Monday, 5 October 2009

Wild koala sighting!

Friends of mine were visiting from out of town this morning and they were delighted by a wild koala sighting as we were on our way out to breakfast.

I saw the speckly-grey one galloping across the McLaren Drive (fortunately near the koala corridor where residents know to slow down), before shooting up a tree in Nulla Close.

He had a green tag in his left ear, which signified he was a former Hospital patient and a male. His bottom was slightly dirty but dry, so he was probably a former wet-botton sufferer. It can take some time for the Chlamydial staining to grow out.

He made the familiar male cry (which you can hear here) as he clambered up the tree then stopped and looked down at us.

I went back and checked later in the day and he was still in the same tree. Hope he stays off the roads!

Thursday, 1 October 2009

Koala mating call

It's that time of year again, when the "noise you never forget" starts wafting through the night air, often at the most inconvenient times, such as 3am when we humans are in a deep sleep. Yawn.

Just tonight at about 9.45pm, our neighbourhood was serenaded by one big-lunged koala male. He was in the tree in next door's yard. His mating call went on for so long that I managed to catch some of it on my mobile phone voice recorder.

You can listen to the koala mating call here.

Just for the heck of it, I've included a photo below of a male koala, Coastlands Steve, who was a recent patient at the Hospital. Although he wasn't grunting at the time, this is much the same position their heads are in when they do. Imagine this cute, furry critter producing such a racket!