The Great Aussie Outdoors – wildlife photos taken during coronavirus

5 May 2020

One of the positives of the spare time I have had during the coronavirus pandemic is the wonderful Australian wildlife I have seen. Today’s post showcases some of my favourite photos of Aussie animals – furry, scaly and feathery – since Covid-19 started affecting our lives.

In no particular order…

Echidna

Photo taken: North Head National Park

Echidna fact: Sometimes known as spiny anteaters, the echidna alongside the platypus, are the only living mammals that lay eggs.

Pelican

Photo taken: Near Balmoral Beach

Pelican fact: The pelican has the largest bill of all birds, reaching 18 inches in length. A pelicans throat pouch that can hold 3 gallons of water which although predominantly used for feeding, can also used as a cooling device.

Giant Jelly Blubber

Photo taken: Cabbage Tree Bay, Marine Park – courtesy of @dovermanuk

Jelly Blubber fact: In Sydney waters, the jelly blubber’s large bell is a creamy white or brown colour (as per the above), but further north in Australia it is usually blue.

Cockatoos

Photo taken: Manly

Cockatoo facts: When hand-fed as babies and properly tamed, cockatoos tend to form extremely strong bonds with their owners that last a lifetime. They are also known to be one of the most affectionate parrot species and crave attention. In fact, some cockatoos can become depressed if they feel like they aren’t getting enough attention.

Kangaroos

Photo taken: Kangaroo Island – technically during the coronavirus pandemic

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Kangaroo Island kangaroo fact: This species is a sub-species of the Western Grey Kangaroo. Due to the Kangaroo Island landscape, this species have adapted to being shorter, stockier and a darker chocolate-brown colour.

Australian Water Dragons

Photo taken: Manly to Spit Bridge Walk

Water Dragon facts: The species is Australia’s largest dragon lizard and can grow over 1 metre in length.  The tail is capable of regeneration when severed.

Flying Foxes

Photo taken: Balgowlah Sanctuary near Manly Dam Reserve

Flying fox fact: They are mega-bats that don’t use sonar like smaller, insect-eating bats. Rather they use their eyes and ears like us. They see as well as a cat at night and are just about as smart.

Brushtail Possum

Photo taken: Manly

Brushtail possum fact: The species changes in colour and size depending on where they live. Possums living in cold, wet areas can be very dark in colour, large and very fluffy. In the tropical Northern Territory they tend to be light grey-fawn and quite small. Here in Sydney, they’re somewhere in the middle.

That’s all folks…

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