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!