Weekend Wanderings – Apollo Bay Part 1
The last few days have been very chaotic with this blog, and to start this post I wanted to apologise. I’ve been away, and while I had good internet access where I was staying, I hardly seemed to be there. I have been to Apollo Bay many times before, and even taken photos there, but not for a long time, I think the last time I was there was almost 15 years ago. So this time we did lots of exploring. I have so many photos from the two days and really didn’t know where to start, but after the fantastic post from Emily yesterday, I thought I could share some wildlife photos with you.
It is a Koala. I have seen Koala’s before, but I have never seen them in the wild, so on Thursday we had decided to go to Cape Otway and the parks there. Most people go to Cape Otway for the lighthouse, which we did, but will talk about that in another post. We told some friends how we were going there and they showed us some drives and walks to go where we would be able to see some Koalas. They are very cute indeed, like life like teddy bears, of course you can’t approach them, they are wild animals, so you should give them respect.
This Koala was the first we saw and he was low on a branch, he just sat there and posed for us, then he climbed down, and walked towards us, heading over the road to climb another tree. He was the best one we saw all day. It was nice to see him both in the tree, and walking across the road.
I can never quite tell the difference between wallabys and Kangaroos, but I am fairly certain this is a Wallaby. It was near the side of the road and then it stopped and looked up when we pulled up beside it and let us take its photo. We didn’t get out of the car, but wound down the windows and took some photos that way.
There is one place that you drive through that is full of dead trees, we think they are dead. They don’t look like deciduous trees, but we couldn’t work out why. I have just done some research and this article by the Conservation Ecology Centre at Cape Otway helps explain the problem. So while they are a concern, for photographers they were fantastic. We had people stopping and walking around us when we were taking photos, and it took us a while to realise that people thought we had found Koalas.
We saw this in front of us, and really you just have to stop don’t you? It was beautiful late afternoon light coming through the trees onto the gravel road.
Not something we expected to see along the side of the road, but fun. There are farms on Cape Otway and we came across some cows, very heavily pregnant cows being moved.
It was a great afternoon, and I did get a lot more photos, but will leave it there. I am putting other Koala photos into the gallery. We were excited about all our Koala sightings. It was fun to see them in their natural habitat. Take care this weekend, maybe see what wildlife you can find around you.