A Little Slice of Australia… for FF#28!

We have such unique and varied wildlife here in Australia, so this week for a change I thought I’d share a few photos at Fiesta Friday instead. These were all taken either within our own garden or while camping/holidaying not too far from home.

Sulphur-Crested Cockatoo | Gather and GrazeSulphur-Crested Cockatoo – intelligent… animated… raucous!

 

Sulphur-Crested Cockatoo | Gather and GrazeSulphur-Crested Cockatoo – so beautiful in flight

 

Brush-Tail Possums | Gather and GrazeBrush-Tail Possums at night – mother and child (who really looks a little too old to be hitching a ride with Mum!)

 

Kookaburra | Gather and GrazeKookaburra – renowned for their incredible laugh

 

Echidna | Gather and GrazeEchidna – our amazing monotreme (egg laying mammal)!

 

Koala | Gather and GrazeKoala – looking a little sleepy as usual

 

Magpie | Gather and GrazeMagpie – notorious for their aggressive swooping ability in the spring

 

Kangaroo | Gather and GrazeKangaroo – ahhh, need I say more…

 

Kangaroo with Joey | Gather and GrazeKangaroo with a Joey in her pouch

 

Kangaroo | Gather and GrazeKangaroo

Please come along and join us at Fiesta Friday #28 this week. The fabulous Saucy Gander and I have been invited back for an encore performance of co-hosting (despite due to our ridiculously glamourous Dame Edna get-up from last week).

Angie @ The Novice Gardener, who is the brainchild behind this ever-growing, dynamic online party, deserves both gratitude and admiration from us all for the effort that goes into hosting FF each and every week. I don’t know how she does it… I’m exhausted after just co-hosting for 1 week! You’re amazing Angie! Thank you for all that you do!

So to join in the fun, link your post by clicking on the colourful logo here below. Within your post, please remember to link to the FF#28 posts of ‘The Novice Gardener’, as well as to Saucy and myself (to notify us of your arrival at the party). If you’re new to Fiesta Friday, the guidelines can be perused here… Such a lot of fun and inspiration, bringing together bloggers from around the world and providing the opportunity for your post to shine and be seen.

Happy Fiesta Friday to all and a fabulous weekend!

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77 thoughts on “A Little Slice of Australia… for FF#28!

    1. Margot @ Gather and Graze Post author

      They make the most beautiful sounds Erika, but can be somewhat overprotective of their nests/chicks. They particularly seem to love swooping the postmen on their motorbikes and people on their bicycles.

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    1. Margot @ Gather and Graze Post author

      Thanks Hungry Mum… they are incredibly noisy at times aren’t they? and often rather too early in the morning for my liking. However, after spending a couple of years in the USA, in an area that was almost non-existent in it’s birdlife – it was such a joy to come home to our beautiful, colourful parrots and warbling magpies and laughing kookaburras. It’s all pretty unique and fabulous!

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  1. cookingwithauntjuju.com

    Thanks for sharing your great pictures from Australia – what a beautiful country 🙂 Besides adoring a well-known golf pro, loving the movie “Australia” and the animals such as the kangaroos that I get to see at the zoos that will be the closest I will ever come to visiting:)

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    1. Margot @ Gather and Graze Post author

      Judi, that makes me both happy and sad all at the one time! So lovely that you find so much to like about Australia, but am sorry to hear that you won’t be paying us a visit. I’ll have to share a few more photos in future, so that you can visit us virtually instead. 🙂

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  2. indusinternationalkitchen

    Margot, such lovely pics! The koala and the possums look so cute! Just yesterday I was telling my husband that i would love to visit Australia since I also have some family there whom i would love to visit. But my husband discouraged me talking about the extremely long air ride from NY to Sydney! 🙂 So thank you for bringing a slice of Australia for me and also for co-hosting again!

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    1. Margot @ Gather and Graze Post author

      Oh Indu, it is a long way, but it’s all so worth it once you actually get here… and best if you have a few weeks at least to travel around (and see family). I really hope you do take the flight one day to come and visit! 🙂

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  3. apuginthekitchen

    Awesome post Margot, love the photo’s of the beautiful wild life of Australia, it’s amazing and gorgeous. Thank you so much for hosting again, can’t get enough of you and Saucy, you always know how to keep it lively!

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    1. Margot @ Gather and Graze Post author

      It’s been a lot of fun Suzanne – thank you! You’ll have to send these Dame Edna look-alikes home soon, otherwise they might never leave! Especially with so much great food around… 🙂

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    1. Margot @ Gather and Graze Post author

      Excellent! Let me know what time to meet your flight Angie! 🙂
      Koala’s apparently do have a slight eucalyptus smell, though I’ve never quite picked up on it myself when I’ve had the chance to get close enough to one. They are extremely hard to spot in the wild (I’ve only ever seen them a handful of times outside of wildlife sanctuaries and zoos) though in other areas they are much more prevalent…. so very cute though! Kangaroos, on the other hand, are a rather common sight where we live here in Canberra… and sweet to watch all the same! Happy FF#28!

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  4. Suchitra

    Margot, You are so blessed to be living amidst nature! All that wonderful wildlife. Thanks very much for sharing such beautiful pictures!

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  6. saucygander

    Great collection of Aussie animals! What a coincidence we both brought photo collections this week, I’m sure there is a theme in this…? Thank you for co-hosting again, Margot, you are a great host!!

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    1. Margot @ Gather and Graze Post author

      Also a coincidence that we just commented on each other’s posts within a minute of each other!!
      Thanks for your kind words Saucy. Oh and also hope that you feel better soon – so much sickness going around at the moment! 😦 Not much fun at all…

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  8. Butter, Basil and Breadcrumbs

    Haha!! Co-hosting is a great time, though, isn’t it Margot? Thanks so much for spending time with us for a second time in a row! You’re doing a great job… keeping everyone happy at the party!!
    Now for these photos… AMAZING. I can’t even imagine having that wildlife in my own backyard, or even that close to where I live! I mean, I was excited when we had a bluebird in our backyard a year ago, but to see those birds that you do? That’s just craziness!! And that kangaroo… so sweet. Are they just wild, like hopping around free? It is crazy, because the kangaroos that I’ve ever seen are in a zoo! I guess it’s no different for you, than it is for me to see white tail deer at our cabin, black bears, and raccoons! 🙂 Awesome…Awesome post. I truly enjoyed this. ❤

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    1. Margot @ Gather and Graze Post author

      What a lovely comment Prudy – thank you so very much! It’s been fabulous mixing with the FF party crowd – an absolute joy!
      Happy that you enjoyed the Aussie animal photos… and yes, we do get a lot of kangaroos in our local area, coming down to graze on the grass in parks nearby. I still get excited to see them though each and every time!
      The wildlife in North America is equally as awesome – I particularly love watching documentaries on all sorts of bears, though pleased the only one we saw in the wild (while travelling in Canada) was seen from a car window and not on a walking track!
      Happy FF to you and can’t wait to see what you’re bringing to the party this week!

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  9. Johnnysenough Hepburn

    Commiserations! Hahaha. I know how you feel after co-hosting F&F. That Saucy! Nah, can’t blame it on SG. Actually, FF (as I should call it) wasn’t even as busy then. Took me until the following Wednesday to catch up with everyone, as I don’t have online access on my phone. Only via my laptop.

    As for shooting wildlife! Every morning, around 3ish during summer I’m heckled by very large and incredibly loud seagulls – that quite often keep me awake until they fly off to feed. Besides pigeons that’s all I ever see here.

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    1. Margot @ Gather and Graze Post author

      It certainly is a busy couple of days getting around to visit everyone at FF – but fun and so interesting to read what everyone is up to and to come across a few new bloggers and their sites. Miss Saucy is doing a stellar job of topping everyone up with Dame Edna Cocktails this week… no wonder my commenting is flowing freely! Normally so shy and reserved! 😉
      Pigeons and seagulls! They can be fun to watch too… though perhaps not at 3 in the morning! I guess it must be light quite early where you are, in the summertime…
      Enjoy your weekend… what’s on the menu these days? We really do all miss you Johnny!

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  10. Fig & Quince

    Hi Margot! I don’t know how Angie does it either! Anyway hope Angie’s having a wonderful trip and meanwhile, I love love LOVE you sharing a little slice of Australia and the adorable creatures who grace it with us. Can’t believe y’all took these shots yourselves. It looks like out of a nature documentary. I’ve been told magpies love shiny objects (as do I) so I want to love them, but the featured magpie looks kind of mean! That first kangaroo shot just melted my cold heart. I’m in a puddle!

    have a lovely weekend and get some rest after your gracious FF hosting xoxo

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    1. Margot @ Gather and Graze Post author

      Oh Azita, that little kangaroo melts my heart too! I have a gorgeous shot of my two boys standing beside that same sweet little roo with their hands perched up on their heads (like kangaroo ears) – taken when they were about 5 and 7 years old and when it wasn’t uncool to pretend to be animals!
      As for the magpies – they’re mostly mean and nasty during the springtime as they’re protecting their nests/chicks. Though having reddish-coloured eyes certainly doesn’t help them in the sweet and adorable stakes.
      Hope you have a fab weekend too my friend! It’s cold here, but at least it’s sunny and we’ve been able to get into the garden to start getting things ready for spring! 🙂 M.xx

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    1. Margot @ Gather and Graze Post author

      Thank you Petra… it really is a wonderful place to live (there’s no place like home!) though always such a pleasure to travel and experience new cultures, people and food! Much more exotic than being at home… 🙂

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  11. Sinfully Tempting

    Stunning photos! I really can’t wait until I’m able to visit Australia. Thanks for co-hosting this week again, happy FF! 🙂

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    1. Margot @ Gather and Graze Post author

      Thanks Julianna! I think that every country in the world has beautiful and unique flora and fauna… that’s why it’s always such a joy to travel and explore new lands! Though I must say, that I never tire of seeing the colourful parrots that hang out in our back garden or the kangaroos that come down to feed in the parkland across the road from us from time to time – always so exciting!

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  12. FireBonnet

    Great shots of your wild neighbors!!!! It’s so amazing how varied wildlife is around the world. Thank you so much for hosting this week while Angie has some much deserved down time.

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    1. Margot @ Gather and Graze Post author

      Cheers Meghan! Thanks for your lovely comment – it’s great to hear from you. You’re absolutely right… the natural world is truly amazing! Hope you enjoy Fiesta Friday this week!

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  13. Michelle

    Love your choice of wildlife to share. i spent 3 months in australia in 2006 and saw lots of amazing wildlife, also saw some pretty scary wildlife (including an eastern brown snake!). Australia is a beautiful country, but you sure do have a lot of things that can kill you haha!

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    1. Margot @ Gather and Graze Post author

      Oh Michelle… not very nice to come across a brown snake in your travels! I’m not too keen on snakes at all, even when I know they’re non-venomous! Funny though, I think I was much more hesitant to go hiking when we lived in the USA… we travelled to some beautiful places, but I couldn’t get past the fact that there were bears out there… and cougars… and rattle snakes… I think I’d rather hike in Australia. Or better still… New Zealand – there’s nothing to kill you there! 🙂

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      1. Michelle

        I’m not a big snake person either, luckily that was the only snake we came across and obviously no bites were involved!
        Haha I think I’d prefer to take my chances with bears and cougars, at least you can see them coming – although I have this thing where I really want to hug a bear because they look so snuggly, so I probably shouldn’t ever get close to one in real life haha!
        New Zealand definitely sounds like the best plan!

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    1. Margot @ Gather and Graze Post author

      I really hope you get to come out and visit one day Stacey – there’s a lot to see and do! It’s hard to go past the kangaroo and the koala (so sweet!), though I think my favourite Australian animal is the very elusive Platypus. They are such an extraordinary creatures… that I’ve only ever seen once in the wild (about 6 years ago)… such an exciting day that was!

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  14. A Home Cook

    Fantastic photos. Those critters can be very difficult to photo sometimes. Kangaroos are compliant, but cockies, not so much. They fly away just as we sneak up on them. Well done!

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    1. Margot @ Gather and Graze Post author

      So true… I’ve been trying to get some photos recently of a large flock of cockatoos that have been munching away under the oak trees of my child’s school… but to no avail! Though possibly would help to be using the DSLR with a large zoom, rather than the iPhone…
      Thanks so much for your kind comment. Hope you’re having a wonderful weekend!

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  15. radhikasethi

    Hi Margot, i loved all your photos but I do have some favorites. The first two and the last one are just amazing! Thanks for hosting the party again,have a nice weekend! 🙂

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    1. Margot @ Gather and Graze Post author

      Aww, thank you so much Radhika! Funny, I was almost going to attach a poll to get people to vote on their favourite Aussie animal (purely out of curiosity)! Happy FF#28, I’m looking forward to visiting your new post very soon! 🙂

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  16. Kaila511

    So glad you’re co-hosting again after I missed Fiesta Friday last week on a road trip! The pictures from Australia are absolutely beautiful. I love the wide array of animals that you featured, and the links to learn more about them. Have a wonderful weekend, and I can’t wait to see what FF has in store for us this week. 😀

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    1. Margot @ Gather and Graze Post author

      Very sweet of you… thanks Kaila! I’m so looking forward to seeing what delights FF#28 has in store for us too! Let me offer you a rather special Dame Edna Cocktail – they are free-flowing this week and you really don’t want to miss out!

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  17. Lisa

    Love the share on Australia! So beautiful! Thanks! Thanks for co-hosting FF again.. it’s going to be a great party!

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  18. Chitra Jagadish

    Lovely captures Margot. ..just loved all the pics but the most cutest is kangaroo with baby in his sac. .. choooo cute…thanx for sharing such lovely clicks on Ff..Happy co-hosting. …

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    1. Margot @ Gather and Graze Post author

      The kangaroos really are quite sweet Chitra… all except the large males who can be rather intimidating and will box with each other (and humans!) if they feel threatened. Thanks so much for your kind comment.

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