A few birds and mammals of the Fleurieu Peninsula

January 29, 2009

We’re away from the city now so wildlife watching ratchets up quite a few notches, particularly when we’re with people who so kindly indulge my passion for seeing animals not found in the Okanagan Valley. The ones below delighted me so much I figured they deserved a separate entry.

Encounter Bay pelican, with seagull for size comparison
Encounter Bay pelican, with seagull for size comparison

The pelicans were in Encounter bay on the east side of Victor Harbor. David was taking us for a drive around the area when we spotted these birds out on the rocks. The pelicans had company, mostly seagulls but also a few shags and cormorants.

Kangaroo grazing in a Victor Harbor back yard
Kangaroo grazing in a Victor Harbor back yard

The kangaroos were also around Victor Harbor. Mark Jarman, David’s and Jeannette’s son, is a policeman on the Fleurieu Peninsula. He has a huge region to cover so knows every back road. Roos are common neighbours here, and he knew where to find them. After a day when he’d driven 400 kilometres in a ten-hour shift, he very kindly drove us in search of kangaroos. A handful of the photos are below.

When I startled the backyard-grazing kangaroos, they hopped across the road and headed for a new field
When I startled the backyard-grazing kangaroos, they hopped across the road and headed for a new field
Roos watching us watch them
Roos watching us watch them
Kangaroo with a joey in her pouch
Kangaroo with a joey in her pouch
Kai giving Finn a kiss while Jeannette looks on
Kai giving Finn a kiss while Jeannette looks on
David and Robin putting in a new door in Port Elliot
David and Robin putting in a new door in Port Elliot

I have a few more favourite mammals here so I’ll add a couple of photos. Three of them are in the picture of Jeannette and her two grandsons, Kai and Finn. Two others can be seen in the picture of the twins working on a door for the laundry room here at Port Elliot.

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2 thoughts on “A few birds and mammals of the Fleurieu Peninsula

  1. Jenni Woodroffe

    Dear Cathryn,
    Just a quick line to say that the photos I forwarded have all bounced. I presume this means that your email is full and it won’t accept any more. Thought this might be the best route to let you know. Hope you and Robin had a safe trip back to Adelaide and were met. It was such a joy to have you come and stay – I keep pinching myself to be sure it was real and not a dream. I hope it won’t be another 14 years before we meet up again. With lots of love. Jenni

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