TTWWD – my encounter with wild life

My first one to one encounter with Australian wild life was with a large spider which crawled out of the wood fire when we lit it on arrival at Macedon. I am not kidding when I say that it’s body was the size of a quail’s egg.
http://www.AustralianMuseum.net.au/Australian-tarantula
There are masses of exquisite birds, honey eaters, ibis, crimson rosellas, a green one and sulphur crested cockatoo. The magpies are quite different to ours in the UK. Then the voracious and talkative wattle birds
http://www.ozanimals.com/Australian-bird-index.html
And the ants, the garden ants in Western Australia are tiny but people are discouraged from destroying them because they are holding the line against the hyper-destructive white ants. In contrast there are the bull ants
http://www.ozanimals.com/wildlife/insects/Ants.html
There have been dead animals…a fox and a couple of rabbits – one rabbit living on campus at Victoria University. So far, though looked for, no possums, no koalas and no roos.

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