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Peter Fitness

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Koalas
« on: November 28, 2013, 12:52:47 AM »

The koala is an Australian icon, but one whose numbers are reportedly decreasing. However, we are fortunate enough to have a small number who make our farm and its surrounds their home. We frequently see them in the trees within 10 metres of our house, and they seem to spend as much time watching us as we do them. They will spend the daylight hours in a particular tree, often quite high up, and in windy weather they get a rocky ride but they obviously don't suffer from motion sickness.


We have a mother and baby visiting us at present, together with another older animal, maybe last year's joey? They seem to change trees during the night, and for that reason we make sure the dogs are locked up at that time. We can go for weeks without seeing any, then they will appear, remaining nearby for days at a time. There are a number of clumps of suitable trees on our farm, as well as neighbouring properties, so they have a corridor in which they can travel in their search for food, eucalyptus leaves.


A couple of photos taken within the last week are attached.


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Re: Koalas
« Reply #1 on: November 28, 2013, 02:06:37 AM »

With us it is Possums!
Not so many on the roof now after we cleared around the house for fire protection but there is still who climbs the corner of the house near our bedroom window.  <*<
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Re: Koalas
« Reply #2 on: November 28, 2013, 07:30:26 AM »

They are good photo's you snapped of them Peter  :-))
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Re: Koalas
« Reply #3 on: November 28, 2013, 07:39:07 AM »

Hi,
One of the reasons for the decline is the lack of new outside breeding stock.


Mind you the traffic does not help and when a new sub division is opened the first thing to get bulldozed are the trees.


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Re: Koalas
« Reply #4 on: November 28, 2013, 08:31:52 AM »

Hi Peter,
Good to hear from you.....Don't mention the cricket though.......


Beautiful animals. Great to hear they are thriving near you. It is amazing how to the rest of the world the Koala is a wonder, but to you, they are almost an everyday occurrence. We have a similar thing with the preying mantis and the chameleon.
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Re: Koalas
« Reply #5 on: November 28, 2013, 09:07:32 AM »

This is all very nice but are they good eating?  {-) {-) {-)
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Re: Koalas
« Reply #6 on: November 28, 2013, 09:23:34 AM »

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This is all very nice but are they good eating? 

boiled with ketchup and mint sauce with jasmine tea? {-) {-) {-) {-)
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Re: Koalas
« Reply #7 on: November 28, 2013, 10:29:38 AM »

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Re: Koalas
« Reply #8 on: November 28, 2013, 09:23:42 PM »

Sometimes Arty  :o...I think you are a dingbat ....that is a Kanga ....not furry scratchy leaf eating Koala.....after all these years I thought you would know the difference {-) Kangas have tails.......that's what Kanga Tail Soup is made from I think

GAZOU....yes we eat Kanga steaks ...best on the BBQ with Whitchy Grub sauce....but we don't eat Koala  >>:-( .....Derek
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« Reply #9 on: November 28, 2013, 09:50:02 PM »

when I was out there years ago it was forbidden to eat the ol' roo....coz of the indigenous worm that they carried...............are they now farmed for their meat, or do you guys eat the wild ones as well.???
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« Reply #10 on: November 28, 2013, 10:05:49 PM »

Sometimes Arty  :o ...I think you are a dingbat ....that is a Kanga ....not furry scratchy leaf eating Koala.....after all these years I thought you would know the difference {-) Kangas have tails.......that's what Kanga Tail Soup is made from I think

GAZOU....yes we eat Kanga steaks ...best on the BBQ with Whitchy Grub sauce....but we don't eat Koala  >>:-( .....Derek

Derek, next you will be telling me that they are not Koala Bears  :o :o %) %)
 
Neil, Last I remmember, the export trade for Kangaroo meat is suspended, something to do with quality standards, think it is exported to Russia.
 
 
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« Reply #11 on: November 28, 2013, 10:07:02 PM »

Morning Neil.......I think even our indigenous brothers probably get the Kanga steaks' from Coles or Woolies  O0 ......

Oh No....now Camel burgers too  {-) {-) {-) {-) {-) {-) Derek
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Re: Koalas
« Reply #12 on: November 28, 2013, 11:29:16 PM »

Amazing Peter.  I cannot imagine how wonderfull it would be to see Koalas in my garden.
All we get is ruddy fat pidgeons scaring off any real birds, and messing everywhere.
Lovely photos  :-))
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Re: Koalas
« Reply #13 on: November 29, 2013, 04:17:44 AM »

The mother and joey are still here, but in another tree, while the other one seems to have moved on. I'm not sure about the eating qualities of a koala, perhaps they are like scrub turkeys. The best way to cook a scrub turkey is to put it in a pot of water with a rock, and boil until the rock's soft. You then throw away the turkey and eat the rock %% {-) .


Barry, koalas are an everyday occurrence to us, but there are many Aussies who have never seen one in the wild. My Sydney grandsons saw a couple on their last visit here, and they were extremely excited, as they'd only ever seen them in a zoo.


I was going to mention the cricket but thought better of it, there are still 4 tests to go. As one commentator said, Kevin Pietersen was angry with himself for getting out in the second innings, and an angry Pietersen is a dangerous Pietersen. Australia did perform well though, and I'm hopeful the good form will continue.


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Re: Koalas
« Reply #14 on: November 29, 2013, 05:59:39 AM »

I regret that this country is so far
not to eat kangaroo sick
especially not the koala
less camel with sauce Whitchy Grub
but to meet people and share their lives, discover the country

ah yes! Please ! sausages are fluorescent for a medical reason?
This is to control the transit in medical imaging?  {-) {-) {-) {-) {-)
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« Reply #15 on: November 29, 2013, 06:14:15 AM »

Yes GAZOU....I must admit the Kanga Bangers are a bit bright ...I have no idea why ....possibly the Kangas came from Maralinga  ;D

My mate Arty may have an answer here for you   %) as he knows all about Kangas........ {-)......Derek
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Re: Koalas
« Reply #16 on: November 29, 2013, 09:34:28 AM »

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I am thinking that some have got some Kangas loose in the top paddock
 
But back to Koalas, in some of Brisbane's leafier suburbs such Mansfield, and  Rochedale South which is actually Logan City south of Brisbane, there is a declared Koala Habitat. Koalas are often seen in backyard gum trees.
 
Fences are now being erected in these areas, with smooth steel panelling at the top, to prevent Koalas climbing over the fences and onto roads where they are liable to be run over.
 
Photo of Koala in backyard of my daughters neighbour.
 
Good to still be able to see them in suburbia.
 
Peter is indeed fortunate to have wildlife close by O0 O0 :-)) :-)) :-))
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