Finally a chance to sit and write has presented itself and here I am taking advantage of this moment.
About a week ago now on the recommendation of my mother, I took Karine to Featherdale Wildlife Sanctuary. This was one of the best things I could do as I had talked up all the creatures great and small that our beautiful land has to offer.
Karine was definitely nervous about a lot of them as we had been spending time walking through the bush and climbing in the beautiful Blue Mountains National Park area. These very secretive and timid creatures are present whether you can see them or not. So I thought it best to do a “from behind the fence” style introduction. We arrived at the sanctuary and began our little adventure into the unknown.
Karine was in her element! Birds flying around in big aviaries, but close enough to be seen and heard. She was amazed with the colours and the sounds that Australian birds made. Sometimes sweet and beautiful, at other times quite prehistoric and scary, especially the big and boisterous cockatoos. The Casuary was very much a point of interest as its colours and protruding bone-like horn intrigued Miss K greatly.
The Wombats, Wallabies and Kangaroos were definitely cute and truly friendly as they are in close proximity to humans on a regular basis. Then the Koalas came into view and that was it. They were the high point of the day for K. She was just gob-smacked at how cute these fury little things were and she now understands just how lazy they are too. There were a few with little ones hanging off them and K couldn’t stop looking at them.
We spotted the Crocodile enclosure and witnessed people saying “Is it a model?” or “Is it dead?” I knew well enough that this stillness people were seeing was normal. This was one of the biggest Saltwater Crocodiles I have seen. Coming in at about 4.5 metres (just under 15 feet) in length, it was “a beauty”! K was again fixated on this amazing creature basking in the harsh sunlight.
The reptile enclosure was a very confronting experience too, but we wandered in and viewed some of the most amazing and dangerous creatures the country has to offer. The pythons were of course a very inquisitive bunch of creatures, but the tiger snakes and the mating taipans were something to be hold. Beautiful yet deadly, they performed their dance, much to the amazement of onlookers.
Karine was absolutely amazed at the array of creatures she was witness to. It was a day well worth experiencing for her as now she has an idea of what things actually look like and possibly a different respect and understanding of what is lurking around in the bush when we are walking, hiking and climbing in this arid and wondrous place.
There truly is no place I have been in the world like Australia. 🙂