Adventuresome Koalas in Yanchep National Park

Adventuresome Koalas in Yanchep National Park

A visit to the Yanchep National Park is not complete without wandering through the Koala enclosure spotting the koalas in the trees. Most of the time they are high up in the trees and fast asleep but sometimes you will get lucky and spot one who is a bit more active.

Mum decided to move from her perch up in the trees, with baby hanging on, “Do I go up or down”.

Mum and Baby Koala in Yanchep National Park Perth Western Australia

Mum and Baby Koala in Yanchep National Park, Perth, Western Australia

I wonder what’s over there? Hold on tight Joey!

Hang On Tight Joey Yanchep National Park, Perth, Western Australia

Hang On Tight Joey Yanchep National Park, Perth, Western Australia

Let’s go!

We Can Fly Yanchep National Park, Perth, Western Australia

We Can Fly Yanchep National Park, Perth, Western Australia

Although I do not have the photographic evidence she landed safely with Joey still attached I assure you she did.

Dave took these pictures back in 2004 during the early days of MADCAT Photography. The photos where processed using Lightroom CC and ON1 Photo 10.

We have a few products with koala pictures available through our RedBubble store like this bag I ordered 🙂

Feed Me, Yanchep National Park Tote Bag design by Dave Catley featuring Koala snack time, love my gum leaves available from our MADCAT.RedBubble.com store.

Interesting facts about Koalas:

  • Koala is an aboriginal word that means no water, Koalas get 90% of their liquid intake from the leaves they eat
  • Koalas eat up to 1Kg of leaves a day, hence their dependence on the eucalyptus forests, and it takes a hundred trees per koala to have a sustainable population
  • Koalas have been around for over 20 million years
  • Koalas are listed as vulnerable and are only found wild in Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia.

The Australian Koala Foundation, Save The Koala Website has some great information about the fight to save our wild Koala Population, you can even adopt a Joey (a baby Koala).

Here is a video from National Geographic endangered species Koala page that explains why Koalas are not bears, some great Koala footage 🙂

Stay Safe & Happy Exploring,
Maggie

You Don’t Have to Go Far to see an Albatross

You Don’t Have to Go Far to see an Albatross

We have been visiting places around Perth where you may have to drive for between half and hour and an hour but you don’t have to go far to see some amazing sites around Perth including a relative of the albatross.

Take the other day when we decided to go to Burns Beach and walk up the beach North towards Mindarie, we often walk from Mindarie but we thought we would check out the beach from the other direction.

We did not have to walk far to be greeted by the wonders of our oceanic birdlife so here are a sample of the sights to behold.

Osprey flying high above Burns Beach, hunting the dunes.

Osprey flying high above Burns Beach, hunting the dunes.

A pair of Petrels on the rocks enjoying the waves, they let us get pretty close.

A pair of Petrels on the rocks enjoying the waves, they let us get pretty close.

Petrels are related to the Albatross as mentioned above.

Sooty Oystercatcher with the most amazing red eyes and red beak, foraging for food on the edge of the waves.

Sooty Oystercatcher with the most amazing red eyes and red beak, foraging for food on the edge of the waves.

Provided you tread carefully and do not frighten the wildlife they will reward you with a fairly close encounter, just remember to give them space.

For the more adventurous you can wander into the dunes, just don’t get lost!

Sand dunes near Burns Beach that stretches all the way to Mindarie and across to Marmion Avenue.

Sand dunes near Burns Beach that stretches all the way to Mindarie and across to Marmion Avenue.

I recommend getting out and communing with nature, there is plenty of sights to encourage you to go around the next corner and before you know it you will be fitter and more relaxed!

Don’t forget the sun is getting stronger and the temperatures are rising, take plenty of water, wear a shirt, put on sunscreen, take a hat, anyone remember Slip Slop Slap.

Stay safe and happy exploring

Maggie