at 11:41 am - Reply

      It’s wonderful to see them in the wild isn’t it. I wish they were thriving everywhere.

  12. CherryPie December 18, 2018 at 2:32 am - Reply

    Cutiepies 🙂

    • Jessica December 19, 2018 at 11:41 am - Reply

      Definitely!

  13. germac4 December 18, 2018 at 5:03 am - Reply

    Great photos of the koalas.. some of the best I have seen, and they look so healthy and active. The babies are SO cute! I was hoping you survived our heavy rain & quite cold conditions ( last week) especially since you were travelling light. Have fun.

    • Jessica December 19, 2018 at 11:47 am - Reply

      We have had some very wet and cool days. But it can’t be sunshine all the way can it. And sometimes it’s nice to have an excuse for a chill out day without too much travelling around. Not too many of those though! It’s odd weather all over at the moment. Either too hot or too cold!

  14. derrickjknight December 18, 2018 at 10:56 am - Reply

    A marvellous collection. I hadn’t realised how well camouflaged they can be

    • Jessica December 19, 2018 at 11:48 am - Reply

      They certainly are. Quite difficult to spot.

  15. homeslip December 18, 2018 at 12:08 pm - Reply

    What a gorgeous treat on a dank dull dismal day back in Blighty. Thanks Jessica. I used to have a toy koala bear when I was little, sadly mine is no longer but my daughter’s koala is safely tucked away in a pillowcase in a cupboard!

    • Jessica December 19, 2018 at 11:53 am - Reply

      Hi! Lovely to hear from you and I hope you’re well.
      I have a very old one which I fear is made of real skin. Such was the way back in the day. I noticed before we came away that it is splitting too. I shall have to mend it.

  16. Mary December 18, 2018 at 12:23 pm - Reply

    A koala fest, indeed! Wonderful photos.

    • Jessica December 19, 2018 at 11:55 am - Reply

      Thanks. It was a pleasure to be able to take them!

  17. Beth @ PlantPostings December 18, 2018 at 10:59 pm - Reply

    Oh dear, they are so adorable! I can see why you took plenty of photos–and very good ones indeed. I would love to see them in their native habitat one day, instead of at a zoo.

    • Jessica December 19, 2018 at 12:03 pm - Reply

      We both took very many more photos.. these are the result of much editing! There can’t be many creatures as photogenic.

  18. Linda aka Crafty Gardener. December 19, 2018 at 4:36 pm - Reply

    EFantastic photos of the koalas.

    • Jessica December 19, 2018 at 8:06 pm - Reply

      Thanks Linda!

  19. ginaferrari December 20, 2018 at 8:10 am - Reply

    All koala photos very much appreciated! They are very cute x

    • Jessica December 20, 2018 at 9:37 am - Reply

      I can’t promise there won’t be more.. you never know! Thanks Gina.

  20. annamadeit December 20, 2018 at 4:54 pm - Reply

    Fabulous photos of one of my favorites…. SO adorable! Lucky you to get to enjoy them up close!

    • Jessica December 21, 2018 at 5:01 am - Reply

      Definitely a privilege to be that close. They make it look easy, not a care in the world. But I guess I would get bored with all that sitting around.. eventually?

  21. Chloris December 21, 2018 at 6:26 pm - Reply

    They are absolutely adorable and what fabulous photos.

    • Jessica December 26, 2018 at 6:54 am - Reply

      Thanks Chloris.

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