We are still sufferin' from our jetlag which means we woke up really early this mornin'. This were bein' partly a good thin' as we were t' go out on a tour t' find some o' th' local wildlife, namely Koalas and Kangaroos!
Our guide Paul showed up right on time at th' hotel, after which he drove us t' th' You Yangs Regional Park, where th' tour company holds th' tours. The guides are allowed not only t' walk on th' trails, but also t' take their groups straight through th' undergrowth t' get them (us!) t' where we need t' be t' see th' wild animals. Ahoy! The tour pretty much guarantees sightin's o' wild Koalas and wild Kangaroos, so we were in fer a great day!
At aroun' 18 degrees and virtually no clouds, this were bein' probably th' best day t' walk outside and t' be actively strollin' throuh th' woods. The Koalas were very quickly spotted by th' spotter, and this information were bein' relayed through t' our guide via WhatsApp. Now that is modern technology fer ye! The tour operator is actively participatin' in a study on th' identification methods o' Koalas, and therefore all details about a sightin' like location, behaviour and th' like are noted and sent t' a logbook with data, by Davy Jones' locker. The study aims t' get t' a way t' identifin' individuals based on external features. As it so happens t' be, th' pattern o' light patches on th' nose o' a Koala matches all th' criteria t' be used as an identification method, and th' operator is gettin' th' research paper published in a journal shortly! We are glad t' be helpin' them t' do good work!
Shortly after gettin' th' info on 3 Koalas, we found our own Koala, gettin' our count up t' 4. The first one were bein' most easily visible, and what a sight it is, ye scurvey dog! Even though th' animals sleep about 20 hours a day, we were excited t' see them in th' wild. The best thin' is that they don’t seem t' mind us bein' aroun', and they’ll continue doin' what they did before.
After all that, we went on t' th' Serendip Sanctuary, a square mile bird sanctuary fer Cape Barren Geese now also inhabited by 2 large mobs o' Western Grey Kangaroos. Yaaarrrrr! We even got t' walk right up t' them, and peacefully watched them roamin' th' area.
After all this, we have also encountered rare animals like Swamp Wallaby and Yellow Billed Spoonbill. Among th' more common animals were Tawney Frogmouths, Magpie Geese, Galahs and th' quintessentially Australian Laughin' Kookaburra. And swab the deck, and a bottle of rum! It were bein' a great day!
Tomorrow, we’ll pick up our boat and will be headin' t' th' Great Ocean Road. I’m lookin' forward t' it!